By Ian Preston
Profiles the foremost political occasions within the histories of the international locations of principal, South and East Asia
* someone chronology for every nation of the region
* offers a concise profile of occasions from early heritage as much as the mid-twentieth century in addition to offering larger aspect on newer occasions
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15 June 1976: It was officially announced that Mao Zedong would no longer receive distinguished foreign visitors. 28 July 1976: A severe earthquake in Tangshan in Hebei (Hopei) province virtually destroyed the city, with enormous loss of life. 9 September 1976: Mao Zedong died. 26 Sept and 17 Oct: Two more nuclear tests were conducted. 7 October 1976: The ‘Gang of Four’, led by Mao Zedong’s widow, Jiang Qing (Chiang Ch’ing), were arrested and charged with plotting to seize power; Hua Kuo-feng was appointed Chairman of the Communist Party in succession to Mao.
17th century: The independent theocracy of Druk-yul (‘land of the thunder-dragon’, a reference to the Drukpa Buddhists and the country’s traditional name) emerged. 1616: Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan lama of the Drukpa sub-sect, fled to Bhutan from Tibet. Namgyal later took the title of Shabdrung (‘at whose feet one submits’) and founded a state monastic body under an elected spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo (head abbot), and a theocracy under the Desi, or Deb. A State Council (Lhengye Tshokdu) was also created.
5 April 1964: The Prime Minister, Jigme Dorji, was assassinated by an army corporal. 25 July 1964: Lhendup Dorji was appointed acting Prime Minister. 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.
A Political Chronology of Central, South, and East Asia by Ian Preston