Tag Archives: South East Asia

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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2 NOVEMBER 2019

ASEAN summit grapples with US-China trade war

Southeast Asian leaders have gathered in Bangkok for a three-day summit expected to be dominated by trade. ASEAN members are trying to finalize a China-backed plan to create the world’s biggest free trade area
https://www.dw.com/en/asean-summit-grapples-with-us-china-trade-war/a-51090792
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/southeast-asian-leaders-meet-us-china-trade-war-asean-summit-12057538
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191102_23/

29 OCTOBER 2019

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, the Islamic State remains a major threat in Southeast Asia

The leader of the Islamic State died three days ago in a US military operation. Southeast Asia has more than a hundred Jihadi networks loyal to the Islamic State group. in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, security forces are ready to respond to reprisals
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-al-Baghdadi%26rsquo%3Bs-death%2C-the-Islamic-State-remains-a-major-threat-in-Southeast-Asia-48406.html
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-10282019174351.html
http://annx.asianews.network/content/police-will-eye-south-east-asia-even-more-after-abu-bakr%E2%80%99s-death-107187

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

 

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26 OCTOBER 2019

Donald Trump to suspend US$1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand over workers’ rights

United States President Donald Trump has suspended US$1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand because of its failure “to adequately provide internationally-recognised worker rights”, such as protection for freedom of association and collective bargaining
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3034682/donald-trump-suspends-us13-billion-trade-preferences
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1780229/trump-scraps-thailands-1-3bn-trade-preferences-on-labour

25 OCTOBER 2019

Muslims in south Thailand mark 15 years since ‘Tak Bai massacre’

Muslims in Thailand’s south on Friday marked with prayers the 15th anniversary of the death of scores of protesters who suffocated in army trucks, an incident that galvanised unrest and remains an emblem of state impunity
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/muslims-south-thailand-mark-15-years-tak-bai-massacre-191025064417853.html
https://www.malaymail.com/news/world/2019/10/25/muslims-in-thai-south-mark-15-years-since-tak-bai-massacre/1803685

21 OCTOBER 2019

Thai king dismisses consort for undermining the queen

Thailand’s king has stripped his royal noble consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife for her own benefit
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/21/thailands-king-strips-disloyal-royal-consort-of-titles-and-military-ranks
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/21/thai-king-strips-34-year-old-royal-consort-titles-disloyalty/
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1777044/sineenarts-titles-ranks-removed#cxrecs_s

5 OCTOBER 2019

Thailand judge shoots himself in court after criticising system

A Thai judge shot himself in the chest in front of a packed court after acquitting several murder suspects and decrying the kingdom’s judicial system in an impassioned speech broadcast on Facebook Live
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49945636
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-judge-shoots-himself-in-court-railing-at-justice-system-11972724
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377117

4 OCTOBER 2019

Thai army charges opposition politicians with sedition

The Thai army has filed sedition charges against six key opposition party leaders who debated possible devolution of some powers to the nation’s violence-hit south
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/thai-army-charges-opposition-politicians-with-sedition
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1764984/opposition-sedition-charge-delusional#cxrecs

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Thailand : Another micro party pulls out of coalition

Pichet Sathirachawal, leader of the Prachatham Thai Party, held a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday to announce the party’s decision
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1746984/another-micro-party-pulls-out-of-coalition#cxrecs_s

14 AUGUST 2019

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1730099/red-shirt-leaders-acquitted-of-terrorism
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374740

2 AUGUST 2019

Blasts in Bangkok as Thai capital hosts regional summit

Several small bombs exploded across Bangkok on Friday, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving three people wounded
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/blasts-in-bangkok-as-thai-capital-hosts-regional-summit-1.893673
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1723435/bombs-rattle-bangkok-during-asean-summit

16 JULY 2019

Thailand’s King Swears in Prayuth, Cabinet

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and his cabinet were sworn in by the Thai king on Tuesday, marking an official end to five years of military rule although the new government will retain some of the junta’s strict executive orders
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/thai/cabinet-oath-07162019161140.html

15 JULY 2019

Thai prime minister declares end of military rule

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha formally resigned as the head of the military government on Monday (July 15), saying the country would function as a normal democracy after five years of military rule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-prime-minister-prayut-declares-end-military-rule-11722288
https://www.todayonline.com/world/thai-prime-minister-declares-end-military-rule

13 JULY 2019

Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party picks new leadership

The Pheu Thai Party on Friday elected Sompong Amornwiwat as its new leader with the urgent mission of spearheading a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during the current parliament session
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1711656/sompong-elected-pheu-thai-leader

10 JULY 2019

New Thai cabinet ministers appointed

The new cabinet line-up published in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday evening is a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1710151/new-cabinet-ministers-appointed#cxrecs_s

13 JUNE 2019

Thailand speaker submits bid to disqualify 30 MPs

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai yesterday forwarded to the Constitutional Court for a ruling one of two petitions against dozens of MPs accused of breaching media shareholding rules
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/thailand-speaker-submits-bid-disqualify-30-mps
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1694060/chuan-sends-media-shares-petition-to-charter-court

5 JUNE 2019

House, Senate elect Prayut Thailand’s new prime minister

MPs and senators overwhelmingly voted for Prayut Chan-o-cha to be prime minister of Thailand late on Wednesday night. Gen Prayut will be the head of a coalition government led by the Palang Pracharath
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1689860/house-senate-elect-prayut-thailands-new-prime-minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3013141/prayuth-chan-ocha-poised-retain-top-job-thai-parliament-prepares

4 JUNE 2019

Thailand’s Democrats to vote to join coup leader’s coalition

The Democrat Party, the country’s oldest, announced Tuesday that it will vote to join a coalition government led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath party
https://www.foxnews.com/world/thailands-democrats-to-vote-to-join-coup-leaders-coalition
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1689252/democrats-vote-to-join-palang-pracharath

26 MAY 2019

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thai king’s top adviser and ex-PM, dies aged 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s former prime minister and a long-time power broker in the country’s tumultuous politics, has died at age 98
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1684176/gen-prem-dies-of-heart-failure-at-98
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011853/prem-tinsulanonda-thai-kings-top-adviser-and-ex-

24 MAY 2019

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability

King Maha Vajiralongkorn opened parliament Friday five years after a 2014 coup, stressing the importance of “national security” and “people’s well-being” as the junta moves within striking distance of cementing its grip on power
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011729/thailands-king-vajiralongkorn-urges-post-election
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190524_49/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369944

23 MAY 2019

Thailand’s constitutional court blocks Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s bid for prime minister role

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party and a former business tycoon, is accused of holding shares in a media company when he registered in February to run in the country’s March 24 election
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011554/thailands-constitutional-court-blocks-upstart-politician
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1682696/court-suspends-thanathorn-from-mp

15 MAY 2019

Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party founded in 1946, has named Jurin Laksanawisit as its new leader

Mr Jurin garnered 160 votes from 291 members selected to vote, followed by Pirapan Salirathvibhaga (102), Korn Chatikavanij (19) and Apirak Kosayodhin (10)
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1678276/jurin-wins-democrat-leadership-contest-in-landslide
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/05/15/11-time-mp-chosen-as-new-democrat-leader/

14 MAY 2019

Thailand’s next parliament to convene on May 22

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn approved the 250 members of the upper chamber in a royal gazette statement Tuesday, saying the parliament is due to meet on May 22
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/123/69/231/1557837727318.html?newsId=82731

13 MAY 2019

Thailand’s 11 one-seat parties support Prayut as new PM

Eleven Thai political parties which won one seat each in Thailand’s March 24 elections said on Monday that they would vote for incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to be elected as new prime minister
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/149/144/19/1557743016872.html?newsId=82589
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/small-parties-back-thai-junta-chief-prayut-chan-o-cha-after-rule-change-gave-them-seats

10 MAY 2019

Three Thai activists accused of insulting the king have disappeared, rights groups claim

Three Thai activists facing charges of insulting the monarchy have disappeared after reportedly being arrested in Vietnam, rights groups said on Friday, months after two exiled critics of the military and monarchy turned up dead
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3009772/three-thai-activists-accused-insulting-king-have
https://www.dw.com/en/thai-activists-accused-of-defaming-king-disappear/a-48684637
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/05/10/junta-denies-knowledge-of-missing-republican-activists/

8 MAY 2019

Thailand’s election results put Prayut closer to premiership

Thailand’s election agency on Wednesday (May 8) released results that relegated a coalition led by the former ruling Pheu Thai Party to a Lower House minority, giving a leg-up to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s chances of returning as premier
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-election-results-put-prayut-closer-to-premiership
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/thai/election-results-05072019160913.html

6 MAY 2019

Thai king greets subjects, praises ‘unity’ on final day of coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn greeted thousands of his subjects from a balcony of his Grand Palace on Monday (May 6), the third and final day of coronation ceremonies
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-coronation-final-day-11507180
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1672908/king-queen-give-public-audience

4 MAY 2019

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is crowned as three-day coronation begins

Thailand has crowned its new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, marking the first ascension of a new monarch in seven decades
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/04/thailands-king-vajiralongkorn-is-crowned-as-three-day-coronation-begins
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thai-king-vajiralongkorn-formally-crowned-as-divine-monarch
https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/04/watch-thailand-s-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-is-crowned-on-the-first-day-of-coronation-rites

1 MAY 2019

Thailand announces new queen three days before coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

The new royal is General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, whom the King wedded at the Dusit Palace on Wednesday “legally and according to tradition”, according to a royal decree
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3008469/thailand-announces-new-queen-three-days-coronation-king
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30368702

25 APRIL 2019

Official Thai election results delayed amid confusion

Thailand’s election body said it will announce the complete results of the March general election after May 9, the date it had initially set for the official results
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/official-thai-election-results-delayed-amid-confusion
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/04/25/official-says-party-list-mps-calculated-after-may-9/

6 APRIL 2019

Thailand’s junta charges rival party leader with sedition

The sedition charge, which was filed by the junta, was the second criminal case opened against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, 40, since he formed the progressive, youth-oriented Future Forward Party last year
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/06/asia/thailand-election-thanathorn-sedition-charges-intl/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3004944/popular-thai-party-leader-thanathorn-juangroongruangkit
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/06/thailand-party-leader-charged-with-sedition-after-strong-poll-showing

5 APRIL 2019

Thai election officials say 66 victorious candidates face disqualification

Thailand’s Election Commission said Friday (April 5) that scores of candidates who were tipped to secure elected seats in last month’s contentious polls are under investigation and could be disqualified, in a move that could shift yet-to-be-released final results
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3004923/thai-election-officials-say-66-victorious-candidates-face
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/scores-poll-winners-could-be-disqualified-thai-vote

3 APRIL 2019

Thai police summon anti-junta politician Thanathorn on sedition charge

Thai police summoned a prominent anti-junta politician on Wednesday to answer a sedition complaint, a police document showed, a charge rising star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called politically motivated after a disputed election
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/78/253/12/1554275403345.html?newsId=66749
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1655932/thanathorn-summonsed-for-helping-protesters-in-2015

30 MARCH 2019

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn revokes royal decorations of ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra

The Thai King has revoked the royal decorations of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, citing his conviction and “extremely inappropriate” flight from the country, according to an announcement published on Saturday (March 30)
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3003970/thai-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-revokes-royal-decorations-ex
https://www.dw.com/en/thai-king-strips-former-pm-thaksin-shinawatra-of-royal-honors/a-48126792

28 MARCH 2019

Thai Election Commission says junta party won popular vote

Thailand’s Election Commission says it has counted 100 percent of the votes from the recent general election and a party allied with the ruling junta has won the most votes, though the results are not yet official
https://www.foxnews.com/world/thai-election-commission-says-junta-party-won-popular-vote
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thailand-pro-army-party-won-popular-vote-officials-say
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1652556/palang-pracharath-has-most-votes-turnout-at-75-

24 MARCH 2019

Thais go to polls in first election since 2014 coup

Thais went to the polls on Sunday for the first election since a coup in 2014. The election pits a royalist junta and its allies against a party with links to the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
https://www.france24.com/en/20190324-thailand-election-first-vote-2014-military-coup-junta-king-maha-vajiralongkorn
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1650392/exit-poll-gives-pheu-thai-163-seats-palang-pracharat-96
http://sea-globe.com/who-will-be-thailands-next-prime-minister/

7 MARCH 2019

Thai court bans Thai Raksa Chart party for nominating princess as PM

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the Thai Raksa Chart party should be dissolved and its executives banned for 10 years, a decision that has raised tensions ahead of the country’s first election since the 2014 coup
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1640796/constitutional-court-disbands-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189000/election-blow-shinawatras-court-dissolves-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.france24.com/en/20190307-thailand-shinawatra-party-dissolved-princess

2 MARCH 2019

Shinawatra parties rally across Thailand as crucial court ruling looms

Parties aligned with Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan staged major rallies Saturday (March 2) ahead of a court ruling that could deal a gut punch to their prospects in national elections later this month
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/shinawatra-parties-rally-across-thailand-as-crucial-court-ruling-looms

20 FEBRUARY 2019

Thai police seek to prosecute leader of anti-junta Future Forward party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Thai police said on Wednesday (Feb 20) they were seeking the prosecution of the leader of a new political party over a speech he made that was posted on Facebook criticising the ruling junta, just over a month before a general election
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-police-seek-to-prosecute-leader-of-anti-junta-future-forward-party
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1632150/police-seek-to-prosecute-thanathorn-over-junta-criticism

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Thailand suspends TV channel linked to ex-PM Thaksin ahead of poll

Thailand’s telecoms regulator on Tuesday (Feb 12) suspended the operating licence of a television channel linked to ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra weeks ahead of a general election, citing national security concerns
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-election-suspends-thaksin-tv-channel-media-11234292
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1628102/voice-tv-suspended-for-15-days

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Thai Raksa Chart Party ‘accepts King’s command with full loyalty’

The Thai Raksa Chart Party issued a statement on Saturday, saying it accepted His Majesty the King’s royal command that prohibited Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi from becoming the party’s sole candidate for prime minister
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-10/thai-political-party-swears-loyalty-to-king/10797174?section=world
https://www.france24.com/en/20190209-thai-princess-bid-pm-foiled-party-obeys-royal-command
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/iloveyou-former-princess-ubolratana-thanks-thais-support-after-king-blocks-her-election-bid

8 FEBRUARY 2019

Sister of Thai king Princess Ubolratana to run for PM in March election

Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the older sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, is now a candidate for prime minister — a move that marks a startling break with Thai royalty’s long-observed practice of staying out of politics
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sister-of-thai-king-princess-ubolratana-to-run-for-pm-in-march-11220968
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-princess-ubolratana-says-exercising-her-right-as-a-citizen-to-go-into-politics
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2185498/thailands-king-declares-his-sister-ubolratana-rajakanyas

7 FEBRUARY 2019

Efforts to Revive Southern Thai Peace Talks Run into Trouble

Malaysia-brokered talks aimed at ending a separatist conflict in the Thai Deep South hit a snag after Thailand’s new peace negotiator did not show up for an introductory meeting with his rebel counterparts in Kuala Lumpur at the weekend, prompting them to call for his removal
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/talks-stall-02042019165508.html

31 JANUARY 2019

Thai party ousted in 2014 coup picks Thaksin loyalist for main PM candidate in elections

Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party, which was ousted from power by the military in a 2014 coup, on Thursday (Jan 31) picked a close ally of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra as its main candidate for prime minister in elections set for March 24
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-party-ousted-in-2014-coup-picks-thaksin-loyalist-for-pm-in-elections
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1621254/pheu-thai-chooses-three-as-pm-candidates

30 JANUARY 2019

Thai junta chief gets party nod as possible PM candidate

A political party closely associated with Thailand’s military government on Wednesday named Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as a possible candidate to become the next premier if it forms a government after next month’s election
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/59/161/118/1548863882840.html?newsId=60832
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1620586/prayut-on-pm-candidate-list-for-palang-pracharath

26 JANUARY 2019

Thailand’s military junta cracks down on social media ahead of election

Social media campaigning will be heavily restricted in the upcoming Thai election, in a move political parties claim will gag freedom of expression and directly affect younger voters
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/26/thailands-military-junta-cracks-down-on-social-media-ahead-of-election

23 JANUARY 2019

Thai king signs decree approving first election since coup

The general election will be held on March 24, the Election Commission (EC) announced Wednesday, just hours after publication of a long-awaited royal decree calling for national polls
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/01/23/its-official-thai-voters-will-go-to-polls-on-march-24/
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1616494/poll-at-last-election-day-march-24
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/23/asia/thailand-election-date-intl/index.html

14 JANUARY 2019

Thai prosperity depends on smarter education reform

For decades, successive Thai governments of all persuasions have attempted to reform the education system. But these attempts have been successfully blocked by the Ministry of Education and teachers’ unions. The result is poor standards of literacy and numeracy among young Thai people, leaving them ill-equipped to provide the skilled workforce that an industrialising economy requires
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/14/thai-prosperity-depends-on-smarter-education-reform/

11 DECEMBER 2018

Thailand to go to the polls on Feb 24 as govt lifts ban on political activities

Thailand lifted a military-imposed ban on political activities that has been in place since 2014, a government statement published on the Royal Gazette website said on Tuesday (Dec 11), clearing the way for an election to be held on Feb 24, 2019
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-election-commission-sets-feb-24-election-date
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30360215

10 NOVEMBER 2018

Former Thai premier Abhisit fends off challengers to retain Democrat Party leadership

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has fended off challengers to retain his seat as Democrat Party chief, as political parties around the kingdom intensified preparations for an election tentatively set for next February
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-thai-premier-abhisit-fends-off-challengers-to-retain-democrat-party-leadership
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1573570/abhisit-defends-democrat-leadership

7 NOVEMBER 2018

Thailand’s Shinawatra clan, allies form new party ahead of polls

Relatives and allies of ousted Thai premiers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck, formed a new political party on Wednesday (Nov 7) ahead of a general election set for early next year, seen as a strategy to win more seats
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-shinawatra-clan-allies-form-new-party-ahead-of-polls
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1571162/pheu-thai-ally-plan-poll-battle-tactics

28 OCTOBER 2018

Retired police general Viroj Pao-in to lead Pheu Thai, Thailand’s main opposition party

Pheu Thai on Sunday named 86-year-old senior party member Viroj Pao-in, a police lieutenant general, as its official leader, while Putham Vechayaychai kept his role as secretary-general
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-main-opposition-pheu-thai-party-picks-leader-ahead-of-general-election
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1566050/viroj-elected-pheu-thai-leader-phumtham-secretary-general
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30357378

11 OCTOBER 2018

Thai government pushes reform in agriculture sector

The Thai government is pushing ahead with plans to increase the incomes of 1.3 million farmers who have been relying on their rice crops to make a living
http://www.atimes.com/article/thai-government-pushes-reform-in-agriculture-sector/

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Four ministers from Thailand’s military government launch new party ahead of polls

Four ministers from Thailand’s military government launched a new political party on Saturday, amid speculation they will back Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in power beyond a general election promised by May
https://in.reuters.com/article/thailand-politics/four-ministers-from-thailands-military-government-launch-new-party-ahead-of-polls-idINKCN1M90EH?rpc=401&
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1549002/4-ministers-3-pdrc-leaders-join-palang-pracharat

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Thai junta leader interested in staying in politics

The head of Thailand’s military government declared Monday he is “interested” in participating in politics, in a new indication he may seek to remain in office after elections scheduled for early next year
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/24/thai-junta-leader-interested-in-staying-in-politics.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1545942/pm-hints-at-political-stay
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30355149

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Future Forward leaders fight computer crime charge

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and two other executive members met police to hear the charge of violating the Computer Crime Act on Monday
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1541550/future-forward-leaders-fight-computer-crime-charge
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30354659
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/leaders-thai-party-charged-facebook-speech-180917135305065.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Thai authorities shut down controversial forum on Myanmar’s generals

A forum to discuss whether Myanmar’s top generals should be hauled up for prosecution for their alleged war crimes has been abruptly shuttered by the Thai authorities on Monday (Sept 10) night
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-authorities-shut-down-controversial-forum-on-myanmars-general
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/10/thai-police-shut-down-journalists-panel-about-rohingya.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/09/10/under-pressure-fcct-cancels-discussion-of-war-crimes-in-myanmar/

29 AUGUST 2018

Thailand’s Muslim insurgency roars back to life

A new surge in lethal attacks in Thailand’s southernmost region has underscored the lack of progress in resolving the insurgent conflict after four years of military junta rule
http://www.atimes.com/article/thailands-muslim-insurgency-roars-back-to-life/

10 JULY 2018

Thai cave: Entire soccer team rescued

Thailand: All 12 boys from the “Wild Boar” football team and their coach were rescued on Tuesday evening (Jul 10) from a flooded Thai cave complex where they had been trapped for more than two weeks
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-cave-rescue-13-wild-boars-rescued-from-on-third-day-10517142
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5807497302001/?#sp=show-clips
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-44785305/cave-rescue-celebrations-as-final-ambulances-arrive-at-hospital

19 JUNE 2018

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

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

22 MAY 2018

Thai junta was no good for anyone

Four years ago today, General Prayut Chan-o-cha staged a military coup d’etat to topple the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first woman prime minister. The rationale the general offered was that control had to be restored over a dangerous situation that the civilian politicians had let fester
https://asianews.network/2018/05/22/thai-junta-was-no-good-for-anyone/

15 MAY 2018

Bangkok Post editor ‘forced to step down’ over critical coverage of Thai military junta government

The editor of the Bangkok Post newspaper said he has been forced to step down after refusing to curtail critical coverage of the ruling military government
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2146253/bangkok-post-editor-forced-step-down-over-critical-coverage
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/05/15/editor-removed-for-mismanagement-not-junta-pressure-bangkok-post/

21 APRIL 2018

Thai junta history book claims it established ‘true democracy’

Thai military junta has come under fire for a history textbook which claims that its non-elected government has established “true democracy” in the Southeast Asian kingdom and has eliminated corruption
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/thai-history-book-lampooned-for-saying-military-junta-established-true-democracy/#VSMS0KUudzTsTXoU.99

10 MARCH 2018

Hundreds join anti-junta rally in Thailand as calls for democracy grow

Hundreds of pro-democracy Thais rallied in Bangkok on Saturday (March 10) to rail against the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-bangkok-as-calls-for-democracy-grow-10033098
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-thailand-as-calls-for-democracy-grow
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30340662

2 MARCH 2018

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Nearly 40 new Thai political parties submitted names and logos on the opening day of party registration in Bangkok on Friday, an early step in the junta-ruled kingdom’s halting return to democracy
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/dozens-new-political-parties-register-run-thai-poll
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/03/02/new-parties-want-defend-monarchy-reconcile-nation-fight-corruption/

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Thai junta charges 50 anti-government activists

Thailand’s military government has filed criminal charges against 50 activists over a recent protest in which they demanded the army give up power and restore civilian rule through elections
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/16/thai-junta-charges-50-anti-government-activists.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-anti-government-activists-charges/4257516.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/02/16/veteran-activists-targeted-prosecution-protests/

26 JANUARY 2018

Thailand: Election delay inevitable as NLA passes MPs bill

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) late on Thursday passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30337200

22 JANUARY 2018

Bomb in Thailand’s southern province kills 3, wounds at least 18 says security official

A bomb has gone off in a market in Thailand’s southern Yala province on Monday (January 22), killing 3 people and injuring 18 said a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC)
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/22/bomb-in-thailand-s-southern-province-kills-3-wounds-at-least-18-says-security-official
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201801221060950574-thailand-market-blast/

9 JANUARY 2018

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

What will 2018 bring for Thai politics? In late 2017, clues began to emerge about how the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) would prepare its departure from power in 2018. A number of scenarios have been speculated
http://www.newmandala.org/thailand-2018-no-good-exit-strategy-junta/

11 DECEMBER 2017

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

The EU on Monday agreed to resume political contacts “at all levels” with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30333724
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/EU-to-resume-political-dealings-with-Thailand-following-election-promise?page=1

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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

2 OCTOBER 2017

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Thai military maneuvers to stay on top

King’s Guard secures senior positions as junta tightens grip on power
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Thai-military-maneuvers-to-stay-on-top

31 AUGUST 2017

Thailand Former PM Abhisit and vice PM Suthep cleared for 2010 crackdown on red-shirt

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts to dismiss the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for the 2010 deadly military crackdown on Red Shirts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1316327/abhisit-suthep-cleared-for-2010-crackdown-on-red-shirts
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/31/supreme-court-turns-murder-case-abhisit-suthep/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30325450

25 AUGUST 2017

Arrest warrant for Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra after court no-show

Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Hundreds of her supporters had gathered outside
http://www.dw.com/en/hunt-for-thailands-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-after-court-no-show/a-40231366
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30324907
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/25/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-misses-court-appearance

2 AUGUST 2017

Case thrown out against former Thai PM Somchai in rare win for anti-junta camp

A Thai court dismissed a case against former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/case-thrown-out-against-former-thai-pm-somchai-rare-win-anti-junta-camp
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2105107/two-former-thai-prime-ministers-acquitted-abusing-power
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/13/137/138/1501661314184.html

24 JULY 2017

Thai court jails 6 ex-party leaders for invading Government House in 2008

The Appeals Court on Monday ruled in favour of the Court of First Stance and jailed six ex-leaders of the now-defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy for invading Government House in 2008 during protests against the then government
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-court-jails-6-ex-party-leaders-invading-governme

20 JULY 2017

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

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

19 JULY 2017

Thai army general gets 27 years jail for human trafficking

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

10  JULY 2017

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

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

22 JUNE 2017

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

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

4 MAY 2017

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

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

3 APRIL 2017

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

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

20 APRIL 2017

Two killed in bomb blast in Thailand’s restive South

More than a dozen grenade and bomb attacks in southern Thailand killed two suspected insurgents whose explosives detonated unexpectedly, officials said Thursday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/20/police-attacks-kill-2-suspected-insurgents-south/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/killed-bomb-blast-thailand-restive-south-170420044946161.html

11 APRIL 2017

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2086773/thai-junta-rejects-conditional-peace-talks-muslim
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30312077

7 APRIL 2017

Wave of attacks strike southern Thailand

Bomb blasts were among 23 coordinated attacks that rocked Muslim-majority southern Thailand early on Friday, a security officer said, just hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution as a step towards ending military rule
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/07/content_15597311.html

6 APRIL 2017

Thai king signs new constitution, giving more powers to the junta

Thailand’s king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army’s hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2085435/thai-king-signs-new-constitution-giving-more-powers-junta
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/thai-king-endorses-constitution-20th-1932-170406114524734.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/06/first-look-major-changes-new-thai-constitution/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/thailand-king-signs-constitution-path-polls-election
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311501

1st APRIL 2017

Former Thailand PM Thaksin shuns Junta’s reconciliation effort

Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday accused the junta of bullying him over a US$500 million tax bill and said it should count him out of reconciliation efforts
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thailand-former-pm-thaksin-shuns-juntas-reconciliation-effort/#bepXLppCTPysojBX.97
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/asean/8605

19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

Thai police said on Sunday (Mar 19) they had uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-police-say-they-have-found-plot-to-assassinate-pm/3608634.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1217649/red-shirt-weapons-plot-aimed-to-kill-pm

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

From requiring constitutional changes to pushing for unity in the divided country and reshaping the royal household, Thailand’s new king is putting an assertive stamp on his rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2070740/thailands-new-king-shows-his-strength

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

Seeking more power, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/thailands-new-king-is-making-a-power-grab/

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive “Deep South” are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have “nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people”
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

21 OCTOBER 2016

Ex Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra told to pay $997 million over subsidy scheme

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that she has been ordered by the ruling junta to pay 35 billion-baht ($997 million) in damages for a rice subsidy plan, but has pledged to fight the charge
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ex-thai-pm-told-to-pay-997-million-over-subsidy-scheme/669333

15 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand picks ex-PM Prem as caretaker after king’s death

There was no official statement on Saturday about the appointment of Prem Tinsulanonda, but as head of the advisory council to the king, he automatically becomes the caretaker until a new monarch is crowned, according to the country’s constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-picks-pm-caretaker-king-death-161015130301947.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULd_Vl9t6Q

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18
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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-1927-2016/2921452.html

11 OCTOBER 2016

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan back behind bars after TV show appearance

Court rules that Jatuporn Prompan breached bail conditions by being sarcastic about the work of the country’s military junta during a TV show
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2027018/thai-red-shirt-leader-back-behind-bars-after-tv-show

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

A group of mourners comprising Buddhist monks, activists and others gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and ghoulish vigilantes defiled the dead
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

Thailand is set to open a specialised corruption court after Prayauth Chan-ocha, prime minister, promised to eradicate corruption in the country within 20 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-introduces-anti-corruption-court-161002162235702.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand authorities shut down Amnesty International torture talk with threats of arrest

Human rights group Amnesty International has cancelled the official launch of a report on torture in Thailand after the military Government threatened to arrest one of its speakers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/thailand-shuts-down-amnesty-torture-event-with-arrest-threats/7885664?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/amnesty-thailand-torture-report-launch-cancelled-police-warning

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

Analysts yesterday slammed the post-coup junta-backed government over its two-year performance report card, giving it a “fail” grade as it did not address some key issues and lacked concrete achievements and vision
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-govt-failure-analysts

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military government said on Thursday (Sept 1) that peace talks with Muslim separatists operating in the far south of the country would resume in Malaysia, but no agreement would be signed unless the insurgents observed a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-government-resume-peace-talks-muslim-insurgents
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1075789/southern-peace-talks-to-resume-on-friday

12 AUGUST 2016

Bombs in Thai resort towns kill four, injure 19, including foreigners

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities on Friday (Aug 12) ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom’s deep south are responsible
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/four-dead-as-blasts-hit/3036348.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2002682/bombs-thai-resort-town-hua-hin-kill-one-injure-19-including
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37059508

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

In its first test at the polls, Thailand’s military government won overwhelming approval Sunday of a new constitution that aims to reduce the power of political parties and extend the influence of the military
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/world/asia/thailand-constitution-referendum.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/asia&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&pgtype=article
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36972396
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1055413/yes-camp-overwhelms-charter-referendum

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will not accept the draft constitution, revealing for the first time his personal stand on the issue.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1045905/abhisit-says-no-to-draft-charter
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-abhisit-turns-thai-juntas-draft-charter

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

Thailand’s military-backed government has authorized the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to shut down TV and radio stations which are found guilty of broadcasting programs that threaten national security. Furthermore, the junta gave NBTC officials immunity from legal accountability
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/21/as-constitutional-referendum-nears-thailand-intensifies-censorship/

29 JUNE 2016

US to remove Thailand from list of worst human trafficking offenders in 2016 report

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-29/us-to-upgrade-thailand-in-annual-human-trafficking-report/7555004?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-to-remove-thailand-from-list-of-worst-human-trafficking-offenders-sources

16 JUNE 2016

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

In The New Mandala, Llewellyn McCann explores what the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.
http://www.newmandala.org/the-king-is-nearly-dead-will-it-be-long-live-the-king/

9 JUNE 2016

Thais celebrate 70 years of revered King Bhumibol’s reign but ongoing health concerns add to anxiety about succession

After seven decades on the throne, King Bhumibol is seen by many Thais as a pillar of stability, and accorded semi-divine status. But the kingdom marks his platinum jubilee on Thursday amid anxiety over his health and at a critical political juncture
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/09/celebrations-in-bangkok-for-70-years-of-thai-king-bhumibol-s-reign/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_27/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36486536

22 MAY 2016

Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark 2 years of army takeover

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/largest-anti-coup-rally-thais-mark-2-years-army-takeover
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463919585&section=11

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/thai-soldiers-police-like-powers/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1459332070&section=11

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

28 FEBRUARY 2016

Thaksin Shinawatra: Let Thailand return to democracy (A long TV interview)

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has largely remained silent since the coup forced him from office, talks to Wayne Hay about the challenges facing the country and what lies ahead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2016/02/thaksin-shinawatra-thailand-return-democracy-160227132654355.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

Anyone who criticizes the new constitution drafted recently by a junta-appointed body risks being summoned for a “discussion” with the military junta, a spokesman warned yesterday.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1455080816&section=11

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election

The deputy prime minister of Thailand’s military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/thai-deputy-pm-sets-july-31-date-for-constitution-referendum-promises-2017-election/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

The post(s) are designed to explain the proposed electoral system and its implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/the-effects-of-thailands-proposed-electoral-system/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

Thailand has published a draft constitution, but the official in charge of drawing it up said he feared it would not resolve long-running troubles and critics said it would produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-29/thailands-draft-constitution-unveiled-elections-pushed-back/1541564
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/845072/devil-in-the-charter-details
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thumbs-down-for-charter-30278120.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-vows-2017-elections-even-if-charter-rejected
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/839968/election-on-course-regardless-of-referendum-outcome

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thailand-adopts-tough-penalties-child-pornography-160109141825392.html

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

Thailand’s political cartoonists are in the business of cutting very close to the bone, but now more than ever they must watch their step
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/814008/drawing-and-crossing-the-line

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday, his first since September, amid growing concern about his health
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-153746159.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-s-88-year-old-ki/2346710.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expressionhttp://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

10 NOVEMBER 2015

When’s the next coup? Thailand’s zero civilian control over the military

“I WANT this to be the last coup. However, the power of the army would not be reduced. This is because the army has always taken care of this country,” Thailand’s latest coup maker General Prayut Chan-ocha told Channel News Asia earlier this year. His happy, democratic dream, however, seems unlikely, as Thailand’s coup-laden history suggests
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/whens-the-next-coup-thailands-zero-civilian-control-over-military/

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

The perceived relative homogeneity of Thai culture and society is being challenged on multiple fronts today. So much has been said about the socio-economic division within Thai society. However very little is said, publicly anyway, about the growing influence upon Thai society, that Thailand’s Muslim population is now projecting at many levels
http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102015-the-islamization-of-thailand-analysis/

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bangkok blast: Thailand’s police say they consider case solved, receive cash awards again

Thailand’s police have said they consider the Erawan Shrine blast case solved, as they awarded themselves with cash, but will continue to investigate a potential domestic political angle to the bomb blast that killed 20 people on Aug 17 at the popular shrine in Bangkok
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thailand-police-consider-bombing-case-solved-receive-cash-rewards

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

A group of pro-democracy activists says they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-activists-plan-to/2139496.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1859885/fugitive-thaksin-tells-thailands-red-shirt-opposition-play

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

A prominent Thai journalist has been detained by the junta for so-called “attitude adjustment”, a military official said Monday, the latest deployment of the controversial tool used to stamp down on dissent
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thai-journalist-detained-attitude-adjustment-175022230.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135563/reporter-detained-in-thailand-for-criticizing-junta/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Sansern-claims-Pravit-summoned-as-individual-not-j-30268785.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic “Uighur” man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/uighur-suspect-wanted-over-bangkok-blast-thai-police

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In Thailand, Pheu Thai Party urges NCPO to release critics of the junta

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party have called for the immediate release of former energy minister Pichai Naripthapan, who was detained for “attitude adjustment” at an undisclosed location on Wednesday
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Pheu-Thai-urges-NCPO-to-release-critics-of-the-jun-30268558.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thailand constitution: Junta-appointed council rejects controversial charter; elections likely to be delayed

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers rejects a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-06/thailand-constitution-juntaappointed-council-rejects-controversial-charter-elections-likely-to-be-de/1489956
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34149523

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank, effective on Sunday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/681896/prayut-uses-s44-to-strip-thaksin-of-rank

25 AUGUST 2015

Thai army, Muslim rebels hold closed-door peace talks in Malaysia

A Thai Army delegation was in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 25) to conduct the third covert peace talks with representatives of insurgent groups in southern Thailand
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-army-muslim-rebels/2075844.html

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/658688/19-killed-123-hurt-as-bomb-blast-rocks-bangkok-tourist-attraction
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia Tuesday urged the Thai government to immediately drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody
http://www.asianewsnet.net/OHCHR-urges-Thailand-to-release-14-students-77350.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/605884/government-condemned-over-arrests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/The-law-is-the-law-PM-30263485.html

 

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23 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesia’s President selects Cabinet, appointing Opposition Leader as Defence Minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has selected Opposition Leader Prabowo Subianto to serve in his new Cabinet as Defence Minister
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-23/indonesia-president-appoints-opposition-leader-to-cabinet/11631518
https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jokowis-new-cabinet-includes-rival-prabowo-as-defense-minister

20 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo sworn in for second and final term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who rose from poverty and pledged to champion democracy, fight entrenched corruption and modernize the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with a pledge to take bolder actions
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-sworn-final-term-191020052716823.html
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3033769/indonesias-joko-widodo-sworn-second-term-pledging-job
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/indonesias-popular-president-sworn-2nd-term

10 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto stabbed by suspected Islamic State sympathiser

Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Wiranto is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed by a suspected Islamic State sympathiser at an event where scores of people were queuing to shake his hand and take selfies
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/indonesian-security-minister-wiranto-injured-in-public-stabbing/11591674
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-security-minister-wiranto-attacked-knife-banten-java-11988010

7 OCTOBER 2019

More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia’s Papua region

More than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia’s Papua region, the military said on Monday, as one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years sparked calls for an independent investigation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/16000-flee-unrest-indonesia-papua-region-191007100152636.html

2 OCTOBER 2019

Sukarno heir Maharani elected as Indonesia’s first female House speaker

Maharani is the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of Indonesia’s founding president
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/sukarno-heir-elected-indonesia-female-house-speaker-191002023101226.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/puan-maharani-sworn-in-as-indonesias-first-female-house-speaker

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesian President Jokowi urges police restraint after student protesters’ deaths

Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Friday (Sep 27) called for police restraint and promised an investigation into the deaths of two students, killed while taking part in protests that have spread to become the country’s biggest in decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-protests-jokowi-police-restraint-student-deaths-law-11949808
https://en.tempo.co/read/1253167/jokowi-orders-police-chief-to-investigate-2-students-deaths
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49835084

23 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesia says at least 20 killed, dozens injured in Papua unrest

At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured as fresh unrest erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Monday, with some victims burned to death in buildings set ablaze by protesters, authorities said
https://www.france24.com/en/20190923-indonesia-papua-unrest-killed-injured-new-guinea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/deaths-reported-fresh-protests-indonesia-west-papua-190923071714912.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesia Raises Minimum Marriage Age for Girls to 19

The Indonesian parliament on Monday raised minimum marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 years, as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation responded to pressure to end child weddings
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-children-09162019163902.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3027708/indonesia-raises-minimum-age-brides-19-bid-end-child

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at the age of 83

Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died aged 83
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-indonesian-president-habibie-dies-at-the-age-of-83
https://en.antaranews.com/news/132602/habibie-the-genius-of-indonesias-first-aircraft-creator
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026787/former-indonesian-president-bj-habibie-dies-83

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesian police arrest dozens over Papua riots

Indonesian authorities have arrested 85 people linked to weeks of deadly unrest in Papua, police said, as Jakarta accused an exiled separatist leader of stoking riots in its easternmost territory
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-police-arrest-dozens-over-papua-riots

28 AUGUST 2019

Indonesian authorities kill six Papuan protesters during clashes: reports

Indonesian security forces have opened fire on Papuan protesters, killing six people who tried to storm a government office in Deiyai region, a local resident and a website citing a separatist group said
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-authorities-kill-six-papuan-protesters-during-clashes-reports
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/six-killed-after-indonesian-authorities-open-fire-papuan-protesters

26 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia selects new capital in Borneo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced the capital will be moved to an area that forms part of the North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regions in its province of East Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesia-selects-new-capital-in-borneo
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-announces-location-of-indonesias-new-capital
https://en.antaranews.com/news/131620/2024-will-be-targeted-date-for-moving-capitals

22 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua in bid to curb protests

Indonesia has cut off internet access in eastern Papua to prevent provocative posts online from fuelling violence, after protesters torched buildings, a market, and a prison over the mistreatment of students and perceived ethnic discrimination
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-blocks-internet-in-papua-in-bid-to-curb-protests-29188
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/indonesia-blocks-internet-west-papua-protest-rages-190822022809234.html

19 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia Papua: Local parliament torched in Manokwari unrest

Thousands of protesters in the provincial capital of Indonesia’s West Papua have set fire to a local government building amid widespread demonstrations sparked by alleged police discrimination against Papuan students
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49394035
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-19/west-papuans-barricaded-arrested-teargassed-by-indonesian-police/11424990?section=world
https://jakartaglobe.id/vision/solidarity-for-papua

30 JULY 2019

Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s Once and Future Regional Power?

For the latter half of the 20th century, after the United Nations officially recognized Indonesian independence in 1949, Indonesia dominated regional politics in Southeast Asia. But during its shift from authoritarianism to democracy, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Indonesia mostly lost that mantle of leadership. Now, with its democracy consolidated – though hardly perfect – and Indonesian leaders increasingly concerned about a range of regional threats, Jakarta is once again trying to lead Southeast Asia
https://aspeniaonline.it/indonesia-southeast-asias-once-and-future-regional-power/

28 JULY 2019

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is ‘tolerant’ as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there is tolerant and progressive
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/27/asia/indonesia-joko-widodo-interview-intl-hnk/index.html

2 JULY 2019

Indonesia arrests alleged Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network leader Para Wijayanto

Indonesian police say they have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah terror network who has eluded capture since 2003
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/indonesian-police-arrest-jemaah-islamiyah-network-leader/11269286
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesian-police-arrest-leader-of-network-with-ties-to-al-qaeda-1.881774

27 JUNE 2019

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejects Prabowo’s election appeal

The nine judges of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia (Mahkamah Konstitusi) have rejected the appeal presented by Prabowo Subianto against the results of last April’s presidential election because the case is “baseless”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesia%26rsquo%3Bs-Constitutional-Court-rejects-Prabowo%27s-election-appeal-47399.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3016305/security-tight-indonesian-court-poised-rule-prabowo
https://en.antaranews.com/news/127885/indonesias-constitutional-court-rejects-prabowos-petition

17 JUNE 2019

No easy peace for Widodo’s second term

Indonesia’s post-election conflict is on hold while a court hears the opposition’s election fraud appeal but could easily reignite if disgruntled soldiers are not mollified
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/no-easy-peace-for-widodos-second-term/

Aceh independence call triggers fears of renewed conflict in Indonesia’s restive province

Muzakir Manaf, the former leader of GAM who is known as Mualem, warned foreigners would “colonise” Indonesia, and Aceh should therefore be ready to stand alone
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012729/aceh-independence-call-triggers-fears-renewed-conflict
https://en.tempo.co/read/1211176/wiranto-on-aceh-referendum-no-longer-relevant-in-indonesia?BeritaUtama&campaign=BeritaUtama_Click_5
https://en.antaranews.com/news/126580/referendum-denies-history-indonesia-ulema-council

27 MAY 2019

Four shot dead by police in Indonesia’s Papua province as post-election riots spread

A 16-year-old boy was one of at least four people shot dead by police during a riot triggered by dissatisfaction over the election result in the restive province of Papua, an official said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012031/four-shot-dead-police-indonesias-papua-province-post

22 MAY 2019

Six Die In Jakarta Riots After President Joko Widodo’s Election Win Is Confirmed

Confirmation of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection win has set off violence in Jakarta, where officials say at least six people died after protests morphed into riots in the capital. Widodo’s challenger, former military general Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to concede the race
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48361782
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/deadly-protests-continue-indonesia-jokowi-election-win-190522090804312.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-22/jakarta-protests-joko-widodo-re-election-turn-deadly/11138636

21 MAY 2019

Indonesia’s President Jokowi re-elected with 55.5 per cent of votes

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has, as expected, defeated his old rival Prabowo Subianto at the polls again – this time by more than double the votes he had garnered at their last presidential race in 2014
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/21/asia/indonesia-election-jokowi-intl/index.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-wins-reelection-pdip-wins-most-seats
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prabowo-after-defeat-says-will-not-accept-indonesia-election-result

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia approves plan to move capital out of Jakarta

The Indonesian president has signed off on a plan to move the capital outside of the country’s most populous island. Officials have cited chronic pollution and congestion as key factors behind the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-approves-plan-to-move-capital-out-of-jakarta/a-48529598
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48093431
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-decides-jakartas-time-is-up-indonesias-new-capital-will-be-outside-java

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

17 APRIL 2019

Indonesia elections : Widodo set for 2nd term as president and parliament support

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesias-widodo-set-for-2nd-term-as-president/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-ruling-coalition-led-by-pdi-p-on-track-to-win-most-seats-in-parliament
https://en.antaranews.com/news/123859/voter-turnout-estimated-at-8390-percent-in-2019-elections-pollster

8 APRIL 2019

Indonesian Buddhist woman’s blasphemy conviction upheld

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has upheld an 18-month jail sentence for a 44-year-old Buddhist woman convicted last year on blasphemy charges
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/indonesian-buddhist-woman-blasphemy-conviction-upheld-190408100321754.html
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/04/08/supreme-court-rejects-buddhist-womans-appeal-of-blasphemy-verdict.html

2 APRIL 2019

Indonesia, a central pillar of Seoul’s New Southern Policy: Korea Herald columnist

Indonesia and Korea recently agreed to re-open negotiations for establishing Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/indonesia-a-central-pillar-of-seouls-new-southern-policy-korea-herald-columnist

27 MARCH 2019

Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil

A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday (March 27) Southeast Asia’s biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-threatens-to-quit-paris-climate-deal-over-palm-oil
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/house-speaker-slams-eu-plan-to-phase-out-palm-oil

17 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections

Rights groups have called on President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, to end the raids
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-red-scare-revived-ahead-of-elections

8 MARCH 2019

Indonesian activist Robertus Robet charged with insulting military

Indonesia has charged a rights activist with allegedly insulting the country’s military, sparking a protest from campaigners, who derided it as “ludicrous” and an attack on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189246/activist-robertus-robet-charged-over-singing-song-mocking
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-rights-activist-arrest-is-reminder-of-authoritarian-past/

4 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s military creeping back into politics

The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) is pushing to find jobs for hundreds of its inactive officers in the civilian bureaucracy, a move pro-democracy activists see as an alarming regression towards the military’s dwifungsi (dual function) doctrine which prevailed during president Suharto’s 32-year authoritarian rule
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/indonesias-military-creeping-back-into-politics/

22 FEBRUARY 2019

Under Jokowi, Indonesia’s middle-class the winner of economic growth

4 FEBRUARY 2019

Indonesia’s military demands more positions in ministries and state institutions

Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-military-demands-more-positions-in-ministries-and-state-institutions

26 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia’s Jokowi is walking a tightrope as he tries to appeal to Muslim voters

24 JANUARY 2019

Ex-Jakarta Governor Ahok, jailed for blasphemy, freed

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, has been released from an Indonesian prison nearly two years after being found guilty of blasphemy against Islam
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/ahok-jakarta-governor-jailed-blasphemy-released-190124060045414.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-released-from-jail

22 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia election pits populism against the status quo

The campaign for Indonesia’s presidency has officially kicked off with a debate between incumbent President Joko Widodo and populist challenger Prabowo Subianto. Observers say both candidates failed to impress
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-election-pits-populism-against-the-status-quo/a-47127804

19 JANUARY 2019

Jokowi approves release of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

President Joko Widodo uses his authority to release Bashir for humanitarian reasons, over the objections of some of the survivors and families of the victims
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/bali-bombing-80-year-old-abu-bakar-bashir-released-prison-190119151021995.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/radical-cleric-abu-bakar-bashirs-lawyers-say-his-release-follows-negotiations-with
https://en.antaranews.com/news/121917/mui-lauds-baasyirs-release

15 JANUARY 2019

The Indonesian economy: in search of dynamism

The country navigated the 2008 global financial crisis with little difficulty and effectively weathered the emerging market volatilities of 2018. It has adjusted to the end of the China-driven commodity boom more effectively than the commodity-exporting members of the now-forgotten BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/15/the-indonesian-economy-in-search-of-dynamism/

28 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia Arrested 400 Suspected Terrorists This Year, Police Chief Says

Indonesian authorities have arrested almost 400 suspected militants in 2018, the nation’s police chief said Thursday, as he predicted that terrorism will remain a significant threat to public security next year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-militants-12272018203219.html

25 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian rescuers continue survivor search as tsunami death toll reaches 429

The death toll from the tsunami that hit coastal areas of Indonesia’s Java and Sumatra islands has reached 429, with almost 1500 injured and 154 missing, an official says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-25/indonesian-resucers-continue-to-search-after-surprise-tsunami/10667616?section=world
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/indonesia-destruction-caused-tsunami-181225083951206.html

23 DECEMBER 2018

Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia, more than 800 injured

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Saturday (Dec 22) has killed 222 people, with hundreds more injured, officials said on Sunday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/at-least-20-die-when-tsunami-hits-beaches-around-sunda-strait-in-indonesia
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-tsunami-death-toll-rises-to-222-22743

21 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian Muslims protest China’s detention of Uighurs

Several hundred protesters chanted “God is Great” and “Get out, communist!” outside China’s embassy in the Indonesian capital on Friday, demanding an end to mass detentions of Uighur Muslims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-muslims-protest-chinas-detention-of-uighurs/
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/20/china-responds-to-indonesias-question-about-alleged-abuse-of-xinjiangs-muslims.html?src=mostviewed&pg=news

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia opens military base on edge of South China Sea to ‘deter security threats’

Indonesia this week opened a military base with more than 1,000 personnel on the southern tip of the disputed South China Sea, where the territorial claims of China and several other countries overlap
https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/other/indonesia-opens-military-base-on-edge-of-south-china-sea-to-deter-security-threats/ar-BBRb3Fl

13 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia in the Asian history

Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West
http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1479:indonesia-in-the-asian-century&catid=15:development&Itemid=149

12 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia: Papua rebels reject surrender after workers’ killing

Jakarta rules out talks with separatists who vow to continue their armed campaign and fight for an independent Papua
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/indonesia-papua-rebels-reject-surrender-workers-killing-181212060426245.html
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2018/12/12/055924188/Govt-Refuses-to-Dialogue-with-Papuan-Separatists-Kalla

11 DECEMBER 2018

Rise and fall of a political rebel in Indonesia

Irwandi Yusuf led the way from rebellion to democracy in Aceh but his indictment on corruption charges has exposed the poor province’s ugly political underbelly
http://www.atimes.com/article/rise-and-fall-of-a-political-rebel-in-indonesia/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=e85829e656-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_12_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-e85829e656-31591405

4 DECEMBER 2018

Separatist gunmen kill 31 workers in restive Papua region, Indonesian authorities say

Indonesian authorities say independence supporters in the restive province of Papua have slaughtered up to 31 people who were working at a state-owned construction company
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-04/west-papua-separatists-allegedly-kill-workers-indonesia/10582480?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176371/they-surrender-or-we-finish-them-indonesia-issues-ultimatum
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/04/rising-political-violence-overshadows-jokowis-populist-policies-in-papua.html

1 DECEMBER 2018

Papuan students stage protest for Papua’s independence

Around 300 members of the Papuan Students Alliance in Surabaya, East Java, staged a protest on Saturday, nearly clashing with a separate group that appeared to be staging a counterprotest
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/01/papuan-students-stage-protest-for-papuas-independence.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/west-papuans-demand-independence-at-indonesia-rally

30 NOVEMBER 2018

The change to come to Indonesian democracy

In a country where political parties are already held in low regard, Indonesia’s democratic landscape may be about to undergo a significant transformation because of the unforeseen consequences of holding the legislative and presidential elections on the same day next April
http://www.atimes.com/article/the-change-to-come-to-indonesian-democracy/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Jakarta governor scraps huge island reclamation project

The Jakarta administration says it has finally pulled the plug on a $40-billion land reclamation project pushed by the Indonesian government off the national capital
http://www.atimes.com/article/jakarta-governor-scraps-huge-isl

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Indonesian district in Aceh bans men and women from dining together

 A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, an official said Wednesday (Sep 5), saying it would help women be “more well behaved”
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-district-in-aceh-bans-men-and-women-from-dining-10687044

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Rising Islamic tide threatens Indonesia’s Jokowi

28 AUGUST 2018

Indonesia offers $13.2b infrastructure projects to China

The Indonesian government offered various infrastructure projects to China worth US$13.2 billion during a recent market sounding event attended by 90 potential investors in Guangzhou, China
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/08/28/indonesia-offers-13-2b-infrastructure-projects-to-china.html

9 AUGUST 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday (Aug 9), in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-picks-cleric-as-running-mate-10603156
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-joko-picks-cleric-maruf-as-his-running-mate-in-next-years-presidential-polls
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158990/former-indonesian-general-prabowo-subianto-poised-name

The death toll from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319, Indonesia’s top security minister says

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes reached 319
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/lombok-quake-toll-hits-319

6 AUGUST 2018

At least 98 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-98-dead-after-quake-hits-indonesia-s-lombok-island-19384
http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2018/08/06/indonesia-quake-kills-82-leaves-hundreds-wounded.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html

31 JULY 2018

Indonesia Bans Islamic State-Linked Group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

An Indonesian court has disbanded Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the country’s largest ISIL-linked group for “conducting terrorism” and affiliating itself with the foreign organisation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2018/07/indonesian-court-bans-isil-linked-group-deadly-attacks-180731055025110.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-bans-islamic-state-linked-group-jamaah-ansharut-daulah/

11 JULY 2018

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/is-indonesia-retreating-from-democracy/#9HgvMeSycKdbPxDB.97

5 JULY 2018

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

4 JULY 2018

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

2 JULY 2018

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

22 JUNE 2018

Indonesian terrorist Aman Abdurrahman sentenced to death over 2016 Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman, blamed for a 2016 terrorist attack on a Jakarta Starbucks cafe, has been sentenced to death
https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-linked-cleric-behind-indonesia-terrorist-attacks-receives-death-sentence_2570897.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-22/indonesia-starbucks-attack-terrorist-sentenced-to-death/9899298?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2151976/indonesian-court-sentences-cleric-death-ordering-attacks

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

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

30 MAY 2018

Indonesia, India agree to strategic partnership, declare shared vision on maritime cooperation

Indonesia and India have agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership based on their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-india-agree-to-strategic-partnership-declare-shared-vision-on-maritime-cooperation/
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115927/indonesia-india-step-up-bilateral-ties

25 MAY 2018

Indonesia toughens anti-terror laws after Surabaya attacks

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/9/14/43/1527230153273.html
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115864/house-of-representatives-passes-into-law-the-bill-on-terrorism
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-passes-controversial-anti-terror-laws-fight-isil-180525055635674.html

21 MAY 2018

Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Soeharto

The shadow of former leader General Muhammad Soeharto still looms over Indonesia, 20 years after he left office
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indonesia-20-years-downfall-general-muhammad-suharto-180519141225082.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-corruption-rampant-20-years-soehartos-fall-180521131342962.html

18 MAY 2018

Surabaya bombings: Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the alleged spiritual leader of the group said to be responsible for the Surabaya bombings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-18/prosecutors-seek-death-for-alleged-bomb-attack-spiritual-leader/9776686
https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-seeks-death-penalty-for-is-linked-cleric/4399563.html

16 MAY 2018

Indonesia : Four terrorists killed after machete attack on Pekanbaru policemen

The terrorists killed one policeman and wounded another. The commando driver arrested. After the Christian minority, victim of a series of attacks in Surabaya, the Indonesian security forces are once again targeted by terrorists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Four-terrorists-killed-after-machete-attack-on-Pekanbaru-policemen-(Photo-Video)-43892.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/asia/indonesia-samurai-sword-terror-suspects-killed-intl/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/16/militants-armed-with-swords-attack-indonesian-police-station

13 MAY 2018

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-13-killed-as-suicide-bombers-hit-indonesian-churches-17424
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-links-church-attacks-local-isil-inspired-group-180513045333808.html
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-deadly-surabaya-church-attacks-committed-by-family/a-43761007

3 MAY 2018

In Indonesia, Interfaith Marriage is Legal – But With Many Obstacles

In Indonesia, interfaith marriage is legal but culturally discouraged and some religious figures have made it their mission to help couples of different religious backgrounds get married despite societal obstacles
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-indonesia-interfaith-marriage-is-legal—but-with-many-obstacles-/4373874.html

24 APRIL 2018

Setya Novanto, Indonesia’s former speaker of parliament, jailed for 15 years over corruption charges

A senior Indonesian politician has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for police fighting corruption in Indonesia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/indonesias-former-speaker-of-parliament-jailed-for-corruption/9693818?section=world

18 APRIL 2018

The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?

12 APRIL 2018

Prabowo Subianto named as Gerindra’s candidate in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Controversial former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in next year’s Indonesian elections
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/jokowi-rival-prabowo-to-stand-for-indonesian-president/9645650?section=world
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-set-repeat-contest-2019-presidential-poll/

9 APRIL 2018

Ahok: The rise and fall of Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese governor

The businessman-turned-politician’s rise and fall made headlines around the world, raising questions about religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation
https://asianews.network/2018/04/09/ahok-the-rise-and-fall-of-jakartas-first-ethnic-chinese-governor/

31 MARCH 2018

Russia raises its head in Indonesia

Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-raises-head-indonesia/

27 MARCH 2018

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejects Ahok’s blasphemy appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-blasphemy-appeal
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-case-review-petition/

13 MARCH 2018

Muslim Cyber Army: a ‘fake news’ operation designed to derail Indonesia’s leader

Police in Indonesia believe they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt the political process and destabilise the government
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/muslim-cyber-army-a-fake-news-operation-designed-to-bring-down-indonesias-leader

7 MARCH 2018

Indonesian Islamic university bans students who wear burqas from graduating

An Islamic university in Indonesia has been criticised after announcing it will not allow female students who continue to wear face veils on campus to graduate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indonesia-islamic-university-burqa-ban-female-students-graduation-java-yogyakarta-city-a8243726.html

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/indonesian-politicians-pass-law-targeting-their-critics/9489336?section=world
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/another-threat-to-the-kpk-constitutional-court-sides-with-the-dpr/

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesia inks deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia

According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/18/552745/russia-indonesia-sukhoi-billion-dollar

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Jokowi cements ties with Indonesia military in political shift  

Standing before thousands of soldiers, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto delivered a blunt message intended to resonate far beyond the army’s strategic command headquarters in East Java
http://www.todayonline.com/world/jokowi-cements-ties-indonesia-military-political-shift

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian terrorist gets 10 years’ jail for buying guns in Philippines

An Indonesian court has sentenced hardened terrorist Suryadi Mas’ud to 10 years in jail for procuring firearms in the Philippines and for his involvement in funding terrorism
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/veteran-indonesian-terrorist-gets-10-years-jail-for-buying-guns-in-philippines

29 JANUARY 2018

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-explores-ties-with-controversial-indonesian-army-unit/4229468.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

China’s concessional loans help to explain why Indonesia’s foreign debt increased during 2015 and 2016, despite the government’s intention to reduce its dependence on foreign aid. What makes China’s foreign aid preferable to foreign aid from DAC countries?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/02/why-does-indonesia-seem-to-prefer-foreign-aid-from-china/

20 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

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

4 NOVEMBER 2017

In Indonesia, one in five students for the caliphate, one in four ready to fight

Islamic groups are making inroads in Indonesia’s public and political life. Authorities warn against radical infiltrations in student organisations and campuses. Intolerance grows among middle-income Indonesian suburbanites
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-in-five-students-for-the-caliphate,-one-in-four-ready-to-fight-42233.html

24 OCTOBER 2017

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

16 OCTOBER 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for “Islamic lifestyle”

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mob justice on the rise in Indonesia

Many perceive the police to be ineffective in responding to petty crime and decide to take the law into their own hands. But the violence is not just reserved for criminals. Some members of Indonesia’s religious and ethnic minorities have been victimized by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority, with the authorities often siding in favour of the mob
http://www.france24.com/en/20170928-focus-indonesia-mob-justice-rise-vigilante-violence-ethnic-religious-minorities

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Indonesia’s maritime strategy: what’s been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future ‘global maritime fulcrum (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the 2nd century
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/indonesias-maritime-strategy-whats-achieved/

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

22 JULY 2017

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

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

19 JULY 2017

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

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

18 JULY 2017

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

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

15 JULY 2017

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

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

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

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

7 JULY 2017

‘Indonesia among the best economies in the G20’

In an interview with DW, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati emphasized that compared to Europe, Indonesia’s economy is benefitting from a combination of a young population and effective fiscal policies
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-among-the-best-economies-in-the-g20/a-39598526

3 JULY 2017

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

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

29 JUNE 2017

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

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

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

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

9 MAY 2017

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

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

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

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

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

21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

“Offensive” material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend “every inch” of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.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

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were “operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching”, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

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

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

 

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20 OCTOBER 2019

Singapore and China sign agreement to boost defence cooperation

The enhanced Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation (ADESC) formalises activities between Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including port calls, bilateral exercises, mutual visits and cross-attendance of courses, Mindef said in a news release on Sunday
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/diplomacy/article/3033756/singapore-and-china-sign-agreement-boost-defence-cooperation
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-ng-eng-hen–defence-agreement-scale-up-army-12018308

15 OCTOBER 2019

Singapore and China sign 9 agreements, exchange views on ‘excellent’ state of relations

Singapore and China have signed nine agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, following the conclusion of a top-level bilateral meeting in Chongqing on Tuesday (Oct 15)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-jcbc-meeting-chongqing-heng-swee-keat-12002940

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launches party manifesto as election chatter grows

As talk of an impending general election heats up in Singapore, the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) launched its manifesto, with its party chief insisting that unless the city state became more free and open, it would lag behind in fostering the creativity and innovation needed to drive progress
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3030803/singapore-opposition-politician-chee-soon-juan-launches-party

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore renews military bases pact with US amid deepening defence ties with China

The renewal of a three-decade old pact between the United States and Singapore that grants US forces access to the Lion City’s naval and air bases signals that Washington views the city state as a vital part of its Asia strategy for a long time to come, analysts have said
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3030111/china-will-be-wary-us-singapore-deal-military-bases

3 AUGUST 2019

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

Politician Tan Cheng Bock, a 79-year-old retired medical doctor, on Saturday launched the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), which is backed by the estranged brother of the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/singapore-opposition-party-backed-pm-brother-launched-190803103943358.html

29 JULY 2019

Singapore PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang backs opposition party in election twist

The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang has thrown his support behind a newly-formed opposition party in an intriguing twist ahead of elections expected to be held as soon as this year
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/singapore-pm-s-brother-backs-opposition-party-in-election-twist-1.892138

26 JULY 2019

Tan Cheng Bock says new party will be ‘unifying alternative’ for Singapore

There has been an “erosion” of transparency, independence and accountability within the Government, said Dr Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jul 26), explaining the reasons behind his decision to set up a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-psp-progress-singapore-party-alternative-11755736
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3020249/i-didnt-change-pap-did-singapore-opposition-politician-tan-cheng

 

8 JULY 2019

Singapore is top source of foreign direct investment into India

Singapore has emerged as the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India, underlining growing business links between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/spore-is-top-source-of-foreign-direct-investment-into-india

9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

After an intense debate, Singapore’s parliament has passed a sweeping “anti-fake news” bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse of power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/singapore-passes-law-police-fake-news-concerns-190509000809073.html
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Bills-Supp/10-2019/Published/20190401?DocDate=20190401
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3009597/singapores-fake-news-law-lesson-asia-stifling-dissent

23 APRIL 2019

Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday was promoted to become the country’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, moving him closer to succeeding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the Lion City’s next leader
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3007312/heng-swee-keat-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-singapore
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-to-be-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-dpms-teo-chee-hean-and-tharman

10 APRIL 2019

Is Lee Kuan Yew’s strategic vision for Singapore still relevant?

The thinking of Singapore’s late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has shaped the country’s foreign policy since its independence in 1965. But the world is changing with the shifting geopolitical balance of power, disruptions caused by digital technology, the rise of populism and the backlash against globalisation. Is Lee’s thinking and strategic vision still applicable in this new world?
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/10/is-lee-kuan-yews-strategic-vision-for-singapore-still-relevant/

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Meet the Republic of Singapore Navy’s new poison shrimp. They even call it ‘Invincible’

With the launch of RSS Invincible in Kiel, Singapore is the latest Asia-Pacific country to introduce new-generation submarines, riding on a persistent trend observed amongst regional navies in acquiring undersea capabilities
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-poison-shrimp-strategy-new-submarines-type-218sg-11260946

18 JANUARY 2019

Singapore former presidency candidate Tan Cheng Bock files application to form new political party

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jan 18) announced his return to politics, saying he has filed an application to form a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-new-political-party-progress-singapore-11138530
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/singapore-presidential-candidate-plans-opposition-part-190118052735825.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Singapore extends its own port limits and says it will act firmly if Malaysian vessels continue to intrude

Singapore extended its own port limits in response to intrusions by Malaysian vessels into its waters and also sent out a strong warning: While the Republic has so far responded with restraint against aggressive actions by Malaysian government vessels in its waters, it will not hesitate to act firmly to protect its territory and sovereignty, if necessary
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-extends-port-limits-tuas-amid-maritime-boundary-standoff-msia

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat put in line to be next PM

Singapore’s ruling party on Friday named Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to a key leadership post, possibly putting him in line to take over as prime minister when current leader Lee Hsien Loong steps down
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/heng-swee-keat-picked-as-paps-first-assistant-secretary-general-indicating-he-will-be-next
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-man-who-saw-singapore-through-financial-crisis
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174743/singapores-next-prime-minister-heng-swee-keat-safe-pair-hands

30 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore former opposition party chief Lim Tean forms new political party, People’s Voice

Mr Lim Tean, who used to head the opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP), has set up a new political party called the People’s Voice, making it the 11th political party in Singapore
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-opposition-party-chief-lim-tean-forms-new-political-party-peoples-voice

25 OCTOBER 2018

Leaders of Singapore’s only opposition party plea for funds to stave off bankruptcy in civil case

Leaders of Singapore’s only parliamentary opposition party have appealed to supporters for financial help, saying they face the risk of bankruptcy as costs mount in civil cases they are fighting
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2170220/leaders-singapores-only-opposition-party-plea-funds-stave
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-party-mps-raise-close-s500000-day-after-public-appeal

23 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore and the EU fly the flag of free trade

At odds with US trade policy, Singapore and the EU champion multilateralism with an eye toward a broader deal with Southeast Asian economies
http://www.atimes.com/article/singapore-and-the-eu-fly-the-flag-of-free-trade/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a99730b373-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_23_11_51&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a99730b373-31591405

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Singapore’s total population inches up to 5.64 million, after flat growth last year  

After posting the slowest growth in more than a decade last year, Singapore’s total population size has rebounded slightly, based on government statistics released on Thursday (Sept 27)
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-total-population-inches-564-million-after-flat-growth-last-year
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-population-grows-slightly-to-5-64m-with-non-resident-10763132

21 JULY 2018

Singapore navy takes leadership roles in largest global maritime exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has again taken up leadership roles in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-navy-takes-leadership-roles-in-largest-global-maritime-exercise

14 JULY 2018

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

12 JUNE 2018

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

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

24 APRIL 2018

Singapore cabinet reshuffle: Younger ministers to head two-thirds of ministries, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the “extensive” reshuffle to the Cabinet announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) means that the Singapore Government’s leadership transition is well underway
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-younger-ministers-head-two-thirds-ministries-10171084
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2143147/what-singapores-cabinet-shake-reveals-about-plans-life-after-lee

8 APRIL 2018

Singapore, China sign MOU to boost collaboration in Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Third-party Market Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday (Apr 8) to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-mou-collaboration-belt-and-road-initiative-10117042
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-and-china-sign-deal-to-boost-cooperation-on-belt-and-road-initiative

2 MARCH 2018

No need for Singapore to raise defence spending to ‘play catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen  

While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2)
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-need-spore-raise-defence-spending-play-catch-ng-eng-hen
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-spending-kept-steady-despite-new-threats-ng-eng-hen-10005140

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-clocks-faster-than-expected-growth-of-3-6-in-9958302

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency
http://www.atimes.com/article/recalling-singapores-forgotten-unions/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

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

12 JUNE 2017

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

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

2 JUNE 2017

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

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

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

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

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

 

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6 OCTOBER 2019

Vietnam again accuses China of violating its fishing rights in its exclusive economic zone

Hanoi has again accused Beijing of violating its rights after three Chinese vessels stopped a local crew from fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese media reported
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3031763/vietnam-again-accuses-china-violating-its-fishing-rights-its

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Duterte says Xi Jinping offered him an oil and gas deal to ignore South China Sea ruling

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he has been offered a controlling stake in a joint energy deal by Chinese President Xi Jinping in exchange for ignoring an international arbitration in Manila’s favor on the South China Sea
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/12/asia/duterte-xi-south-china-sea-deal-intl-hnk/index.html
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/09/12/19/robredo-irresponsible-to-set-aside-ph-win-vs-china-for-joint-exploration
https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/09/12/news/palace-duterte-not-abandoning-hague-ruling/615472/

30 AUGUST 2019

Xi and Duterte fail to reach agreement on South China Sea issue

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-touted meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping yielded no agreement on the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two nations or a plan to explore the area for oil and gas
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/30/asia-pacific/xi-duterte-fail-reach-agreement-south-china-sea-issue/#.XWlD1egzY2w
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3025165/xi-jinping-tells-rodrigo-duterte-put-aside-south-china-sea

8 AUGUST 2019

Vietnam Confirms China Ship Left its Waters, Ending Month-Long Standoff

A Chinese survey ship embroiled in a tense month-long standoff with Vietnamese vessels has left Vietnam’s continental shelf, the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign ministry confirmed on Aug. 8
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-confirms-china-ship-left-its-waters-ending-month-long-standoff_3034539.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/chinas-vessels-halt-survey-in-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone/157504.vnp
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/china/diplomacy/article/3021916/south-china-sea-chinese-ship-leaves-vietnamese-zone-it-only

19 JULY 2019

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/vietnam-demands-china-withdraws-vessel-south-china-sea-190719143019505.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-demands-china-to-end-violations-in-waters/156432.vnp

17 JULY 2019

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long stand-off near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea which fall within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday (July 17)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-china-embroiled-in-south-china-sea-standoff
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019027/china-and-vietnam-tread-softly-south-china-sea-over-latest

21 JUNE 2019

South China Sea: Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island

A satellite image obtained by CNN shows China has deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, the first known deployment of fighter jets there since 2017
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/20/asia/china-fighters-satellite-image-woody-island-intl-hnk/index.html

18 MAY 2019

‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes

China has been pushing Malaysia to solve the two countries’ South China Sea disputes in the hope of calming one of its most important neighbours
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3010790/divide-and-conquer-asean-china-tries-go-one-one-malaysia

9 MAY 2019

US, Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the United States Navy said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/us-japan-india-and-philippines-challenge-beijing-with-naval-drills-in-the-south-china
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/10/1916676/philippines-warship-quadrilateral-drill-scs

1 APRIL 2019

Philippines Protests Over Chinese Vessels in Disputed Waters

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of more than 200 Chinese boats near an island occupied by Manila in the disputed South China Sea, the president’s spokesman said on April 1
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-protests-over-chinese-vessels-in-disputed-waters_2861619.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1654796/philippines-protests-swarming-of-chinese-boats-near-island

18 MARCH 2019

Beijing plans ‘strategic service and logistics base’ on Woody Island, two islets in South China Sea

The southernmost Chinese territory in the South China Sea, Sansha, will press ahead with a plan to build an “island city” on Woody Island and two smaller neighbouring islets in the contested waters
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3002229/beijing-plans-strategic-service-and-logistics-base-woody

5 JANUARY 2019

A British military base on the South China Sea is not a far-fetched idea

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea

China’s construction of a new platform in a remote part of the disputed South China Sea is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, its foreign ministry said on Nov.22
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-new-building-by-beijing-in-south-china-sea_2721855.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-resolutely-opposes-chinas-activities-in-bombay-reef/142344.vnp

25 OCTOBER 2018

China vows to defend Taiwan, South China Sea ‘at any price’

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory – whether it’s the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-vows-defend-taiwan-south-china-sea-price-181025025650453.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-says-military-will-act-at-any-cost-to-prevent-taiwan-split_2699390.html

2 OCTOBER 2018

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course

A Chinese warship has forced an American destroyer to change course in the South China Sea by sailing close to it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner, the US Navy says
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45718000
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201810021068504471-china-condemns-usa-provacative-actions-south-china-sea/

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

US flies bombers over South China Sea amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The US military flew B-52 bombers in the vicinity of the South China Sea this week, US officials told Reuters, a move that is likely to cause anger in Beijing amid heightened tensions between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-flies-bombers-over-south-china-sea-amid-heightened-tensions-with-beijing
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-criticizes-us-b-52-bomber-missions-as-provocative/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2165900/us-flies-b-52-bombers-over-south-and-east-china-seas-tensions

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Royal Navy ‘challenges’ China by sailing close to disputed islands

The HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, Reuters reported, citing two sources
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/royal-navy-china-warship-challenge-south-sea-islands-hms-albion-uk-freedom-of-navigation-a8525206.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45433153
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163103/china-protests-after-british-warship-sails-close-disputed

2 JUNE 2018

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

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

29 MAY 2018

Philippines, China draw ‘red lines’ in South China Sea dispute

Both the Philippines and China have identified actions that would be deemed unacceptable in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said Monday
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/29/1819745/philippines-china-draw-red-lines-south-china-sea-dispute#rb27AMRaDLYV5kox.99
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148204/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-will-go-war-china-if-it

27 MAY 2018

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move ‘seriously infringed’ its sovereignty

China has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-us-warships-islands-disputed-paracel-trump-south-sea-latest-sovereignty-seriously-infringed-a8371776.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/us-warships-sail-near-disputed-islands-in-south-china-sea/9805576?section=world

19 MAY 2018

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island

For the first time, China’s air force has landed several bombers on a South China Sea island. The move could fuel tension in the region amid concern that Beijing is expanding its military might to the disputed waters
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-island-1.2223889
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/142/56/112/1526722717275.html

3 MAY 2018

China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts: CNBC report

China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/china-installs-cruise-missiles-south-china-sea-outposts-cnbc-report
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/03/china-installs-anti-ship-cruise-missiles-outposts-south-china/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/03/china-likely-to-add-combat-aircraft-to-south-china-sea-outposts.html

20 APRIL 2018

Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea

Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-20/south-china-sea-australian-warships-challenged-by-chinese/9677908?section=world
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-challenged-australian-warships-south-china-sea-australian-media
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/114/123/1524229235518.html

1 APRIL 2018

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

China and Vietnam vowed Sunday to keep the peace in the South China Sea, the resource-rich waterway that has long been a source of tension between Hanoi and its powerhouse communist neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/01/557123/China-Vietnam-South-China-Sea-tension-oil-and-gas-Wang-Yi–
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139849/beijing-and-hanoi-promise-keep-peace-south-china-sea-where

26 MARCH 2018

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

The Duterte administration should be careful not to prejudice its claims or rights. It can and should continue to protest privately or publicly when it believes China — or any other country — has violated any understanding between them or the details of the arbitration result itself
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/675.html

8 MARCH 2018

Beijing needs to build defensive structures on South China Sea islands: Army general

A leading Chinese military general says his country needs to build defensive structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea to assert its sovereignty over nearly the entire region amid tensions between Beijing and Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/08/554789/China-Lt-Gen-He-Lei-Wang-Yi-US-South-China-Sea

15 FEBRUARY 2018

South China Sea, US Navy: ‘Seven new bases built by Beijing’

Beijing has unilaterally built seven new military bases in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, reported today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea,-US-Navy:-‘Seven-new-bases-built-by-Beijing’-43107.html

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

The Philippines has declared that war is not an option in resolving its dispute with China, which was found to have continued its military build-up in disputed South China Sea areas, declared by a UN arbitration court to belong to Manila
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/philippines-china-military-build-war-option-180205080825411.html#
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/163814/palace-duterte-roque-south-china-sea-militarization-disputed-sea-island-military-reef
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/06/1785089/palace-downplays-chinas-almost-done-militarization-south-china-sea

31 JANUARY 2018

Wanted: A Strategy to Limit China’s Grand Plans for the South China Sea

China’s state-run news agencies openly acknowledge that the nation has engaged in significant land reclamation and artificial island building in the South China Sea region
https://www.heritage.org/homeland-security/commentary/wanted-strategy-limit-chinas-grand-plans-the-south-china-sea

20 JANUARY 2018

South China Sea: China accuses US warship of ‘violating its sovereignty’

China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty was protected
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-20/south-china-sea:-china-accuses-us-ship-of-violating-sovereignty/9346108?section=world
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/32/195/114/1516440160804.html

11 JANUARY 2018

China, Japan trade accusations after Chinese warship seen near disputed Diaoyu Islands

China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2127856/china-japan-trade-accusations-after-chinese-warship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42651067
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180111_20/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China claims South China Sea expansion is reasonable

China – Slamming critics, China has now claimed that all of the controversial construction and expansion work it has carried out in the disputed South China Sea islands is “reasonable.”
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255868632/china-claims-south-china-sea-expansion-is-reasonable

15 DECEMBER 2017

China tells Australia off over South China Sea stance

China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-tells-australia-over-south-china-sea-stance
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-15/china-says-australia-disrupting-stability-and-peace-in-south-china-sea-buildup-on-islands-continues/1723800
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/china-has-warned-australia-to-keep-out-of-the-south-china-sea-dispute-ng-8fe3e7edf716023896ed5cc6fcff683f

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

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

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

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

6 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

7 AUGUST 2017

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

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

25 JULY 2017

China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea as Vietnam renounces to drill  after Chinese threat

China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-backs-joint-energy-development-with-philippines-in-disputed-sea-9062262
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-bares-ph-china-venture/340675/
http://sea-globe.com/vietnam-oil-south-china-sea/

7 JULY 2017

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

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

5 JULY 2017

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

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

3 JULY 2017

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

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

25 MAY 2017

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

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

19 MAY 2017

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

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

12 MARCH 2013

Taiwan seeks seat in dialogues on South China sea disputes

A ranking government official has expressed hope that Taiwan would be included in dialogues concerning maritime and international affairs, even if it is not set to take any position on the increasing militarization in the South China Sea
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153247/taiwan-seeks-seat-dialogues-south-china-sea-disputes

19 FEBRUARY 2017

South China Sea: US aircraft carrier strike group conducts patrols in disputed waters

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/us-carrier-group-patrols-in-south-china-sea/8284224?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882

24 JANUARY 2017

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-will-not-back-down-south-china-sea
http://www.dw.com/en/china-tells-trump-to-act-cautiously-on-south-china-sea-issue/a-37249052
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_34/

14 JANUARY 2017

China and Vietnam to “manage” differences over South China Sea – communique

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-vietnam-to-manage-differences-over-south-china-sea/3438930.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/14/c_135982572.htm

17 DECEMBER 2016

China’s Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

 A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, US officials say
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-17/chinas-navy-seizes-american-underwater-drone-in-south-china-sea/1640306
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/17/china-and-us-in-talks-over-seized-drone-officials-say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055434/drone-snatch-heralds-new-era-south-china-sea-say

15 DECEMBER 2016

Images show ‘significant’ Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea

China appears to have positioned “significant” weapons systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, despite vowing it had no intention of militarising the archipelago, a US thinktank has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/images-show-significant-chinese-weapons-systems-in-south-china-sea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_11/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-defends-its-right-to-ready-slingshot-in-south-china-sea/3370418.html

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s charm offensive on South China Sea claimants

The outcomes from recent visits by leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – all of which have competing claims in the South China Sea with China – have led some to view them as part of China’s new charm offensive towards Asean, targeted at claimants
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/chinas-charm-offensive-on-south-china-sea-claimants

31 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Beijing says ‘situation’ at disputed Scarborough Shoal ‘has not changed and will not’

Beijing says the situation at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea “has not changed and will not change”, after the Philippines said Chinese vessels that blocked the area for four years had stopped harassing its fishermen
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-31/china-says-situation-at-disputed-scarborough-shoal-unchanged/7982010?section=world
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/31/c_135794928.htm
http://www.manilatimes.net/understanding-reached-shoal/294171/

28 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Philippines says Chinese vessels have left Scarborough Shoal following Duterte visit

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, officials say, calling the Chinese departure a “welcome development”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041066/philippines-says-china-vessels-have-left-disputed

21 OCTOBER 2016

US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged“excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its Neighbors
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-conducts-new-freedom-of-navigation-operation-near-disputed-south-china-sea-islands
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-destroyer-sails-close-to-contested-islands-in-South-China-Sea-Pentagon/articleshow/54983897.cms

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

South China Sea: US military official urges Australia to take stronger stance against Chinese expansion

A senior US military official is again putting pressure on Australia to take a stronger stance against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-01/us-military-official-urges-australia-take-stronger-stance-china/7805386?section=world

12 AUGUST 2016

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

13 JULY 2016

China issues white paper on settling S. China Sea disputes

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper titled “China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.”
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/13/content_15462109.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2016-07/13/content_15462174.html

12 JULY 2016

UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration (pdf), key points and reactions

The International Tribunal has ruled that ‘China’s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea’ has no legal basis. Further, the tribunal in The Hague claimed that Beijing’s “nine-dash” line to delineate its South China Sea claims contravenes a United Nations convention on maritime law.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245762985
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/tribunal-rules-chinas-south-sea-claims-dont-hold-water-16934
http://www.andrewerickson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Press-Release-No-11-English.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36772813
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/12/c_135507935.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

5 JULY 2016

South China Sea dispute: Chinese daily says country should prepare itself for military conflict

Reports indicate that the state-run Global Times has said that the situation has already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now it has become worse with the tribunal threatening China’s sovereignty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/245563787

28 MAY 2016

Arbitration on South China Sea ‘a legal monstrosity’ : China’s ambassador

The pending decision on the South China Sea arbitration in The Hague, which was initiated by the Philippines, is a legal monstrosity and reeks of hegemony from Washington, said Wu Ken, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/28/content_15440819.html

12 MAY 2016

China brands international court hearings passing judgement on its claims in South China Sea an ‘orchestrated show’

China has stepped up its confrontational rhetoric ahead of an international court ruling over its claims in the South China Sea, calling it “an orchestrated show” aimed at undermining the nation’s sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1944053/china-brands-international-court-hearings-passing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1943936/showdown-south-china-sea-how-ruling-permanent-court

28 APRIL 2016

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

It maintains that the dispute should be resolved between individual claimant countries instead of through ASEAN body, and has claimed in the past week that Brunei, Cambodia and Laos back its stance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-southeast/2740754.html

18 APRIL 2016

Chinese military plane makes first public landing on disputed South China Sea island

A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-18/chinese-military-plane-makes-first-public-landing-on-disputed-south-china-sea-island/1570820
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/19/content_15418232.html

12 APRIL 2016

China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea

A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/243064947

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

13 MARCH 2016

China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes

The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s “national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests.” The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-to-establish-maritime-judicial-center-amid-disputes/a-19113688
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/242170385

8 MARCH 2016

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-won-budge-south-china-sea-sovereignty-160308034024267.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-south-china-sea-is-among-the-worlds-freest-shipping-lanes-beijings-control

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China installing new radar on Spratly Islands that could greatly boost control of South China Sea: US think tank said

Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability to control the disputed South China Sea, a US think tank said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1915765/china-installing-new-radar-spratly-islands-could

17 FEBRUARY 2016

China ‘has deployed missiles in South China Sea’ – Taiwan

The Ministry of National Defense is keeping abreast of developments amid reports the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) in the South China Sea, spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/18/2003639615
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35592988
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/16/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1913621/beijing-defends-use-armaments-south-china-sea-after

31 JANUARY 2016

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-doubles-number-f-15s-southern-island-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160131_15.html

6 JANUARY 2016

China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

China landed two more planes on a contested reef in the South China Sea Wednesday, state media said, despite international condemnation of a landing at the same location days earlier
http://news.yahoo.com/china-again-lands-planes-disputed-island-south-china-122649619.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/china-lands-two-more-planes-in-disputed-south-china-sea-state-media/

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 NOVEMBER 2015

China says won’t cease building on South China Sea isles

“Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-says-wont-cease-building-south-china-sea-isles
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34894878

18 NOVEMBER 2015

China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34853878

5 NOVEMBER 2015

India can play positive role in South China Sea: China

China Thursday asked India to play a “constructive and positive” role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, in a guarded reaction to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s call for ensuring freedom of navigation in the strategic waters amid escalated Sino-US tensions
http://atimes.com/2015/11/india-can-play-constructive-positive-role-in-south-china-sea-china/

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

27 OCTOBER 2015

Challenging Chinese Claims, U.S. Sends Warship Near Artificial Island Chain

A United States Navy destroyer entered waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea late Monday, Defense Department officials said, directly challenging China’s claims that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/world/asia/challenging-chinese-claims-us-sends-warship-near-artificial-island-chain.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/27/asia/us-china-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-official-more-south-china-sea-patrols-likely/3026017.html

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

6 AUGUST 2015

Kerry says US will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry accuses China of not allowing freedom of movement in the South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/kerry-blasts-beijing-over-south-china-sea-militarisation/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150806-kerry-says-us-will-not-accept-restrictions-south-china-sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-has-stopped-land-reclamation-s-china-sea

29 MAY 2015

US surveillance shows ‘China positioning weapons’ in disputed island chain

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea, US officials said on Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/us-says-china-had-artillery-vehicles-on-artificial-island-in-south-china-sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11638044/US-surveillance-shows-China-positioning-weapons-on-contested-island.html

13 MAY 2015

China Concerned About Possible US Patrols Around Islands

China on Wednesday expressed “serious concern” about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/232820993
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560567/china-anger-over-us-military-plans-in-disputed-waters
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560651/us-weighs-response-to-china-wall-of-sand

 

Main news on Cambodia

3 OCTOBER 2019

Cambodia Judge Orders Re-Investigation of RFA Reporters’ Case

The judge in Cambodia’s trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists on Wednesday called for a reinvestigation of the espionage and the production of pornography charges, a ruling that a rights expert said was “ridiculous and punitive” and showed the weakness of the case
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/rfa-trial-10032019071156.html
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3031417/cambodian-judge-orders-new-investigation-journalists-us

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Cambodia’s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy calls for uprising

The former Cambodian opposition leader who lives in exile is calling for a people’s uprising, and an army rebellion, against the government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/cambodias-exiled-opposition-leader-calls-uprising-190924073405574.html

20 AUGUST 2019

Cambodian PM sues opposition leader Sam Rainsy in French court

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader said Tuesday
https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/ap/article-7375757/Cambodian-PM-sues-opposition-leader-French-court.html
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/15511

4 AUGUST 2019

Khmer Rouge ‘Brother Number Two’ Nuon Chea dies in Cambodia aged 93

Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died on Sunday, the country’s UN-assisted genocide tribunal said. He was 93
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3021384/khmer-rouge-brother-number-two-nuon-chea-dies-cambodia
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49228123

29 JULY 2019

Cambodia set to buy US$40 million more arms from China, prime minister says

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that US$40 million would be spent on weapons from China. That includes tens of thousands of guns to replace old stock that were already being shipped, he said
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3020460/cambodia-set-buy-more-arms-china-prime-minister-says

26 JULY 2019

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

The trial of two Cambodian journalists charged with espionage has begun in the capital, Phnom Penh, in a case human rights groups say should never have been brought to court
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/espionage-trial-rfa-journalists-starts-cambodia-190726070844918.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/trial-of-cambodian-reporters-who-used-to-work-for-us-begins/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3020187/cambodian-reporters-trial-undermining-national-security

22 JULY 2019

Cambodia, China ink secret naval port deal: report

Chinese armed forces will be allowed 30 years of exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted anonymous US officials
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/article/cambodia-china-ink-secret-naval-port-deal-report/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=37f7987183-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_22_12_42&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-37f7987183-31591405
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/744011392/cambodia-denies-report-of-deal-with-china-for-use-of-naval-base

20 JULY 2019

US House Passes Bill to Sanction Cambodia’s Top Officials

U.S. lawmakers have sent a clear signal to Cambodian leaders that they have to reverse course on limiting democracy or face consequences
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-house-passes-bill-to-sanction-cambodias-top-officials-2/

18 JULY 2019

Cambodian police arrested several activists and prevented public commemoration of the third anniversary of prominent political analyst Kem Ley’s murder
https://globalvoices.org/2019/07/17/cambodian-activists-arrested-for-commemorating-the-anniversary-of-political-analyst-kem-leys-death/

9 JULY 2019

Cambodia: Three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing

On 10 July 2016, Kem Ley was shot and killed while having a morning coffee at a gas station located on Monivong Boulevard in central Phnom Penh. This killing occurred amidst a backdrop of attacks on human rights defenders and members of the political opposition, and a documented history of killings of human rights defenders with impunity in Cambodia
https://ifex.org/cambodia-three-years-and-still-no-effective-investigation-into-dr-kem-leys-killing/

1 JULY 2019

US presses Cambodia over its ‘larger plans’ to host Chinese military

The US Defence Department has asked Cambodia to explain why it suddenly turned down an offer to repair a naval base, saying the decision had raised speculation of possible plans for hosting China’s military
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3016817/us-presses-cambodia-over-its-larger-plans-host-chinese

18 MAY 2019

In Cambodia, the BRI must benefit locals too

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s delegation has returned from the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, bringing back 10 newly signed agreements. The trip was closely followed by Cambodians, who have an increasing interest in the course of the relationship between Cambodia and China
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/05/18/in-cambodia-the-bri-must-benefit-locals-too/

10 MAY 2019

Why Hun Sen still fears jailed rival Kem Sokha

There are only two likely reasons why Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been held in detention without trial for almost 19 months on treason charges that could sentence him to 30 years in prison
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/why-hun-sen-still-fears-jailed-rival-kem-sokha/

1 MAY 2019

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/summons-05012019170148.html

30 APRIL 2019

Cambodian PM says China ready to help if EU imposes sanctions

China will help Cambodia if the European Union (EU) withdraws special market access over its rights record, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday as he announced a 600 million yuan ($89 million) Chinese aid package for his military
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/crime/cambodian-pm-says-china-ready-to-help-if-eu-imposes-sanctions-148367/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/china-cambodia-eu-implements-trade-sanctions-190430001935041.html

8 APRIL 2019

Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing significant challenges to his legitimacy amid mounting Western pressure
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/936.html

29 MARCH 2019

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/strategy-03292019170149.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-wfp-ink-50m-strategic-plan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50590692/hun-sen-fires-back-at-the-eu-and-us-over-democracy/

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue

Cambodia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world over the past two decades, and that’s forecast to continue this year
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/cambodia-economy-high-growth-expected-continue-190220092005721.html

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia: Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

11 FEBRUARY 2019

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions over rights abuses

The EU has begun the process of ending Cambodia’s preferential trade deal with the bloc. It says the country needs to do more to address human rights issues at home
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-hit-cambodia-with-trade-sanctions-over-rights-abuses/a-47457990

24 JANUARY 2019

Hun Sen calls on military to ‘destroy’ opponents

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen on Thursday (Jan 24) called on his country’s military to “destroy” opponents if the government comes under threat, in a tirade in which he described himself as the “the one who steers the wheel” of the army
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-calls-on-military-to–destroy–opponents-11162142
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/localnews/12795-2019-01-24-09-09-18.html

22 JANUARY 2019

Cambodian leader Hun Sen, in Beijing, says China pledges S$800m in aid

China has pledged four billion yuan (S$800 million) in aid to Cambodia from 2019 to 2021, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday (Jan 22), highlighting strong ties between Beijing and Phnom Penh amid a European Union threat of trade sanctions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-leader-hun-sen-in-beijing-says-china-pledges-s800m-in-aid
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodia-leader-says-china-to-give-600-million-in-grant-aid

19 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia opposition member Kong Mas charged with ‘incitement’

Kong Mas, an activist from the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for incitement and allegedly disseminating fake news
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/cambodia-opposition-member-charged-pm-threat-sanctions-190119065456154.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cnrp-activist-arrested-alleged-fake-news

14 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia’s Hun Sen marks 34 years in power with opposition threat

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday (Jan 14) marked 34 years in power with a threat “to step on the throat” of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom’s slide into one-party rule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-s-hun-sen-marks-34-years-in-power-with-opposition-threat-11121010
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/localnews/12630-2019-01-14-10-12-41.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-pm-warns-of-dead-opposition-if-eu-withdraws-preferences

31 DECEMBER 2018

Make or break for Hun Sen’s one-party state

At first blush, 2019 should be a doddle for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which marks 40 uninterrupted years in power on January 7
http://www.atimes.com/article/make-or-break-for-hun-sens-one-party-state/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=b3d6bb9fc5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_31_11_54&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-b3d6bb9fc5-31591405

20 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia prime minister’s son tapped for powerful party commitee

The eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was promoted on Thursday (Dec 20) to the ruling party’s permanent committee, an official said, as questions swirl over who might succeed the strongman
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-prime-minister-s-son-tapped-for-powerful-party-commitee-11049532

13 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

Cambodia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians to be lifted
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodian-lawmakers-ok-measure-to-ease-political-ban/4698755.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50558938/hun-sen-clarifies-amendment-of-law-on-political-parties/

7 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that his government will not allow any foreign military bases in its territory and called media reports that China is seeking a naval base there “fake news.”
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50557439/no-chinese-naval-base-in-cambodia/
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodian-premier-says-no-to-foreign-military-bases/

4 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia mulls law to restore opposition politicians’ rights

Cambodia’s parliament will consider legislation to allow politicians banned from political activity to have the ban lifted, a measure that long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government is touting as a step “to strengthen democracy and political space.”
https://www.foxnews.com/world/cambodia-mulls-law-to-restore-opposition-politicians-rights
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181204_43/
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/politics/analysts-question-motives-behind-cambodias-plan-to-strengthen-democracy-after-divisive-election-142901/

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Almost four decades on from the collapse of Pol Pot’s tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a landmark verdict that is hoped will bring closure to millions of Cambodians
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/16/asia/khmer-rouge-genocide-guilty-intl/index.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/11956-2018-11-16-07-39-10.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46217896

14 NOVEMBER 2018

EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

Both Cambodia and Myanmar heavily depend on the European Union’s duty and quota free trade agreement. But the European bloc believes it is time that these countries address human rights abuses. Ate Hoekstra reports
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-cambodia-fix-human-rights-or-face-economic-hardship/a-46294993

8 NOVEMBER 2018

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen denies nepotism after promoting sons to high-level government positions

Strongman leader has long shrugged off accusations that he favours relatives, despite his administration being full of officials with links to his family
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2172342/cambodian-prime-minister-hun-sen-denies-nepotism-after
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodian-strongman-hun-sen-defends-promoting-sons

10 OCTOBER 2018

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-faces-potential-economic-collapse/4607448.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/maldives-strongman-challenges-election-defeat-10812516

6 OCTOBER 2018

Former CNRP member jailed in Cambodia for insulting king

A Cambodian court sentenced a former opposition party member to a year in jail for sharing a Facebook post criticizing the country’s king in the first such case brought to trial after a law went into force this year forbidding insults to the royal family
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/insulting-10052018180830.html
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/10/cambodia-first-royal-insult-conviction-a-new-low-for-government/

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia pardons Australian film-maker James Ricketson weeks after jailing him for espionage

An Australian film-maker jailed for espionage in Cambodia received a royal pardon and was released on Friday (Sept 21), less than a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison in a case observers slammed as a farce
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-21/australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-pardoned-for-espionage/10292752
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodia-pardons-australian-filmmaker-jailed-for-espionage
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/21/cambodia-pardons-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia’s Hun Sen tells world: Leave Indochina alone

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said countries outside Indochina are too critical of politics in the region and Southeast Asian nations should be left to solve their own problems
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/cambodia-hun-sen-tells-world-leave-indochina-180912150427821.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha released from prison

The leader of Cambodia’s now dissolved opposition party was freed on highly restrictive bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge, the latest government opponent to be released since Prime Minister Hun Sen’s landslide election victory
http://www.atimes.com/article/cambodian-opposition-leader-released-from-jail/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/cambodia-kem-sokha-release-opposition-leader-bail-jail-election-win-a8531171.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/532166/kem-sokha-released-in-early-morning-today/

31 AUGUST 2018

James Ricketson, Australian filmmaker, found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison

He has already spent 15 months in Phnom Penh jail since being arrested for flying a drone without a permit over a political rally organised by the now-banned opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). He has always maintained his innocence
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/james-ricketson-found-guilty-of-espionage-in-cambodia/10187792
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodian-court-finds-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-guilty-of-espionage
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/30/asia/james-ricketson-espionage-trial-cambodia-verdict-intl/index.html

29 AUGUST 2018

Are China’s gifts a blessing or a curse for Cambodia?

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Cambodia–China diplomatic ties, and the relationship between the two countries has never been closer. China is increasingly becoming Cambodia’s most important economic and diplomatic partner. In the last two years alone, Cambodia signed more than 30 bilateral agreements with China
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/29/are-chinas-gifts-a-blessing-or-a-curse-for-cambodia/#more-143421

28 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

Fourteen anti-government activists were given pardons Monday that will free them from long prison terms, the latest in a series of releases engineered by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party’s election sweep last month
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/27/cambodia-pardons-more-jailed-opposition-members.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/cambodia-prison-release-opposition-election-win-all-seats-hun-sen-kem-sokha-a8510631.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodians-released-from-jail/4547102.html

15 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: Election committee

Lawmakers in Cambodia’s new parliament will come from only one party – the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Election Committee announced on Wednesday night (Aug 15)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-prime-minister-hun-sens-party-sweeps-all-125-seats-in-parliament
https://theconversation.com/how-cambodias-prime-minister-rigged-an-election-101511
http://en.rfi.fr/20180815-cambodia-ruling-party-sweeps-election-opposition-pushes-sanctions/

30 JULY 2018

Hun Sen’s full house: Ruling party claims it has won every seat in Cambodia election

 Cambodia’s next parliament looks set to consist only of members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party after it said that it swept all 125 seats being contested in the general election on Sunday (Jul 29)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-s-full-house-ruling-party-claims-it-has-won-every-seat-10574494
http://www.france24.com/en/20180730-hun-sen-cpp-party-claims-sweeping-victory-cambodia-elections-funcinpec
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180730_29/

29 JULY 2018

Cambodia: Hun Sen re-elected in landslide victory after brutal crackdown

Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has won a landslide election victory, a result that was seen as a foregone conclusion after a months-long brutal crackdown destroyed all opposition
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/29/cambodia-hun-sen-re-elected-in-landslide-victory-after-brutal-crackdown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/death-of-democracy-hun-sen-sweeps-to-victory-in-cambodia-election/#4iEbkrBtiXF0HzMK.97
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-easily-wins-every-province-in-cambodian-election-10572630

20 JULY 2018

China lends Cambodia $351 million for road, as leaders mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

China has lent Cambodia $351 million to build a new road in the capital Phnom Penh with Cambodia describing relations between the two countries as being at the “best stage” ever
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-20/china-lends-cambodia-350-million-dollars-for-new-road/10018924?section=world
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/10218-2018-07-20-03-28-48.html

5 JULY 2018

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years

Cambodia on Wednesday (Jul 4) reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand, the first time the line has been operational in 45 years
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-restores-railway-link-to-thailand-after-45-years-10499412
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2153859/cambodia-restores-rail-link-thailand-border-after-45-years

28 JUNE 2018

HRW Calls for Sanctions on Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

A new report by the international rights group Human Rights Watch links two of Cambodia’s highest military figures contesting seats in next month’s legislative election to murders, tortures, rapes, kidnappings and land grabbing
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-elections-and-human-rights/4458173.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/28/cambodian-dictatorship-propped-12-ruthless-generals-says-rights/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/the-secret-of-hun-sens-power-his-deadly-henchmen/#BbJQTpjOqz81f6cq.97

27 JUNE 2018

Charged with spying on Cambodia, Aussie filmmaker wants out of prison hell

 More than a year has passed since filmmaker James Ricketson entered Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison – half the duration of his granddaughter’s life. Accused by Cambodian authorities of espionage, he is yet to be prosecuted for any crime
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/cambodia-james-ricketson-australia-jailed-espionage/#2UlEWv5mcFsP5Sjq.97

19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

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

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

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

14 JUNE 2018

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

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

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) has condemned the continued detention, which has now exceeded six months, of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, since their arrest on November 14, 2017
http://www.atimes.com/injustice-continues-cambodian-court-extends-detention-of-two-journalists//

8 MAY 2018

The Phnom Penh Post: CEO and five staff quit Cambodia’s last independent newspaper over interference

The Australian CEO and five senior staff at The Phnom Penh Post have quit in protest over editorial interference at Cambodia’s last independent newspaper
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-05-08/the-phnom-penh-post-ceo-and-five-staff-quit-cambodias-last-independent-newspaper-over-interference/1754846
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/post-senior-staff-out-dispute-over-article

7 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post sold by Australian owner to Malaysian investor who had previous business links with Hun Sen

A newspaper regarded as Cambodia’s last independent English daily has been sold to a Malaysian investor whose PR firm reportedly had previous business links to the prime minister, raising fears of a further squeeze on the free press ahead of July elections
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/07/sale-cambodian-newspaper-sparks-fears-crackdown-press-freedom/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/phnom-penh-post-sold-malaysian-investor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/newspaper-takeover-staggering-blow-cambodia-free-press-phnom-penh-post

6 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s opposition threatens to withdraw from election

Officials within the Grassroots Democracy Party are threatening to pull out of the national elections in July
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/cambodias-opposition-threatens-withdraw-election-180506093847509.html

22 MARCH 2018

Cambodia urged to release opposition leader, hold fair election by 45 nations

45 nations have called upon Cambodia at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to hold a free and fair elections this year, as well as release jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/cambodia-urged-to-release-opposition-leader-hold-fair-election-by-45-nations/#ScjL90D16ex4Tc0w.97
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/joint-un-statement-condemns-cambodias-political-repression

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

 

Cambodia PM’s son assumes senior military post as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces

The eldest son of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has assumed a position as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces, the latest promotion of one of Mr Hun Sen’s family members to a senior post aimed at apparently consolidating his grip on power
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodia-pms-son-assumes-senior-military-post
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50111450/hun-manet-assumes-role-rcafs-chief-joint-staff/

27 FEBRUARY 2018

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

The White House on Tuesday (Feb 27) said it was cutting US$8.3 million worth of aid programs to Cambodia, a largely symbolic move to protest against an anti-democratic crackdown
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-makes-symbolic-cut-to-cambodia-aid-9996878
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43217043

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court orders the seizure of former Cambodia National Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy’s land which houses the former party headquarters and Rainsy’s private residence, to pay fines levied in two defamation convictions
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-orders-seizure-rainsys-land-pay-defamation-convictions
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50110823/sam-rainys-property-temporarily-seized/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-court-order-seizure-of-former-opposition-hq-9996590

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday’s elections for the country’s Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/25/cambodias-ruling-party-claims-sweeping-win-in-senate-vote.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553575/Cambodia-ruling-party-elections-opposition-crackdown-lawmakers

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia criminalises criticism of king

Cambodia’s government on Friday approved the country’s first lese majeste law handing a five year sentence to anyone found guilty of insulting the king, a move rights groups fear will be used to target dissent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131761/cambodia-criminalises-criticism-king-lese-majeste-law
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodia-criminalises-criticism-of-king

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Opposition leader Kem Sokha denied bail after rare Cambodia court appearance

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail by the Appeal Court on Thursday (Feb 1), after being allowed to leave jail for the first time since being held in September
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/opposition-leader-kem-sokha-denied-bail-after-rare-cambodia-9916512
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131622/jailed-cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokhas-bail-denied

14 JANUARY 2018

Sam Rainsy and exiled Cambodian opposition leaders set up new political movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader, call for free and fair elections and possibly start protests
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-01-14/sam-rainsy-and-exiled-cambodian-opposition-leaders-set-up-new-political-movement/1729068

12 JANUARY 2018

China pre-election aid for Hun Sen

Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts yesterday, in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=191678&story_id=50004249&d_str=20180112&sid=3
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-cambodia-signing-chinese-billions-price

1 JANUARY 2018

Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia

Backed by China, Prime Minister Hun Sen has entered 2018 triumphant from his decades-long struggle with the West – and set the stage for his succession
http://sea-globe.com/where-next/

29 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian court fines exiled former opposition leader US$1 million for defamation

A court in Cambodia on Friday ordered an exiled former opposition leader to pay US$1 million for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2126133/cambodian-court-fines-exiled-former-opposition-leader-us1
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/168/62/61/1514537737179.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/rainsy-and-sokha-would-already-be-dead-pm

12 DECEMBER 2017

EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

The EU on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen
http://www.france24.com/en/20171212-cambodia-european-union-eu-withdraws-support-election-authority-opposition-dissolved
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-cuts-off-funds-for-cambodia-election-after-opposition-party-dissolved/a-41751427

9 DECEMBER 2017

An interview with Mu Sochua

A long time human rights advocate and former Minister for Womens Affairs, she has now joined other CNRP figures in exile after being threatened with imprisonment. New Mandala editor Liam Gammon met with her for a brief interview about how the opposition is adapting to the crackdown
http://www.newmandala.org/interview-mu-sochua/

2 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian PM pulls back on threat to shut rights group founded by rival

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained Opposition Leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-02/cambodian-pm-pulls-back-on-threat-to-shut-rights-group-founded-by-rival/1720800
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/6216-pm-hun-sen-allows-cchr-to-continue-its-function.html

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

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

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

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

20 OCTOBER 2017

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

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

15 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

11 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

6 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

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

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

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

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

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

A Singaporean firm has signed an agreement to run Cambodia’s first-ever oil field. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has long desired to strike oil, and it is now one step closer to making that a reality
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-signs-deal-to-develop-first-offshore-oil-field/a-40203848
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5244-cambodia-to-produce-oil-in-2019.html

21 AUGUST 2017

UN: Cambodia ‘Approaching a Precipice’ Amid Threats, Fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.”
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

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/

10 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

A court in Cambodia has sentenced a political analyst to 18 months in prison on the basis of a criminal complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen that he had defamed him in a radio interview
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_DEFAMATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-10-06-53-32
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5145-kim-sok-sentenced-to-18-months-imprisonment.html

2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

Cambodia’s social affairs minister has ordered all civil servants to support the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in next year’s general election or resign, and threatened anyone who protests the ballot’s results with violence, prompting a rights group on Wednesday to demand that he be sacked
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/minister-08022017154849.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-demands-loyalty-cpp-civil-servants-warns-protesters-they-will-be-hit-bamboo

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-protests-against-cambodia-sending-taiwanese-fraud-suspects-china

10 JULY 2017

Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections

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

9 JULY 2017

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

Thousands gathered on Sunday at the grave of a prominent Cambodian critic who was gunned down a year ago in a murder that sparked widespread anger and scepticism over the alleged killer’s motives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2101895/still-no-justice-cambodians-demand-answers-one-year-after
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/isolated-and-estranged-kem-leys-family-struggles-after-murder-132235/

21 JUNE 2017

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

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

15 JUNE 2017

Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy exile order lifted

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

9 JUNE 2017

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson charged with spying in Cambodia

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

5 JUNE 2017

Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections

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

30 MAY 2017

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

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

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

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

3 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s South China Sea dilemma between China and ASEAN

Cambodia is seen as strongly supporting China’s “core interests” on the South China Sea disputes. This resulted in ASEAN’s failure to produce a Joint Communiqué following its 45th Annual Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh in July 2012
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/425.html

27 APRIL 2017

Cambodia Court extends pre-trial detention of five rights defenders

A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of five human rights defenders already held for a year on bribery charges in a ruling one detainee described as “nothing new” from a judiciary he said lacks independence from the country’s government
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/extension-04272017182421.html

14 APRIL 2017

Cambodia slams critics, accuses US of plotting regime change

Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry has issued an unusual defence of some of the government’s recent actions accusing Western governments, NGOs and journalists of secretly plotting and conspiring to bring about the regime’s downfall
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/cambodia-slams-critics-accuses-us-regime-change-plot/#GTzO4BoIyII0L8Oa.97

4 APRIL 2017

U.S. navy aid unit told to leave Cambodia

Amid a widening gulf in U.S.-Cambodia relations, the U.S. Embassy said on Monday that a Navy unit specializing in humanitarian work had been forced to leave the country, imperiling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of community projects, including the construction of maternity wards and school bathrooms
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us-naval-aid-unit-pushed-out-embassy-says-127486/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252674968/us-navy-aid-unit-told-to-abandon-cambodia

3 APRIL 2017

Cambodia’s defense policy: challenges and the way ahead

According to the Australian Defense Force’s Defense Economic Trends 2016 report, the country’s military expenditure increased yearly from just USD 100 million in 2008 to about USD 400 million in 2015.1 Defense spending continued to rise to USD 383 million in 2016 and USD 455 million in 2017
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/389.html

31 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program

This paper evaluate the RCAF’s defense policy and strategy and its role in the achievement of Cambodia’s national strategic objectives. The paper first traces the RCAF’s evolution from independence to the modern era. It then discusses Cambodia’s national security challenges
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/388.html

28 MARCH 2017

Cambodia, US duel over Vietnam War debt

Washington’s demand that Phnom Penh repay a four-decade-old US$500 million loan will likely push the post-conflict country even closer to China
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-cambodia-us-duel-over-vietnam-war-debt

15 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Deputy PM Sok An dies aged 66

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen for decades, has died at the age of 66, a government spokesman said
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/cambodia-deputy-pm-sok-an-dies-aged-66/8358426?section=world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/sok-an-top-aide-to-cambodian-leader-hun-sen-dies-at-66/2017/03/15/fc5abf80-0994-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.626dd9f8c485
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deputy-pm-sok-dies-66

2 MARCH 2017

Cambodian opposition party makes Kem Sokha new leader

Opposition leader Kem Sokha and his three deputies—Pol Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang—went before an extraordinary party congress today to make their new positions official, after the CNRP’s steering committee on Wednesday approved changes to bylaws allowing for the new arrangement
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/new-cnrp-leadership-set-to-be-approved-at-party-congress-126007/
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3714-cnrp-formally-announces-president-and-vice-presidents.html
http://sea-globe.com/who-are-cambodias-new-deputy-opposition-leaders/

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian leader Hun Sen sides with US President over ‘anarchic’ media

Cambodia’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen sympathises with US President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards the media, saying both he and Mr Trump see the press as stirring anarchy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-02-28/donald-trump-cambodian-leader-hun-sen-sides-with-us-president-over-anarchic-media/1654470
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-channels-trump

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia MPs back law barring PM Hun Sen’s long-time rival

Cambodia’s parliament amended a law on Monday to stop anyone convicted of an offence from running for office, effectively barring long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s main rival
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39027843
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072347/cambodian-parliament-approves-law-stops-main-opposition
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-02-20/cambodia-changes-political-rules-in-triumph-of-dictatorship-critics-say/1652728

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns for ‘sake of party’

The self-exiled leader of Cambodia’s opposition party said on Saturday (Feb 11) he would resign his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the country’s authoritarian premier
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy-resigns-for-sake-of-party
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sam-rainsy-resigns-cnrp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38944741

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2068888/banning-taiwans-flag-cambodia-adds-taipeis-woes-beijing

17 JANUARY 2017

Cambodia cancels exercise with US military

Weeks after holding its largest-ever joint military exercises with China, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has canceled Cambodia’s routine joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, officials confirmed on Monday
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-cancels-exercise-with-us-military-123545/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062845/cambodia-says-china-not-behind-scrapped-us-military-drill

9 JANUARY 2017

Monday turns Black again in Cambodia as protests restart

Cambodia’s “Black Monday” protest campaign restarted this week after it was put on hold for two weeks as it appeared the government was preparing to release jailed activists and an election commission official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/monday-turns-black-01092017153718.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/black-monday-starts-again-as-adhoc-officers-languish-in-jail-123180/

27 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodian court sentences exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy to five years in prison

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday over a post on his Facebook page, a conviction that makes his return from self-imposed exile unlikely
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2057431/cambodian-court-sentences-exiled-opposition-leader-sam
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-president-sam-rainsy-sentenced-five-years-prison-122517/

7 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni Pardons Another Opposition Figure

King Norodom Sihamoni granted CNRP Commune Chief Seang Chet a pardon on Wednesday, springing him from a five-year prison sentence for giving $500 to the mother of hairdresser Khom Chandaraty, in what the government said was an attempt to keep the woman quiet about her alleged affair with CNRP leader Kem Sokha
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodias-king-norodom-sihamoni-par

2 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Grants Royal Pardon to Kem Sokha

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha received a royal pardon on Friday, freeing him from serving a five-month jail sentence and setting the stage for an easing of a year of political tensions as the authoritarian Southeast Asian country heads into election in 2017 and 2018
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/royal-pardon-12022016164524.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kem-sokha-pardoned-next-step-unknown-121448/

23 NOVEMBER 2016

UN-backed court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

“Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 90, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 85, were the first top leaders to be jailed in 2014 from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-backed-court-upholds-life-sentences-for-khmer-rouge-leaders/3311276.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/cambodia-life-sentence-khmer-rouge-leaders

22 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia: Opposition ends parliament boycott to debate budget

Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia have ended a six-month boycott of the parliament, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/cambodia-opposition-ends-parliament-boycott-2/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia Senator Thak Lany sentenced to 18 months in jail in PM defamation case

Opposition Senator Thak Lany was convicted of defamation and incitement on Thursday and sentenced to 18 months in jail for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the July 10 assassination of prominent political analyst Kem Ley
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/breakingnews/senator-handed-18-month-jail-sentence-hun-sen-remarks-120683/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-senator-handed-18-months-in-pm-defamation-case/3296998.html

9 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodian government using courts as weapon against opposition parties, critics say

He eats, exercises and sleeps in his office, but Cambodian opposition politician Kem Sokha is not just hard at work plotting how to win the next election – he is also hiding after being threatened with jail
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044505/cambodian-government-using-courts-weapon-against-opposition

7 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodian senator Hong Sok Hour gets 7 years jail over Facebook post

Opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty on Monday of incitement and forgery for presenting a fake border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on Facebook
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/opposition-senator-sentenced-seven-years-prison-fake-vietnam-treaty-120293/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-senator-sentenced-to-7-years-in-jail-in-cambodia-for-posting-doctored

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls on the military to suppress “Color Revolutions”

On the same day jailed opposition party activists called on Cambodia’s political leaders to set aside their differences for the sake of the nation, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a call to the nation’s armed forces to put down any so-called “color revolution.”
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodias-hun-sen-calls-11032016135231.html

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/

7 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia’s CNRP Again Boycotts Parliament

Less than two weeks after promising to end a months-long legislative boycott of Cambodia’s National Assembly, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) backed away from its pledge on Friday, citing unspecified threats to opposition lawmakers
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/boycotts-10072016165300.html

5 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia National Rescue Party Leader Kem Sokha Briefly Leaves Party Headquarters after five months

Embattled Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha emerged today from the party’s headquarters for the first time since government forces tried to arrest him in May as he registered to vote in 2017 local élections
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodia-national-rescue-party-leader-kem-10052016141346.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sokha-leaves-hq-first-time-months-118898/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-leaves-cnrp-hq-register-raising-hopes-thaw

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Government threatens to crush protests as acting Opposition leader Kem Sokha vows to stay

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and human rights activist, Kem Sokha remains holed up in the party headquarters where he plans to stay while the Prime Minister ramps up attacks against him
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-19/cambodias-government-threatens-to-crush-protests-as-acting-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-vows-to-stay/1618736
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sokha-drops-no-response-policy-calls-action-118142/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Picks Off the Opposition, One by One, Ahead of Elections

Instead, pressure on the CPP to respect Cambodian democracy should challenge the legitimacy of the upcoming elections and the government that abuses them. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has been persistent in its criticism of the CPP, with representatives from both parties sponsoring a resolution that censures Hun Sen’s government http://cogitasia.com/cambodias-hun-sen-picks-off-the-opposition-one-by-one-ahead-of-elections/

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to five months in prison

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for refusing to appear in court as hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and hundreds more convened at the CNRP’s headquarters, where he has been holed up since May
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/cambodia-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-sentenced-five-months-prison
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/topstory/kem-sokha-sentenced-five-months-prison-117812/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-court-rules-kem-sokha-guilty

1 SEPREMBER

How China Came to Dominate Cambodia

How Cambodia went from denouncing China to being Beijing’s most faithful client state
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/how-china-came-to-dominate-cambodia/

1st AUGUST 2016

China appreciates Cambodia’s support on S. China Sea

China highly appreciates Cambodia’s firm support on the South China Sea and Taiwan issues, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong said while meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-08/01/content_15471181.html

28 JULY 2016

Sam Rainsy found guilty in Samrin defamation suit

 Beleaguered CNRP leader Sam Rainsy was found guilty this morning of defaming National Assembly president Heng Samrin in a Facebook post last November
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/nation

24 JULY 2016

Cambodia: Tens of thousands attend funeral procession of slain govt critic, Kem Ley

Tens of thousands of Cambodians have poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh for the funeral procession of a prominent political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the South-East Asian nation
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/24/cambodians-funeral-procession-kem-ley-murdered-government-critic
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-thousands-funeral-kem-ley/

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/

10 JULY 2016

Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley shot dead

The killing of Kem Ley, 46, the head of a grassroots advocacy group Khmer for Khmer, comes at a time of rising political tension between the prime minister, Hun Sen, and an opposition hoping to challenge his grip on power in elections as soon as next year
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prominent-cambodian-critic-kem-ley-shot-dead-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/10/cambodian-government-critic-shot-dead-phnom-penh-kem-ley-hun-sen
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/popular-political-analyst-kem-ley-shot-dead-115246/

9 JULY 2016

Cambodia should be cautious when it comes to Chinese aid

The rapid growth in Sino–Cambodia relations over the past decade has heightened trepidation about China’s actual role in Cambodia. It has been argued that Cambodia’s overdependence on China has been significant in shaping Cambodia’s foreign policy, current and future reform agendas, its political system and relations abroad
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/09/cambodia-should-be-cautious-when-it-comes-to-chinese-aid/

7 JULY 2016

Cambodian PM Hun Sen ‘amassing vast personal fortunes’ with trade links to 114 companies, report claims

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family have built a multimillion-dollar business empire spanning the impoverished country’s most lucrative sectors, a watchdog said on Thursday, warning foreign investors against bankrolling his regime
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1986672/cambodian-pm-hun-sen-amassing-vast-personal-fortunes-trade
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/report-details-first-familys-business-empire-2-115112/
https://www.globalwitness.org/en/reports/hostile-takeover/

21 JUNE 2016

Is Cambodia becoming the sick man of Southeast Asia?

Lack of transparency, accountability and judicial independence as well as widespread corruption seem to be unalterable elements of Cambodia’s development process. Could the reform bottleneck harm the country’s economic prospects and how far will the regime go to stay in power? Markus Karbaum reports
http://www.newmandala.org/is-cambodia-becoming-the-sick-man-of-southeast-asia/

20 JUNE 2016

Furious Cambodian premier highlights ASEAN splits over South China Sea dispute

Cambodian Premier Hun Sen lashed out Monday at claims his government had bowed to Chinese pressure to help scupper a joint statement by Southeast Asian nations on the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1978092/furious-cambodian-premier-hun-sen-highlights-asean-splits-over
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-spoiled-asean-statement-on-sea-reports-114303/

26 MAY 2016

Cambodia: Opposition leader in ‘safe place’ after attempted arrest

Kem Sokha, the most senior opposition leader in Cambodia is reportedly evading authorities who stormed his party’s headquarters and his car in an attempted arrest this morning
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/cambodia-kem-sokh

13 MAY 2016

Cambodia’s media ordered to refer to Hun Sen as ‘glorious, supreme prime minister’

The media in Cambodia has been ordered to write the full title of leader Hun Sen in all reports, a lengthy honorific loosely translated as “glorious, supreme prime minister and powerful commander”
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-13/cambodias-media-ordered-to-refer-to-hun-sen-as-glorious-supreme-prime-minister/1580146

14 APRIL 2016

Cambodia’s new Trade Union Law violates workers’ rights, activists say

Last week, a controversial Trade Union law was passed in Cambodia, which has put the country on the map for those who don’t abide by international labor standards. The legislature is in violation of the Cambodian constitution, activists say, while the law fails to include international standards on freedom of association and the forming of unions by worker
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/cambodia-trade-union-law/

29 MARCH 2016

Cambodia’s invisible children: Government ‘unaware’ of half of orphanages

Orphanages in Cambodia are often operated without government’s knowledge and therefore tens of thousands of children are invisible to the system. More than half of residential child care centers in Cambodia are unregistered and completely off government’s radar according to a new report by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and UNICEF Cambodia.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/cambodias-invisible-children-government-unaware-of-half-of-orphanages/

26 JANUARY 2016

Visiting John Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses human rights concerns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cambodia where he has welcomed the Southeast Asian nation’s booming economic growth but also expressed concerns about its human rights record
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/kerry-hails-cambodia-development-expresses-rights-concerns/http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/john-kerry-touches-down-kingdom

 

Main news on Laos

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Laos to go ahead with Luang Prabang dam project despite warnings

The government of Laos has officially informed the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its plan to build a new dam in Luang Prabang, despite warnings about the project’s environmental effects
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/laos-luang-prabang-dam-project-warnings-190924102523452.html

1 APRIL 2019

UN finally tells the truth about Laos

Communist-run Laos has had a relative knack for staying out of the news for its human rights abuses, endemic corruption and sub-par performance in providing services to its citizens. But now finally someone of prominence is speaking out
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/un-finally-tells-the-truth-about-laos/

24 JULY 2018

Hundreds missing after dam collapses in Laos

The collapse of a dam in Laos has reportedly left hundreds of people missing and an unknown number dead. Some 5 billion cubic meters of water were released onto villages
https://www.dw.com/en/hundreds-missing-after-dam-collapses-in-laos/a-44800846
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44935495

28 MARCH 2018

Is hermetic Laos poised for more openness?

Next month marks Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s second year in power, a role few Communist Party apparatchiks have grasped with so much aplomb
http://www.atimes.com/article/hermetic-laos-poised-openness//

5 DECEMBER 2017

Hmong face military in Laos jungle in fallout from Vietnam war

Deep in the jungle in Laos, a small group of people tries to survive against all odds. Surrounded by Lao military camps, men, women and children keep themselves alive by eating roots and leaves and an occasional gibbon. They live in makeshift tents and are always on the move. Recently the shelling has intensified. But their calls for help fall on deaf ears
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171204-anno-2017-vietnam-war-still-rages-secretly-laos-hmong

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/

25 MAY 2017

Laos: On the borders of the empire

This video investigate China’s rising influence in Laos and the potentially disastrous consequences for the local population
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2017/05/laos-borders-empire-170522105221541.html

3 MAY 2017

Impoverished Laos shows resistance to becoming a client state of China

Laos typically welcomes help from China. About 23% of the landlocked Southeast Asian country’s 6.8 million people live in poverty. Rural infrastructure lags behind most of its neighbors. So the Lao government supports growing investment from China as part of the “Belt and Road” program
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/05/03/tiny-impoverished-laos-shows-resistance-to-being-a-client-state-of-china/#ffe93047da1b

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Little Laos tackles big corruption

In line with its communist neighbors China and Vietnam, Laos has launched an anti-corruption campaign to purge the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party of corrupt members
http://www.atimes.com/article/little-laos-tackles-big-corruption/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Despite the risks, Laos goes ahead with Pak Beng dam

With construction likely to start within months, the people most affected still have little information on the hydropower project
http://www.atimes.com/article/despite-risks-laos-goes-ahead-pak-beng-dam/

10 DECEMBER 2016

Laos long march forward

With the World Bank’s assistance, Laos has set specific targets in its Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Plans. Under Lao’s eighth plan, approved in April 2016, goals to be achieved by 2020
http://www.atimes.com/article/laos-march-ancient-kingdom-modern-society//

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Can Laos create a startup economy?

While there has been much attention on the diplomatic and economic fronts during the Asean summit, Vientiane was also subject to scrutiny from a different group of people: international angel investors
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/can-laos-create-a-startup-economy/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

US gives Laos US$90m for bomb clearance

The United States announced on Tuesday it would provide an additional US$90 million over the next three years to help Laos, heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, clear unexploded ordnance that has killed or injured more than 20,000 people
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/06/content_15491442.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/06/barack-obama-pledges-more-aid-to-laos-to-recover-from-secretive/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37286520
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laos.htm

21 APRIL 2016

Laos elects new president and PM during inaugural National Assembly meeting

The meeting named 78-year-old Bounnhang Vorachit for the nation’s top post while Tongloun Sisoulith, 70, will take on the prime ministerial role.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/laos-elects-new-president-and-pm-during-inaugural-national-assembly-meeting/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-laos-leaders-take-office-communists-welcome-world
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Video_FileVDO/Apr16_New_leaders.htm

27 FEBRUARY 2016

China’s expanding influence in Laos

The recently signed Joint General Scheme of Mohan–Boten Economic Cooperation Zone is the first cross-border economic cooperation zone that China has established in Laos and, for that matter, in the whole of Southeast Asia.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/26/chinas-expanding-influence-in-laos/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

New opportunities for US–Laos relations

Leadership changes announced at the 10th Congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party will give the United States an opportunity to boost ties with Laos when President Barack Obama visits Vientiane in September 2016. This will be the first visit ever to Laos by a sitting US president.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/16/new-opportunities-for-us-laos-relations/

25 JANUARY

Laos assures US it will help counter Chinese assertiveness

The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that his small nation will help counter China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.
http://news.yahoo.com/laos-assures-us-help-counter-chinese-assertiveness-080159765.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/laos-keen-avoid-militarisation-south-china-sea
http://www.voanews.com/content/secretary-of-state-john-kerry-asia-asean-laos-north-korea/3161239.html
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_John%20Kerry.htm

24 JANUARY 2016

Kerry arrives in Laos as US reaches out to wartime foe

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Laos late Sunday (Jan 24) in a rare high-level visit by an American diplomat to Washington’s former wartime foe
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-arrives-in-laos-as/2454262.htm

22 JANUARY 2016

Ruling communists in Laos promote VP Bounnhang Vorachit as country’s new leader

The ruling communist party of Laos elected a new leader Friday, putting Bounnhang Vorachit in charge of the single-party country as it takes its turn as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
http://news.yahoo.com/ruling-communists-laos-promote-vp-countrys-leader-122505983.html
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_10th_congress.htm
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/laos-pm-party-boss-set-political-exit-after-congress-vote

Bounnhang Vorachit

15 DECEMBER 2015

3 years on, rights groups demand answers on Sombath Somphone disappearance

On the eve of the third anniversary of acclaimed community development leader Sombath Somphone’s forced disappearance, human rights groups on Monday in Bangkok urged the Lao government to provide information regarding Mr. Sombath’s whereabouts and fate.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/sombath-somphone-disappearance/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Curfew imposed in Lao province after deadly violence

Lao authorities have imposed a curfew in north-central Xaysomboun Province after a spate of violence in which three government soldiers and three civilians were killed, police and other sources said Friday
http://atimes.com/2015/12/curfew-imposed-in-lao-province-after-deadly-violence/

2 DECEMBER 2015

Laos Touts 40 Years of Stability, but Critics Decry Debt, Corruption and Poverty

President Choummaly Sayasone marked 40 years of communist rule in Laos on Wednesday touting the stability and security of his landlocked Southeast Asian nation, but some Laotians lamented their country’s corruption, rising debt and dependence on China and Vietnam
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-anniversary-12022015171027.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Report reveals plunder of Lao forests

A leaked report has revealed near epic-scale illegal logging in Laos, with virtually no law enforcement In 2013 for instance, Laos exported 1.4 million cubic metres of timber to Vietnam and China, or more than 10 times its official harvest
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/report-reveals-plunder-lao-forests

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Laos Approaches the World Stage

Laos’s profile in Southeast Asia has become more prominent over the past several years. Today external powers compete for influence there, with Vietnam and Japan seeking to limit China’s expanding presence in Laos. Thailand, South Korea, and other states also have significant stakes there. The United States’ involvement in Laos has been minimal since 1975, when the communist government assumed power
http://cogitasia.com/laos-approaches-the-world-stage/

5 JUNE 2015

Laos and China to Set Up Joint Company for High-Speed Railway

Laos is setting up a joint company with China to oversee the construction and financing of a multibillion-dollar, high-speed railway project that will link the two neighboring countries and extend to Thailand, according to a transport ministry official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-and-china-to-set-up-joint-company-for-major-high-speed-railway-06042015172519.html

5 MAY 2015

Laos expects economy to grow 7.6 pct this year

Laos expects its economy to expand by 7.6 percent this year despite headwinds slowing the pace of growth, Deputy Finance Minister Thipphakone Chanthavongsa said Monday.In a statement to the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/laos-expects-economy-to-grow-76-pct-this-year-8503

23 APRIL 2015

Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting

Laotian NGOs planning to attend the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum are the target of government threats. Many of these have been scared off and will not participate. The Sombath case is still wrapped in silence after the activist disappeared more than two years ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Laotian-government-pressures-activists-not-to-raise-human-rights-issue-at-ASEAN-meeting-34060.html

26 JANUARY 2015

Human rights groups demand UN action on abuses in Laos

The Laos government is moving backward on human rights, says Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. HRW issued a submission to the United Nations ahead of Laos’ Periodic Review last week, urging it to emphasize the need for reform related to enforced disappearances, freedom of speech, association, and assembly, the treatment of detainees in drug detention centers, and labor rights.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/130098/human-rights-groups-demand-un-action-on-abuses-in-laos/ 

3 JANUARY 2015

Business support is crucial for Laos to join the AEC and lock in growth

The accession of Laos to the World Trade Organization in 2013 was the latest in a series of steps towards achieving economic integration. The next milestone in its integration agenda is the establishment of the ASEAN economic community at the end of 2015
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/01/03/business-support-is-crucial-for-laos-to-join-the-aec-and-lock-in-growth/

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos’ Hydropower Boom Attracts Regional Attention

The recent decision by the government of Laos to green light the long delayed construction of the massive Xayaburi Dam made headlines across the world. Most analysts and commentators agree the move is controversial, as the dam will likely have significant negative environmental effects within Laos as well as in Cambodia and Vietnam, which lie further down the Mekong.
http://atlanticsentinel.com/2012/11/laos-hydropower-boom-attracts-regional-attention/

17 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos “Different Face” of Poverty

While Laos has been the beneficiary of rapid economic growth, not all are seeing its benefits.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/17/laos-different-face-of-poverty/

5 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos approves Xayaburi ‘mega’ dam on Mekong

Laos has given the go-ahead to build a massive dam on the lower Mekong river, despite opposition from neighbouring countries and environmentalists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20203072

26 OCTOBER 2012

The World Trade Organization approves  Laos  membership

The World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council, which includes representatives from all member governments, formally approved Laos’s membership at its October 26 meeting. Laos first applied for WTO membership in 1997 and, 15 years later, will be the last member of ASEAN to join the multilateral trading syste
http://cogitasia.com/laos%E2%80%99s-wto-membership-will-help-bolster-rule-of-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

5 OCTOBER 2012

Is the Party over in Laos ?

A crackdown on bars in northern Laos reveals deeper problems with tourism in this small, landlocked country.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/05/is-the-party-over-in-laos/

2 OCTOBER 2012

Land Dispute Task Force Formed

The Lao government has set up a task force to investigate a long-running dispute with villagers affected by the development of a rubber plantation by a Vietnamese company in southern Laos’s remote Sekong province.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/thateng-10022012150922.html

11 JULY 2012

Clinton visits Laos, country US pummeled with bombs during Vietnam War

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades, gauging whether a place the United States pummeled with bombs during the Vietnam War could evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia.
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/11/12682531-clinton-visits-laos-country-us-pummeled-with-bombs-during-vietnam-war?lite
http://www.france24.com/en/20120711-hillary-clinton-visits-laos-vietnam-war-united-states-secretary-of-state-asia

6 JULY 2012

Vietnam Joins Cambodia on Xayaburi Opposition

Cambodia and Vietnam will jointly urge Laos to suspend the controversial Xayaburi dam, a Cambodian official said Tuesday, following reports that the project’s construction is moving ahead despite government pledges to wait for further study.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-07062012163933.html

27 JUNE 2012

Laos holds first gay pride event despite taboo

Laos has held its first ever gay pride event in what supporters hope is a sign of softening social values in the small communist country.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120627-355815.html

Xayaburi Construction Moves Ahead

Work on the Mekong dam in northern Laos has gone beyond preliminary preparations, an environmental group says.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-06272012193544.html

10 MAY 2012

Xayaburi Dam Construction Suspended

Laos has suspended construction on the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River following an uproar from neighboring Cambodia and environmental groups, a senior Lao government official said Wednesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-05092012154022.html

2 MAI 2012

Laos closes in on WTO

After almost a decade of major economic transformation, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is on the brink of World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. The small country’s Herculean effort to join the exclusive trade club is a reminder to the 10 other least-developed countries (LDCs) now seeking membership of the cumbersome process involved
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NE02Ae01.html

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Off the air in Laos
Amid an unprecedented flurry of public debate and critique of government policies and actions, Lao authorities abruptly canceled a popular call-in radio program in late January without any public explanation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NB22Ae01.html

 

Vietnam Foreign Policy and Defence

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13 AUGUST 2019

Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone off its coast on Aug. 13, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-ship-returns-to-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone_3040084.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/08/14/Chinese-survey-ship-returns-to-disputed-waters-claimed-by-Vietnam

8 AUGUST 2019

Vietnam Confirms China Ship Left its Waters, Ending Month-Long Standoff

A Chinese survey ship embroiled in a tense month-long standoff with Vietnamese vessels has left Vietnam’s continental shelf, the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign ministry confirmed on Aug. 8
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-confirms-china-ship-left-its-waters-ending-month-long-standoff_3034539.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/chinas-vessels-halt-survey-in-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone/157504.vnp
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/china/diplomacy/article/3021916/south-china-sea-chinese-ship-leaves-vietnamese-zone-it-only

19 JULY 2019

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/vietnam-demands-china-withdraws-vessel-south-china-sea-190719143019505.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-demands-china-to-end-violations-in-waters/156432.vnp

17 JULY 2019

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long stand-off near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea which fall within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday (July 17)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-china-embroiled-in-south-china-sea-standoff
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019027/china-and-vietnam-tread-softly-south-china-sea-over-latest

20 APRIL 2019

 
How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive
https://www.voanews.com/a/how-vietnam-quietly-built-up-10-islands-in-asia-most-disputed-sea/4882776.html
 
1 APRIL 2019
Vietnam Gets Six Patrol Boats from U.S. Signaling Closer Security Ties

The Vietnamese coast guard Sunday received six patrol boats from the United States, in a move that indicates a renewed desire for cooperation between the former enemies
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/vn-metal-shark-04012019154518.html

22 MARCH 2019

Vietnam officially protests China over ramming in South China Sea

Hanoi has officially logged a protest with Beijing over the ramming of a Vietnamese fishing boat earlier this month within Vietnam’s waters in the South China Sea
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/defend-the-sovereignty/2019/03/81E0D4B0/vietnam-officially-protests-china-over-ramming-in-south-china-sea/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/03/22/Vietnam-protests-to-China-over-South-China-Sea-boat-sinking
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-to-china-over-south-china-sea-boat-sinking_2849022.html

6 FEBRUARY 2019

Why is Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on 27-28 February?

Vietnam has diplomatic ties with both North Korea and the US. North Korea has an embassy in Hanoi and reports suggest that Kim Jong Un is interested in following Vietnam’s economic and political example
https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-donald-trump-meeting-kim-jong-un-in-vietnam/a-47378381
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259412112/vietnam-site-for-2nd-trump-kim-summit-may-bring-wins-for-all
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/the-world-trusts-us-vietnamese-proud-to-host-trump-kim-summit

2 JANUARY 2019

Europe, Vietnam reach towards major trade deal

After nearly seven years of negotiations, the European Union and Vietnam appear closer than ever to cinching a major free trade deal, known as the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)
http://www.atimes.com/article/europe-vietnam-reach-towards-major-trade-deal/

20 DECEMBRE 2018

Holy See and Vietnam agree to a resident nuncio in Hanoi ‘in the near future’

The seventh meeting of the Viet Nam-Vatican Joint Working Group took place in Hanoi yesterday “in a cordial and mutually respectful atmosphere.” The main point of the statement that followed noted that there will be a resident nuncio in Hanoi “in the near future”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Holy-See-and-Vietnam-agree-to-a-resident-nuncio-in-Hanoi-%27in-the-near-future%27-45799.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vatican-Vietnam:-Holy-See-delegation-meetings-in-Hanoi–45764.html

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea

China’s construction of a new platform in a remote part of the disputed South China Sea is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, its foreign ministry said on Nov.22
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-new-building-by-beijing-in-south-china-sea_2721855.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-resolutely-opposes-chinas-activities-in-bombay-reef/142344.vnp

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Offers India Chance to Get Tougher Against Maritime Rival China

Advances in relations between Vietnam and India will help both countries resist Chinese expansion in Asia including the contested South China Sea, Asia scholars say
https://www.voanews.com/a/vietnam-india-relations/4666001.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-india-issue-joint-statement/142210.vnp

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

Vietnam and France support the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and commit to free trade, the government portal reported during the current visit by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/viet-nam/2018/11/81E0CEBD/vietnam-and-france-businesses-ink-agreements-worth-us-10-billion/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/11/03/Vietnam-and-France-sign-deals-worth-over-%2410-billion
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20181102/france-wants-vietnam-to-become-partner-of-reference-in-southeast-asia-pm-edouard-philippe/47494.html
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181103-french-pm-revisits-site-frances-painful-dien-bien-phu-defeat

15 OCTOBER 2018

Mattis trip to Vietnam aimed at countering China’s influence

By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China’s military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/mattis-trip-to-vietnam-aimed-at-countering-chinas-influence/

 

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

In a bid to bolster defences, Vietnam buys Russian weapons

At the end of his visit, Dmitry Shugayev, head of Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation reportedly said, “We have a portfolio of orders worth more than $1 billion.”
https://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/257959107/in-a-bid-to-bolster-defences-vietnam-buys-russian-weapons

10 JULY 2018

US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea

The U.S. top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-vietnam-to-cooperate-on-freedom-of-navigation-in-disputed-south-china-sea/

31 MAY 2018

Vietnam and Japan leaders agree on maritime safety cooperation

Leaders of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense as they expressed shared concern over China’s growing activity in the South China Sea
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/31/japan-vietnam-

31 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam tie the knot for strategic partnership

Australia and Vietnam upgraded their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia from 14–18 March 2018. The move is not a surprise. As the Australian government states, this elevation ‘reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/31/australia-and-vietnam-tie-the-knot-for-strategic-partnership/

20 MARCH 2018

Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands

15 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Australia-and-Vietnam-sign-strategic-partnership-pact
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/03/15/Vietnam-and-Australia-deepen-ties
http://vovworld.vn/en-US/news/vietnam-australia-elevate-ties-to-strategic-partnership-627407.vov

3 MARCH 2018

India, Vietnam to enhance cooperation in defence production: PM Narendra Modi

“We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected,” he said
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/india-vietnam-to-enhance-cooperation-in-defence-production-pm-narendra-modi/1231130
http://en.qdnd.vn/foreign-affairs/bilateral-relations/president-tran-dai-quang-holds-talks-with-indian-pm-narendra-modi-490440
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-vietnam-vow-to-cooperate-on-region-s-security-1.2182037

25 JANUARY 2018

US to send aircraft carrier to Vietnam as ties between old foes deepen in response to rising threat of China

In a post-war first, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, Hanoi’s defence ministry said on Thursday, a major demonstration of deepening military ties between the former enemies more than four decades after the Vietnam war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2130581/us-send-aircraft-carrier-vietnam-ties-between-old-foes-deepen
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/256215589/mattis-us-aircraft-carrier-to-visit-vietnam-in-march
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/01/25/Russia-Vietnam-military-ties-in-the-spotlight-with-defense-minister%E2%80%99s-visit

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

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

10 NOVEMBER 2017

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has provoked anxiety among the US’ Asian partners and allies. Southeast Asia — a group of small and middle-size states — is particularly concerned about the perceived policy vacuum and fading commitment of the United States. Vietnam is among the countries most closely watching Washington’s policy shifts
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/585.html

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

9 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/09/531167/Vietnam-US-military-ties-Ngo-Xuan-James-Mattis-China

10 JULY 2017

Vietnam Is Chasing India To Escape The Grip Of China

Now Vietnam is pushing for stronger ties with India. The two countries have explored together for oil in the South China Sea — the one Beijing believes is mostly its own — since at least 2014 when the overseas subsidiary of India’s state-run firm ONGC and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp. signed an agreement for exploring three oil blocks despite bristling in Beijing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/07/10/vietnam-is-chasing-india-in-a-new-gambit-to-resist-china/#753a023c5f59

27 JUNE 2017

The weak points in Vietnam’s military

Despite significant defense investments, some neglected portions of Vietnam’s military are vulnerable to Chinese Attack
http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/the-weak-points-in-vietnams-miliary/

4 JUNE 2017

Vietnam’s White House lobbying coup secures strategic gains

When Vietnam’s prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41303/vietnam-s-white-house-lobbying-coup-secures-strategic-gains
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2096713/nothing-personal-lesson-trump-vietnamese-politics

31 MAY 2017

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

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

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

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

11 MAY 2017

Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president

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

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

19 JANUARY 2017

Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063573/arrests-vietnam-breaks-rally-against-chinas-invasion
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vietnam-police-halt-anti-china-protest-over-islands

16 JANUARY 2017

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062592/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-meets-vietnamese-leaders-promises?spm=0.0.0.0.RcYBwd
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WH0epoWcE2w
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/japan-to-provide-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-amid-maritime-row-with-china-65869.html

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Pope and Vietnam’s president meet at the Vatican in bid to warm long-strained ties

Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2048934/pope-and-vietnams-president-meet-vatican-bid-warm-long-strained
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-receives-Vietnamese-president,-highlighting-good-relations-and-a-shared-spirit-of-dialogue-39223.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/346844/pope-francis-welcomes-vietnamese-leaders-visit-to-vatican.html#pur11RWLhjtIZukR.97

4 OCTOBER 2016

US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port

Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-warships-make-landmark-visit-to-strategic-vietnam-port/3179524.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160903_22/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-vietnam-visit-key-takeaways_1925525.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anderscorr/2016/08/29/vietnams-three-strategic-options/#4e5617322104

11 AUGUST 2016

What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam

The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/09/what-the-end-of-the-us-arms-embargo-means-for-vietnam/

10 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials
http://atimes.com/2016/08/vietnam-moves-new-rocket-launchers-into-disputed-s-china-sea/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-deploys-defensive-system-on-disputed-islands-in-South-China-Sea-38276.html

29 JUNE 2016

Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/298790/viet-nam-liberia-officially-establish-diplomatic-ties.html#RJyqVsDsohdIfpX1.97

23 MAY 2016

Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-announces-full/2808866.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

22 MAY 2016

Obama in Vietnam: Arms and trade deal on agenda as trip begins

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-arrives-in-vietnam/2807542.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36354326
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1951031/sandwiched-between-giants-vietnam-seeks-obamas-assurance
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/156802/new-mark-in-vietnam-us-comprehensive-partnership.html

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year

Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-to-get-2-more-russian-frigates-this-year-62341.html

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

11 MAY 2016

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies

Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
http://atimes.com/2016/05/quietly-vietnam-hosts-arms-gathering-attended-by-us-companies/

12 APRIL 2016

Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

4 APRIL 2016

Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing

Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/04/vietnam-seizes-chinese-vessel-detains-crew
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2016/04/03/Vietnam-seizes-chinese-ship%2C-State-media-reports
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-seizes-chinese-oil-tanker-state-media

27 MARCH 2016

Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute ‘peaceful, friendly’: defence ministers

Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-china-to-handle-sea-dispute-peaceful-friendly-defence-ministers-60635.html

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China

Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/vietnam-lodges-complaint-china-violations-160219101856958.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s China challenge

The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/vietnams-china-challenge-2/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

19 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters

Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-warns-china/2439218.html

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases

 Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power
http://atimes.com/2016/01/vietnams-plan-to-deter-china-with-western-jets/

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/us-ambassador-to-vietnam-dismayed-about-detentions-of-dissidents-12292015115930.html

4 DECEMBER 2015

Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner

Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/12/04/vietnam-israels-closest-asean-partner/

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be “good neighbours” and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742682
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1876440/president-xi-jinping-tells-hanoi-parliament-china-and
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/china-vietnam-should-maintain-status-quo-in-east-sea-party-chief-trong-tells-president-xi-53336.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-strengthen-defense-ties-vietnam

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-pledges-maritime-security-aid-vietname-150915125026675.html

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-first-british-prime-minister-visit-vietnam
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-video
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-regime-business-diplomatic-game

7 JULY 2015

Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit

Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/vietnam-communist-party-white-house-150708045555640.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/obama-vietnam-party-chief-discuss-east-sea-in-landmark-meeting-47641.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/obama-vietnam-trans-pacific-partnership-china/index.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/07/08/the-geo-politics-of-vietnam-us-rapprochement/#more-46812

2 JUNE 2015

Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-receives-russian/1888578.html

18 MAY 2015

Vietnam Condemns Chinese Ban on Fishing in South China Sea. china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest

Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ban-05182015140858.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/18/asia-pacific/china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest/#.VVpJ1e_GMcB

 

All about Brunei

30 OCTOBER 2019

Politics & Islam in Brunei

In recent years Brunei has received international attention due to attempts to tighten and expand Syariah criminal law. The Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 (SPCO 2013) mostly consolidated already existing Islamic criminal offences
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/10/politics-islam-in-brunei/

6 MAY 2019

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei’s sultan has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to new laws prohibiting gay sex and adultery after a global backlash against the punishments
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/brunei-halts-plan-punish-gay-sex-adultery-death-190505181513614.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/05/asia/brunei-lgbt-death-pen

7 APRIL 2019

RAF and Royal Navy urged to cut ties to sultan of Brunei over anti-gay law

The RAF and Royal Navy are under pressure to cut links with the sultan of Brunei amid a global backlash against his country’s decision to introduce death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/06/oxford-university-navy-raf-must-cut-ties-sultan-brunei-gay-death-stoning-law

27 MARCH 2019

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3003546/brunei-impose-death-stoning-gay-sex-and-adultery
https://www.dw.com/en/brunei-shariah-law-applies-death-sentence-for-homosexuality/a-48076114

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Brunei named most improved economy in the world

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

5 OCTOBER 2017

Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei, celebrates 50 years in power

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

7 NOVEMBER 2016

Brunei’s second-largest daily newspaper shuts down abruptly

Brunei’s second-largest daily newspaper, the Brunei Times, published its final edition on Monday, after abruptly announcing plans for closure over the weekend, triggering online speculation about the reason
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bruneis-second-largest-daily-newspaper-shuts-down-abruptly
http://www.newmandala.org/buried-brunei-times/

3 OCTOBER 2016

New churches or temples not allowed in Brunei

Brunei is a small country with a population of only about 400,000, of whom 67 per cent are Muslims, 13 per cent Buddhists, 10 per cent Christians and 10 per cent other religions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-churches-or-temples-not-allowed-brunei#sthash.CAWglOel.dpuf

27 APRIL 2016

Brunei must diversify its spluttering economy

The small Southeast Asian state of Brunei Darussalam has long enjoyed considerable affluence, thanks in large part to its exports of crude oil and liquefied natural gas to resource-hungry neighbours like Japan and India. According to 2010 data, GDP per capita was US$51,600 and Bruneians enjoy the total absence of sales taxes or personal income tax.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/27/brunei-must-diversify-its-spluttering-economy/

12 APRIL 2015

Sultan of Brunei’s son celebrates wedding in lavish ceremony

The youngest son of the Sultan of Brunei, a tiny oil-rich nation in Southeast Asia celebrated his wedding in a grand gold-plated ceremony on Sunday in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3035550/Sultan-Brunei-s-son-celebrates-wedding-mind-boggling-splendour.html
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2015/04/12/Sultan-of-Brunei-s-son-celebrates-wedding-in-lavish-ceremony.html

8 JANUARY 2015

Brunei bans Christmas public displays

Brunei recently banned Christmas decorations in public areas in the oil-rich kingdom as part of the Islamic legal and moral code implemented in May last year, according to the country’s religious affairs officials
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/455280/brunei-bans-public-displays-of-christmas
http://www.nst.com.my/node/68941

2 OCTOBER 2014

Is Brunei’s Shariah Threat Real?

http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/brunei-shariah-threat-real/

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Brunei, S’pore talk defence policy

Officials from Brunei and Singapore recently convened for the annual Defence Policy Dialogue with the aim of fostering defence cooperation between the countries
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/brunei-spore-talk-defence-policy

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

France’s Femina literary prize boycotts hotel over Brunei sharia law

The all-woman jury of France’s prestigious Prix Femina has decided to not to stage its awards ceremony at a luxury hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei because he is introducing sharia law in his tiny country.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20140918-france-s-femina-literary-prize-boycotts-hotel-over-brunei-sharia-law

10 MAY 2014

Hollywood turns on Sultan of Brunei

Stars boycott Polo Lounge in protest at Sultan of Brunei’s plans to introduce Sharia law at home – but waiters say it’s only them who will suffer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10821808/Hollywood-turns-on-Sultan-of-Brunei.html

5 MAY 2014

Celebrities boycott Brunei-owned hotels over sharia law

Celebrities including Virgin group founder Richard Branson have vowed to boycott a hotel chain linked to Brunei’s sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408203/celebrities-boycott-brunei-owned-hotels-over-sharia-law

30 APRIL 2014

Brunei adopts ‘phase one’ of Islamic law

Sultan launches new penal code that will eventually include stoning, amputation and flogging as punishments
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/sultan-brunei-sharia-penal-code-flogging-death-stoning
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/brunei-adopts-phase-one-islamic-law-201443051454609650.html

22 APRIL 2014

Brunei delays use of sharia law

Brunei has postponed its implementation of harsh Islamic punishments, due to begin Tuesday, that have earned condemnation from the United Nations and sparked rare criticism at home

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406040/unavoidable-circumstances-delay-introduction-of-harsh-islamic-laws

15 APRIL 2014

Brunei joins China navy exercise for first time

The Royal Brunei Navy’s (RBN) first participation at the Multilateral Maritime Exercise (MMEx) in Qingdao, China marks a historic moment for both countries, said the acting Chinese ambassador to Brunei yesterday

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/brunei-joins-china-navy-exercise-first-time

6 MARCH 2014

Sultan urges Brunei to back Islamic law

Brunei’s ruling sultan on Thursday hit back at foreign criticism of the looming implementation of a form of Islamic Shariah law that includes harsh penalties, saying the new penal code was a “great achievement” for the country
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398551/brunei-sultan-urges-country-to-support-islamic-law

26 FEBRUARY 2014

Brunei hits back at criticism over sharia

Brunei’s all-powerful sultan, stung by rare criticism, has ordered social media users to stop attacking his plans to introduce harsh Islamic criminal punishments in the placid oil-rich kingdom

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397125/brunei-hits-back-at-criticism-over-sharia

22 OCTOBER 2013

Brunei introduces death by stoning under new Islamic laws

The Sultan of Brunei is to introduce a new code of sharia law which could see stonings introduced for adultery, amputations for thefts and public flogging for drinking alcohol.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/brunei/10395702/Brunei-introduces-death-by-stoning-under-new-Islamic-laws.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24624166

12 MAY 2013

More students ranked top ten in world this year

The number of students from Brunei ranked among the top ten highest in the world according to their individual subjects have increased this year, said Isabel Nisbet, Cambridge regional director of Education for the Asia Pacific

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/05/12/more-students-ranked-top-ten-highest-world-year

31 JANUARY 2013

Brunei, China pledge to further enhance military ties

Brunei and China recently reaffirmed their military ties, pledging to further strengthen the cooperation between both armed forces.

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/01/31/brunei-china-pledge-further-enhance-military-ties

7 JANURY 2013

Brunei to hasten Asean integration

“Brunei’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2013 will be very important in ensuring the ASEAN Community meets its 2015 deadline, and I am confident that Brunei is capable of taking the role as chair”, said executive director of the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman.                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/01/03/brunei-hasten-asean-integration

22 DECEMBER 2012

Brunei in the South China Sea hot seat

Territorial tensions in the South China Sea created unprecedented divisions within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2012, with member states taking divergent approaches to China’s increasing assertiveness in the contested maritime area. Now, as the chairmanship of the 10-member grouping shifts from China ally Cambodia to Brunei, also a claimant to South China Sea territory, in 2013, many analysts wonder whether there will be a qualitative shift in ASEAN’s stance on the divisive but strategically important issue
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NL22Ae07.html

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Forbes ranks Brunei fifth richest nation

FORBES has ranked Brunei Darussalam as the fifth richest country out of 182 nations due to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields giving the Sultanate just over US$48,000 per capita
http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2012/02/25/forbes-ranks-brunei-fifth-richest-nation

14 FEBRUARY 2012

India eyes stronger defence, energy ties with Brunei

India is looking into deeper cooperation with Brunei Darussalam in the sector of defence, security and oil and gas, as part of its commitment to work closely with ASEAN countries
http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2012/02/14/india-eyes-stronger-defence-energy-ties-brunei

16 JULY 2004

Brunei sultan announces the restoration of the Legislative Council suspended since 1984

10 AUGUST 1998

The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei

http://www.answers.com/topic/al-muhtadee-billah-bolkiah

7 SEPTEMBER 1986

1986: Death of Omar Ali Saifuddin III, 28th sultan of Brunei (1951-1986), born on September 23, 1914

http://www.polymernotes.org/biographies/BRN_bio_saifuddin.htm

21 SEPTEMBER 1984

Brunei joins the United Nations

7 JANUARY 1984

After getting its independence from Britain, Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

1 JANUARY 1984

Independence of the Sultanate of Brunei from the British

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2700.htm

1974: Birth of Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, Crown prince of Brunei

http://www.answers.com/topic/al-muhtadee-billah-bolkiah 

1 AUGUST 1968

The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.

http://www.answers.com/topic/hassanal-bolkiah


4 OCTOBER 1967

 

Brunei sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin III abdicates in favor of his son Hassanal Bolkiah

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Omar-Ali-Saifuddin-III
http://www.answers.com/topic/hassanal-bolkiah

15 JULY 1946

1946: Birth of Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassanal_Bolkiah
http://brunei.gov.bn/government/index.htm

Main news on Burma (Myanmar)

16 JUNE 2017

Yangon Court Releases Myanmar Satire Columnist Detained Under Controversial Law

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

24 MAY 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi Opens Second Round of Myanmar Peace Talks

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

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

Nobel laureates slam Suu Kyi over Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, call for UN intervention

More than a dozen Nobel laureates on Thursday urged the United Nations to “end the human crisis” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group, whose members have been fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown that has killed at least 86 people
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058191/nobel-laureates-slam-suu-kyi-over-myanmars-rohingya-crisis
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38470232

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/

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Myanmar’s ongoing great power balancing act

Donald Trump’s recent victory calls into question Washington’s commitment to its current engagement strategy, let alone the ‘rebalance’. Even with its new civilian leadership, Myanmar is unlikely to move headlong into a new dependence relationship with the West, geopolitically or otherwise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/30/myanmars-ongoing-great-power-balancing-act/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

‘Mass destruction’ of ethnic Rohingya villages underway in Burma, human rights group warns

New satellite imagery from Burma’s western Rakhine state reveals mass destruction in ethnic Rohingya villages, said Human Rights Watch on Monday, calling for an urgent United Nations investigation into alleged abuses
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/mass-destruction-of-ethnic-rohingya-villages-underway-in-burma-h/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38049106

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Burma Army Says 86 Killed in Fighting in Arakan State

As many as 69 members of what Burma’s government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Arakan State, the army said on Tuesday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-says-86-killed-in-fighting-in-arakan-state.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

10 OCTOBER 2016

In Myanmar, Rakhine border raids kill nine police officers

Nine Myanmar police officers were killed in coordinated attacks by insurgents on posts along the border with Bangladesh early yesterday, an official and police said
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/22992-rakhine-border-raids-kill-nine-police-officers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/attack-kills-myanmar-police-bangladesh-border-161010132157512.html

8 OCTOBER 2016

US lifts sanctions on Myanmar but vows to keep pushing for democratic reform and human rights

US President Barack Obama has lifted sanctions on Myanmar and pledged to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

4 OCTOBER 2016

The US, Myanmar and the dragon in the background

Moves by the Obama administration to soften sanctions and reward Myanmar’s progress to democracy, while welcome, are not enough to meet the country’s economic growth needs, giving China a strategic advantage, Monish Tourangbam and Pawan Amin write.
http://www.newmandala.org/us-myanmar-dragon-background/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gets Harvard humanitarian award

 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honoured as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2020415/nobel-laureate-aung-san-suu-kyi-gets-harvard-humanitarian

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama Pledges to Lift All Sanctions Against Myanmar

President Obama pledged on Wednesday to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar, seeking to reward the country’s recent moves toward democracy after decades of brutal military rule
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/world/asia/myanmar-obama.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/obama-vows-to-lift-myanmar-sanctions-as-suu-kyi-visits/3127248.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighbouring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-closer-military-ties-myanmar
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2016/09-10/225992.shtml

31 AUGUST 2016

Historic peace conference begins in Myanmar

Peace talks between Myanmar’s government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160831_31/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/peace-vital-to-building/3089780.html

29  AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terr

19 AUGUST 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Support for Myanmar’s Peace Process

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi received a pledge of support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing an upcoming peace conference that will bring together Myanmar government representatives, the national military, and armed ethnic groups
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/chinas-xi-jinping-pledges-support-for-myanmars-peace-process-08192016155956.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160819_06/

13 JULY 2016

Burmese Buddhist leaders against anti-Muslim Ma Ba Tha movement

For the first time, the Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee openly disavows the extremist group. In a statement, Buddhist leaders say they never supported the ideas and statements by ultra-nationalists. For a Ma Ba Tha spokesman, the group is a voluntary organisation that does not require anyone’s approval
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-Buddhist-leaders-against-anti-Muslim-Ma-Ba-Tha-movement-38032.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmars-top-monks-parry-claims-of-buddhist-hardliners-amid-surge-in-sectarian-violence

7 JULY 2016

Mixed reviews on Myanmar government’s first 100 days

July 7 marked the 100th day in office for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The cabinet, led by State Counsellor, foreign minister and de facto leader of the nation Aung San Suu Kyi, has focused largely on trying to end armed conflicts in Myanmar and establishing a stronger rule of law
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mixed-reviews-on-myanmar/2939194.html

7 JUNE 2016

Myanmar BBC reporter gets jail, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/07/content_15445807.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/20701-bbc-reporter-jailed-for-assaulting-police-officer.html

8 APRIL 2016

Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

A Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-08/myanmar-court-frees-student-activists-after-aung-san-suu-kyi-pledge/1567492
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-government-releases-69-prisoners-160408094045351.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/08/dozens-of-political-prisoners-released-in-myanmar/

6 APRIL 2016

China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19857-china-pledges-support-for-new-myanmar-government.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/06/c_135255773.htm

4 APRIL 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmars-suu-kyi-drops-two-ministerial-jobs-takes-spokeswoman-role
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160404_27/

30 MARCH 2016

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected civilian president in décades

Mr Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, was sworn in as Myanmar’s president on Wednesday (March 30), becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/htin-kyaw-sworn-in-as-myanmars-first-elected-civilian-president-in-decades
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-swears-in-first-civilian-head-of-state-since-1962/3260795.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19730-transcript-president-u-htin-kyaw-s-inaugural-address.html
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/the-faces-of-the-next-five-years-burmas-sworn-in-leadership.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Yangon Stock Exchange opens doors for first day of trading

The Yangon Stock Exchange is scheduled to come to life at 9:30 this morning when First Myanmar Investment shares become free to trade electronically, following a pre-launch lockdown during which even the FMI public relations team was turned away.
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3705479-155/yangon-stock-exchange-opens-for-business
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/19653-ysx-opens-doors-for-first-day-of-trading.html

22 MARCH 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi to be nominated to Burmese cabinet as foreign minister

Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Burma’s first civilian government for decades, her party said on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12200741/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-Cabinet-nominated-Burma.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmars-president-elect-nominates-suu-kyi-to-cabinet/a-19132857

15 MARCH 2016

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in decades

Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president, the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/htin-kyaw-suu-kyis-schoolfriend-myanmars-proxy-president

13 MARCH 2016

Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media

Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-13/myanmar-army-frees-46-child-soldiers-state-media/1558258

10 MARCH 2016

NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president

U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19403-nld-names-u-htin-kyaw-for-presiden.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35770535
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12189606/Who-is-poised-to-be-Burmas-new-president-The-rise-of-Aung-San-Suu-Kyis-former-driver-and-loyal-aide.html

1  MARCH 2016

Burmese ‘Gypsy Writer’ Maung Tha Ya Dies At 86

Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/burmese-gypsy-writer-maung-tha-ya-dies-at-86.html

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar government and signatory armed groups agree to prevent further clashes

The Myanmar government, eight signatory ethnic armed groups and civil society groups have agreed to seek ways to prevent further clashes, an official report said Thursday, quoting a statement from the Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC)http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/myanmar-government-eight-ethnic-armed-groups-agree-prevent-further-clashes
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19161-military-sends-warning-to-shan-palaung-armies.html

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar rebels continue fight despite ceasefire deal

As a large number of rebel groups continue fighting in northern states, communities are being torn apart
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/02/myanmar-rebels-continue-fight-ceasefire-deal-160217144556153.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

The Rohingya issue is more than a humanitarian crisis

With a new parliament sworn in and the date for selecting a new president fast approaching, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is now tasked with laying the foundation for the country’s democratic development. At the heart of this challenge lies curbing religious extremism and integrating the Muslim Rohingya minority into Burmese society
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/rohingya-issue-humanitarian-crisis-43405/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

The cut off point for presidential candidate proposals will be March 17, Win Khaing Than, the speaker of Myanmar’s combined houses of parliament told lawmakers Monday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/myanmar-presidential-nominees-named-march-17-093558768.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-08/myanmar-presidential-vote-to-begin-on-march-17-as-transition-talks-between-aung-san-suu-kyi-military/1545150
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/aung-san-suu-kyi-burmese-presidency/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi names former general to head key advisory panel

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Friday nominated Shwe Mann, one of the country’s most powerful politicians, to head a prominent legal advisory panel, as the freshly-elected parliament prepares to choose a new president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/suu-kyi-names-former-general-head-key-advisory-panel

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Historic day in Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party takes power

Myanmar’s parliament dominated by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Monday began a new and historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35456982
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/myanmar-era-parliament-holds-historic-session-160201043336484.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/31/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-nld/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-01/aung-san-suu-kyis-prodemocracy-mps-take-their-seats-in-myanmars-parliament/1542366

22 JANUARY 2016

In Myanmar, 52 political prisoners released in amnesty

More than 50 political prisoners, including one New Zealander, have walked free from prisons across Myanmar today, in a presidential amnesty for over 100 inmates
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18625-52-political-prisoners-released-in-surprise-amnesty.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/22/myanmar-begins-releasing-political-prisoners/

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

Burma activist jailed for six months for mocking military junta

A political activist in Burma has been jailed for six months for a social media post mocking the country’s powerful military establishment, in the latest sign of a renewed crackdown on free speech as the country struggles to chart a new democratic course
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12071449/Burma-activist-jailed-for-six-months-for-mocking-military-junta.html

18 DECEMBER 2015

What’s Next for U.S. Policy toward Myanmar?

The resounding victory of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is an outcome many in the United States had long wanted to see. But rather than being an end goal in itself, the election results signaled the start of a more challenging process and have taken Myanmar into completely uncharted territory
http://cogitasia.com/whats-next-for-u-s-policy-toward-myanmar/

9 DECEMBER 2015

Washington cuts sanctions on Myanmar ahead of democratic transition

The US has temporarily lifted certain trade sanctions on Myanmar, aiming to reinvigorate trade and support a peaceful political transition after a historic victory by democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/washington-cuts-sanctions-myanmar-ahead-democratic-transition

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Myanmar election results: Suu Kyi’s NLD wins landslide victory

With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34805806
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-historic-win/index.html

11 NOVEMBRE 2015

Myanmar president and army chief congratulate Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the country’s powerful army chief have congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her party continued to steam towards victory in the country’s historic élections
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/myanmar-president-promises-peaceful-transfer-power-151111091302625.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-army-chief/2253566.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Polling peaceful in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years

Voting unfolded smoothly in Myanmar on Sunday with no reports of violence to puncture a mood of jubilation marking the Southeast Asian nation’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, its biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship
http://atimes.com/2015/11/polling-peaceful-in-myanmars-first-free-election-for-25-years/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34756381
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/voting-ends-myanmar-parliamentary-election-151108090030043.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

 7 things you may not know about Burma’s historic élections

 Burma will vote on November 8 in its first national elections since a civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. Here are seven factors at play in the pending elections that may surprise readers
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-burmas-historic-elections/

26 OCTOBER 2015

Exclusive: ‘Strong evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to “strong evidence” of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/exclusive-strong-evidence-genocide-myanmar-151024190547465.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Burma signs ceasefire deal with eight rebel factions

Myanmar’s government and eight smaller ethnic rebel armies signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than six decades of fighting, but other more powerful groups refused to come on board, signaling that peace will remain elusive.
http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-burma-myanmar-government-ceasefire-rebels
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/15/myanmar-s-president-hails-ceasefire-deal-with-rebels-as-historic/

14 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar activist arrested over Facebook post on military

A female Myanmar opposition activist has been arrested over a satirical Facebook post about the military, officials said on Wednesday (Oct 14), in the latest crackdown against free speech in the country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-activist-arrested/2192694.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/729936/myanmar-activist-arrested-over-facebook-post-on-military

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Myanmar approves ‘discriminatory’ marriage bill

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring Buddhist women to seek permission before marrying outside their faith. Parliament passed the bill in July despite criticism that it discriminates against religious minorities and encourages anti-Muslim sentiment
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/myanmar-approves-discriminatory-marriage-bill-150920075228353.html

28 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/2083362.html

20 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar approves controversial religion bills

The bills regulating religious conversion and polygamy were approved by parliament on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, who said his party had voted against the proposed legislation over fears that it was detrimental to human rights
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-approves/2064264.html

13 AUGUST 2015

 Shwe Mann ousted as head of Burma’s ruling party in ‘internal coup’

Myanmar President Thein Sein has moved to consolidate his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman, months ahead of a November general election
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

21 JULY 2015

Myanmar editors fined for insulting president

A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat (US$809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country’s media laws by insulting the president
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/631140/myanmar-editors-fined-for-insulting-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33618558

13 JULY 2015

Myanmar’s president Thein Sein will not run for second term, his office says

Myanmar president Thein Sein decides not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for November 8, a senior official from his office says, meaning he will not be eligible for a second term as head of state
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-14/myanmars-president-thein-sein-will-not-run-for-second-term-his-office-says/1469508

Analysis: Why Burma’s election will be neither free nor fair

Burmese President Thein Sein will do his best to hold a free and fair election on November 8, but however hard he tries this election will not deliver democracy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134120/why-burmas-election-will-neither-be-free-nor-fair/

8 JULY 2015

Myanmar general election set for Nov 8

Myanmar officials on Wednesday announced November 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/617084/myanmar-general-election-set-for-nov-8
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33441000

25 JUNE 2015

Myanmar’s parliament keeps Aung San Suu Kyi away from the presidential election

With their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voted in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/1941000.html

11 JUNE 2015

Rebels declare ‘ceasefire’ with Myanmar army

Rebels who have fought Myanmar’s army along a rugged border area with China for four months declared a unilateral ceasefire Thursday, after fighting left scores dead, threatened a nationwide peace pact and spilled over the frontier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/589689/rebels-declare-ceasefire-with-myanmar-army

10 JUNE 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for first visit

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

2 JUNE 2015

Myanmar jails writer for 2 years for ‘insulting religion’

Myanmar on Tuesday jailed a writer for two years with hard labour for “insulting religion”, his lawyer said, with rights groups condemning the verdict as the country’s latest strike on freedom of expression
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-jails-writer-2-years-insulting-religion-lawyer
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/activists-o

28 MAY 2015

UN council holds first-ever briefing on Myanmar human rights

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-council-holds-first/1879094.html

16 MAY 2015

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis

Myanmar’s government has said it is not responsible for the migrant boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit on the issue.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32766748

8 MAY 2015

Myanmar president meets ethnic rebel leader in peace push

Myanmar President Thein Sein held a surprise meeting with a powerful armed group representing the ethnic Wa minority on Friday as the government tries to convince an array of rebel groups to sign a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-president-meets-ethnic-rebel-leader-peace-push
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thein-sein-makes-surprise-visit-to-ethnic-leaders.html

31 MARCH 2015

Myanmar army and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement

Myanmar’s president Tuesday signed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a “historic and significant achievement” as the country tries to end decades of civil war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126918
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513799/un-myanmar-leader-hail-historic-draft-ceasefire-pact

30 MARCH 2015

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/512627/myanmar-rebels-agree-landmark-draft-peace-deal
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-rebels-agree/1757654.html

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar signs deal to buy Thunder fighter from Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150325000059&cid=1101

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

A Myanmar court laid charges, including rioting, on Wednesday against 69 students involved in a protest two weeks ago that was broken up in a police action that drew sharp criticism from Western governments, a student activist said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-charges-69-protesters-rioting-after-police-crackdown

19 MARCH 2015

2 Myanmar journalists jailed on defamation charges

The Mawlamyine Township Court in Mon State has sentenced two local journalists to two months in prison under section 500 of defamation charges. It is the first time for the journalists to face imprisonment on defamation charges in more than 100 years since the British colonial rule to successive Myanmar governments
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9361:two-journalists-jailed-for-defamation&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

14 MARCH 2015

China sends fighter jets to Myanmar border after bomb kills four

China sent fighter jets to patrol its border with Myanmar after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four Chinese in southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Saturday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496925/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-myanmar-border-after-bomb-kills-four
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31885318
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/497000/myanmar-denies-bombing-china

10 MARCH 2015

Myanmar police crack down on student protesters

At least 16 police officers and eight protesters were reportedly hurt, when Myanmar police clashed with students, monks and journalists as they broke up protesters calling for academic freedom, according to news reports and witnesses
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/myanmar-police-crack-student-protesters-150310123609713.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812028

3 MARCH 2015

Myanmar students defy deadline to disperse

Hundreds of students protesting against an education bill in Myanmar have defied an order to disperse.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31716169
http://www.irrawaddy.org/multimedia-burma/tension-mounts-as-clock-ticks-for-student-demonstrators.html

2 MARCH 2015

Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate

Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-myanmar-president-hosts-rare-suu-kyi-talks-amid-constitution-debate/2664546.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

United Nations warns on Myanmar reform ‘set back’

The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s treatment of minorities and suppression of free speech is setting back its political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31635566

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar army deepens offensive on ethnic rebels near China border

Myanmar’s army has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China, state media said Friday, in 11 days of fighting that have displaced tens of thousands of people.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/480062/myanmar-army-deepens-offensive-on-ethnic-rebels-near-china-border

17 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages

Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-declares-emergency-war-torn-region-fighting-rages
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-declares-state-emergency-war-torn-region-150217124515270.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels

Days of clashes with rebels from a minority ethnic group in northern Myanmar have left 47 government soldiers dead and dozens more wounded, state media reported Friday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/12/asia/myanmar-violence/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-kokang-rebels-kill-dozens-soldiers-150213072401121.html

11 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31421179

24 JANUARY 2015

More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN

There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/459825/more-than-400-child-soldiers-freed-from-myanmar-army-in-2014-un

7 JANUARY 2015

China’s influence in Myanmar facing growing scrutiny

Mounting local opposition to Chinese-backed infrastructure projects in Myanmar over the past few months has again led to growing scrutiny on Beijing’s influence in the Southeast Asian state
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/chinas-influence-in-myanmar-facing-growing-scrutiny/

2 DECEMBER 2014

Is the Myanmar regime splintering?

With one year remaining before Myanmar’s general election there is growing concern, both internationally and domestically, that the reform process is at best beginning to stagnate and at worst rolling back in some critical areas.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/02/is-the-myanmar-regime-splintering/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday 21 urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Rangoon to scrap a controversial identity plan.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444762/un-presses-myanmar-over-rohingya-rights

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Suu Kyi party admits ‘cannot win’ fight to change constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on Wednesday admitted it “cannot win” its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from Myanmar’s presidency, decrying a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-party-admits-cannot-win-fight-change-constitution

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy

Twenty-two ethnic Kachin soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fired on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/22-dead-burma-army-fires-kachin-military-academy-rebels-say.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before polls

Myanmar’s parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444056/myanmar-rules-out-constitutional-change-before-polls
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/military-mps-object-constitutional-change.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns ‘unjust’ constitution

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said constitutional rules which bar her from running for president because her sons are half British are “unfair, unjust and undemocratic”.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30049266

President Obama tells Myanmar to move forward on democracy

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it’s time to move forward, said President Obama from the porch of an infamously symbolic home in the country’s largest city.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-obama-democracy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Report accuses Myanmar generals of war crimes

Military activities carried out by Myanmar’s powerful minister of home affairs when the country was under army dictatorship could constitute war crimes, a new study has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-accuses-myanmar-generals-war-crimes-20141177143567931.html

1 NOVEMBER 2014

UN bill urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

 A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/un-bill-urges-myanmar-drop-identity-plan-201411102155672770.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms

On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it’s just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-moots-changing-constitution-barring-suu-kyi-presidency-0

24 OCTOBER 2014

Detained Myanmar reporter Aung Naing shot dead

A military statement said that Aung Naing was arrested in Mon state at the end of September while covering clashes near the border between Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29758329
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/missing-reporter-killed-custody-burma-army-report.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms

With 25% of the seats allocated to them by law, the military control the country and all modern and democratic reform in society. Issues in dispute include Art. 59 (F) which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and Art. 436, on the military veto. The next elections scheduled for late October and early November 2015.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-military-wants-to-retain-veto-power-of-constitutional-reforms-32501.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Study: Rohingya Among World’s Most Persecuted

The Rohingya minority community in Myanmar should rank as one of the most excluded, persecuted and vulnerable communities in the world. That is the conclusion of a pair of studies, prepared over a three-year-period, looking at the plight of the stateless group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/stateless-rohingya-deemed-among-worlds-most-persecuted/2486813.html

7 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar pardons 3,000 prisoners

Myanmar’s government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/myanmar-pardons-more-than-3000-prisoners-20141078411568883.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436372/myanmar-frees-3000-prisoners-including-ex-military-figures

30 AUGUST 2014

Myanmar ‘loses ten million people’ in census

Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million, according to preliminary results of the latest census.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/myanmar-loses-ten-million-people-census-201483055945633777.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-census-shows-population-9m-fewer-estimated

25 AUGUST 2014

President’s post unlikely for Suu Kyi

There are many reasons, the first of which is the maths involved. A quarter of Parliament’s 664 seats are reserved for the military. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has another 336
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-63761.html

24 JULY 2014

Myanmar lets Medecins Sans Frontieres back into Rakhine

Myanmar has invited the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume its work in Rakhine state, which has been plagued by sectarian violence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28471142

13 JULY 2014

Over 50 journalists charged for protesting without permission

Over 50 journalists who staged a silent protest during President Thein Sein’s visit to the Myanmar Peace Center on Saturday have been charged for protesting without permission, according to senior police sources.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6760:journalists-and-protestors-charged-with-section-18&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

12 JULY 2014

Journalists stage ‘silent protest’ while President meets with artists

Journalists staged a silent protest after the police stopped journalists who were holding a boycott and wearing t-shirts with the slogan ‘Stop Killing Press’ while coming to cover the meeting between President Thein Sein and artists held at Myanmar Peace Center
http://elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6743:journalists-stage-silent-protest-while-president-meets-with-artists&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

10 JULY 2014

Five reporters in Myanmar sentenced to 10 years in jail

A Myanmar court has sentenced five journalists to jail with hard labour for 10 years for writing that the military was making chemical weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28247691
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/myanmar-jails-journalists-10-years-2014710113757674385.html

4 JULY 2014

Myanmar Buddhists Threaten to Kill Muslims

Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay’s Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city on Friday, following communal riots that killed two people earlier in the week
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-buddhists-threaten-to-kill-muslims/1950712.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418879/curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-after-religious-attacks
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6658:curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-following-two-deaths-in-unrest&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

2 JULY 2014

Sectarian unrest shakes major Myanmar city

Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhist-majority nation.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418645/sectarian-unrest-shakes-major-myanmar-city

25 JUNE 2014

Myanmar amends public protest law

Myanmar’s parliament amended a controversial law that requires people to obtain permission for public protests and subjects violators to penalties, including prison terms, state media reported Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417317/myanmar-amends-public-protest-law

13 JUNE 2014

Burmese vote to retain Suu Kyi Burma presidential ban

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415192/suu-kyi-presidency-chances-fade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27838184
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/suu-kyis-presidential-bid-dead-yet-nld.html

7 JUNE 2014

Suu Kyi faces pushback from army over public pressure

Analysts say her tactics on charter change may backfire
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Suu-Kyi-faces-pushback-from-army-over-public-press-61181.html

24 MAI 2014

Myanmar ‘needs charter change’

The United Nations (UN) human rights envoy to Myanmar on Saturday expressed concern over the military’s veto power on constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for the country’s democratic transition and next year’s elections

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411546/un-rights-envoy-myanmar-needs-constitution-change

17 MAY 2017

Myanmar rally calls for charter change

Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar’s main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410321/myanmar-rally-calls-for-charter-change

2 MAY 2014

UN envoy: Myanmar must give status to Muslims

The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar says the country’s Rohingya Muslims must have a path to citizenship, otherwise their security will remain under threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/2014520519321853.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/122304/un-envoy-burma-must-give-status-to-muslims/

30 APRIL 2014

Cracks Appear in US Myanmar Rapprochement



Recent legislation introduced to U.S. Congress to put conditions on U.S. cooperation with Myanmar’s military may be one of the first signs of emerging dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s rapprochement policy with the post-junta government

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/cracks-appear-in-us-myanmar-rapprochement/

23 APRIL 2014

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyone could have imagined, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-military-barracks/

21 APRIL 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

14 APRIL 2014

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Suu refused to address the plight of the oppressed Rohingya, who originally come from Bangladesh, when she met its prime minister

http://fpif.org/open-letter-aung-san-suu-kyi/

2 APRIL 2014

UN slams Rohingya census exclusion in Myanmar

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was “deeply concerned” members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403122/un-slams-rohingya-census-exclusion

15 MARCH 2014

The French Connection

Relations between Myanmar and France date back to the early 18th century, but ties were largely on hold in recent decades due to Western sanctions on Myanmar’s former military regime. Since the current government introduced reforms after coming to power in 2011, however, the two countries have moved quickly to increase their engagement

http://www.irrawaddy.org/interview/magazine-in-person/french-connection.html

6 MARCH 2014

Transition In Myanmar: Regional Implications And Future Directions – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/06032014-transition-myanmar-regional-implications-future-directions-analysis/

2 MARCH 2014

Myanmar couple in ‘first gay wedding’

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status but followed the customs of other Myanmar weddings, with the two men arriving in solemn procession followed by six groomsmen in front of some two hundred guests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397965/myanmar-couple-in-first-gay-wedding

1 MARCH 2014

Foreign investment in Myanmar triples

Foreign investment in Myanmar is set to triple in the current fiscal year ending March 30, with 50% going into manufacturing, media reports said on Saturday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397664/foreign-investment-in-myanmar-triples

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law

Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk that is aimed at “protecting” Buddhists in the former junta-ruled nation

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/myanmar-mull-interfaith-marriage-law-2014228125531626809.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-leader-proposes-interfaith-marriage-law

Burma: Médecins Sans Frontières ordered to leave Rakhine state

Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20140228-burma-doctors-without-borders-MSF-end-all-activities-health/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120085/burma-medicins-sans-frontieres-ordered-to-leave-rakhine-state/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of the Rangoon-based Unity journal have been detained by the Burma police force’s Special Branch after the newspaper reported the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory in central Burma

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/journalists-detained-reporting-alleged-burmese-chemical-weapons-factory.html

26 JANUARY 2014

World Bank pledges $2bn development aid for Burma

The World Bank has pledged $2bn in development aid to Burma for projects including energy supply and healthcare. Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the aid during his first visit there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25903687

23 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar mobs kill 40 Muslims

Buddhist mobs killed at least 40 Muslims when they stormed a village in western Myanmar last week, hunting down residents with knives, a human rights group said, citing witness testimony and a wide network of local sources

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391154/myanmar-mobs-kill-40-muslims-says-rights-group

22 JANUARY 2012

Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military

A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/burmese-child-soldier-imprisoned-leaving-military.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers

Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a “historic step” towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390265/myanmar-frees-scores-of-child-soldiers

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/myanmar-releases-child-soldiers-from-service-2014118103450393981.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUAY 2014

Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’

Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25730758

9 JANUARY 2014

Keep an eye on the people with the guns in Myanmar’s transition

I fear that Myanmar’s transition to better governance could start to go off the rails in 2014. While a serious train wreck seems unlikely, the mood in the country could sour as problems pile up, which could make the national election expected at the end of 2015 a messy affair. As a result, the new government that will likely take office in early 2016 might be less effective than the current one.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/keep-an-eye-on-the-people-with-the-guns-in-myanmars-transition/

7 JANUARY 2014

Burmese Journalists Demand Release of Colleague

Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter — the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-journalists-demand-release-of-colleague/1824984.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388499/myanmar-reporters-protest-new-threats-to-press-freedom

2 JANUARY 2014

Burma’s President Supports Changing Army-Drafted Constitution

Burma’s president gave his backing on Thursday for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-burma-president-supports-changing-army-drafted-constitution/1822140.html

01 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar takes first step to clear way for Suu Kyi

The ruling party has formally proposed a Constitutional amendment that currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from being president of the country

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-takes-first-step-to-clear-way-for-Suu-Kyi–55617.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/usdp-announces-surprise-constitutional-amendment-proposal.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar at talks with Suu Kyi

Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-urges-dialogue-myanmar-talks-suu-kyi

26 OCTOBER 2013

Thein Sein’s decision not to run paves the way for a challenge between Aung San Suu Kyi and Shwe Mann in 2015



Myanmar President Thein Sein, who led the reform process in the past two years, will not run for a second mandate in 2015, this according to Shwe Mann, speaker of the lower house and head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). His likely adversary will be Aung San Suu Kyi. Like her, Mann wants the constitution amended to allow the country’s main opposition leader to run.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thein-Sein’s-decision-not-to-run-paves-the-way-for-a-challenge-between-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-and-Shwe-Mann-in-2015-29383.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

UN envoy slams Myanmar’s anti-Muslim violence

“The situation in Rakhine State has fed a wider anti-Muslim narrative in Myanmar, which is posing one of the most serious threats to the reform process,” Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on the situation in human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday. “Rakhine State remains in a situation of profound crisis.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/un-envoy-slams-myanmar-anti-muslim-violence-201310250350636671.html

22 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi finally gets EU Sakharov rights prize

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday finally received the EU’s Sakharov rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of a brutal military crackdown, but said her work was not yet done.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375888/suu-kyi-finally-gets-eu-sakharov-rights-prize

21 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country’s government to complete its reform process.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suu-kyi-urges-world-to/856198.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar journalist Sein Win dies

Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died Thursday at age 91.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375121/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-myanmar-dies

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Burma agrees preliminary deal with Kachin rebels

The Burmese authorities say they have signed a preliminary peace agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels in the north.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24480495

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

Myanmar opposition spokesman fined over election claim

Myanmar’s opposition spokesman said Thursday he had been fined for a statement he made claiming that ballot sheets were tampered with in landmark by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party enter parliament last year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374028/myanmar-opposition-spokesman-fined-over-election-claim

9 OCTOBER 2013

Sexual violence in Burma

Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/10/09/sexual-violence-in-burma/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Hundreds of Buddhists have rioted in western Myanmar, killing a 94-year-old Muslim woman and setting more than 70 homes ablaze, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24354159
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/myanmar-rioters-attack-muslims-burn-homes-2013101105542511855.html

Only 30% of Myanmar has access to electricity, says minister

Myanmar currently provides electricity to 30 per cent of the population according to the Minister Electric Power, Khin Maung Soe.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Only-30-of-Myanmar-has-access-to-electricity-says–52304.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Muslims in Hiding in Burma After Latest Bout of Sectarian Strife

Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Burma on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June of last year
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-muslims-in-hiding-in-burma-after-latest-bout-of-sectarian-strife/1759616.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113915/sectarian-tensions-flare-in-burma-town/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Dalai Lama to Burmese monks : Enough anti- Rohingya violence

The Tibetan spiritual leader recalls the teachings of the Buddha and appeals to the Burmese monks : no more attacks and violence against “your Muslim brothers and sisters .” Aung San Suu Kyi calls for amendments to the Constitution to solve the ethnic problem . In the sixth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution monks call on authorities to apologize .
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Dalai-Lama-to-Burmese-monks-:-Enough-anti–Rohingya-violence-29059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

25 AUGUST 2013

Twelve arrested after fresh unrest in Myanmar

At least 12 people have been arrested after a renewed bout of religious violence in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region in which dozens of homes were set ablaze.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013825133757670971.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

Burma’s Parliament Approves $100 Million Loan From China

Burma’s Parliament has approved the government’s decision to borrow US$100 million from China, despite opposition from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other parties.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/42738

21 AUGUST 2013

UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in attack

The UN’s rights envoy on Myanmar Wednesday slammed the nation’s government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365744/un-envoy-says-myanmar-failed-to-protect-him-in-attack
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-envoy-accuses-burma-of-failing-to-protect-him/1734057.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Rohingya activist held after Facebook post

An activist has been arrested in Myanmar after posting photos on Facebook from violent clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in country’s restive state of Rakhine, police and an activist have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201381571457149651.html

13 AUGUT 2013

Burma must declare war against corruption

Corruption in Burma (Myanmar) is systemic and widespread, and will be the most significant threat to the country’s future economic growth and development.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/13/burma-must-declare-war-against-corruption/

8 AUGUST 2013

Burma marks 25 years since brutal junta crackdown

Politicians, Buddhist monks and thousands of Burmese citizens attended rallies in Yangon on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the brutal “8888” crackdown on student protests la http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdownunched by the country’s former junta rulers on August 8, 1988.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdown
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111694/burmas-president-urged-to-make-an-apology-for-1988-killings/
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-marks-25-years-since-88-uprising/1725732.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23602365

7 AUGUST 2013

Burma Army Frees More Child Soldiers as Part of Pact to End Practice

The Burma Army discharged 68 children and young people on Wednesday, the United Nations said, exactly a month after it released 42 children and young adults who had been recruited for soldiering and other duties.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/41542
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363519/myanmar-frees-kids-from-military

23 JULY 2013

Burma frees a further 73 political prisoners

The Burmese authorities say they are releasing another 73 political prisoners, after a promise by President Thein Sein to free all dissidents by the end of the year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23416223

19 JULY 2013

EU reopens preferential trade with Myanmar

Myanmar is set to profit from a preferential trade agreement with the European Union (EU) starting on July 19, according to an EU press release.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/2808-eu-reopens-preferential-trade-with-myanmar

Myanmar’s president says doesn’t object to Suu Kyi running for president

Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has “no objections” to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130719-438670.html

Myanmar military to return 18,000 acres of confiscated land

The Myanmar military will return over 18,000 acres of confiscated farmlands to their original owners, according to the Minister of Defence.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-military-to-return-18000-acres-of-confisca-49278.html

17 JULY 2013

Burmese president meets France’s Hollande

Burma’s President Thein Sein met French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday for talks on economic and diplomatic ties, in the second leg of his European tour.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130717-burma-president-thein-sein-meet-france-francois-hollande

Paris-based Watchdog calls for crimes against the media in Burma

Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter dated 16 July 2013 to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France started on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110770/paris-based-watchdog-call-for-crimes-against-the-media-in-burma/

13 JULY 2013

Burma signs treaty with Wa ethnic group

Burma’s government and rebels from the ethnic Wa guerrilla group have reached a peace deal, state media has reported.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300441

11 JULY 2013

Buddhist bin Laden’ or man of peace? Monk leads anti-Muslim campaign in Myanmar

Wirathu is the leader of a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969. He was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence and believes it is vital that Buddhist people keep their business, relationships and land dealings away from followers of Islam.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/11/19395152-buddhist-bin-laden-or-man-of-peace-monk-leads-anti-muslim-campaign-in-myanmar?lite

8 JULY 2013

Myanmar jails 2 Buddhists for riot murders

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said Monday.                                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130708-435602.html

http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/

Myanmar frees 42 children from military

Myanmar has discharged 42 children and young people from its armed forces, UN agencies said Monday, urging increased efforts to free child soldiers as the country emerges from military rule.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358915/myanmar-frees-children-from-the-armed-forces-un

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137810464011516.html

5 JULY 2013

Burma Lower House endorses controversial media bill

The Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill submitted by the Ministry of Information with amendments was approved at Thursday’s Lower House of Parliament session, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported today.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110271/burma-lower-house-endorses-the-controversial-media-bill/

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

25 JUNE 2013

Myanmar bans Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’

Myanmar late Tuesday banned a controversial Time magazine cover story on Buddhist-Muslim religious violence “to prevent further conflict”, according to a government spokesman, after days of angry reaction to the article.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356907/myanmar-bans-time-buddhist-terror

24 JUNE 2013

Burmese leader defends ‘anti Muslim’ monk Ashin Wirathu

Burmese President Thein Sein has defended a Buddhist monk accused of fomenting a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the country.                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23027492

21 JUNE 2013

Will Myanmar’s Soldiers Return to Barracks?

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society                        http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5515&Itemid=168           http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/myanmar-civil-military-relations-and-constitutional-reform/

14 JUNE 2013

From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma

Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling.                                                                                             http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540

6 JUNE 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to run for president

Addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate appealed for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/06/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-presidential-aspiration/index.html?hpt=ias_c1  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aung-san-suu-kyi-says-she-wants-to-run-f/699802.html

30 MAY 2013

Burma reaches ceasefire deal with ethnic Kachin rebels

The Burmese government and ethnic rebels from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) have reached a seven-point ceasefire deal.                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22716088                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135301064426259.html

28 MAY 2013

Suu Kyi criticizes two-child limit on Muslims in western Myanmar

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has joined human rights activists in criticizing a two-child limit imposed on Muslim families by authorities in areas of western Myanmar in an attempt to control their population. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/asia/myanmar-rohingya-child-limit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi:-Rohingya-Muslims-discriminated-against-in-two-child-law-28036.html

25 MAY 2013

Two child limit imposed on Myanmar’s Rohingya

Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area, and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence                                                                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130526-425281.htmlhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525133356670103.html

24 MAY 2013

As Burma Opens, Critical NGOs look in

Some international organizations urge foreign businesses to stay out until conditions improve http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5443&Itemid=217

21 MAY 2013

Myanmar jails Muslims over religious violence

A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said.                                                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013521154453691869.html

20 MAY 2013

Obama hosts Myanmar leader in historic visit

Myanmar President Thein Sein has become the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms.                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/05/201352023713744342.html

17 MAY 2013

Myanmar frees group of dissidents

Myanmar has released more than 20 political prisoners, a government official has said, just hours before President Thein Sein leaves for a landmark state visit to the US.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013517104457315241.html

2 MAY 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey                                                                                                           http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/media-05012013234119.html

26 APRIL 2013

US to boost trade, military ties with Burma

Burma could get broad duty-free access to the U.S. market by year’s end as the United States tries to deepen trade and military ties with the former military dictatorship.                                                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/106540/us-to-boost-trade-military-ties-with-burma/

23 APRIL 2013

Myanmar frees dozens of prisoners

Myanmar on Tuesday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the Southeast Asian state.                                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-frees-dozens-of-prisoners/649342.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22265293

22 APRIL 2013

EU ends Myanmar sanctions; arms embargo remains

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to lift the last of the bloc’s trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar, hailing “a new chapter” with the Southeast Asian country.                                                                                                        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eu-ends-myanmar-sanctions-arms-embargo-r/647660.html                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22254493

21 APRIL 2013

Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential

Myanmar’s economic potential has been vastly enhanced by the access to foreign resources — in the form of new trading opportunities, the inflow of foreign investment, elevated levels of bilateral and multilateral assistance — that President U Thein Sein’s commitment to political, social and economic reform has unleashed.                                                                                                  http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/21/myanmars-economic-prospects-and-its-real-potential/

20 APRIL 2013

Diplomats: EU to drop sanctions against Burma

The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said Friday. http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

18 APRIL 2013

Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead

As the Burmese new year begins, democracy veteran U Win Tin warns that its transition is being threatened by dark forces as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her moral authority                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/105636/burma-democracy-veteran-win-tin-warns-of-dark-times-ahead/

6 APRIL 2013

13 Myanmar soldiers killed in border clash

Thirteen Myanmar soldiers were killed and two others went missing in a clash with unidentified armed forces at the border area of southern Ranong province, the same location where 92 Thais were arrested last year, a Thai military officer said yesterday. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/13-Myanmar-soldiers-killed-in-border-clash-30203515.html

1 APRIL 2013

Private newspapers return to Myanmar

Private dailies in the former British colony, also known as Burma, were forced to shut down following a military coup in 1964. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/private-newspapers-return-to-myanmar/

22 MARCH 2013

Deadly riots continue in central Myanmar

Two days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in a central Myanmar town has killed at least 20 people, a legislator said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332271825415121.html                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/22/deadly-ethnic-violence-erupts-in-myanmar/

21 MARCH 2013

At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP

At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said Thursday, prompting international concern at the country’s worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130321-410409.html

18 MARCH 2013

Australia and Burma open defence talks

Australia is to ease restrictions on military engagement with Burma following democratic reforms carried out since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011.                                                                   http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/australian-opens-defence-talks-burma

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear                                                                                                                           http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

11 MARCH 2013

Report: Burma police used phosphorus at mine protest

An eagerly awaited official report has confirmed that police in Burma used smoke bombs that contain phosphorus during a crackdown on anti-mine protesters last year that left 108 people with burns, mostly Buddhist monks. The report also recommended the controversial Chinese-backed project continue.                                                                                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/101748/burma-myanmar-copper-mine-protest/                                                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130312-408031.html

8 MARCH 2013

Burma’s opposition NLD holds first congress

Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) is holding its first ever congress, at which it will elect party leaders for the first time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21710640                                                                                                                       http://www.asianewsnet.net/New-Myanmar-a-test-for-Suu-Kyis-party-43685.html                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/08/myanmar-suu-kyi-s-party-holds-first-ever-congress/

6 MARCH 2013

The Challenges of Myanmar and the Rest

Myanmar has experienced a profound transformation over the past months, and President Thein Sein’s recent 10-day visit to Europe should be regarded as a historic challenge for Europe and the rest of the global community.                                                            http://www.eias.org/publication/eu-asia-glance/challenges-myanmar-and-rest?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219802893

4 MARCH 2013

President Suu Kyi?

It is worth asking the question: Can Aung San Suu Kyi make an effective transition from political symbol to political leader?                                         http://www.fpif.org/articles/president_suu_kyi

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Burma debate keeps going on unitary state vs. federal union

The people of Burma have been longing for a peaceful and prosperous country since the 1948 independence victory. But regrettably, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of liberation. As a result, civil wars throughout the nation came forward with the independence offered by British colonial rule.                                                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99077/opinion-burma-debate-keeps-going-on-unitary-state-vs-federal-union/

17 FEBRUARY 2013

UN accuses Myanmar army of torture against rebels

Serious human rights abuses are still being committed in Myanmar despite democratic reforms and progress in resolving conflicts with ethnic groups, according to the United Nations.                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/17/un-accuses-myanmar-army-of-torture-against-rebels/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Myanmar officials ‘involved in land grab’

A damning report on the violence at a copper mine in northern Myanmar last November accuses government officials of siding with Chinese and Myanmar military investors to force villagers to surrender their farmland to the mine. Police brutally broke up protests against the move but these have not died down.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-officials-involved-in-land-grab–42777.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Suu Kyi offers to mediate Myanmar peace talks

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups.                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/2013212235432194734.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Group Formed to Free Dissidents in Myanmar

Burma announced Thursday that it would establish a presidential steering committee to “grant liberty” to those imprisoned for voicing political dissent, in the government’s first public acknowledgement that it is holding political prisoners in the country’s jails http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/prisoners-02072013180917.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar secures debt relief worth almost $6bn

Myanmar on Monday 28 hailed a deal with international lenders to cancel nearly $6 billion of its debt, another milestone in the rapid transformation of the former junta-ruled nation.                                                                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130128-398512.html                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312882635377625.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar captures key rebel-held outpost

Myanmar troops have captured a key strategic outpost from rebels in the northern Kachin state, according to rebels, as the government criticised the US over its concerns about the escalating violence.                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013126142659670778.html

21 JANUARY 2013

Kachin rebels say Myanmar ignoring ceasefire

Myanmar troops have attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source have said.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131212566922246.html

19 JANUARY 2013

Burma ceasefire ‘holds’ in rebel-held Kachin areas

A ceasefire announced by the Burmese military fighting rebels in northern Kachin state appears to be holding., http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21096488

16 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar revokes anti-dissident law: state media

Myanmar has repealed a law that was used to jail critics of the former junta, state media said Wednesday, as the fast-changing nation works to overhaul a legal system once used to crush dissidents.                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130116-396032.html                                                                                           http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-myanmar-repeals-dissidents-law-20130116,0,4788537.story?track=rss

3 JANUARY 2013

Burma military admits airstrikes against Kachin rebels

Burma’s military acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north and said it captured a hilltop post from where the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94687/burma-military-admits-airstrikes-against-kachin/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Burma gives go-ahead for private newspapers in 2033                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20856701