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By Ian Preston

Profiles the main political occasions within the histories of the international locations of significant, South and East Asia

* a person chronology for every state of the region
* offers a concise profile of occasions from early heritage as much as the mid-twentieth century in addition to featuring better element on newer occasions

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1960: The USSR ended its financial and technical aid to China. 3 May 1962: Pakistan and China reached a border agreement on the disputed region of Azad Kashmir. 20 October 1962: China launched a major border attack against India, which ended with a unilateral cease-fire on 21 November. 16 October 1964: The first nuclear test took place in Xinjiang (Sinkiang). 21 December 1964: The third session of the National People’s Congress opened. 20 September 1965: The Tibetan Autonomous Region was created.

16 June 1981: It was announced that a presidential election would take place on 21 September. 6 September 1981: A general strike was called then cancelled by opposition groups after the Government announced deferral of the presidential election to 15 November; the opposition parties wanted more time to campaign. 21 September 1981: A state of emergency, which had been imposed after the assassination of President Zia, was officially terminated. 23 September 1981: Violent protests occurred against the execution in Dhaka of 12 army officers, who had been convicted of complicity in assassination of President Zia.

1788–1792: Nepalese attacks on Tibet angered the Chinese authorities, who sent a large army into the territory; a guerrilla war ensued. Following the defeat of the Nepalese forces near Kathmandu, an agreement was signed with China that put Nepal in a position of vassalage to Beijing (Peking) and withdrew Nepalese trading privileges in Tibet. March 1839: Following his appointment by the emperor to end the British importation of opium into China through Guangzhou, the Governor of Hunan province, Lin Tse-hsu, ordered the surrender and destruction of 20,000 chests of opium and demanded reassurances from merchants that they would not import opium into China in the future.

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