On 23 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 23 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 23, 2019

1859: The new royal palace of Mandalay, the new capital of Burma, is inaugurated
http://www.myanmar2day.com/places-to-visit-in-myanmar/2009/07/mandalay-royal-palace/

1898: First US Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco

1993: In Cambodia, beginning of the first free elections under United Nations control, till May 28
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

1997: In Banjarmasin city, Borneo island of Indonesia, fights between Muslim party PPP and Suharto party Golkar cause 123 casualties in the arson of a mall

2003: Ong Ka Ting is elected chairman of the Malaysian Chinese Aassociation (MCA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ong_Ka_Ting

2008: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedra_Branca_dispute
https://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/130/130-20080523-JUD-01-00-EN.pdf

2013: Malaysian police arrest three prominent opposition figures, including Keadilan party vice-President Tian Chua, under the Sedition Act
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

2016: The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announces during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695



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