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March 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- China's 'princelings' emerge as rising political stars CNA 31 Mar 2012 -- One of the mysteries political observers of China will have to decipher as the country undergoes a leadership transition this year is the role the country's 'princelings' will play in the battle for power.
- China Warns Against Joint Exercises in South China Seas VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- Chinese officials in Beijing are warning against any joint military patrols or exercises between Vietnam and the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea.
- Bo Xilai's removal sheds light on power rift in China: experts CNA 28 Mar 2012 -- The abrupt dismissal of Bo Xilai as communist party chief of the sprawling southwestern city of Chongqing reflects inner-party divisions in China, according to a U.S.-based academic.
- China-India military exchanges to help build more trust: China IRNA 27 Mar 2012 -- Days after India and China agreed to have maritime cooperation, Beijing has favoured greater military ties with New Delhi, saying such exchanges would help build more 'confidence and trust' between the two countries.
- Remarks by President Obama and President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 26 Mar 2012
- Taiwanese, Chinese militaries urged to start interaction CNA 25 Mar 2012 -- The relaxation in cross-Taiwan Strait tension in recent years offers chances for interaction between Taiwan's military and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), a scholar said Sunday.
- China mouthpiece reports PLA remark amid speculation CNA 24 Mar 2012 -- A recent report in China that a Chinese official demanded troops unite behind Chinese President Hu Jintao came as the country was speculating about political wrangling within the leadership following the dismissal of the top official in Chongqing City.
- New Details on China’s Sacking of Top Party Official VOA 23 Mar 2012 -- Chinese political analysts are weighing the implications of the public fall of ambitious political leader Bo Xilai.
- Tibetan Unrest Highlights Rejection of Chinese Development Goals VOA 22 Mar 2012 -- China has long championed its policies in Tibet as aimed at boosting development and raising living standards.
- Scandal-Tainted Hong Kong Campaign Nears Sunday Poll VOA 22 Mar 2012 -- A committee of pro-Beijing business tycoons and special interest groups will appoint the next leader of the Hong Kong government.
- Philippines, China Vow Friendly Relations Despite Territorial Dispute VOA 21 Mar 2012 -- The Philippines and China are trying to repair tensions over territorial disputes with a series of cultural events during the next two years.
- China's maritime expansion could go beyond Taiwan CNA 20 Mar 2012 -- China's maritime power is expected to expand to the South China Sea, beyond Taiwan and as far as Africa.
- Top Chinese Leader Fired VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- A top Chinese leader has been removed from his post, as part of a widening political scandal in which one of his trusted aides visited the U.S. consulate in southwestern China.
- Pakistan Confirms China Pullout From Pipeline Project, Eyes Other Options RFE/RL 14 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan says the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has 'no more interest' in funding a project to build a natural-gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan.
- Taiwan to weigh Chinese premier's wish to visit CNA 14 Mar 2012 -- The Taiwan government will carefully consider whether to issue a permit to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who has expressed an interest in visiting Taiwan after he retires, a senior official said Wednesday.
- Chinese premier warns of possible recurrence of Cultural Revolution CNA 14 Mar 2012 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao warned Wednesday that social problems in China, if left unresolved, could lead to another tragic Cultural Revolution.
- Chinese Premier Calls for Political Reform RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2012 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Wednesday that China needs structural political reform to tackle income disparity, corruption and lack of credibility, Xinhua reported.
- Chinese Premier Acknowledges Need for Political Reforms VOA 14 Mar 2012 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says political reform is essential if the country is to continue with economic reform. He made his comments Wednesday, the final day of the annual session of China's legislature, the National People's Congress.
- China's next leader has best understanding of Taiwan: NSB head CNA 10 Mar 2012 -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is set to become China's next leader, has the best understanding of Taiwan among China's top echelons, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Der-sheng said in a recent interview with CNA that was published Saturday.
- China's navy to take delivery of first aircraft carrier this year CNA 08 Mar 2012 -- A senior colonel with the Chinese navy confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier would be handed over to the navy this year but would not enter full service, the Hong Kong China News Agency reported Thursday.
- China Urged to Change Course on N. Korean Defectors VOA 06 Mar 2012 -- China is facing growing calls to stop the repatriation of dozens of North Koreans who recently fled into China and are being held by authorities. China says it has the right to send them back, calling them 'economic migrants.' But human rights activists say the detainees could face torture and execution, if they are returned to North Korea.
- Russia Close to Sign Su-35 Fighter Deal With China RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2012 -- Russia and China may soon sign a $4-bln contract on the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets to the Chinese air force, Russia's Kommersant business daily said on Tuesday.
- China's military spending justifiable: Beijing academic CNA 04 Mar 2012 -- A Beijing-based academic said Sunday that China's increasing military spending was justifiable, given several factors.
- China Boosts 2012 Military Spending VOA 04 Mar 2012 -- China is planning a double-digit rise in military spending this year, an increase authorities say is in line with the country's economic development and defense needs.
- China's defense budget to grow 11.2 pct in 2012: spokesman Xinhua 04 Mar 2012-- China said Sunday it plans to raise its defense budget by 11.2 percent to 670 billion yuan (106.4 billion U.S. dollars) in 2012.
- India Defines Talks With China VOA 01 Mar 2012 -- India says its cooperation with China needs to be "deepened and broadened."
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