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By Ian Preston

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

* somebody chronology for every nation of the region
* presents a concise profile of occasions from early historical past as much as the mid-twentieth century in addition to offering larger aspect on newer occasions

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8 February 1979: China established diplomatic relations with Portugal; the status of Macau was to remain unchanged. 17 February 1979: Chinese troops invaded Viet Nam in protest against the Vietnamese invasion of Kampuchea (now Cambodia), the mass expulsion of ethnic Chinese and border violations. 23 February 1979: Changes were made to the membership of the State Council; the new State Agriculture Commission and the Ministry of Agricultural Machinery were also established. 5 March 1979: The withdrawal of troops from Viet Nam began, it was completed on 16 March.

1862: Bhutan raided Sikkim (now an Indian state) and Cooch Behar; the British responded by withholding compensation payments. November 1864: The British declared war on Bhutan; the Duar War resulted in Bhutan losing the area around Dewangiri (modern-day Samdrup Jongkhar) to British forces. 11 November 1865: The Duar War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Sinchula, by which Bhutan ceded the seven Assam Duars and the 11 Bengal Duars to Britain and lost hill territory on the left bank of the river Teesta (including Kalimpong and Pedong), in return for an annual compensation of 50,000 rupees.

November 1986: Indemnity legislation legalizing the military regime’s actions since March 1982 was approved by the Jatiya Sangsad. President Ershad repealed martial law and restored the 1972 Constitution. December 1986: Following criticism of the indemnity law by the opposition alliances, President Ershad formed a new Council of Ministers, including four MPs from the AL. Nurul Islam, was appointed Vice-President. July 1987: Widespread strikes and demonstrations were organized by opposition groups after the Jatiya Sangsad approved a bill enabling army representatives to participate in district councils.

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