By Ian Preston

Profiles the foremost political occasions within the histories of the nations of important, South and East Asia

* someone chronology for every state of the region
* offers a concise profile of occasions from early historical past as much as the mid-twentieth century in addition to proposing higher element on more moderen occasions

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26 August 1976: A UN hearing began of the Government’s dispute with India over the latter’s diversion of the River Ganges’ waters. 21 November 1976: The general elections scheduled for February 1977 were postponed indefinitely by President Abusadat Mohammad Sayem. 29 November 1976: Gen. Zia replaced President Sayem as Chief Martial Law Administrator. 24 February 1977: The former President, Moshtaque Ahmed, was jailed for five years for corruption and abuse of his position. 21 April 1977: Gen. Zia was nominated President after the resignation of Sayem.

27 November 1964: Lhendup Dorji was dismissed by the King. 1965: King Jigme established a Royal Advisory Council (Lodoi Tsokde). 1968: The King formed Bhutan’s first Council of Ministers (Lhengye Zhungtshog). November 1968: A constitutional amendment, which democratized the mon-archical system of government, was introduced to the National Assembly and approved during mid-1969. 1971: Bhutan was admitted to the UN. 1972: Bhutan was admitted to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

13 March 1972: Full diplomatic relations were established at ambassadorial level between the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. 25 August 1972: The admission of Bangladesh to the UN was vetoed by China. 25–30 September 1972: Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan visited China and held meetings with Chou En-lai and Mao Zedong. 29 September 1972: A Sino-Japanese communiqué was issued that included the following chief points: (1) the establishment of peaceful relations to be incorporated into a formal treaty of friendship and peace; (2) the recognition by Japan of the Chinese People’s Republic as the legitimate and sole government of China and ipso facto of the A political chronology of Central, South and East Asia 38 Chinese claim to sovereignty over Taiwan; (3) the immediate establishment of diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level; (4) the conclusion of trade and commercial agreements.

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