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May 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- Taiwan's Opposition Leader Seeks Flexible Ties with China VOA 29 May 2012 -- The new chairman of Taiwan's normally anti-Beijing opposition party is urging a flexible working relationship with China. That stance by the head of the Democratic Progressive Party could bring a thaw to a history of icy relations between Taiwan and China.
- China Blames Philippines for More Ships in Disputed Sea VOA 24 May 2012 -- China has acknowledged sending additional ships to the territory it disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea but is blaming Manila for the escalation.
- Philippines Looks to US Treaty in China Dispute VOA 23 May 2012 -- A tense naval standoff stemming from competing territorial claims between China and the Philippines is throwing a spotlight on an obscure treaty between Manila and Washington. But contemporary political considerations may trump the decades-old agreement.
- Chinese official wants smooth cross-strait relations CNA 22 May 2012 -- A visiting high-ranking Chinese official involved with Taiwan affairs declined to comment Tuesday on President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural speech, but expressed hope that relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can progress smoothly.
- Taiwan will not work with China on South China Sea issues: official CNA 21 May 2012 -- It is impossible that Taiwan will cooperate with China on issues related to the disputed South China Sea region at present, an official told lawmakers Monday.
- China set to build two aircraft carriers: Taiwanese official CNA 21 May 2012 -- China has plans to build two aircraft carriers in the coming years, with an estimated completion period of seven years, a Taiwanese security official said Monday.
- High-ranking Chinese official on Taiwan affairs makes low-key visit CNA 21 May 2012 -- A Chinese deputy minister for Taiwan affairs, Ye Kedong, arrived in Taipei Monday for a visit at the invitation of the National Policy Foundation, a ruling Kuomintang think tank.
- New leadership in Beijing unlikely to change course on Taiwan: MAC CNA 21 May 2012 -- China is expected to maintain its general approach to cross-Taiwan Strait policies when its fifth generation leader takes power, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a report Monday.
- President says no urgency for peace pact with China CNA 20 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday there is no urgency at the moment for Taiwan to negotiate a peace pact with China.
- Taiwan President Pledges Close Ties With China VOA 20 May 2012 -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou began his second term in office on Sunday with a forecast for deeper relations with old rival China. But he said a formal peace accord was not urgent. His comments came amid two days of street demonstrations.
- China has not abandoned military option in Taiwan Strait: U.S. report CNA 19 May 2012 -- The latest U.S. military report on China's military power indicated that Beijing continues to view the use of force as an important point of leverage in its relations with Taiwan and has maintained its heavy ballistic missile deployment targeting Taiwan, despite warming ties between the two sides.
- Blind Chinese Activist Thanks US, China VOA 19 May 2012 -- Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has arrived in the United States, saying he is gratified that the Chinese government showed 'restraint and calm' in dealing with his situation.
- Press Briefing on 2012 DOD Report to Congress on 'Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China' DoD 18 May 2012 -- Presenter: Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (East Asia) David Helvey
- Report Depicts China's Military Progress, Strategic Thinking AFPS 18 May 2012 -- The Defense Department's 2012 Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China report details China's growing military capabilities, and points to areas of cooperation between the United States and China, a senior DOD official said here today.
- N. Koreans Demand Ransom for Detained Chinese Fishermen VOA 17 May 2012 -- China Central Television and the Beijing News are reporting a rare public maritime spat between China and North Korea.
- Commander Seeks Better Military-to-Military Relations With China AFPS 17 May 2012 -- Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations.
- Chinese Activist to Receive Passports in 2 Weeks VOA 17 May 2012 -- Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng says he and his family will be issued passports to leave the country within the next two weeks.
- Beijing Eases Anti-Philippine Talk, Holds Firm on Territorial Dispute VOA 16 May 2012 -- The Chinese government is not yielding in its weeks-long maritime territorial dispute with the Philippines, although it is softening some of its sharp rhetoric.
- S. China Sea Dispute Blamed Partly on Depleted Fish Stocks VOA 16 May 2012 -- China and the Philippines have announced temporary bans on fishing in areas of the South China Sea they both claim as sovereign territory.
- Taiwan Military personnel need approval to engage with Chinese CNA 16 May 2012 -- Military personnel should report and obtain advance approval for any engagements they have with Chinese people.
- Chinese Dissident Submits Passport Application VOA 16 May 2012 -- Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he and his family have filled out passport application forms.
- China Voices Concern Over Australian-US Military Ties VOA 15 May 2012 -- China has criticized Australia’s plans to increase the number of U.S. military personnel stationed in the Northern Territory.
- Chinese Dissident Chen: Discussions on US Visa Under Way VOA 15 May 2012 -- Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng says U.S. diplomats are holding discussions with their Chinese counterparts on plans for him to travel to New York for a teaching fellowships.
- Four South Koreans Being Held in China VOA 15 May 2012 -- South Korea's foreign ministry says China has been holding four of its citizens in Dandong, activists linked to North Korean refugees, since their arrest March 29 in Dalian.
- Report on China says Beijing's Taiwan policy still focused on trade CNA 15 May 2012 -- China's policy on Taiwan will continue to focus mainly on trade and economic exchanges this year while stressing stability at home and energy partnerships with other countries abroad.
- Uighur Leader Accuses China of ‘Systematic Assimilation’ VOA 14 May 2012 -- Exiled representatives of the Uighur, an ethnic group that lives mainly in Western China’s province of Xinjiang, are meeting in Japan for their fourth annual conference.
- Exiled Leader Says Beijing Assimilating Uyghurs RFE/RL 14 May 2012 -- The exiled head of the World Uyghur Congress says Uyghurs face a continuing threat to their existence because of repression by Chinese authorities in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang.
- Taiwan should cooperate with China on South China Sea: experts CNA 13 May 2012 -- Taiwan should develop a long-term strategic plan to deal with ongoing territorial disputes over the South China Sea and cooperate with China to share natural resources in the area, Taiwanese scholars argued Saturday.
- Using force in South China Sea very risky for China: expert CNA 12 May 2012 -- China and the Philippines should restrain themselves to prevent tensions over their recent South China Sea dispute from escalating beyond a war of words, a Singaporean expert on the issue said Saturday.
- Evidences show China's sovereignty over Huangyan Island China.org 11 May 2012 -- From ancient times to the present, China's absolute territorial sovereignty over Huangyan Island has been well supported by historical records and international laws, according to a report in the People's Liberation Army Daily yesterday.
- Protesters Rally in China, Philippines Against S. China Sea Claim VOA 11 May 2012 -- Activists opposed to China's territorial claims in the South China Sea marched on the Chinese embassy in Manila Friday, further escalating the two countries' territorial dispute.
- China, Philippines Intensify War of Words Over S. China Sea VOA 10 May 2012 -- A recent flare-up between China and the Philippines about a disputed island has renewed tensions surrounding South China Sea territories. The spat has also highlighted a July deadline for agreement on a code of conduct in the sea between China and Southeast Asian nations.
- China's First Deepwater Rig Starts Drilling in S. China Sea RIA Novosti 09 May 2012 -- China's first deepwater drilling rig started operations in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the Xinhua news agency reported.
- U.S., China Must Work Together on Cyber, Panetta Says AFPS 07 May 2012 -- Because the United States and China have developed technological capabilities in the cyber arena, the nations must work together to avoid misperception that could lead to a crisis, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.
- Panetta: U.S.-China Relationship One of World’s Most Critical AFPS 07 May 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta welcomed Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie to the Pentagon today as part of the first U.S. visit by a Chinese defense minister in nine years.
- Background Briefing on the Visit of China's Minister of National Defense from the Pentagon DoD 07 May 2012 -- Presenter: Senior Defense Official
- Joint Press Briefing with Secretary Panetta and Gen. Liang from the Pentagon DoD 07 May 2012 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and China’s Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie
- China Criticizes US Role in Dissident Case VOA 07 May 2012 -- Chinese newspapers are stepping up their criticism of dissident Chen Guangcheng, who fled to Beijing last month, and the United States, which harbored him for six days in the embassy.
- Biden: US Ready to Give Visa to Chinese Activist VOA 06 May 2012 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's future is in the United States, and that he expects China to abide by a deal that would allow the dissident to study in the United States, accompanied by his family.
- Clinton Sees 'Progress' On Chen Case RFE/RL 04 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "progress" has been made in resolving a diplomatic dispute between Washington and Beijing over Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who escaped house arrest and fled to the U.S. Embassy.
- China says Dissident Can Apply to Go Abroad VOA 04 May 2012 -- Chinese officials say legal activist Chen Guangcheng is free to apply to go overseas if he wants to, and U.S. officials say they expect China to process his travel paperwork quickly. The still developing case of the lawyer, who left the U.S. embassy earlier this week, has overshadowed high-level annual talks between American and Chinese officials. U.S. officials say Chen has been offered a fellowship at an American university.
- Chen Guangcheng: The Man Suddenly At The Center Of U.S.-China Relations RFE/RL 03 May 2012 -- Chen Guangcheng is no stranger to adversity. Nor is he a stranger to the limelight. But with his dash for refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and his plea days later to come to the United States, the activist now finds himself at the center of an unfolding crisis between two world powers.
- Missile Defense May Void Chinese Deterrent Soon - Ministry RIA Novosti 03 May 2012 -- Creation of a missile defense system for Europe may neutralize the deterrent of China's nuclear weapons much sooner than Russia's.
- Taiwan to be briefed on Chinese defense minister's U.S. visit CNA 03 May 2012 -- The United States will update Taiwan on Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's visit to Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- No Taiwan-China collaboration in South China Sea: official CNA 03 May 2012 -- The island groups in the South China Sea are inherent parts of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and there will be no cooperation between Taiwan and China in the area.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks at U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Opening Session US Dept. of State 03 May 2012
- Blind Chinese Activist Faces Familiar Choice VOA 03 May 2012 -- After leaving the U.S. embassy and checking into a Chinese hospital, Chen Guangcheng may have lost his best chance to leave the country.
- US Looking to Meet Again With Chinese Dissident Chen VOA 03 May 2012 -- U.S. officials say they are trying to meet again with Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is now appealing for asylum in the United States after leaving the U.S. embassy in Beijing.
- Activist Accuses Chinese Police of Blocking Access to US Diplomats VOA 03 May 2012 -- The blind Chinese human rights activist at the center of a festering diplomatic standoff between Beijing and Washington said he believes Chinese authorities are blocking U.S. officials from contacting him in a Beijing hospital.
- Blind activist wants to leave China: friends CNA 03 May 2012 -- Two Chinese who had access to blind activist Chen Guangcheng said that after learning what was happening around him, Chen has changed his mind and said he and his family would like to leave China.
- Chinese Dissident Changes Mind, Now Wants US Asylum VOA 03 May 2012 -- Questions hang over the fate of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is now appealing for asylum in the United States.
- Chinese Dissident Now Seeking U.S. Asylum RFE/RL 03 May 2012 -- The United States has confirmed that the blind Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic standoff between Washington and Beijing now wants to leave China with his family.
- Clinton Urges China to Protect Human Rights VOA 03 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to protect human rights, at the start of annual talks in Beijing that have been overshadowed by the case of a dissident who is seeking U.S. protection.
- Secretary Clinton Statement on Chen Guangcheng US Dept. of State 02 May 2012
- China's Domestic Security Scandals Expose Unchecked Local Power VOA 02 May 2012 -- Some are questioning whether Beijing has given local officials too much autonomy over public security.
- Chen Case Highlights Delicate Nature of Human Rights in US-Sino Relations VOA 02 May 2012 -- So where does the Chen Guangcheng case leave U.S./China relations and Washington's role as a champion of human rights?
- Report: Blind Dissident Wants to Leave China VOA 02 May 2012 -- A blind Chinese activist who was sheltered in the U.S. embassy in Beijing for nearly a week has emerged. U.S. officials said China has agreed to relocate Chen Guangcheng to a "safe" location.
- Alternate Account of Chen Drama Unfolds on Twitter VOA 02 May 2012 -- A close associate of a blind Chinese dissident who left U.S. protection in Beijing has posted a series of notes on Twitter, saying the press has gotten the story wrong about Chen Guangcheng.
- Chinese Dissident Leaves U.S. Embassy in Beijing RIA Novosti 02 May 2012 -- Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese dissident who fled house arrest and took refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing six days ago left it after receiving safety guarantees from the Chinese government.
- Chinese Dissident Leaves US Embassy After Six Days VOA 02 May 2012 -- Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, days after he stunned the world by escaping from house arrest.
- Clinton Pledges Commitment To Chinese Dissident, Beijing Demands U.S. Apology RFE/RL 02 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged that the United States would remain "committed" to Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.
- Clinton Arrives In China As Activist Case Looms RFE/RL 02 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders.
- In Hong Kong, Maritime Militarization on Display VOA 01 May 2012 -- The Yuncheng 571 frigate docks at Hong Kong's Victoria harbor for a five-day visit, and following just behind is the Haikou 171 destroyer.
- Clinton Says She Will Discuss All 'Pending' Rights Issues in Beijing RFE/RL 01 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has left for Beijing, where she will raise human rights issues with Chinese officials.
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