Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
May 2008 - China Special Weapons News
- Gates: U.S. Hopes for More Openness, Transparency From China AFPS 31 May 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed hope today that ongoing discussions between the United States and China will lead to greater openness and transparency about China's military intentions and capabilities.
- Japan cancels plans to send aid to China in military planes RIA Novosti 30 May 2008 -- Japan's government announced on Friday it has cancelled plans to use military planes to deliver aid to a quake-hit Chinese province, and will fly the supplies over in private charter planes.
- Japan Decides Not to Send Military to Deliver Quake Aid to China VOA 30 May 2008 -- The Japanese government has announced it will not use military planes to deliver aid to earthquake victims in China.
- China Turns Focus to Rebuilding Infrastructure Destroyed by Quake VOA 28 May 2008 -- More than two weeks after the earthquake in China that killed more than 68,000 people and left nearly five million others homeless, Chinese officials are working on plans for reconstruction. Jamila Trindle reports from Beijing.
- Aftershocks in China Topple More Than 420,000 Houses VOA 27 May 2008 -- Chinese state media say aftershocks toppled more than 420,000 houses Tuesday in China's quake zone, nearly two weeks after this month's devastating earthquake.
- Chinese Officials Concerned About Outbreak Risks After Earthquake VOA 27 May 2008 -- With the death toll from a massive earthquake in China now above 67,000, the government aims to prevent new deaths by protecting survivors from possible floods and the threat of a disease outbreak.
- Taiwan officially asks China to resume talks CNA 26 May 2008 -- Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced Monday that it has sent an official letter to its Chinese counterpart asking to "resume talks" based on the "1992 Consensus, " sparking hopes that the resumption of talks between Taiwan and China may be imminent.
- Taiwan Ruling Party Chief Arrives in China VOA 26 May 2008 -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party has arrived in China for a landmark visit, the island's highest-level of contact with communist Chinese leaders in nearly 60 years.
- Strong Aftershock Strikes Central China VOA 25 May 2008 -- Central China has been struck by a powerful aftershock as the region struggles to recover from a massive earthquake earlier this month that killed tens of thousands of people and left many more homeless
- China Quake Toll Continues to Rise VOA 24 May 2008 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the Chinese government for its rapid response following the huge earthquake that struck southwestern China's Sichuan Province earlier this month
- China's Wen Says Quake Death Toll Could Hit 80,000 RFE/RL 24 May 2008 -- China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao, says the earthquake death toll has passed 60,000 and could rise to 80,000 or more.
- China says Quake Reconstruction to Take 3 Years VOA 23 May 2008 -- Chinese officials have said it will take three years to rebuild infrastructure and homes destroyed by the Sichuan earthquake
- More UN supplies pour in to quake-affected areas of China UN News Centre 23 May 2008 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is distributing hundreds of tents and quilts to provide emergency shelter for some of the victims of last week's devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan province.
- Russia, China denounce U.S. plans for global missile defense RIA Novosti 23 May 2008 -- The presidents of Russia and China denounced in a joint statement on Friday U.S. moves to establish a global missile defense system, saying the plans threaten the global strategic balance.
- Iran says it has China's backing on nuclear proposals RIA Novosti 23 May 2008 -- Iran's Security Council said on Friday it has received China's general approval for a set of proposals on nuclear non-proliferation and other international security issues put forward by Tehran.
- China Quake Death Toll Jumps to 51,000 VOA 22 May 2008 -- The official number of people dead from a powerful earthquake in southwestern China has risen to more than 51,000
- China Denies Zimbabwe Received Arms Shipment VOA 22 May 2008 -- China's foreign ministry has denied reports that a Chinese arms shipment meant for Zimbabwe has reached the country
- Official Cites Uncertainty Over Chinese Space Intentions AFPS 21 May 2008 -- China's lack of openness about its space program's intentions has U.S. officials concerned, a senior military officer said here yesterday.
- Bushes Express Condolences to Chinese; Cargo Aircraft Delivers Aid Team AFPS 20 May 2008 -- President and Mrs. Bush went to the Chinese embassy here today to express their condolences to the Chinese people following the devastating May 12 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.
- China Earthquake Survivors Still Being Found VOA 20 May 2008 -- Rescuers continue to pull people out of the rubble, alive, more than one week after a massive earthquake struck southwestern China's Sichuan Province
- Nuclear facilities reported safe after China quake RIA Novosti 20 May 2008 -- Nuclear facilities and radioactive sources in China's Sichuan Province have been declared safe following last week's earthquake, news agency Xinhua quoted the environment minister as saying on Tuesday.
- U.S. to Provide China Satellite Images of Quake-Stricken Region AFPS 19 May 2008 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is expected to provide satellite images to China as soon as today to assist in damage assessments in earthquake-stricken Sichuan province, a senior defense official said today.
- 34,000 Confirmed Dead in China Quake VOA 19 May 2008 -- Chinese flags flew at half-staff to mark the beginning of a three-day mourning period for the victims of a massive earthquake that struck southwestern China one week ago
- Press Reports Say Chinese Weapons Reach Zimbabwe VOA 18 May 2008 -- Media reports say 77 tons of Chinese-supplied weapons have arrived in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, despite international efforts to keep the government there from receiving the arms.
- Hopes Dwindle in Finding More China Quake Survivors VOA 18 May 2008 -- More than six days after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern China, hopes are dwindling that more trapped people will be found alive
- U.S. Sends Relief Supplies to China AFPS 18 May 2008 -- The U.S. military has responded to Chinese requests, delivering critically needed relief supplies to the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province.
- Airmen deliver 200,000 lbs of relief to China AFPN 18 May 2008 -- Two Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs landed here May 18 carrying nearly 200,000 pounds of relief supplies in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the region on May 12.
- Pacific Air Forces to deliver aid to China AFPN 17 May 2008 -- Pacific Air Forces Airmen are slated to deliver the first humanitarian aid to the People's Republic of China Sichuan province after an earthquake hit earlier this week.
- China's President Arrives in Quake Zone as Concern Turns to Survivors VOA 16 May 2008 -- China's President Hu Jintao arrived in Sichuan province Friday to support earthquake relief efforts
- Hopes Dim For China Quake Victims VOA 15 May 2008 -- China reported progress with its earthquake relief efforts, but survivors showed frustration with the government's response
- Nearly 15,000 People Dead From China Earthquake VOA 14 May 2008 -- Rescue operations are continuing in southwestern China, as the government air lifts relief supplies to the closed-off area near the epicenter of a huge earthquake that struck Monday
- Taiwanese-American Pleads Guilty to Spying for China VOA 13 May 2008 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a Taiwanese-American man has pleaded guilty to spying for the Chinese government.
- Chinese Rescue Workers Fight to Save Thousands Buried in Massive Quake VOA 13 May 2008 -- Chinese rescue workers are struggling to save the lives of thousands buried under collapsed buildings and schools across southwestern China's Sichuan province.
- China starts producing Russian Mi-171 helicopters - paper RIA Novosti 12 May 2008 -- A manufacturing plant in southwest China has started to assemble Russian-designed Mi-171 transport helicopters, one of Russia's key arms exports, the Russian business daily Vedomosti said on Monday.
- US Pacific Commander Calls on China Not to Seek 'High-End' Military, Says US Will Remain Dominant Asian Power VOA 08 May 2008 -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific has called on China to give up any plans to develop what he calls "high-end military options," and says the United States has no intention of abandoning its position as the leading military power in Asia
- Indian Navy to keep watch on Chinese nuclear submarine movements IRNA 09 May 2008 -- Indian Navy would be keeping a close watch on the movement of Chinese nuclear submarines, which are operating out of a recently discovered underground base in the South China Sea, Chief of Naval staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta said Friday in Mumbai.
- Dalai Lama envoys say little progress in Tibet talks with China RIA Novosti 08 May 2008 -- Envoys of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on Thursday last weekend's talks in China to end the crisis in Tibet brought no progress.
- Tibetan Envoy Calls Talks With China a 'Good First Step' VOA 06 May 2008 -- An envoy of the Dalai Lama says talks between Chinese officials and representatives from the Tibetan government-in-exile were a "good first step."
- China Agrees to Second Round of Talks with Dalai Lama's Envoys VOA 05 May 2008 -- The Chinese government has agreed to hold a second round of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama after meetings in the southern city of Shenzhen
- Chinese, Tibetan Representatives to Continue Meetings VOA 04 May 2008 -- Chinese and Tibetan sources say envoys of the Chinese government and the Tibetan government in exile have agreed to hold further talks, after meeting Sunday in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.
- Dalai Lama's Envoys to Hold Talks Sunday with Chinese Officials VOA 03 May 2008 -- Representatives of the Dalai Lama are to meet with Chinese officials this weekend for the first talks on Tibet since violent unrest broke out in March
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