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November 2003 - China Special Weapons News

  • Chinese peacekeepers to start for Liberia on Nov. 30 PLA Daily 28 Nov 2003 -- China's first team of peacekeepers to the west African nation of Liberia, composed of five policemen, will set off on Nov. 30, according to sources from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).
  • Beijing in the dark about US case on spy China Daily 28 Nov 2003 -- The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it knew nothing about a US case against a Chinese-born US resident once convicted by Beijing of spying for Taiwan, who this week pleaded guilty to illegally selling US technology to the mainland.
  • Beijing censures passing of referendum law China Daily 28 Nov 2003 -- Beijing has signalled strong opposition to Taipei's passage of a referendum law that finally creates a legal basis for future plebiscite on independence.
  • Validity of Cairo Declaration on Taiwan's status indisputable PLA Daily 28 Nov 2003 -- An article written by a Chinese international law expert has underlined the force and effect of the Cairo Declaration, which 60 years ago deemed Taiwan as an inalienable part of China.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA REAX VOA 28 Nov 2003 -- China is criticizing a new law passed by Taiwan's parliament that lets the island hold referendums on issues of sovereignty.
  • Taiwan warned of grave consequence of independence PLA Daily 27 Nov 2003 -- A Chinese official warned on Wednesday that the Chinese government would not tolerate continued attempts by Taiwan's Chen Shui-bian toward independence, and any attempt to split China would bring disaster to the people of Taiwan.
  • U-S / CHINA VOA 26 Nov 2003 -- A Chinese-born U-S resident has pleaded guilty to illegally selling high-tech equipment to China that can be used in weapons systems.
  • Official: Push for independence risky China Daily 26 Nov 2003 -- A Chinese official warned Wednesday if Taiwan authorities attempted to create a legal basis for Taiwan independence by the use of referendum or writing a constitution, China would make strong reactions.
  • China, DPRK conduct productive consultations on second round of six-party talks PLA DDaily 26 Nov 2003 -- China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) recently conducted productive and timely consultations on the preparations for the second round of six-party talks, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao here Tuesday.
  • DPRK Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets Chinese Officials Concerned KCNA 26 Nov 2003 -- Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, separately met Member of the Chinese State Council Tang Jiaxuan, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Vice-Ministers of Foreign Affairs Dai Bingguo and Wang Yi and conversed with them over the issue of the bilateral relations and matters of mutual concern in Beijing between Nov. 22 and 24.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN VOA 26 Nov 2003 -- China is continuing its verbal attack on Taiwan while at the same time urging the island's government to allow direct flights to the mainland.
  • Taiwan question to head premier's US visit China Daily 25 Nov 2003 -- As the most important and sensitive issue in the Sino-US relationship, the Taiwan question will be high on the agenda between Premier Wen Jiabao and US leaders during his upcoming visit to the United States, according to the Foreign Ministry.
  • One-China principle defies all challenges: Chinese premier PLA Daily 24 Nov 2003 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the Chinese government's position on upholding the one-China principle "is rock firm and defies all challenges," and the Chinese people "will not sit by and do nothing faced with provocative activities aimed at splitting the motherland."
  • China Premier Issues Fresh Warning on Taiwan VOA 23 Nov 2003 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao warns that China will not accept any move toward independence by Taiwan. The Chinese premier said that by discussing a referendeum on a new constitution, Taiwanese leaders are clearly stepping up efforts to make the breakaway island republic an independent country. He called such discussions a "deliberate provocation."
  • Commentary: Pro-separatists' move risky China Daily 21 Nov 2003 -- The schedule for the new constitution, which is expected to provide Chen a "legal" basis for independence, is essentially the schedule for Chen to separate Taiwan from China.
  • US urged to be straight on one China China Daily 20 Nov 2003 -- Breaking its decades-old practice of limiting a Taiwan leader's activities in the United States to an unofficial level, Washington gave Chen unprecedented access to the media and freedom to travel during his recent stopover in New York. Later while attending a centennial celebration in Panama, US Secretary of State Colin Powell shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Chen. It was the highest-level contact between the United States and Taiwan since Washington cut diplomatic ties with the island in 1979 and recognized Beijing.
  • Chen's plan a blueprint for disaster China Daily 20 Nov 2003 -- It is time for the United States to re-orient its policy towards cross-Straits relations and rid Taiwan separatists of any expectation for foreign involvement in a potential cross-Straits conflict.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN VOA 19 Nov 2003 -- China has delivered an unusually harsh message to Taiwan's leaders, warning it will use force if the island pursues independence from the mainland.
  • Warning shot fired on Taiwan conspiracy China Daily 18 Nov 2003 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council strongly warned Monday that Chen's risky activities are gradually dragging 23 million Taiwan compatriots into a dangerous abyss.
  • CHINA-TIBET VOA 18 Nov 2003 -- China recently conducted military exercises in Tibet, in what officials say was an anti-terrorist drill. A Chinese official say the exercises were meant to keep forces ready for a crackdown on what he called separatists allied with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
  • CHINA-INDIA EXERCISE VOA 14 Nov 2003 -- China and India held their first joint naval exercises Friday. As V-O-A's Luis Ramirez reports from Beijing, the training drill is a part of China's efforts to build stronger ties with its South Asian neighbor.
  • CHINA TAIWAN VOA 13 Nov 2003 -- China is stepping up its rhetoric against Taiwan, accusing the island's government of moving further toward independence.
  • CHINA-NOKOR TALKS VOA 13 Nov 2003 -- Efforts to restart talks on ending the North Korean nuclear crisis are intensifying. Diplomats say China is preparing to send an envoy to Pyongyang this month to begin preparations for the next round of talks.
  • Official: Taiwan pushed to brink of danger China Daily 12 Nov 2003 -- Beijing stands ready to model future cross-Straits economic co-operation on the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) between the mainland and Hong Kong.
  • ROK, China Fine-Tune Approach to 6-Way Talks Korea-net 11 Nov 2003 -- North Korea and the United States must go to the second round of six-way talks with negotiable proposals if the forum is to yield tangible results towards settling the nuclear crisis, visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo said on Monday (Nov. 10). Dai made the points when he met with Foreign Affairs-Trade Minister Yoon Young-kwan and Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun on the second day of his visit to Seoul.
  • CHINA/KOREA TALKS VOA 11 Nov 2003 -- China says multi-party talks to end the North Korean nuclear crisis may get under way in the next month.
  • CHINA/KOREAS VOA 10 Nov 2003 -- A high-level Chinese diplomat is expressing fresh optimism about the prospects for resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis. China's vice foreign minister told reporters today that he hopes Beijing's diplomacy will bear fruit in the coming year.
  • CHINA / NORTH KOREA TALKS VOA 09 Nov 2003 -- China's Vice Foreign Minister is in South Korea, a first stop on a trip that will also take him to Japan for discussions on regional security issues, including the year-long nuclear standoff with North Korea.
  • Powell-China-Korea VOA 07 Nov 2003 -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday that preparations have begun for a new set of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. No date for the talks was announced but a Powell spokesman said the Secretary is "optimistic" about prospects for further negotiations.
  • EDITORIAL: POWELL ON U.S. AND CHINA VOA 07 Nov 2003 -- The U.S. is committed to a relationship with China that is defined by mutual interests and not by disagreements. As Secretary of State Colin Powell said on November 5th, "Our two great countries are exploring new ways to cooperate on issues of worldwide concern, whether it be conflict management, combating terrorism, or energy." In the case of North Korea, the U.S. and China are in agreement that Pyongyang must comply with its international commitments and terminate its nuclear weapons programs.
  • CHINA / INDIA MILITARY EXERCISES VOA 06 Nov 2003 -- China and India are preparing to hold their first joint naval exercises. The drill marks an improvement in relations between the two neighbors.
  • India-China joint naval exercise off east China Sea soon IRNA 06 Nov 2003 -- Three frontline warships of Indian Navy will carry out a search and rescue exercise with the marine units of the Chinese Navy on Friday on the east China Sea.
  • POWELL-CHINA VOA 05 Nov 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has reaffirmed the U-S commitment to a "one-China" policy and assured Beijing the Bush administration has no "hidden agendas" with Taiwan. But in a policy seminar in Texas, Mr. Powell said the United States is concerned about a Chinese military buildup near Taiwan.
  • U-S-CHINA-TAIWAN VOA 04 Nov 2003 -- The United States Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to a one-China policy -- recognizing only Beijing -- after a brief conversation and handshake in Panama Monday between Secretary of State Colin Powell and Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian. The encounter figured in a phone conversation Tuesday between Mr. Powell and Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing.
  • Massage of Thanks from Wu Bangguo KCNA 14 Nov 2003 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, and Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, received a message of thanks from Wu Bangguo, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, on Oct. 31.
  • CHINA-INTERNET DISSIDENT VOA 04 Nov 2003 -- Human-rights advocates say a prominent Chinese Internet activist is being put on trial in Beijing.
  • China to build Pakistan`s third nuclear reactor IRNA 03 Nov 2003 -- China will sign an agreement to build another 300 megawatt nuclear reactor in Pakistan, said a local newspaper here on Monday.
  • CHINA-PAKISTAN VOA 03 Nov 2003 -- China and Pakistan are expected to finalize a deal on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pakistan's central Punjab province.

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