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March 2008 - China Special Weapons News
- Fresh Protests Reported in Tibet During Foreign Diplomats' Visit VOA 30 Mar 2008 -- Fresh protests were reported in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa Saturday, as diplomats from the United States, Japan and several European countries wrapped up a closely managed tour of the region organized by Chinese officials.
- No peace agreement before China dismantles missiles: president-elect CNA 29 Mar 2008 -- President-elect Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT) is insisting that there will be no dialogue on the signing of a peace accord with China unless Beijing dismantles the missiles targeting Taiwan, said Ma's spokesman Luo Chih-chiang Saturday.
- Bush Urges Chinese Leaders to Meet With Dalai Lama VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- President Bush and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented a united front on Tibet following talks Friday at the White House
- China Says Tibetan Monks Involved in Protest in Front of Foreign Journalists Will Not Be Punished VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- China says it will not punish the outspoken monks who told a group of foreign reporters on an official tour of Lhasa that there is no religious freedom in Tibet.
- Anti-China Protests Escalate in Nepal VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- About 20 Tibetan teenagers scaled the walls of the United Nations compound in the Nepali capital Friday, while police arrested dozens of other pro-Tibet demonstrators outside.
- Police in Nepal Threaten Tibetan Exiles With Deportation VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Police in Nepal have threatened to deport Tibetan exiles caught protesting in Katmandu
- Tibetan Monks Defy Beijing, Protest During Visit by Foreign Journalists VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- A group of Tibetan monks has defied Beijing by protesting during a government-controlled visit by foreign journalists to Tibet
- Bush Relays US Concerns Over Tibet in Call to China's President VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- President Bush telephoned Chinese President Hu Jintao Wednesday to talk about Tibet, Taiwan, and North Korea
- China says 660 People Surrender, Escorts Foreign Journalists to Tibet VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- China's state media has said more than 600 people have surrendered to authorities after a series of demonstrations by Tibetans against Chinese rule turned violent.
- Tibet's Government in Exile Says 130 Killed in Protests VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's India-based government in exile now says 130 people died in the recent clashes between protesters and Chinese authorities in Tibet.
- Dalai Lama rejects claims of plotting Tibet violence - TV RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2008 -- The Dalai Lama is rejecting allegations in the Chinese official press that he was behind the recent violent demonstrations in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, TV channel EuroNews said Sunday.
- China Accuses Dalai Lama of Trying to Mar Olympic Games VOA 23 Mar 2008 -- China has accused the Dalai Lama of attempting to mar the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing by stirring up protests in Tibet.
- Protesters Call for Olympic Boycott, Media and UN Access to Tibet VOA 22 Mar 2008 -- Demonstrators sympathetic to Tibet carried out large demonstrations again Saturday in London, Tokyo and India while dissidents called for more international access to the region.
- China Claims Wide Support for Tibetan Crackdown VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- Chinese state media have released updated figures for the numbers of those killed in last Friday's rioting in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
- China Reinforces Troops Responding to Tibetan Protests VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- Witnesses and foreign media have reported a huge buildup of Chinese troops in areas with large Tibetan populations, as the government cracks down on an unprecedented wave of protests.
- US House Speaker Rebukes China on Tibet Crackdown VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- U.S. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, says Tibet presents a challenge to the world's conscience, and has called for an international investigation into the causes of the recent unrest in the region which China controls. China has retaliated by saying Tibet is its own affair
- US Urges China to Use Restraint in Tibet VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- The United States has called on China to use restraint against protesters in Tibet and to hold talks with the country's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama
- China's reaction to referendum unpredictable: MAC CNA 20 Mar 2008 -- It is virtually impossible to predict Beijing's reaction if either or both of the referendums pass in Saturday's election because it is a totalitarian regime, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong told a group of foreign reporters Thursday
- Taiwan's fate may worse than Tibet's under 'one China': DPP hopeful CNA 20 Mar 2008 -- Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh warned that if Taiwan accepts Beijing's "one-China principle " it may suffer a fate more miserable than that being borne by Tibet under the rule of China.
- Beijing suppression in Tibet will impact Taiwan voters: MAC chief CNA 20 Mar 2008 -- Beijing's recent crackdown on Tibetan protestors will influence Taiwanese voters' decisions in Saturday's presidential election and impact cross-Taiwan Strait ties, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong said Thursday.
- Dalai Lama Willing to Meet With Chinese Leaders VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he is willing to discuss the crisis in Tibet with top Chinese leaders
- China's Actions Against Tibet Overshadow Taiwan Elections VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- Taiwan's 17 million voters are expected go to the polls Saturday to elect a new president.
- Tibetan spiritual leader asks Tibetans to show restraint IRIN 19 Mar 2008 -- Asking Tibetans to show restraint, the spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama Tuesday said he will resign as leader of Tibet's government-in-exile if the situation in Lhasa and its neighbouring provinces got out of control.
- China in Intense Struggle With Dalai Lama Over Tibet VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- China says it is engaged in a life and death struggle with the Dalai Lama over Tibet, following a Chinese crackdown on violent protests there last week
- China blames Dalai Lama for Tibet violence RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2008 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao lashed out at the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Tuesday, accusing him of being behind the recent violent demonstrations in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
- Tibetan Government-in-Exile Says 19 More Shot Dead in New Protests VOA 18 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's India-based government-in-exile says at least 99 people have been killed in unrest over the past week, including 19 Tibetans who were shot dead by security forces Tuesday in new protests in China's western Gansu province.
- Dalai Lama Says He Will Resign If Violence in Tibet Continues VOA 18 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he will resign as head of the Tibetan exile administration if violence in his homeland worsens
- China's Premier Denounces Dalai Lama VOA 18 Mar 2008 -- China's premier is calling the Dalai Lama a separatist and blaming him for organizing the violence in Tibet last week that killed at least 13 people
- Tibet: Ban Ki-moon urges restraint by authorities amid reported violence, deaths UN News Centre 17 Mar 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is "increasingly concerned" about recent developments in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, including reports of violence and loss of life, and urged restraint by the authorities there.
- China Denies Using Lethal Force Against Tibet Demonstrations VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- China is denying it has used lethal force to quell demonstrations against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital Friday
- Uneasy calm in Tibet amid reports of deaths RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- An uneasy calm has settled over the capital of Tibet as a deadline for protestors demonstrating against Chinese rule to surrender to authorities approaches amid conflicting reports of deaths.
- Dalai Lama Calls for International Probe Into Tibet Protests VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his administration based in India, are calling for an independent, international investigation into the protests that have gripped Tibet.
- Chinese Security Forces Maintain Calm in Lhasa VOA 16 Mar 2008 -- China says Lhasa is calm, two days after peaceful street protests in the Tibetan capital turned violent
- Dalai Lama Calls for International Investigation Into Violence in Tibet VOA 16 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader says there should be an investigation into the recent violence in Tibet, and he accused China of committing what he called "cultural genocide" in his homeland.
- China's Crackdown in Tibet Prompts Talk of Olympic Boycott VOA 16 Mar 2008 -- The International Olympic Committee says several top athletes are considering a boycott of this year's Beijing Olympics as a protest against China's crackdown on activists in Tibet.
- China Accuses Tibetan Protesters of Killing Innocent People VOA 15 Mar 2008 -- China is accusing rioters in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa of killing at least 10 people in violent protests Friday
- China's leader re-elected in near-unanimous vote RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2008 -- China's National People's Congress re-elected Hu Jintao as president on Saturday in an almost unanimous vote, giving him a new five-year term at the helm of the world's most populous nation.
- China Requires Close Eye as It Expands Influence, Capability AFPS 12 Mar 2008 -- The top U.S. general in the Pacific told Congress yesterday that he's working to strengthen the U.S.-Sino relationship, but he emphasized the need to keep a close eye on China as it strives to expand its influence in the region.
- Lack of Information About China's Military Spending Concerns Gates AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- China's announcement that it is increasing its military spending by almost 18 percent is a cause of concern because the nation's government hasn't been clear about how it will spend the money, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- MAC rejects Hu's offer of peace talks under 'one China' principle CNA 05 Mar 2008 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Wednesday rejected Chinese President Hu Jintao's offer the previous day for broad cross-strait peace talks under the "one China" principle, reiterating that Taiwan is an independent and sovereign country.
- China to launch second Olympic satellite in May RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2008 -- China will launch in May a second meteo satellite to ensure more precise weather forecasts during the Beijing Olympic Games set to open on August 8, the Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.
- China set to raise defense budget as Taiwan prepares for polls RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- China may raise its defense spending by almost 20% to $58.7 billion in 2008, a National People's Congress (NPC) spokesman said on Tuesday as Taiwan prepared for a crucial vote on its future.
- DoD News Briefing with David Sedney from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 03 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Sedney
- China Military Expansion Could Have Global Implications AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- China not only is a rising international economic power, but also is a rising military power with new and developing capabilities that have global implications, according to the 2008 China Military Power Report released today.
- Pentagon Says China Continues Military Build-up VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- A Pentagon report released Monday asserts that China is continuing its steady military buildup
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