Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- Clinton Heading to China Vowing to Raise Human Rights Concerns VOA 30 Apr 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to China vowing to again raise human rights concerns.
- Obama Sidesteps Issue of Asylum for Chinese Dissident Chen VOA 30 Apr 2012 -- President Barack Obama avoided comment when asked by reporters whether the United States would offer political asylum to an escaped Chinese dissident.
- Chinese Dissident At U.S. Embassy Ahead Of Bilateral Talks RFE/RL 30 Apr 2012 -- Blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng has found shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, but is not seeking asylum.
- Mystery Death in China Prompts British Demands for Investigation VOA 30 Apr 2012 -- The death of British businessman Neil Heywood in the Chinese city of Chongqing has caused Beijing's biggest political scandal in years.
- China Launches Two Navigation Satellites into Orbit RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2012 -- China successfully launched two satellites into space for its Beidou global navigation and positioning network.
- Russia, China Complete Naval Drills RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- Russia and China have completed a naval exercise in the Yellow Sea, off the coast of Qingdao in eastern China, a Russian Navy commander said on Thursday.
- Report Says China Worsening Tensions in S. China Sea VOA 24 Apr 2012 -- A new report from a Brussels-based think tank says Chinese government agencies are exacerbating tensions in the South China Sea.
- Afghan-Pak region, China's strategic rivalry pose challenges: Antony IRNA 24 Apr 2012 -- The strategic and security implications from Afghan-Pak region, China's strategic rivalry and domestic and trans-national terrorism were the challenges outlined by the Defence Minister A K Antony Tuesday who said these cannot be felt in the same measure by other countries.
- U.S. Confronts China Over N.Korean Rocket Launcher RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2012 -- The White House has accused Beijing of supplying North Korea with technology for a missile launcher showcased in a military parade in Pyongyang last week.
- Kim Jong Un Sends Reply Message to Hu Jintao KCNA 23 Apr 2012 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, Monday sent a message to Hu Jintao, general secretary of the C.C., the Communist Party and president of China, in reply to his message.
- Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program VOA 20 Apr 2012 -- China has recently joined with other countries in condemning North Korea for a failed missile launch earlier this month.
- Taiwan reaffirms stance on island group in South China Sea CNA 20 Apr 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed Taiwan's position on the South China Sea amid reports of a standoff between the Philippines and China over a disputed island group.
- Patrols on alert for foreign boats near Taiping Island CNA 20 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration said that it is closely monitoring all foreign vessels near the waters of Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea.
- Defense Experts: N. Korea Missile Truck Possible Violation of Sanctions VOA 19 Apr 2012 -- Western experts say a vehicle carrying a missile that was recently glimpsed in a North Korean military parade looks to be designed by China.
- India Declares Itself Major Missile Power VOA 19 Apr 2012 -- India said it successfully test-fired a new missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as far as Beijing - announcing itself as a major "missile power."
- China Sends Second Boat to Standoff with Philippines VOA 19 Apr 2012 -- The nine-day-old naval standoff between China and the Philippines showed few signs of cooling, with Beijing sending a powerful military vessel toward the disputed islands in the South China Sea.
- Thai PM's Visit to China a Sign of Beijing's Rising Influence VOA 19 Apr 2012 -- Thailand and China want to boost annual bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2015, a goal set during this week's vist to Beijing by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
- Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China VOA 19 Apr 2012 -- Chinese state media are painting former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai as a fallen star, tainted by corruption and an allegedly murderous wife.
- Philippine position on Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) and the waters within its vicinity Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs 18 Apr 2012 -- Background on the Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag) incidentBajo de Masinloc is an integral part of the Philippine territory.
- US Consulate Reportedly Shielded Bo Aide, Delivering Him to Beijing VOA 18 Apr 2012 -- U.S. officials in China are reported to have held a former Chongqing police chief so he could be handed over to Beijing authorities rather than local police.
- Xinhua warns against power abuse after Bo's removal CNA 18 Apr 2012 -- China's state-run Xinhua News Agency warned against power abuses by leading officials after the recent removal of Bo Xilai from his posts in the Communist Party of China.
- Taiwan President Wraps Up Tour of Africa VOA 18 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's president wrapped up a 12-day, 3-country tour of Africa aimed at reaffirming Taipei's diplomatic links to the continent in the face of Beijing's increasing influence in Africa.
- New Report Examines the History and Implications of Chinese Reactions to Taiwan Arms Sales US-Taiwan Business Council/Project 2049 Institute 17 Apr 2012
- Chinese Navy Commander underlines expansion of ties with Iran IRNA 17 Apr 2012 -- Chinese Navy Commander Admiral Wanng Zhauhai appreciated Iranian Army’s capabilities and experiences and underlined his country's willingness to expand ties with Iran.
- Financial Crisis No Impact On Military Spending In Russia And China RFE/RL 17 Apr 2012 -- Russia and China were among the few nations to increase military spending last year amid the global financial crisis.
- Russia-China Su-35 Fighter Talks Frozen RIA Novosti 17 Apr 2012 -- Negotiations on the sale of Russian advanced Su-35 Flanker-E fighters to China have been put on hold over Beijing’s refusal to buy a large consignment.
- Dalai Lama's US Visit Draws Attention to Tibet Turmoil VOA 17 Apr 2012 -- Following a year in which more than 30 Tibetans set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, the Dalai Lama is to begin a four-day visit to California.
- New Footage Depicts Self-Immolation in Tibet VOA 17 Apr 2012 -- A pro-Tibetan advocacy group says it has obtained video of one of the dozens of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire this year.
- Chinese Media Warn Against Rumors in Bo Xilai Scandal VOA 16 Apr 2012 -- The scandal surrounding disgraced politician Bo Xilai continues to reverberate in China.
- Beijing seizes material on Bo's major crimes: weekly CNA 13 Apr 2012 -- Two days after former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai was ousted from the party's Politburo, the Yazhou Zhoukan weekly reported in its latest issue published Thursday that Beijing had obtained information showing that Bo is embroiled in at least seven major crimes.
- War Games Begin Amid China-Philippines Tension VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- U.S. troops are in the Philippines this month for the 28th annual exercises that will include war games in the South China Sea. Close to 8,000 troops from both countries are scheduled to participate. This year's drills are scheduled to take place in three locations including Palawan, a nearly 600-kilometer-long island bordering the Sea and come amid heightened tensions between the Philippines and China over a disputed island chain.
- Chinese newspapers support CPC's move to sack Bo Xilai CNA 12 Apr 2012 -- China's major newspapers voiced firm support Thursday for the Communist Party of China's (CPC's) decision to suspend former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai from party posts.
- Philippines Warship, Chinese Vessels in Standoff VOA 11 Apr 2012 -- A Philippine naval ship, two Chinese vessels and at least eight fishing boats are in a standoff near a shoal in the South China Sea that the Philippines says is well within its territory. However, China says the fishermen are in its sovereign waters. Both sides say they are trying to come to a diplomatic solution.
- Bo Xilai expelled from CPC Political Bureau CNA 11 Apr 2012 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) decided Tuesday to expel the disgraced former party boss in Chongqing from both the CPC Central Committee and its Political Bureau, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported late in the night.
- Beijing reaffirms prospects for 'Taishang' despite Bo's fall CNA 11 Apr 2012 -- Taiwanese businessmen based in China, better known as 'Taishang,' will continue to enjoy promising investment opportunities in Chongqing despite the downfall of the city's Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, a Chinese official said Wednesday.
- Suspended official's case shows China's efforts to maintain stability CNA 11 Apr 2012 -- A decision by Beijing to refer the case of suspended official Bo Xilai to the party discipline authorities is a means to maintain stability within the Communist Party of China before an important congress set for this autumn, Taiwanese academics said Wednesday.
- China again blocks Internet searches on Bo Xilai CNA 11 Apr 2012 -- Chinese citizens woke up Wednesday to find that China's ubiquitous firewall had once again blocked all searches related to Bo Xilai.
- Bo Xilai Scandal Dominates Chinese Media VOA 11 Apr 2012 -- China's worst political scandal in decades dominated newspaper front pages in the Chinese capital Wednesday: a high ranking politician suspended from his key central party post and his wife suspected in the death of a British businessman.
- Chinese Internet Users React to Bo Xilai Scandal VOA 11 Apr 2012 -- Heavy keyword censorship on Chinese microblogs did not stop Chinese Internet users from hotly debating the deepening scandal surrounding former high-profile politician Bo Xilai, whose wife is under investigation for the murder of a British businessman.
- India 'watchful' of China's rising military profile IRNA 11 Apr 2012 -- Noting that China has upgraded its military force projection through rapid modernisation, India's Defence Ministry said the country was 'conscious and watchful' of Beijing's rising military profile in the immediate and extended neighbourhood.
- China Urges Restraint on Korean Peninsula VOA 10 Apr 2012 -- China on Tuesday urged all sides to 'exercise restraint' on the Korean Peninsula, as Pyongyang's gears up to launch what it is calling a weather satellite in the next few days.
- Bo Xilai Removed from Top Ranks of China's Communist Party VOA 10 Apr 2012 -- China's Communist Party has suspended charismatic politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks, in the latest development in a political scandal involving him and his family.
- 'Anonymous' Warns of More Cyber Attacks in China VOA 09 Apr 2012 -- The computer hacking group Anonymous, blamed for a spate of cyber-attacks in China in the past week, says it will continue to target government websites to protest Internet censorship and human rights abuses.
- US Urges China to Convince N. Korea to Scrap Missile Launch VOA 09 Apr 2012 -- The Obama administration is urging China to help convince North Korea to abandon its planned ballistic missile launch. There are new concerns that North Korea may also be planning another nuclear test.
- Cross-strait talks to be held in Taipei CNA 06 Apr 2012 -- The next round of cross-Taiwan Strait talks scheduled for the first half of the year will be held in Taipei.
- Taiwan: 'One country, two areas' does not change status quo CNA 06 Apr 2012 -- The controversial "one country, two areas" concept recently stated by a high-ranking ruling Kuomintang official reflects the government's long-standing position.
- China Puts 6 Uyghurs On Terrorist List RFE/RL 06 Apr 2012 -- China's Ministry of Public Security has announced that it added six men to its terrorist list, all ethnic Uyghurs.
- China demands Iran to release kidnapped Chinese ship and crew IRNA 06 Apr 2012 -- China has demanded Iran to release a kidnapped Chinese ship and its crew in the waters near Iranian coast.
- US-China Study Authors Defend Findings VOA 05 Apr 2012 -- China's state media say U.S. press reports overstate differences between the United States and China described in a report by two leading scholars.
- Anonymous Sets Sights on Chinese Websites VOA 05 Apr 2012 -- Message from hacktivist group claims to have brought down, defaced, or leaked information from at least 500 websites over past week.
- China Bars Artist from Surveilling Himself VOA 05 Apr 2012 -- World-renowned artist Ai Weiwei says while authorities in China have no problem monitoring him around the clock, they do have a problem with him aiding their efforts.
- Reception for Chinese Delegation in DPRK KCNA 04 Apr 2012 -- A reception was given for the visiting delegation of the diplomatic officials of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
- Wen Calls Chinese Banks 'Monopoly' That Must Be Split VOA 04 Apr 2012 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says the country's biggest state-owned banks are a monopoly and need to be broken up.
- US, China Experts Warn of Growing Bilateral Distrust VOA 03 Apr 2012 -- Two prominent scholars are warning that long-term "strategic" distrust between the United States and China is becoming more serious despite rapidly expanding contacts between the two countries.
- Russia to Send 4 Warships to Joint Drill with China RIA Novosti 03 Apr 2012 -- Four Russian warships, as well as support vessels, warplanes, helicopters and naval infantry, will team up with Chinese naval forces in a joint exercise in April.
- VP-elect sets three conditions for cross-strait political dialogue CNA 02 Apr 2012 -- Republic of China (Taiwan) Vice President-elect Wu Den-yih on Monday gave three conditions for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to engage in political dialogue.
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