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On 13 October in South Asian history

ON 13 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 13, 2019

1911: Birth of Ashok Kumar, Indian actor who died on December 10, 2001)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006369/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Kumar

1911: Death of Sister Nivedita, social worker from Irish origine, born on October 28, 1867
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Nivedita
http://alchetron.com/Sister-Nivedita-1219173-W
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13th-october-1911-sister-nivedita-social-worker-passed-away

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1924: Birth of Moturu Udayam, Indian woman’s activist who died on March 31, 2002
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moturu_Udayam

1929: After the collapse of central authority under Amanullah, Nadir Khan united a variety of tribal factions to reclaim Kabul and subsequently name himself king, or Nadir Shah
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03068373008725118?journalCode=raaf19
https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/afghanistan/king%20nadir.htm

1936 : Birth of Chitti Babu, renowned Veena player, who died on February 9, 1996
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitti_Babu_(musician)
http://www.veenachittibabu.org/

1946: In the British India the Muslim League agrees to take part to the cabinet

1948: Birth of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician and singer who died on August 16,  1997
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/nusrat-fateh-ali-khan-6756.php

1987: Death of Kishore Kuma, Indian singer, born on August 4, 1929
http://chandrakantha.com/biodata/kishore_kumar.html

2006: Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus is awarded Peace Nobel Prize
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/press.html

2011: Bhutan king Jigme Wangchuk marries commoner Jetsun Pema
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15285121


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVhavpW4NlI

2015 : Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
https://www.thequint.com/news/hot-news/chine-reopens-trade-route-with-nepal-amid-mounting-pressure-over-dwindling-supplies-of-goods-from-india
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/china-reopens-border-with-nepal-for-supplies/145758.html

2016: The Maldives has withdrawn from the Commonwealth, accusing it of interfering in domestic affairs and « unfair and unjust » treatment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37647310

 

On 13 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 13 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 13, 2019

1868 : Birth of Teresa Magbanua, the first Filipino woman fighter in Panay, known as the « Joan of Arc of the Visayas »,a school teacher and military leader
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/683/today-in-philippine-history-october-13-1868-teresa-magbanua-was-born-in-pototan-Iloilo
http://maxanthology.blogspot.fr/2012/08/teresa-ferraris-magbanua-visayas-joan.html

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1966: 173 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam

1990: Death of Le Duc Tho, Vietnamese general and politician, recipient of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, born on 11 October 1911
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Le-Duc-Tho

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2011: Luis Antonio Tagle succeds Gaudencio Rosales as Archibishop of Manila
http://desertfishing.wordpress.com/tag/archbishop-gaudencio-rosales-retires/

2016: Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2027797/thailands-king-dead-nation-plunges-mourning-and-uncertainty

2018: Malaysia’s Anwar returns to frontline politics in big poll win
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-s-anwar-returns-to-frontline-politics-in-big-poll-win-20860

 

ON 13 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Japan’s history” Updated on October 13, 2019 1282: Death of Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, (see October 12) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichiren 1938: Chinese troops withdrew from the Wanjialing area in Jiangxi, China, the site of a large victory three days prior on Japanese 106th division. 1941: Birth of Tadao Ando, Japanese architect http://www.designboom.com/eng/interview/ando.html 1950: Japan cancels the early plan to purge 10,000 persons in the frame of the post-war purges 1973: Birth of Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress http://yummycelebrities.com/2005/11/25/matsushima-nanako-profile-and-biography/ 2012: Death of Tomonobu Imamichi, Japanese philosopher, born on November 22, 1922 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomonobu_Imamichi 2012: Death of Saiichi Maruya, Japanese author and critic, born on August 27, 1925 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saiichi_Maruya 2013: Death of Takashi Yanase, Japanese poet and illustrator, created Anpanman , born on February 6, 1919 http://www.tributes.com/obituary/read/Takashi-Yanase-96540698

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On 13 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 13 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on October 13, 2019

1332: Rinchinbal Khan, Emperor Ningzong of Yuan becomes the Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, reigning for only 53 days dying on December 5
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinchinbal_Khan,_Emperor_Ningzong_of_Yuan

1929: Birth of Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter who died on May 17, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walasse_Ting
http://www.google.fr/search?q=wallace+ting&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=uqyVTpyLEIXO4QT2-omoCA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CCwQ_AUoAQ&biw=1311&bih=597

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1938: Chinese troops withdrew from the Wanjialing area in Jiangxi, China, the site of a large victory three days prior on Japanese 106th division.

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1952: Birth of John Lone, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lone
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0518821/

1964: Birth of Nie Haisheng, Chinese astronaut
http://english.cri.cn/811/2005/10/11/50@24174.htm
http://www.astronautix.com/n/niehaisheng.html

1968: In China, president Liu Shaoqi is dismissed of all his positions
http://chineseposters.net/themes/liushaoqi.php

1970: The People’s Republic of  China establishes diplomatic relations with Canada

1971: China and Burundi restore diplomatic relations

1974: Birth of Hawick Lau, Chinese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawick_Lau

2006: Failed attempt of impeachment against Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian. The motion did not obtain the 2/3 of the votes of the members of parliament

2006: Death of Wang Guangmei, widow of president Liu Shaoqi
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/oct/20/guardianobituaries.china

2011: Taiwan ex-president Chen Shui-bian gets 18 years extra jail term
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20111013-304869.html

2014: A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29592882
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/china-sentences-12-death-xinjiang-20141013125835795435.html

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12 OCTOBER 2019

From Russia with guns: why is Southeast Asia buying arms from Moscow, not Washington?

Though it lags only the United States  in global arms sales, Russia is the top supplier of arms to Southeast Asia. The region bought US$6.6 billion of Russian arms between 2010 and 2017, accounting for more than 12 per cent of Russia’s sales
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3032608/russia-guns-why-southeast-asia-buying-arms-moscow-not-washington

5 OCTOBER 2019

Việt Nam, Cambodia issue joint statement

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2019

How will Malaysia and China’s maritime consultation mechanism affect the South China Sea dispute?

The recent announcement of a bilateral consultation mechanism between China and Malaysia  on maritime affairs has given rise to questions surrounding the South China Sea, where both countries have overlapping claims
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3029732/how-will-malaysia-and-chinas-maritime-consultation-mechanism

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Cambodia, Laos, agree to step up border demarcation effort

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

16 AUGUST 2019

ASEAN joins the Indo-Pacific conversation

After months of deliberation and hesitation, ASEAN finally contributed to the discussion on the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) was officially released at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok at the end of June 2019
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/08/16/asean-joins-the-indo-pacific-conversation/

6 AUGUST 2019

China and the Mekong states: Divergent responses to Chinese initiatives

The five Mekong states have reacted to the presence of major external powers in a variety of ways. In particular, reactions to Chinese inroads have been diverse. Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar are wary of Chinese intentions, while Cambodia and Laos appear quite comfortable with China’s presence. The five countries have also met with varying degrees of success in engaging other major powers to limit China’s influence
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/08/06/china-and-the-mekong-states-divergent-responses-to-chinese-initiatives/

30 JULY 2019

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/top-diplomats-gather-in-bangkok-for-key-asia-pacific-talks/

26 JULY 2019

Thai govt urged not to buy power from Laos dam

The Thai government must suspend plans to buy electricity from a dam in Laos, conservationists said on Friday (July 26), as water levels along the kingdom’s section of Mekong river plummet to near-record lows
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-govt-urged-not-to-buy-power-from-laos-dam

17 JULY 2019

ASEAN now China’s no.2 trade partner

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has replaced the United States to become China’s second top trade partner
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190717_29/

7 JULY 2019

Why a resurgent Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia is also bad news for Malaysia and Singapore

For the past five years, little was heard of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Southeast Asian offshoot of the international terror network al-Qaeda. While JI was responsible for some of Indonesia’s deadliest terror attacks, including the devastating 2002 Bali bombings, the group kept a low profile as counterterrorism police focused on countering threats from militants linked to Islamic State (Isis)
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/3017465/why-resurgent-jemaah-islamiah-indonesia-also-bad-news-malaysia

6 JULY 2019

ASEAN considering inviting North Korean foreign minister to its ‘plus-3’ meeting in Bangkok next month

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is considering inviting North Korea’s foreign minister as a special guest to an upcoming ASEAN-plus-three meeting of ministers and their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea, ASEAN sources have said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/asean-considering-inviting-north-korean-foreign-minister-plus-3-meeting-bangkok-next-month/#.XSBYk-gzY2w

25 JUNE 2019

Malaysia accepts ruling on Pedra Branca, says PM Mahathir

Malaysia accepts the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 ruling which awarded Pedra Branca to Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (June 25), as he cited the case to show how Asean member states can cooperate despite not seeing eye to eye on every issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/malaysia-accepts-ruling-on-pedra-branca-says-pm-mahathir

22 JUNE 2919

Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ for Rohingya Muslims in ASEAN summit

Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must « be brought to justice, » in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-calls-for-justice-for-rohingya-musli

21 MAY 2019

Singapore agrees to suspend construction of RTS Link at Malaysia’s request

Singapore has agreed to suspend the construction of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link until Sep 30 at Malaysia’s request, Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Tuesday (May 21)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rts-link-singapore-malaysia-suspends-johor-bahru-11542908
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapore-and-malaysia-to-defer-johor-baru-woodlands-rts-link-till-sept-30

15 MAY 2019

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

Praphan Pipithnamporn, who was registered as an asylum seeker by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was repatriated to Bangkok on May 10, 2019, in violation of Malaysia’s international legal obligations, and detained by Thai authorities
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/261028671/malaysia-thai-asylum-seeker-forcibly-returned
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-thailand-05142019162414.html

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia and Vietnam vessels collide in South China Sea, 12 detained

An Indonesian patrol vessel was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after it intercepted an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat in its waters in the South China Sea, according to its navy
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/indonesia-and-vietnam-ships-collide-in-south-china-sea/11056752
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-detains-vietnamese-fishermen-after-high-seas-clash
https://en.antaranews.com/news/124578/indonesia-vietnam-urged-to-make-rules-in-cases-of-conflict

14 APRIL 2019

Making sense of sub-regionalism and regionalism in Southeast Asia

How to make sense of the varied relationships between sub-regional projects and the larger Southeast Asian region?
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/04/12/making-sense-of-sub-regionalism-and-regionalism-in-southeast-asia/

16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

14 MARCH 2019

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

7 FEBRUARY 2019

The Mekong region is caught in a tug-of-war

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all countries
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/02/07/the-mekong-region-is-caught-in-a-tug-of-war/

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

7 JANUARY 2019

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam’s invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing’s than Hanoi’s orbit
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-vietnam-lost-and-china-won-cambodia/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

ASEAN and the EU have a shared mutual view on community building through collective rules, and are therefore pioneering new approaches to regionalism and the role of regional integration within the international geopolitical power play
https://chargedaffairs.org/through-the-looking-glass-asean-eu-relations-in-a-new-era/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model

From inception to a shift towards connectivity, the ASEAN Economic Community gets a fresh boost as the region doubles down on building digital capabilities, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Sanchita Basu Das
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/asean-economic-community-connectivity-rebirth-growth-model-10879030

22 OCTOBER 2018

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-china-kicks-off-first-maritime-exercise-10852692
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2169727/china-embarks-first-joint-naval-drills-asean-us-tensions-simmer

12 OCTOBER 2018

Is Asean better off without the US?

AS recently as just two years ago, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is better off without the attention of the United States is not a question you would ever hear asked
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/is-asean-better-off-without-the-us/

11 OCTOBER 2018

Do all you can to resolve climate change ‘sticking points’ UN chief urges South-East Asian leaders, in Bali

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for Governments across South-East Asia, to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging impact of climate change
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022862

How the death penalty is applied in Southeast Asian countries

The Malaysian government’s announcement on its decision to abolish the death penalty for all crimes has given a ray of hope for anti-capital punishment campaigners in the region
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/how-the-death-penalty-is-applied-in-southeast-asian-countries/

23 AUGUST 2018

Does China really dominate Southeast Asia?

Is China truly establishing dominance over neighboring Southeast Asia, or is it a prevailing perception among academics and journalists who have uncritically adopted a pervasive pro-China narrative built on Beijing’s rising investment and influence in the region?
http://www.atimes.com/article/does-china-really-dominate-southeast-asia/

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

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
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

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 MAY 2017

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

7 MAY 2017

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

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

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

 

Pakistan home affairs & society

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12 OCTOBER 2019

Ignore US conspiracy theories. Khan needs China-Pakistan Economic Corridor now more than ever

“Both Beijing and Islamabad have engaged in a rethink over what CPEC’s focus ought to be,” said Rafiq, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute, a Washington think tank
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3032560/ignore-us-conspiracy-theories-khan-needs-china-pakistan

25 SEPTEMBER 2019

Pakistan growth rate to be lowest in South Asia: ADB

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

19 AUGUST 2019

Pakistan extends army chief’s tenure amid Kashmir row

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had been due to end his three-year tenure in November but has been allowed to stay on “in view of the regional security environment,” a statement said
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-extends-army-chief-s-tenure-amid-kashmir-row-1.900293
https://www.dawn.com/news/1500427/army-chief-gen-bajwas-tenure-extended-for-another-3-years

8 AUGUST 2019

Pakistan’s outspoken opposition leader Mariam Nawaz Sharif detained by anti-graft body

Pakistan’s outspoken opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif who is daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB)- country’s anti-graft body
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistans-outspoken-opposition-leader-mariam-nawaz-sharif-detained-by-anti-graft-body-1.65702981
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/maryam-nawaz-pakistan-leader-opposition-arrested-190808085051529.html

20 JULY 2019

Pakistan tribal regions hold first provincial polls

Voters in turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan vote in first provincial elections after the region lost semi-autonomous status it had held since British colonial era
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-tribal-regions-hold-first-provincial-polls-28394
https://www.dawn.com/news/1495305/tribal-districts-take-part-in-historic-pa-polls

18 JULY 2019

Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested on corruption charges

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested on corruption charges, according to an official from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/pakistani-pm-abbasi-arrested-corruption-charges-190718101905245.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-ex-prime-minister-abbasi-arrested-on-corruption-charges-28340

 

17 JULY 2019

Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind on terror charges

Pakistani authorities have detained Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The radical cleric is a designated terrorist in the US, where there’s a $10-million bounty on his head
https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mumbai-attacks-mastermind-on-terror-charges/a-49618392
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-17/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks/11319510
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-terror-attacks-28304

11 JUNE 2019

Pakistan MQM founder Altaf Hussain arrested in London

Fugitive head of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, who was arrested from his residence by a team of Scotland Yard, is also wanted in Pakistan in murder, terrorism, hate-speech and many other cases
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-mqm-founder-altaf-hussain-arrested-in-london-27396
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48591974

10 JUNE 2019

Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested in fake bank accounts case

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges on Monday in a blow to the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party over what media said was an investigation into false bank accounts and money laundering
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/former-pakistan-president-asif-ali-zardari-arrested-in-fake-bank-accounts-case-1.64511834
https://www.dawn.com/news/1487308/zardari-arrested-by-nab-after-ihc-rejects-bail-plea-taken-to-rawalpindi
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1988942/1-fake-accounts-case-ihc-reserves-verdict-zardari-talpurs-per-arrest-bail-petitions/

13 MAY 2019

Pakistan secures $6bn bailout from IMF to help avert economic crisis

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund reached an agreement on a loan of about $6 billion designed to help the South Asian nation avert an economic crisis
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-imf-loan-bailout-imran-khan-reza-baqir-a8911146.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/what-to-know-about-the-pakistan-imf-deal-26611

8 MAY 2019

Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after years on death row, has left Pakistan

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has left the country, bound for Canada to join her daughters, sources told DW. She was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy but was later acquitted by the country’s Supreme Court
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-leaves-pakistan-for-canada/a-48646259
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48198340
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/pakistan-asia-bibi-freedom-great-relief-blasphemy-laws-must-be-repealed

30 APRIL 2019

Pakistan passes bill to end child marriage amid anger from religious parties

The bill was presented in the National Assembly by PTI minority member Ramesh Kumar, a day after the Senate approved it with a majority vote. According to the amendment, marriage under 18 years can lead to a fine of Rs100,000 and three years of rigorous punishment or both
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/04/30/na-passes-child-marriage-act-amidst-opposition-by-pti-ministers/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-passes-bill-to-end-child-marriage-amid-anger-from-religious-parties-1.855693

16 APRIL 2019

Watchdog Group Voices Concern over Human Rights in Pakistan

An independent monitoring group in Pakistan has expressed concern about the state of human rights in the country and called for the immediate redressal of the issues highlighted in its annual report, released Monday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/watchdog-group-voices-concern-over-human-rights-in-pakistan/

15 APRIL 2019

Pakistan reaches ‘agreement in principle’ with IMF over bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday said that it held « constructive discussions » with Pakistani authorities during last week’s spring meetings in Washington and that its mission will be visiting Pakistan « before the end of April to continue the discussions » on a bailout package
https://www.dawn.com/news/1476295/imf-says-its-mission-will-visit-pakistan-before-end-of-april-to-continue-constructive-discussions
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-imf/pakistan-reaches-agreement-in-principle-with-imf-over-bailout-idINKCN1RR17E?rpc=401&

5 APRIL 2019

Asia Bibi: Still a ‘prisoner’ in Pakistan?

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who had spent almost a decade on death row over blasphemy allegations, was acquitted by Pakistan’s top court in January. But Bibi is still not a free person, and her whereabouts are unknown
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-still-a-prisoner-in-pakistan/a-48228427

7 MARCH 2019

121 detained, 182 madrasas seized in Pakistan crackdown

Pakistan on Thursday said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups
https://zeenews.india.com/asia/121-detained-182-madrasas-seized-in-pakistan-crackdown-2185872.html
http://paktribune.com/news/Govt-took-control-of-JuD-FIF-282197.html

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan court rejects bail for ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

A Pakistani court has rejected the bail plea on medical grounds of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently serving a seven-year jail term for corruption
https://www.dawn.com/news/1465944/nawazs-plea-for-bail-on-medical-grounds-rejected-by-islamabad-high-court
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/pakistan-court-rejects-bail-pm-nawaz-sharif-190225084530182.html

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan censors New York Times article by activist critical of military

An opinion piece in the International New York Times criticising Pakistan’s powerful army was censored by its local publisher on Tuesday (Feb 12), replaced by a blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to reprimand the military
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-censors-new-york-times-article-by-activist-critical-of-military

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi: Pakistani authorities barring her from leaving, friend says

Pakistani authorities have moved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges, to a new “secure area” and are barring her from leaving the country, a close friend and rights campaigner has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/09/asia-bibi-pakistani-authorities-barring-her-from-leaving-friend-

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada ?

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-reunites-with-family-in-canada-reports/a-47324563

29 JANUARY 2019

Pakistan’s top court upholds Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal; Christian woman expected to seek asylum abroad

Aasia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-pakistani-court-upholds-acquittal-decision/a-47272482
https://www.dawn.com/news/1460376/aasia-bibis-final-legal-hurdle-comes-to-an-end-as-sc-upholds-her-acquittal

26 JANUARY 2019

Asia Bibi’s daughters take refuge in Canada ahead of court blasphemy ruling

The daughters of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy have been taken to Canada for safety ahead of a court hearing next week that could see her finally freed
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/25/asia-bibis-daughters-take-refuge-canada-ahead-court-blasphemy/

24 DECEMBER 2018

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the steel mill he owned in Saudi Arabia. He was acquitted in another case due to lack of evidence, Geo News reported
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/former-pakistan-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-sentenced-to-seven-years-in-prison-1.805926
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1873623/1-nawaz-corruption-trial-verdict-expected-2pm/

19 DECEMBER 2018

Video shows Pakistan minister vow ‘full support’ to terror chief

A video clip surfaced showing Pakistan Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi promising “full support” to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.atimes.com/article/video-shows-pakistan-minister-vow-full-support-to-terror-chief/

7 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistan to expel 18 charities as part of crackdown on international organisations

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-international-charities-aid-expel-leave-osama-bin-laden-world-vision-plan-international-a8671051.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/07/pakistan-expels-18-charities-amid-lingering-fallout-bin-laden/

1 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi who led protests against Asia Bibi charged with terrorism

A hardline cleric has been charged with terrorism and sedition offences by the Pakistani government, after he led violent protests to oppose the acquittal of a Christian woman from blasphemy charges, a minister said Saturday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistani-cleric-who-led-protests-against-asia-bibi-charged-with-terrorism
https://www.dawn.com/news/1448807/tlp-leader-khadim-hussain-rizvi-booked-under-treason-terrorism-charges-information-minister
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/12/01/khadim-rizvi-and-other-tlp-leadership-charged-with-treason-terrorism/

24 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan arrests cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi whose followers shut down cities over blasphemy

Hours after firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi was himself arrested late on Friday, police said over 300 Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party supporters were detained in Punjab province in efforts to “maintain public order”
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1853200/1-tlp-chief-khadim-rizvi-arrested-lahore-raid/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1447217/tlp-head-khadim-rizvi-taken-into-protective-custody-scores-of-workers-arrested-in-crackdown
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2174850/pakistan-cracks-down-hardliners-after-protests-over-acquittal

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Asia Bibi’s lawyer leaves Pakistan as his client stays in jail

The Pakistani woman cleared of blasphemy charges remains in jail, and banned from leaving the country. With an appeal launched against Asia Bibi’s acquittal, her lawyer fled the country after receiving death threats
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibis-lawyer-leaves-pakistan-as-his-client-stays-in-jail/a-46144246
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46082324

2 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s ‘father of the Taliban’ Maulana Sami ul Haq killed in knife attack

Haq was known as the « Father of the Taliban » because he trained some of the leaders of the Islamist movement in Afghanistan. Many of them attended his Haqqania seminary, a well-known Islamist school in northwest Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan
https://www.dw.com/en/father-of-the-taliban-killed-in-pakistan/a-46135892
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1839283/1-maulana-samiul-haq-assassinated-rawalpindi/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1443119/politicians-condemn-brutal-murder-of-jui-s-chief-maulana-samiul-haq

31 OCTOBER 2018

Asia Bibi, Christian woman on Pakistan death row for blasphemy since eight years, acquitted in landmark ruling

Asia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/31/sc-acquits-aasia-bibi-orders-immediate-release/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1289700/what-you-need-to-know-about-asia-bibis-trial

24 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan gets $6 billion from Saudis, still needs IMF loan

Pakistan has negotiated a $6 billion assistance package of loans and deferred payments from Saudi Arabia in hopes of resuscitating its flagging economy, struggling under the weight of a whopping $18 billion deficit
https://www.foxnews.com/world/pakistan-gets-6-billion-from-saudis-still-needs-imf-loan
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2169911/desperate-pakistan-welcomes-saudi-arabias-us6-billion-bailout

5 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested ahead of polls

Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested on Friday in a longstanding corruption case, the national anti-graft agency said, nine days before crucial by-elections are due to be held
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-opposition-leader-shahbaz-sharif-arrested-ahead-of-polls-1.777568
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/05/nab-arrests-shehbaz-sharif-in-ashiana-housing-scam/

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court orders release of former prime minister Sharif and daughter

Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-former-prime-minister-sharif-daughter/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1433868/nawaz-maryam-and-safdar-released-from-adiala-jail-after-ihc-suspends-avenfield-sentences
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-of-former-pm-nawaz-sharif

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers citizenship to Afghan refugees

Afghan refugees born in Pakistan will be offered citizenship, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday in a dramatic change of policy that could benefit of hundreds of thousands of marginalised people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-pm-imran-khan-offers-citizenship-to-afghan-refugees-1.771211
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1804996/1-pakistan-born-refugees-offered-citizenship/

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM’s wife dies in London

Mrs Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45485734
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/09/11/begum-kulsoom-nawaz-passes-away/

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi elected the 13th President of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th president of Pakistan as the country’s electoral college – comprising of the Senate, national and provincial assemblies – cast their votes on Tuesday
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1794750/1-presidential-election-voting-commences/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1430542/ptis-dr-arif-alvi-elected-13th-president-of-pakistan

17 AUGUST 2018

Imran Khan Elected 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after securing 176 votes as Pakistani lawmakers cast their vote for a new prime minister today
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

13 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for first time

The first session of the 15th National Assembly ended on Monday after 328 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath following their election in the July 25 countrywide polls. Earlier, it was reported that 329 lawmakers would take oath but MNA Sahabzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan from Jhang was unable to attend the session
https://www.dawn.com/news/1426761/328-mnas-sworn-in-to-15th-national-assembly
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-newly-elected-parliament-meets-for-first-time-19556

3 AUGUST 2018

12 girls schools burnt down in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan

The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, were targeted late on Thursday night by the militants who set them on fire and damaged school property across Diamer district, police said
http://zeenews.india.com/world/12-girls-schools-burnt-down-in-pakistans-restive-gilgit-baltistan-2130100.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1424685/12-schools-burnt-down-overnight-in-gilgit-baltistans-diamer-district

26 JULY 2018

Pakistan election: Imran Khan’s victory confirmed by officials as ex-cricket star falls short of majority

Imran Khan has won Pakistan’s general election, official results finally confirmed, although he has fallen short of an outright majority and will need a coalition to form a government
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-election-2018-imran-khan-win-results-official-victory-pti-a8465741.html
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/303933-populist-imran-khan-set-to-become-new-premier
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-election-results-live-imran-khan-wins-in-pakistan-but-needs-support-to-form-government-1.2257370
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/346862-pti-allies-can-form-govt-without-support-of-other-parties

13 JULY 2018

Suicide bomber kills 128 in Pakistan attack as ousted Sharif returns and is arrested

At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district
https://www.dawn.com/news/1419812/mastung-bombing-128-dead-over-200-injured-in-deadliest-attack-since-aps-is-claims-responsibility
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-daughter-maryam-arrested-after-arriving-in-lahore-1.2250708
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2155199/pakistan-readies-return-disgraced-ex-pm-nawaz-sharif

9 JULY 2018

China launches two satellites for Pakistan

The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on Monday morning from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a press release
https://www.dawn.com/news/1418966/pakistan-launches-remote-sensing-satellite-in-china
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/339575-china-launches-two-satellites-for-pakistan

6 JULY 2018

Court hands former Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif 10-year term over purchase of expensive London properties

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/ousted-pakistani-premier-sharif-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-18706
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/court-hands-former-pakistan-prime-minister-sharif-10-year-term-purchase-expensive-london-properties/#.Wz92CdIzY2w

23 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

Pakistani Taliban militants chose a religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/23/pakistani-taliban-choose-new-chief-in-place-fazlullah.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1415660/ttp-appoints-mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-as-chief-after-fazlullahs-killing
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/06/23/mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-fills-in-fazaullahs-shoes-in-ttp/

9 JUNE 2018

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

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

28 MAY 2018

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier

Pakistan has chosen former chief justice Nasirul Mulk as caretaker PM. The July 25 general elections will be a popularity test for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-appoints-former-chief-justice-as-interim-premier/a-43942854
https://www.dawn.com/news/1410523/former-cjp-nasirul-mulk-named-as-caretaker-pm

27 MAY 2018

Pakistan to hold general election in July amid deteriorating civilian-military ties

Pakistan’s president has set July 25 as the date for the general election, state media say. The vote will be a test of popularity for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-to-hold-general-election-in-july-amid-deteriorating-civilian-military-ties/a-43942854
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1719770/1-president-mamnoon-announces-general-elections-july-25

25 MAY 2018

Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions

Pakistan has abolished its troubled northwest tribal areas in a historic parliamentary bill granting rights to millions of conflict-weary people and scrapping a draconian colonial-era regime
https://us.cnn.com/2018/05/25/asia/pakistan-tribal-areas-dismantled-intl/index.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/25/kp-fata-merger-bill-gets-senates-nod/
http://www.radio.gov.pk/25-05-2018/senate-resumes-session-in-islamabad

14 MAY 2018

Thousands rally in Pakistan’s Karachi for Pashtun rights

Thousands of protesters have called for an end to alleged rights abuses by Pakistan’s military at the latest rally by a grassroots rights group, defying restrictions and a string of detentions of the movement’s organisers
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/thousands-rally-pakistan-karachi-pashtun-rights-180513193931420.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/14/561666/PakistanPashtunKarachirightsabuse

11 MAY 2018

Pakistan gives defence minister second post of foreign affairs

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday gave Defence Minister Khurrram Dastagir Khan the additional portfolio of foreign affairs
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-foreign/pakistan-gives-defence-minister-second-post-of-foreign-affairs-idINKBN1IC1UI?rpc=401&
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1707706/1-defence-minister-assigned-foreign-portfolio-take-charge-fm/

6 MAY 2018

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in assassination attempt

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot at and injured during a corner meeting in Narowal’s Kanjrur tehsil on Sunday, in what Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described as an « assassination attempt »
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/pakistan-interior-minister-ahsan-iqbal-injured-assassination-attempt-1572388
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-minister-survives-assassination-attempt/4381799.html

26 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court removes foreign minister Khawaja Asif in blow to ruling party

The ruling by the Islamabad High Court was the latest in a series of court decisions that have gone against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-court-removes-foreign-minister-in-blow-to-ruling-party-17022
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/309421-khawaja-asifs-political-future-hangs-in-balance
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1695796/1-khawaja-asif-9-month-journey-foreign-minister/

13 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court bars former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday (April 13) issued a lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification – a ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe against him last year
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-court-bars-former-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-from-holding-public-office
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-bars-ex-premier-nawaz-sharif-from-politics-for-life/a-43368800
https://www.dawn.com/news/1401362/disqualification-under-article-62-1f-is-for-life-sc-rules-in-historic-verdict

29 MARCH 2018

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai makes emotional return to Pakistan after 2012 Taliban attack

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan Thursday, saying tearfully that it was “a dream” to come home for the first time since she was airlifted to Britain after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman more than five years ago
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/28/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-visit
http://www.dw.com/en/malala-yousafzai-loved-abroad-maligned-at-home/a-17932794
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1672156/1-malalalalala/

22 MARCH 2018

Pakistan senate gets first woman Leader of Opposition

Former Pakistan Information Minister Senator Sherry Rehman was elected on Thursday as the first woman leader of the opposition in the Senate — the Upper House of the Parliament
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-gets-first-woman-leader-of-opposition-1.2193035
https://www.dawn.com/news/1396881/sherry-rehman-becomes-the-first-female-leader-of-the-opposition-in-senate

13 MARCH 2018

Ousted Pakistan PM’s brother takes charge of ruling party

The brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif formally took charge of the country’s ruling party Tuesday, a day after being outmanoeuvred in elections for Senate chairman
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/ousted-pakistan-pm-s-brother-takes-charge-of-ruling-party-1.2187537
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/13/555349/Pakistan-Nawaz-Sharif-Shahbaz-PMLN-PTI-PPP
http://www.dw.com/en/why-ousted-pakistani-pm-nawaz-sharif-turned-against-the-powerful-military/a-42953631

11 MARCH 2018

Shoe thrown at Nawaz Sharif during seminar in Lahore

A former Jamia Neemia student, reportedly a member of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR), on Sunday hurled a shoe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, while the former premier was about to address the event members at the seminary in Garhi Shahu
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/11/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-during-seminar-in-lahore/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1394594/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-at-jamia-naeemia-lahore
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1657021/1-shoe-hurled-nawaz-sharif-lahore-madrassa/

9 MARCH 2018

Pakistan court orders Pervez Musharraf’s arrest

A special Pakistani tribunal has ordered the government to arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and confiscate all his properties as it heard the high treason case against the « proclaimed offender » for imposing emergency rule in the country in 2007
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-court-orders-pervez-musharrafs-arrest-2088235.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N wins big in Parliament’s upper house polls

Pakistan’s ruling PML-N of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday won 15 seats in Senate and became the largest party in the upper house of Parliament, according to provisional results
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nawaz-sharifs-pml-n-wins-big-in-parliaments-upper-house-polls/article22921775.ece?homepage=true

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan’s ruling party picks Sharif’s brother as president

The younger brother of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected acting head of the country’s ruling party, following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/27/553785/Pakistan-Shahbaz-Sharif
https://www.dawn.com/news/1392482/sharif-brothers-new-role

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-ousted-pm-sharif-cannot-lead-his-party-idINKCN1G51MI?rpc=401&
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/21/pakistans-top-court-rules-against-disqualified-pm-sharif.html

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan bans UN-listed Mumbai attacks suspects

Pakistan has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to ban those listed as terrorists by the United Nations, a move which paves the way for Islamabad to proceed against suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-bans-un-listed-mumbai-attacks-suspects-1.2173027
https://nation.com.pk/13-Feb-2018/government-bans-jamat-ud-dawa-head-hafiz-saeed

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

The family of respected Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir has confirmed her death from cardiac arrest. She had recently won Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize for her work defending and promoting human rights
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistani-rights-activist-asma-jahangir-dies-at-66/a-42536180
https://thewire.in/223099/asma-jahangir-lawyer-activist-and-a-brave-fighter/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1632167/1-asma-jahangir-passes-away-lahore/

13 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan’s Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil

Pakistan’s volatile Baluchistan province elected a new chief minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics-baluchistan/pakistans-baluchistan-region-elects-new-chief-minister-amid-turmoil-idINKBN1F20JB?rpc=401&
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-01-2018/abdul-quddus-bizenjo-elected-as-new-cm-of-balochistan
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1607537/1-thrice-elected-lawmaker/

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistani-journalist-critical-of-military-escapes-kidnap-attempt-1.2155098
http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-pakistan-journalist-escapes-abductors-kidnap-press
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/journalist-taha-siddiqui-escapes-abduction-attempt-180110114031762.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

Benazir Bhutto: Former Pakistani PM ‘was highly undemocratic’

On December 27, 2007, one of Pakistan’s most influential politicians, Benazir Bhutto, was killed at a political rally. Renowned Pakistani journalist Hasan Mujtaba talks to DW about Bhutto’s politics and her murder
http://www.dw.com/en/benazir-bhutto-former-pakistani-pm-was-highly-undemocratic/a-41943369

20 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistan Army reaffirms support to democracy

In his first appearance before the political leadership, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaffirmed his commitment to democracy and rule of law
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-reaffirms-support-to-democracy-1.2144690

6 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

A Pakistani peace activist has been abducted in the eastern city of Lahore, prompting fears for his safety, his family and fellow activists confirmed on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/pakistani-activist-raza-khan-reported-missing-171206091156178.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42249090

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists

November 27 will be remembered as a « black day » in Pakistan – a day when religious hardliners forced the entire state to surrender over a blasphemy row. And the military sided with Islamists, writes DW’s Shamil Shams
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-pakistans-ignominious-surrender-to-islamists/a-41543721
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/11/27/state-surrenders-to-zealots-demands/
http://nation.com.pk/27-Nov-2017/khadim-rizvi-calls-off-sit-in-as-govt-caved-into

22 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

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

19 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

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

8 OCTOBER 2017

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

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

3 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

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

31 AUGUST 2017

A Pakistan’s  anti-terrorism court (ATC) verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case acquits five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and 17-year imprisonment for two police officials

A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nine years, eight months and three days after the assassination
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495869/benazir-murder-case-five-accused-acquitted-two-police-officers-sentenced-17-years-prison/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/musharraf-declared-fugitive-in-benazir-murder-case-party-shocked-1.2083246
https://www.dawn.com/news/1355153/benazir-murder-case-atc-acquits-5-accused-declares-musharraf-an-absconder

26 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

Pakistan’s government says results from a recently conducted national census show the country’s population has risen to 207.7 million
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/society/181473-pakistans-population-tops-207-million-census-shows
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2017/pakistan-population-soars-to-208-million

14 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of air power, as the military’s top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-marks-independence-with-fireworks-huge-flag-air-show-1.2074067
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1480831/nation-celebrates-71st-independence-day/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1351502/flag-hoisting-ceremony-in-capital-marks-pakistans-independence-day

10 AUGUST 2017

Ruth Pfau: Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country’s Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40886234
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338320
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477955/pakistani-lepers-messiah-dr-ruth-pfau-passes-away/

9 AUGUST 2017

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led a defiant procession Wednesday (Aug 9) to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore as thousands rallied along the route, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-pakistan-pm-sharif-launches-defiant-procession-9109042
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477320/live-nawaz-leaves-camp-office-islamabad-kicks-off-homegoing-rally/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1350536/homecoming-nawaz-motorcade-enters-rawalpindi

1st August 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

Former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been elected as Pakistan’s interim prime minister. Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz is expected to take over in September and continue until the 2018 election
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-elects-shahid-khaqan-abbasi-as-interim-prime-minister/a-39916323
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348953/shahid-khaqan-abbasi-sworn-in-as-prime-minister-of-pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/01/530385/Pakistan-premier-election-Abbasi

28 JULY 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns after being disqualified from office

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after he was disqualified from office by the country’s Supreme Court
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/28/asia/nawaz-sharif-disqualified-from-office/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/supreme-court-disqualifies-nawaz-sharif-170728055818531.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348191/nawaz-sharif-steps-down-as-pm-after-scs-disqualification-verdict

7 JULY 2017

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/

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

In addition to attacks from militants or criminals, Pakistani journalists are also facing threats from government agencies or the military itself
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jun-2017/journalists-in-pakistan-under-fire-from-many-sides

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

11 MAY 2017

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

20 APRIL 2017

Pakistan’s top court rejects call to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday (April 20)  ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition and it ordered further investigations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-insufficient-evidence-to-remove-prime-minister-nawaz
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-panama-papers-ruling-is-a-win-for-everyone/a-38513759
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/199752-Full-text-of-Panama-case-verdict

11 APRIL 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110359/malala-to-become-youngest-un-messenger-of-peace
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/11/asia/malala-un-messenger-of-peace/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-un-peace-messenger-malala-will-promote-girls-education/2017/04/10/cae6c176-1e32-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

3 MARCH 2017

Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March

ast-growing Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March, the statistics bureau said on Thursday, hoping to end years of wrangling by politicians concerned about how a survey would affect the make-up of their local electorates
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/with-rocketing-population-pakistan-to-conduct-first-census-in-19-years-1.1987677

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

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

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

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

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/pakistans-missing-human-rights-activists/

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

A Pakistani law allowing military courts to try civilians on terror charges has expired. It’s unclear if the government will extend the law, after criticism of the courts’ legality and of their failure to curb terrorism
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-military-courts-what-did-they-achieve/a-37049690

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

Pakistan has endured over a decade of political discord, security crises and prolonged military rule. In 2016, the fragile civilian-led government experienced both setbacks and successes following this legacy of instability
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/03/pakistan-muddles-along/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s murder – nine years ago on December 27 – has remained a mystery. But it is clear that her Pakistan People’s Party is no longer a big force in the country’s politic
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-has-moved-beyond-benazir-bhutto/a-18943893

23 DECEMBER 2016

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan after 18 months of self-exile

Former president of Pakistan and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday reiterated his unflinching belief in democracy in the country and vowed to resume his political struggle through parliament
http://www.dawn.com/news/1304052/touchdown-zardari-lands-in-pakistan-after-18-months-in-self-imposed-exile
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2016/no-compromise-on-national-interests-zardari

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back militant groups
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-pm-sharif-names-general-bajwa-as-new-army-chief-1.1935712
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1245263/editorial-new-army-chief/

12  NOVEMBER 2016

At least 43 dead, 100 injured at Pakistan’s shrine blast

At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday (Nov 12), officials said
http://www.dawn.com/news/1295928/at-least-43-killed-100-injured-in-blast-at-khuzdar-shrine
http://nation.com.pk/national/12-Nov-2016/at-least-30-dead-100-injured-in-hub-shrine-blast

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-opposition-leader-imran-khan-says-under-virtual-house-a/3244732.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-stone-throwing-supporters-of-op/3244080.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-police-raid-opposition-party-ptis-rally-in-islamabad/a-36179571

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistan’s government has imposed a travel ban on a leading journalist after he sparked an uproar by reporting that civilian officials had clashed with the military over its covert support for militants
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37615467
http://www.dawn.com/news/1289496/human-rights-journalist-organisations-protest-travel-ban-on-dawn-staffer

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
http://www.dawn.com/news/1288177/pakistan-passes-anti-honour-killings-and-anti-rape-bills
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-parliament-passes-legislation-against-honour-killings

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/27/content_15501954.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

 A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday (Sep 17) confiscating his property, a lawyer said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-property/3135154.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183308/ghazi-murder-case-islamabad-court-orders-confiscation-musharrafs-property/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246988083

17 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq

Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-islamization-before-and-after-dictator-zia-ul-haq/a-19480315

8 AUGUST 2016

Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2000884/bombing-hospital-pakistani-city-quetta-kills-least-42
http://www.dawn.com/news/1276183/70-dead-as-blast-hits-quetta-civil-hospital-after-lawyers-killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37015640

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

 The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/farooq-haider-khan-is-pm-of-pakistan-administered-kashmir-1.1871287

28 JULY 2016

Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones

Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1996001/welcome-pakistans-wild-west-where-guns-are-cheaper-smartphones

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144838/musharrafs-bank-accounts-frozen-property-confiscated-rules-special-court/
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jul-2016/court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-bank-accounts

8 JULY 2016

Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan

Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/pakistan-humanitarian-abdul-sattar-edhi-dies-160708184523940.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137773/abdul-sattar-edhi-put-ventilator-condition-deteriorates-faisal-edhi/
http://www.dw.com/en/abdul-sattar-edhi-a-life-bigger-than-accolades/a-19243405

22 JUNE 2016

Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’

One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an « act of terror »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36597498
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-23/popular-pakistani-sufi-singer-amjad-sabri-shot-dead-in-act-of-terror-police-say/1592790
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1128233/amjad-sabri-killed/

23 APRIL 2016

Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-pm-says-resign-if-found-guilty-panama-papers-probe#sthash.WLTYYS24.dpuf

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36099794
http://www.dawn.com/news/1253497/gen-raheel-dismisses-6-army-officers-from-service-over-corruption

1 MARCH 2016

Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?

Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-qadris-hanging-lead-to-blasphemy-law-reforms-in-pakistan/a-19082554
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hanging-revives-pakistan-capital-punishment-debate-160229164410577.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/pakistan-hangs-anti-blasphemy-law-governor-assassin-160229022556488.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35693767

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-has-24-million/2552540.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85

3 FEBRUARY 2016

With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1237386/115-killings-make-pakistan-fourth-deadliest-country-for-journalists

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away

Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/22/content_15376922.html

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35359072
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234231/breakthroughs-made-in-identifying-bacha-khan-university-attackers-dg-ispr

18 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-18/pakistani-court-acquits-former-president-pervez-musharraf-of-rebel-leaders-murder/1537121
http://www.dawn.com/news/1233775/atc-acquits-pervez-musharraf-in-akbar-bugti-murder-case
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35341255

14 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/12097851/Pakistan-arrests-militant-group-head-suspected-of-attack-on-Indian-air-base.html

 

China foreign policy

12 OCTOBER 2019

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

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Is China contributing to the United Nations’ mission?
 
In recent decades, China’s support for the United Nations (UN) has grown considerably. Whereas in the past China was reticent to play an active role in the organization, it is now the second-largest contributor to the UN’s regular budget. It is also the second-largest contributor to the peacekeeping budget and provides more personnel to peacekeeping operations than any other permanent member of the Security Council. These contributions enable China to exert diplomatic and political influence globally. They also provide Beijing with opportunities to reassure the international community of China’s commitment to global peace and stability
https://chinapower.csis.org/china-un-mission/
 

26 SEPTEMBER 2019

Beijing issues position paper on China and the UN

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2019

US sanctions Chinese companies for Iran oil imports: Pompeo

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2019

Solomon Islands establishes diplomatic ties with China

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2019

China-Germany ties at a glance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel starts her two-day official visit to China today. This is Merkel’s 12th visit to China as chancellor
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/226/89/21/1567763895346.html?newsId=94455

26 AUGUST 2019

Iranian foreign minister holds talks in Beijing after surprise visit to G7 summit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Beijing on Monday after a surprise appearance at the Group of Seven summit in France over the weekend – a move highlighting China’s close relationship with Iran, which is in a stand-off with the US over its nuclear programme
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3024433/iranian-foreign-minister-holds-talks-beijing-after-surprise

10 AUGUST 2019

China says it will support Pakistan ‘upholding its rights’ in Kashmir row with India

China has said it would support Pakistan defending its “legitimate rights and interests” in the Kashmir crisis during an emergency visit by the country’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday night
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3022254/china-says-it-will-support-pakistan-upholding-its-rights
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2019-08-10/detail-ifzmwwnr7045592.shtml

6 AUGUST 2019

Beijing says India’s Kashmir move ‘undermines’ China sovereignty

Beijing has criticised India’s decision to change the status of Jammu & Kashmir, a state that borders China, accusing New Delhi of undermining its territorial sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/beijing-says-indias-kashmir-move-undermines-china-sovereignty

7 JULY 2019

Is the China model a threat?

Western strategists have expressed widespread concern that Chinese leaders will promote the Chinese model of development as an alternative to Western democracy. In fact, the China model works only under severely constrained circumstances and so far, Chinese leaders seem to understand that
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/07/07/is-the-china-model-a-threat/

2 JULY 2019

Turkey, China seek to expand economic ties despite political differences

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Beijing on Tuesday to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, as the two countries seek to build on budding economic and political ties at a time both are experiencing a low point in their relations with the United States
https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-china-seek-to-expand-economic-ties-despite-political-differences/a-49425011

6 JUNE 2019

China, Russia commemorate 70th anniversary of ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attended on Wednesday a gathering marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/159/95/250/1559815782161.html?newsId=85093
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48537663

4 JUNE 2019

Mike Pompeo’s ‘arrogance’ condemned by China on 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre

China on Tuesday slammed Mike Pompeo for « lunatic ravings and babbling nonsense » after the US secretary of state criticised Beijing’s human rights record in a statement issued on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square carackdown
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/04/china-condemns-pompeo-arrogance-tiananmen-anniversary/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-condemns-us-secretary-of-state-pompeos-prejudice-arrogance-on-tiananmen

1 JUNE 2019

Trump’s biggest mistake in US-China trade war: not realising the Chinese will never genuflect again

American politicians just do not understand the power of national self-esteem that underpins China’s resilience, writes Leslie Fong
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3012679/trumps-biggest-mistake-us-china-trade-war-not-realising-chinese

China in Latin America: partner or predator?

Whether they’re new colonisers or a vital source of cash and technology, the jury is out on Beijing’s investment in the region – but one thing is certain, the US will not relinquish its control without a fight
https://multimedia.scmp.com/week-asia/article/3011618/beijing-conquest-latin-america/index.html

2 MAY 2019

Is New Zealand’s relationship with China on the rocks?

Early April 2019 saw New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern travel to Beijing for her first state visit to China. The visit included high-level meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, reinforcing previous government’s efforts to develop constructive relationships with regional partners
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/05/02/is-new-zealands-relationship-with-china-on-the-rocks/

4 APRIL 2019

China’s construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US

China’s expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing’s ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/chinas-construction-binge-spreads-to-americas-rattles-us/

29 MARCH 2019

Sino-Saudi Ties and its Influence across South and West Asia

A stronger Sino-Saudi tie emerged from the official visits of Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan (February 17-18, 2019) and China (February 21-22, 2019)
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/925.html

24 MARCH 2019

Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/macron-looks-to-galvanise-eu-on-china-as-xi-visits-france/article/546039#ixzz5j7yxxaSV
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/18/236/1553400082457.html?newsId=65608
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3003078/chinese-president-xi-jinping-meets-french-president-emmanuel

22 MARCH 2019

Italy to buy into China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping began his European tour in Rome against a background of growing Western unease over Italy joining the Belt and Road Initiative. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Xi on Saturday.
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190322-china-stretches-its-belt-and-road-deep-europe
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20190322/265722.html

20 MARCH 2019

Matteo Ricci and the Cultural Revolution absent in ode to friendship between China and Italy sung by Xi Jinping

In an interview given today to the Corriere della Sera, on the eve of his journey that will take him to Rome, Monaco and France, President Xi Jinping’s words are a true love song for Italy. Yet what is really amazing about this long ode to relations between our nation and the Middle Empire is his silence on Matteo Ricci and the Cultural Revolution
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Matteo-Ricci-and-the-Cultural-Revolution-absent-in-ode-to-friendship-between-China-and-Italy-sung-by-Xi-Jinping-46554.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/187/5/1553078442290.html?newsId=65236

15 MARCH 2019

Why is China blocking the terrorist designation of a Pakistani militant?

Masood Azhar is the head of the Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. India accuses the group of bloody attacks and wants Azhar designated as a terrorist, but China is standing in the way
https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-china-blocking-the-terrorist-designation-of-a-pakistani-militant/a-47937677

14 MARCH 2019

China blocks UN move to designate Pakistan JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist again

The US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/news/china-blocks-move-designate-jem-chief-global-terrorist-again-1714987
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/masood-azhar-kashmir-bombing-sanctions-india-china-blocked-a8822186.html

4 MARCH 2019

China accuses arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets

Accusations about ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor come as China seeks Huawei CFO’s release
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-accuses-two-detained-canadians-of-stealing-and-selling-state-secrets/2019/03/04/766f2796-3e7e-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.160449512008
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/china-accuses-detained-canadians-stealing-state-secrets-190304115005135.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47442562

2 MARCH 2019

Why China doesn’t want to get caught in the middle of a India-Pakistan conflict

Beijing is on the verge of being sucked into an India-Pakistan crisis, amid rising tensions in the Kashmir region that borders China
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/28/asia/pakistan-india-china-crisis-intl/index.html

27 FEBRUARY 2019

China, Russia, India to strengthen cooperation

China, Russia and India on Wednesday agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation, firmly uphold multilateralism and jointly fight against terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/240/112/1551276717194.html?newsId=63133
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/wang-china-india-should-tap-their-potentials-asianewsnetwork

5 FEBRUARY 2019

China offers Lunar New Year olive branch to Canada, saying it wants to get relations back on track amid fallout from arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Chinese diplomats have issued a Lunar New Year message of goodwill to Canada, saying they want to get relations back on track amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the detention of a senior Huawei executive
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185090/china-offers-lunar-new-year-olive-branch-canada-saying-it-wants

25 JANUARY 2019

Beijing tells Washington to abide by ‘one-China’ principle after US Navy’s Taiwan passage

The Chinese foreign ministry on Friday urged Washington to abide by its “one China” principle after two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait the previous day
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2183728/beijing-tells-washington-abide-one-china-principle-after-us
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-warships-pass-through-taiwan-strait_2779012.html

12 JANUARY 2019

‘China’s Belt and Road led to corruption in Malaysia’

China’s multi-billion dollar ‘One Belt and Road’ (OBOR) initiative has ‘funded’ corruption in Malaysia, an investigation carried out by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/258949504/china-belt-and-road-led-to-corruption-in-malaysia

9 JANUARY 2019

China-Russia: A pseudo-alliance fraught with mistrust and irritation

The exaggerated gestures of goodwill cannot quite camouflage the underlying tensions in this presidential pseudo-alliance
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/01/china-russia-a-pseudo-alliance-fraught-with-mistrust-and-irritation/

3 JANUARY 2019

Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US

China’s space programme scored a major victory on Thursday morning when the Chang’e 4 lunar spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon, territory that has never before been explored
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180594/change-4-landing-dark-side-moon-marks-start-chinas-space-race-us

Chinese-Australian relations have had a rollercoaster year in 2018

As Beijing looked to expand its global position, particularly with an increased presence in the Pacific, Australia sat up and took notice
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-27/chinese-australian-relations-have-had-a-rollercoaster-year/10638590

20 DECEMBER 2018

China ‘resolutely opposes’ new US law on Tibet

China denounced the United States on Thursday (Dec 20) for passing a new law on restive Tibet, saying it was « resolutely opposed » to the US legislation on what China considers an internal affair, and it risked causing « serious harm » to their relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-resolutely-opposes-new-us-law-on-tibet
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/144/252/64/1545319788330.html?newsId=57104

19 DECEMBER 2018

Third Canadian citizen detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms

A Canadian citizen has been detained in China, the country’s Global Affairs office has confirmed, the third since the Canadian police arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-20/third-canadian-detained-in-china,-canadian-media-says/10636816
https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/third-canadian-citizen-has-been-detained-in-china-global-affairs-canada-confirms

18 DECEMBER 2018

China slams Japan’s new defense guidelines

China’s Foreign Ministry has strongly opposed Japan’s National Defense Program Guidelines and 5-year defense program approved by the Cabinet
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181218_34/

13 DECEMBER 2018

China confirms Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrested amid Huawei row

China confirmed on Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/china-confirms-canadians-michael-kovrig-and-michael-spavor-arrested-amid-huawei-row-1.802428
https://www.voanews.com/a/who-are-the-two-canadians-reported-detained-in-china/4698747.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181213_40/

11 DECEMBER 2018

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China after arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada

A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China at the same time as a Canadian court weighs whether to grant bail to a top Chinese technology executive who is being held in Vancouver pending a US extradition request
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2177515/former-canadian-diplomat-michael-kovrig-detained-china
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/11/asia/michael-kovrig-china-detained-intl/index.html

5 DECEMBER 2018

Portugal signs agreement with China on Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping pressed Portugal to formally join Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative” during his visit to Lisbon, as the southern European nation signed a memorandum of understanding with China on the massive infrastructure plan
https://gbtimes.com/china-and-portugal-agree-to-boost-trade-ties
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176560/portugal-wavers-xi-jinping-presses-europe-belt-and-road
http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/1205/c90000-9525675.html

27 NOVEMBER 2018

What’s in the secret documents signed by China and Vanuatu at APEC?

The ABC and the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper have obtained seven agreements signed by China and the nation of Vanuatu just before the APEC meeting
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-27/the-secret-documents-china-and-vanuatu-signed-at-apec/10557438?section=world

21 NOVEMBER 2018

What Xi did and didn’t give Duterte

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines heralded a new ‘strategic partnership’ but failed to deliver vowed billions of dollars of aid and investment
http://www.atimes.com/article/what-xi-did-and-didnt-give-duterte/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a529d5a25b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_21_01_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a529d5a25b-31591405

20 NOVEMBER 2018

China and Philippines sign oil and gas exploration deal as Xi Jinping meets Rodrigo Duterte

Beijing and Manila have agreed to a joint oil and gas exploration deal – one of 29 deals that were signed on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a two-day state visit to the Philippines
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2174213/china-philippines-sign-oil-and-gas-exploration-deal-xi-jinping
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/21/1870458/philippines-china-sign-mou-joint-gas-oil-developement
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Belt-and-Road/China-stages-comeback-in-Philippine-telecoms-and-rail-sectors

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

13 NOVEMBER 2018

China’s growing role in South Pacific nations cannot be stopped, says vice-minister Zheng Zeguang

No country should or could stop China cooperating with South Pacific island nations, a Chinese official warned on Tuesday ahead of a summit involving Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders in the region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2173025/chinas-growing-role-south-pacific-nations-cannot-be-stopped

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Dominican Republic opens new embassy in mainland China after ditching Taiwan as ally

The Dominican Republic opened its new embassy in mainland China on Saturday, months after switching its allegiance to Beijing from the self-ruled island of Taiwan
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=35526&SEO=danilo-medina-wang-yi-inaugurate-dominican-embassy-in-china
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2171534/dominican-republic-opens-new-embassy-mainland-china-after

2 NOVEMBER 2018

China promises Pakistan support as new PM Imran Khan tells of ‘very difficult’ economy

China on Friday (Nov 2) promised to support Pakistan’s economy as new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke of his country’s « very difficult » economic situation amid a burgeoning financial crisis
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-promises-pakistan-support-as-new-pm-imran-khan-tells-of-very-difficult-economy
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-imran-khan-china-xi-jinping/4639850.html

26 OCTOBER 2018

Abe, Xi agree to move from competition to cooperation toward new era in bilateral ties

 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in Beijing. Both say they’re determined to turn a new page in the relationship between the two countries
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181026_44/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-xi-says-japan-relations-back-on-right-track-state-media-10868234
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-japan-pledge-boost-economic-cooperation-181026093948823.html

13 OCTOBER 2018

Geopolitical objectives fuel China’s Peace Ark

This is the seventh year of Peace Ark’s ‘humanitarian mission’. So far, the ship has visited 37 countries where doctors on board have provided humanitarian medical services for more than 180,000 people. The offshore hospital ship is said to have 120 medical staff working in 18 clinical departments and five auxiliary ones. The ship also has 300 beds for patients, eight operating rooms, 20 intensive care units and even a heli-ambulance
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/10/13/geopolitical-objectives-fuel-chinas-peace-ark/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol demands China ‘clarification’ on missing police chief

Interpol demanded an official « clarification » from China on the whereabouts of its missing police chief on Saturday (Oct 6), after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/interpol-demands-china-clarification-on-missing-police-chief
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45771813
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2167298/interpol-demands-answers-china-missing-president-meng-hongwei

2 OCTOBER 2018

Japan and China are being pushed into each other’s arms by Donald Trump’s antics

Improved Japan-China relations are in prospect, now that Shinzo Abe has been re-elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party for three more years
https://www.scmp.com/business/article/2166214/japan-and-china-are-being-pushed-each-others-arms-donald-trumps-antics

16 SEPTEMBER 2018

What will keep China and Russia from building a new world order?

Russia and China are forming closer economic and strategic relations in the face of increasing pressure from Washington. Although a Sino-Russian bloc sounds ominous to the West, there are big obstacles to an alliance
https://www.dw.com/en/what-will-keep-china-and-russia-from-building-a-new-world-order/a-45494413
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/large-war-games-distract-complexity-china-russia-ties-180914184222402.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin agree to boost ties amid growing US unilateralism

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have vowed to bolster Sino-Russian ties and oppose unilateralism, as the two nations seek to counterbalance the United States’ power on the international stage
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163793/chinas-xi-jinping-russias-vladimir-putin-agree-boost-ties-amid

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi and Abe guarantors of Chinese–Japanese entente

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe are both strongman nationalist leaders and that this augurs poorly for the relationship between the two countries. But are the leaders themselves really a risk? With Xi ensuring he can lead his country for as long as he desires and with Abe cruising towards re-election next month for a third three-year term as LDP party leader, the question deserves careful consideration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/07/xi-and-abe-guarantors-of-chinese-japanese-entente/

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Tiny Pacific island Nauru takes on Beijing in furious diplomatic spat

The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has demand China apologize for the « crazy » behavior of its senior diplomat at the Pacific Island Forum, a gathering of 18 regional leaders hosted by Nauru this week
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/06/asia/nauru-china-pacific-islands-intl/index.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Fight-in-the-Pacific%3A-tiny-Nauru-calls-on-the-Chinese-superpower-to-apologise-44859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/05/chinese-envoy-walks-out-of-meeting-after-row-with-nauru-president-amid-bullying-claims

31 AUGUST 2018

Chief US spy catcher says China using LinkedIn to recruit Americans

The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/chief-us-spy-catcher-says-china-using-linkedin-to-recruit-americans-19925
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chief-us-spy-catcher-says-china-using-linkedin-to-recruit-americans_2638187.html

8 AUGUST 2018

China’s growing influence in South Asia

As power is inflationary, so when countries become stronger, their interest expands beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. China is no exception. Thus, in order to sustain its peaceful rise, it is increasing its influence around the world and South Asia is no different
https://nation.com.pk/05-Aug-2018/china-s-growing-influence-in-south-asia

22 JULY 2018

Why Japan–China relations are back on track

In early May 2018 during his first visit to Japan since being appointed in 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang publicly remarked that Japan–China relations had returned to a path of normality. This ‘throw-away line’ revealed that China’s official perspective prior to then was that Japan–China relations had been off course and abnormal
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/18/why-japan-china-relations-are-back-on-track/

7 JULY 2018

Are arms exports a tool of Chinese foreign policy?

Chinese arms sales appear to be more transactional than an instrument of foreign policy. For instance, there has been no uptick in Chinese arms deliveries to core Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner countries since this initiative was announced in 2013. Indeed, out of the 74 countries that are directly linked to BRI projects, only 23 of them — 31 per cent — have received Chinese major weapon systems since 2013
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/07/are-arms-exports-a-tool-of-chinese-foreign-policy/

16 JUNE 2018

China-Japan Relations: Warm in Politics and Cold in Economics

China-Japan relations have long been characterized as being “hot in economics and cold in politics”. However, the strained political relations have shown signs of improvement in recent years
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/725.html

8 JUNE 2018

Putin: Cooperation with China at “unprecedented level”

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

5 JUNE 2018

After US withdrawal, Iran embraces China

Despite Beijing’s expressed ‘regret’ at the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, the result is then in many ways a win-win scenario for China
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/05/after-us-withdrawal-iran-embraces-china/

28 APRIL 2018

China’s Xi and India’s Modi agree to reduce border tensions

The Chinese and Indian leaders have spent two days in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for discussions on how to mend ties strained when troops from both sides came eyeball-to-eyeball in the disputed Doklam area
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-s-xi-and-india-s-modi-agree-to-reduce-border-tensions-17059
http://www.dw.com/en/india-china-agree-to-keep-border-peace-at-milestone-informal-summit/a-43575664
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2143859/china-india-agree-improve-military-communication-border

16 APRIL 2018

China, Japan hail new beginning at bilateral summit

China and Japan on Monday pledged a « new starting point » for bilateral ties. The statement was made during a three-day visit by Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi to Japan. During the visit, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe called for warmer relations
http://en.rfi.fr/20180416-china-japan-summit-new-beginning/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2141970/japan-and-china-try-reset-relations-shadow-trumps-trade
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180416/p2g/00m/0fp/099000c

3 APRIL 2018

When Investment Hurts: Chinese Influence in Venezuela

China’s influence in Latin America is neither transparent nor market oriented, and no country has felt the consequences more than Venezuela. Through loans and outbound direct investments, China has poured funding into Venezuela at the cost of Venezuela’s citizens and long-term success
https://www.csis.org/analysis/when-investment-hurts-chinese-influence-venezuela

1 MARCH 2018

China angered as U.S. passes Taiwan travel bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill promoting closer U.S. ties with Taiwan, which China has warned could threaten stability in the Taiwan Strait, but drew praise from the self-ruled island, which pledged to deepen cooperation
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004276250
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201803010020.aspx
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/01/553988/China-US-bill-Taiwan-strong-dissatisfaction

15 FEBRUARY 2018

China slams Indian PM Modi’s trip to disputed region

Indian PM Narendra Modi paid a low-key visit to the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, but the trip was quickly criticised by China, which also claims the area
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-slams-indian-pm-modi-s-trip-to-disputed-region-15204
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/198/100/162/1518690304715.html

8 FEBRUARY 2018

China dismisses accusations that it is ‘buying up the Maldives’

China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives government said on Thursday it is sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132626/china-dismisses-accusations-it-buying-maldives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-embattled-president-abdulla-yameen-sends-envoys-to-china-saudi-for-support

28 JANUARY 2018

Japan, China agree to resume leaders’ visits

Japan and China agreed Sunday to resume reciprocal visits by the two countries’ leaders, underscoring that Asia’s two biggest economies are eager to mend ties in the year marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of a bilateral friendship treaty
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-kono-proposes-to-china-resuming-leaders’-visits
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/137/12/161/1517133146493.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/japan-calls-on-china-to-up-north-korea-cooperation-1.2164058

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new « Silk Road, » France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/187/241/1515152590848.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180105_11/

3 JANUARY 2018

2017: A Tough Year for China-India Relations

The China-India relationship stands at a crossroads. Can both sides overcome last year’s frictions in 2018?
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/2017-a-tough-year-for-china-india-relations/

21 DECEMBER 2017

The dragon and the kangaroo: 45 years of Australia-China relations

It is 45 years since Australia and China formally established diplomatic relations on December 21, 1972. Since then, China has grown into a global economic giant, lifting an estimated 800 million Chinese people out of poverty and transforming the face of Asia and the Indo-Pacific nations
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-dragon-and-the-kangaroo-45-years-of-australia-china-relations

19 DECEMBER 2017

China condemns US ‘Cold War mentality’ on national security

China has condemned the « Cold War mentality » of the White House after the publication of a new US national security policy
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42409148
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/16/221/37/1513695501743.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124858/donald-trumps-security-strategy-fuels-era-more

14 DECEMBER 2017

China, South Korea Leaders Reset Bilateral Ties

The leaders of China and South Korea pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear program, resetting relations that had soured over Seoul’s deployment of an American missile-defense system
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=211819
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-south-korea-eye-warmer-ties-following-tensions-13304
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-president-xi-jinping-says-war-must-not-be-allowed-on-9499912

19 NOVEMBER 2017

China lays out three-point plan to ease Rohingya crisis

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

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

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

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump begins China visit

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

6 NOVEMBER 2017

China slams Indian minister’s visit to disputed border region

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

31 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2017

 China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests

The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/10/13/china-india-relations-millennia-of-peaceful-coexistence-meet-modern-day-geopolitical-interests/

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

10 JULY 2017

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

7 JULY 2017

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/

5 JULY 2017

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

21 JUNE 2017

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

1st JUNE 2017

How Trump’s unreliability is pushing EU and China closer together

At a time of great flux in global politics, the EU and China want to show they are willing to work together to tackle the daunting challenges facing the world, from trade and investment to security and climate change
http://www.dw.com/en/how-trumps-unreliability-is-pushing-eu-and-china-closer-together/a-39079310

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

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

12 APRIL 2017

In a phone call, China’s Xi urges Trump to peacefully resolve North Korea tensions

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged US President Trump to seek a peaceful resolution with North Korea after both sides traded fresh provocations. Trump has threatened unilateral action over Pyongyang’s nuclear program
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-urges-trump-to-peacefully-resolve-north-korea-tensions/a-38393069
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/12/content_15599336.html

6 APRIL 2017

Xi-Trump summit: Trump says he will have ‘very, very great relationship’ with Xi

US President Donald Trump said  he thinks he will have a « very, very great relationship » with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the two leaders met for the first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/xi-trump-summit-trump-says-will-have-very-very-great-relationship-with-xi
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-meets-his-creditor-chinas-xi-jinping/a-38314925
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/07/content_15597023.html

21 MARCH 2017

Chinese flirt with Russia over the Ukraine crisis

As a global player China has a possibility for independent actions following its interests. Due to its economic and military power, the country can choose the most favorable foreign policy development with no regard to most of the other states. China is considered to be one of few supporters of Russian latest foreign policy, however, the statement is very controversial and need to be carefully analyzed
http://holdthetrend.com/index.php/2017/03/17/chinese-flirt-russia-ukraine-crisis/

20 MARCH 2017

China and Israel vow to deepen relations

China on Monday vowed to boost cooperation with Israel in ­Beijing’s latest move to step up engagement with the Middle East, after signing deals worth US$65 billion with Saudi Arabia last week
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2080572/china-and-israel-vow-deepen-relations
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/netanyahu-china-talks-premier-li

18 MARCH 2017

US, China to cooperate on ‘dangerous’ North Korea situation

The US and China pledged on Saturday (Mar 18) to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the situation had reached a « dangerous level »
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/18/us-and-china-will-work-together-on-north-korea
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/tension-as-tillerson-brings-tough-north-korea-stance-to-china-1.1996011
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/china-rejects-trump-criticisms-over-north-korea

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Russia, China Block UN Sanctions On Syria Over Gas Attacks

Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/252079499
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39116854
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/01/content_15578961.html

China’s top diplomat in talks with Trump in Washington

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi met US President Donald Trump in the White House ­on Tuesday to discuss “shared ­interests of national security” and a possible summit between the American leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2074874/chinas-top-diplomat-talks-trump-washington

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Could China’s Trump tactics actually be working?

It’s been a month and adjusting to Donald Trump as US president has been an enormous challenge for China, as for many around the world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39061702

10 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

23 JANUARY 2017

China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan

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

18 JANUARY 2017

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

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

15 JANUARY 2017

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

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

19 DECEMBER 2016

Norway and China resume diplomatic ties after 2010 row over Nobel peace prize going to dissident

Norway and China have resumed diplomatic relations and negotiations on a free-trade agreement, ending a six-year diplomatic freeze caused by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055782/norway-china-restart-diplomatic-ties-after-row-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/19/content_15544819.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions ‘one China’ Policy

China has warned that it’s « seriously concerned » after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of « one China. »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/china-trump-one-china-reaction/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38286645
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/12/content_15540918.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit

Mongolia says China has closed a key border crossing, creating huge congestion, nearly a week after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visited the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/china-blocks-mongolia-border-dalai-lama-visit-161210060313417.html

27 NOVEMBER 2016

China freezes bilateral diplomacy with Mongolia over Dalai Lama visit

China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/china-freezes-bilateral-diplomacy-with-mongolia-over-dalai-lama-visit/

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, China-Latin America ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and China-Latin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/24/content_15531517.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1124/c90000-9146152.html

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

Xi, Modi held talks amid India frustrations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during talks late on Saturday (Oct 15) to work to resolve recent frustrations between the regional rivals
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/xi-modi-hold-talks-amid-india-frustrations/3209366.html

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/13/content_15509927.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-cambodia-sign-62m-trade-deal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-time-cash-heal-all-wounds
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ahead-xi-visit-relations-china-level-never-seen-119221/

1 OCTOBER 2016

US and South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for missile system, China paper says

The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/us-and-south-korea-will-pay-the-price-for-missile-system-china-paper-says

26 AUGUST 2016

Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad

The Chinese army will offer training in medicine and medical care to soldiers of Bashar Assad, engaged for over five years in a civil war which has bloodied the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-will-train-army-troops-of-Bashar-Assad-38402.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Syria crisis: China claims Omran images are ‘fake’ and being used as ‘Western propaganda’

Chinese state media have suggested that haunting images of Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from rubble after an air strike in Syria, could have been faked and used as part of a “propaganda war” by the West
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/china-claims-omran-images-are-fake-and-being-used-as-western-pro/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

16 AUGUST 2016

Chinese military to provide ‘aid and training assistance’ to Syrian government

The Chinese military will provide aid and training assistance to the Syrian government, as a Chinese military envoy agreed with Syrian defence minister in Damascus on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2004676/chinese-military-provide-aid-and-training-assistance
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-china-idUSKCN10R10R

12 AUGUST 2016

China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

15 JULY 2016

China warns Australia: stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations

China’s Foreign Ministry has said it was shocked by remarks Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made on AM on Wednesday, that China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-15/china-warns-australia-stay-out-of-the-south-china-sea-or-risk-damage-to-bilateral-relations/1599180
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245847421

25 JUNE 2016

Russia’s President Putin hails ‘all-embracing’ bilateral partnership with China with nations due to sign more than 30 trade deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted on Saturday about its “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China during his latest visit to Beijing, as the two countries try to present a united front amid increasing tensions with the West.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1981566/russias-president-putin-hails-all-embracing-bilateral
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-russia-eye-closer/2905078.html

23 JUNE 2016

Putin : Russia and China are ‘close allies’

Mutual trust between Russia and China has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/23/content_15453321.html

15 JUNE 2016

Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House

The meeting between US ­President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

 12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

7 JUNE 2016

Why China must take Donald Trump seriously

Now that Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race, China will have to sit up and take notice of the rhetoric being bandied about by the brash billionaire in his campaign speeches. China is Trump’s favourite whipping boy (even more than Mexico). In recent months, he has amped up his tirade against China from “China is ripping us off” to “China is raping us”. So far, the reaction from Beijing has been sanguine, with the belief that his trade threats against China are bluster, and, just like his predecessors, the trade policies of a potential Trump administration will not reflect the campaign rhetoric.
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1968030/why-china-must-take-donald-trump-seriously

5 JUNE 2016

China hits out at US, Philippines over South China Sea, says ‘doesn’t fear trouble’

A senior Chinese defence official on Sunday (June 5) slammed the United States for double standards and irresponsible behaviour on the South China Sea dispute and scolded the Philippines for taking the spat to an UN arbitration court, saying that China « does not fear trouble » when it comes to upholding its sovereignty
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hits-out-at-us-philippines-over-south-china-sea-says-doesnt-fear-trouble
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-05/china-criticises-us-south-china-sea-provocations-says-it-doesnt-fear-trouble/1587570

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

21 APRIL 2016

US, China envoys discuss N.Korea

A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160421_32/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

16 MARCH 2016

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/15/americas/argentina-chinese-fishing-vessel/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1926268/china-demands-investigation-sinking-fishing-boat

8 MARCH 2016

China and the Iran Nuclear Deal

The deal offers some significant and sobering lessons on “multilateralism with Chinese characteristics.”
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-china-and-iran-nuclear-deal

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese govt officially acknowledges thaw in Vatican ties

China Friday officially acknowledged a thaw in bilateral ties with the Vatican in an semi-official government newspaper. Beijing further opened the possibility of a papal visit to China in the wake of Asia Times’ historic interview with Pope Francis in late January.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-officially-acknowledges-thaw-in-vatican-ties/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/970460.shtml

19 FEBRUARY 2016

China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea

China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/beijing-urged-to-exercise-restraint-in-south-china-sea/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/19/content_15387727.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties

Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue
http://news.yahoo.com/pope-extends-olive-branch-china-bid-mend-ties-143859102.html
http://atimes.com/2016/02/at-exclusive-pope-francis-urges-world-not-to-fear-chinas-rise/

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

27 JANUARY 2016

China’s pivot to Persia

As the Middle East enters a new brave world, marked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and an emerging detente between Iran and the West, China has begun to recalibrate its regional Policy
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-pivot-persia-160124051232743.html

23 JANUARY 2016

China’s vision of the Middle East

 Xi Jinping’s first visit to the Middle East since becoming China’s president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing’s foreign policy in the region
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-vision-middle-east-160121052018955.html

23 JANUARY 2016

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decadehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-idUSKCN0V109V
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/552396/news/world/iran-china-agree-600-billion-trade-deal-after-sanctions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35390779

21 JANUARY 2016

China, Egypt agree to boost cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative

China and Egypt agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the North African country.
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0122/c90000-9007570.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30629669/xi-signs-egypt-deals-as-china-looks-to-boost-mideast-clout/

13 JANUARY 2016

China And Russia: The Partnership Deepens – Analysis

Relations between China and Russia became noticeably closer in the past year and, if the numerous agreements they have appended their signatures to come to fruition, they are apt to become still closer in 2016.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13012016-china-and-russia-the-partnership-deepens-analysis/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

China hits India where it hurts

China has moved for the first time to demonstratively erode India’s ‘influence’ over one of its small neighbors, Nepal. The disclosures following the weekend talks in Beijing by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa  during his 5-day visit point in that direction
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-hits-india-where-it-hurts/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-12-29/china-to-donate-14-m-litres-of-fuel-dpm-thapa.html

22 DECEMBER 2015

China to replace Japan as second-largest funder of U.N. peacekeeping

China is set to replace Japan as the second-largest financial contributor for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the next budget year, according to estimates by the United Nations
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-replace-japan-second-largest-funder-un-peacekeeping

17 DECEMBER 2015

China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/world/asia/taiwan-arms-sales-us-china.html?ref=asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/beijing-summons-us-envoy-over-warship-sales-taiwan

7 DECEMBER 2015

Sino-Russian Cooperation

Today, Washington’s relations with both Beijing and Moscow are difficult, while China and Russia increasingly cooperate in the economic, military, and political spheres. How durable is today’s Sino-Russian cooperation, and how worried should the United States be?http://cogitasia.com/sino-russian-cooperation/

4 DECEMBER 2015

Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/04/content_15354442.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b17f4ed4-9a84-11e5-be4f-0abd1978acaa.html#axzz3tOFrajwF

23 NOVEMBER 2015

China’s regional isolation

The Asian giant is suffering increasing diplomatic isolation due to its aggressive manoeuvres across contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/11/china-regional-isolation-151122134410410.html

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at Line of Actual Control

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 12 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 12, 2019

1879: British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan

1938: The Japanese enter Guangzhou (Canton) until August 16, 1945

1942: Japanese ships retreat after their defeat in the Battle of Cape Esperance (see October 11) with the Japanese commander, Aritomo Goto, dying from wounds
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=38
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cape_Esperance

1946: Death of General Joseph W. Stilwell, the man who commanded the U.S. and Chinese Nationalist resistance to Japanese incursions into China and Burma
 http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=18
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9877.html

1953: Signature of Sino-Soviet agreement in Beijing. Soviet Union withdraws from Port-Arthur (Lüshun)

1962: India decides to expel the Chinese troops from North East Frontier Area (NEFA)

1962: In Beijing, beginning of border talks with Pakistan

1967: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the US Congress for peace initiatives were failed because of North Vietnam’s opposition

1970: US president Richard Nixon announces that the US will withdraw 40,000 more troops from Vietnam before Christmas

1970: Canada establishes diplomatic relations with China

1972: During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kitty_Hawk_riot

1988: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTE chief and walked into a trap
http://swarajyamag.com/politics/descent-into-danger-the-jaffna-university-helidrop

1988: Birchandra Manu massacre in Tripura, India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birchandra_Manu_massacre

2002: A bomb destroys a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida were blamed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/12/newsid_2543000/2543731.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/terrorists-kill-202-in-bali

2008: North Korea says it will resume disablement work at its Yongbyon nuclear complex and allow US and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections to verify the process after the US said that it would remove Pyongyang from its list of terrorism-sponsoring countries
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/10/200810127275116482.html

 

 

 

 

 

On 12 October in South Asian history

ON 12 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 12, 2019

1754: Joseph François Dupleix, general governor of French trading posts in India, returns to France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fran%C3%A7ois_Dupleix

1871: The Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) enacted by British rule in India, will named over 160 local communities ‘Criminal Tribes’, i.e. hereditary criminals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_Tribes_Act

1879: British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan

1930: Birth of Subrata Mitra, Indian cinematographer, a master of black-and-white film photography, who died on December 7, 2001
http://www.cinematographers.nl/GreatDoPh/mitra.htm

1962: India decides to expel the Chinese troops from North East Frontier Area (NEFA)

1962: In Beijing, beginning of border talks with Pakistan

1967: Death of Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian freedom fighter, born on March 23, 1910
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/ram-manohar-lohia.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12th-october-1967-ram-manohar-lohia-indian-freedom-fighter-passed-away

ram-manohar-lohia

1970: Death of Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet, born on October 10, 1930
https://www.dawn.com/news/971951
https://rekhta.org/poets/mustafa-zaidi/profile

Mustafa Zaidi

1981: Birth of Sneha, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneha_(actress)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS1VM6jLN5Q

1988: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTE chief and walked into a trap
http://swarajyamag.com/politics/descent-into-danger-the-jaffna-university-helidrop

1988: Birchandra Manu massacre in Tripura, India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birchandra_Manu_massacre

1999: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup that toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court ruled that the coup was legal but insisted that a civilian government be restored within three years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6960670.stm
http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/post_12oct99/musharraf_address_13oct1999.html

2000: Ex-Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao is sentenced to three years in prison for corruption
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/968505.stm

2013: Maldives President Mohamed Waheed has pulled out of this year’s presidential election, after receiving 5% of the vote in the first round of the ballot.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24506035

 

 

On 12 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 12 0CTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 12, 2019

1240: Birth of Trần Thánh Tông, emperor of Vietnam (then Đại Việt) who died on July 3, 1290
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%E1%BA%A7n_Th%C3%A1nh_T%C3%B4ng
http://www.poemhunter.com/tran-thanh-tong/biography/

tran-thanh-tong

1868: Birth of Mariano Trías, Filipino politician, 1st Vice President of the Philippines who died on February 22, 1914
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/677/today-in-philippine-history-october-12-1868-mariano-trias-was-born-in-cavite

1946: Death of General Joseph W. Stilwell, the man who commanded the U.S. and Chinese Nationalist resistance to Japanese incursions into China and Burma
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=18
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9877.html

1967: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the US Congress for peace initiatives were failed because of North Vietnam’s opposition

1970: US president Richard Nixon announces that the US will withdraw 40,000 more troops from Vietnam before Christmas

1972: During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kitty_Hawk_riot

2002: A bomb destroys a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida were blamed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/12/newsid_2543000/2543731.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/terrorists-kill-202-in-bali

2011: Myanmar freed an outspoken critic and a major ethnic rebel as it began releasing 6,300 convicts in its latest liberalizing move, but kept some political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15269259
http://www.france24.com/en/20111012-burma-frees-dozens-detainees-amnesty-begins-political-prisoners-sanctions-junta
http://english.sina.com/world/2011/1012/404486.html

2013: State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/state-funeral-in-vietnam-for-war-hero-general-giap/