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August 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- Americans Remain Divided on China Trade Issue VOA 31 Aug 2012 -- In this election year, both U.S. presidential candidates are making China, and trade, an issue.
- Clinton Begins Asia Tour Amid Chinese Protests VOA 30 Aug 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to the South Pacific, for the start of an Asian tour expected to focus on China's growing influence in the region.
- Disputed Islands May Dominate Upcoming APEC Summit VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- China and Japan are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute over islands in the East China Sea, a topic bound to dominate this week's trip to Asia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- Republican Platform Outlines Tough China Stance VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- The Republican party has adopted a platform that is strongly critical of China, even as Chinese state media slammed the party's presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, for having what it termed a "Cold War mentality."
- High Gold Prices Bring Chinese into Ghana's Mines VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- A recent influx of Chinese nationals into Ghana’s gold mining sector is raising concerns among policy makers and the country's citizens.
- China Pushes Tibet Tourism in Theme Park Project VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- Just outside Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, the Chinese government is building a $4.7 billion theme park that critics describe as a fairy tale universe that trivializes Tibetan culture and glosses over the nation’s troubles.
- China Pledges Credit, Police Cars to Egypt VOA 28 Aug 2012 -- China has made several gestures to Egypt's visiting president to help him boost the ailing Egyptian economy, offering credit to a major Egyptian bank and providing police cars for the country's security forces.
- Egypt's President Visits China, Seeks Stronger Economic Ties VOA 28 Aug 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is in Beijing this week for a two-day state visit that analysts say will focus largely on investment and ways China can help Egypt revitalize its economy.
- Blind Chinese civil rights activist to visit Taiwan CNA 28 Aug 2012 -- Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng has agreed to visit Taiwan, and the Mainland Affairs Council has responded positively to the idea.
- Tibetan Teens Die After Self-Immolation RFE/RL 28 Aug 2012 -- A rights group says two Tibetan teenagers have died after setting themselves on fire outside a monastery in southwestern China.
- Chinese Arms Flowing Into Sudan VOA 27 Aug 2012 -- A new report shows China is a major player in supplying cheap weapons to Sub-Saharan Africa, including conflict zones like the Darfur region of Sudan, a practice that is in violation of United Nations sanctions.
- Taiwan: Nationalism unwelcome over Tiaoyutais dispute CNA 23 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan hopes the tension in the East China Sea will not continue to grow as a result of nationalism amid the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands.
- More Tibetan Protesters Set Themselves on Fire VOA 27 Aug 2012 -- Two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest China's policies in Tibet.
- China is Important Campaign Issue for Obama, Romney VOA 24 Aug 2012 -- China has become an increasingly important issue in the United States presidential election, with both President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney pledging to take a strong stand against the rapidly growing Asian power.
- China Tightens Security Ahead of Power Transfer VOA 24 Aug 2012 -- Chinese authorities are tightening security in Beijing as the city prepares to host the Communist Party's 18th National Congress that will usher in the next generation of leaders.
- China Navigates Delicate Balance Between Two Sudans VOA 23 Aug 2012 -- China has been playing a delicate game of balancing alliances between Khartoum and Juba, especially now as the two countries try to settle their differences over oil fees once and for all.
- Gu Kailai Ruling Leaves Unanswered Questions VOA 23 Aug 2012 -- One of China's most closely watched criminal trials swung quickly to a close this week in what has been portrayed as a straightforward case.
- Nationalism Fuels Japan-China Island Dispute VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- An escalating dispute between Japan and China over an island chain in the East China Sea is focusing attention on increasingly nationalistic moves by the rival Asian powers.
- Chinese Activists Return From Expedition to Disputed Island VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- After causing a diplomatic incident by planting the Chinese flag on the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands last week, a group of Chinese nationalists from Hong Kong arrived home.
- China Watches Burma's Censorship Reforms VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- Rapidly reforming Burma's decision to ease media censorship is being met with caution in neighboring China.
- Russian Spies ‘Top Priority’ for Czech Intelligence RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2012 -- Russian “special services” are the most active foreign espionage organizations in the Czech Republic.
- President Ma suggests taking Tiaoyutai disputes to international court CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan not to join with China against Japan on island dispute: Ma CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma insisted his administration has no intention to join with China against Japan in the territorial dispute.
- Taiwanese operating near Tiaoyutais will be protected: MOFA CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- Taiwanese sailing in waters in the vicinity of the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands will be protected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs vowed.
- Russian Plant to Make Mi-171 Helicopters for China RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2012 -- Russian Helicopters’ Ulan Ude factory will build Mi-171E multipurpose helicopters under a recent contract with China.
- China's Gu Given Suspended Death Sentence for Murder VOA 20 Aug 2012 -- A court in China has sentenced the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai to death for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
- Court In China Hands Suspended Death Sentence To Gu Kailai RFE/RL 20 Aug 2012 -- A court in China has convicted Gu Kailai of intentional homicide and handed her a suspended death sentence for murdering a British businessman.
- Wife of Chinese Politician Gets Suspended Death Sentence RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- A Chinese court handed down a death sentence to Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, for the premeditated murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
- Chinese Premier Meets Delegation of DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee KCNA 18 Aug 2012 -- Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Wen Jiabao, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Communist Party of China, met and had a friendly talk with the delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee led by Department Director of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee Jang Song Thaek at Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
- Indonesia, China to Sign Missile Production Agreement VOA 16 Aug 2012 -- Indonesia is holding talks with China to produce C-705 anti-ship missiles on the Indonesian island of Java as part of a bid to become more independent in manufacturing weapons. The deepening defense ties come as tensions brew over territorial disputes in the South China Sea between China and the Association of Southeast Asian nations [ASEAN].
- China Slams Western Involvement in S. China Sea Issue VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- China is responding to accusations that it scuttled Southeast Asian unity over the South China Sea by lashing out at what it calls Western meddling among rival claimants. The Obama administration, though, says China should not pursue a 'divide-and-conquer' strategy in the maritime standoff.
- Beijing Denies Creating Rifts Over S. China Sea VOA 14 Aug 2012 -- China is denying that it is attempting to create discord within the ASEAN regional bloc in an attempt to exert more influence in disputed areas of the energy-rich South China Sea.
- China's 1st aircraft carrier more symbolic than substantive: lawmaker CNA 11 Aug 2012 -- The launch of China's first aircraft carrier will be more important symbolically than substantively, a Taiwanese lawmaker said Saturday.
- Chinese Police Take Stand in Chongqing Murder Trial VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- Four Chinese police officials went on trial in the eastern city of Hefei for allegedly trying to help the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai cover up the murder of a British businessman.
- Bo Xilai's Wife Admits to Murder VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- Chinese state media say the wife of politician Bo Xilai has confessed to the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood and vowed to accept her sentence.
- Indonesia, China Reaffirm Maritime Ties VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Jakarta Friday to meet with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalalegawa.
- Tibetan Nomad Self-Immolates in China VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- The London-based rights group Free Tibet says a Tibetan nomad in central China has become the third person this week to set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule.
- Trial to Spotlight Bo's Chongqing Security Chiefs VOA 09 Aug 2012 -- A scandal that ruined the career of prominent Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai has widened to include four of his former security chiefs.
- Gu Kailai Murder Trial Ends in China Without Verdict VOA 09 Aug 2012 -- China's most politically explosive trial in recent memory ended in a matter of hours when Gu Kailai did not object to murder charges against her.
- No Verdict in Gu Kailai Murder Trial VOA 09 Aug 2012 -- China's most politically explosive trial in recent memory ended in a matter of hours when Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, did not object to the murder charges against her.
- Taiwan, China ink investment, customs pacts CNA 09 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan and China signed an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement, a move that is expected to remove more trade barriers between the two sides.
- Taiwan, China begin talks on new pacts CNA 09 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan and China began their latest round of high-level talks, in which an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement were expected to be sealed later in the day.
- Analysts Say Verdict in Gu Kailai Case a Foregone Conclusion VOA 08 Aug 2012 -- The murder trial for Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is reportedly set to begin in the Chinese city of Heifei.
- Controversy Plagues China Trial Even Before It Starts VOA 08 Aug 2012 -- A day before China’s biggest political trial in decades is set to open, the lawyer for one of the co-defendants says he hasn’t even met his client.
- Disgraced Chinese Politician's Wife Expected in Court on Murder Charges VOA 08 Aug 2012 -- Gu Kailai, wife of ousted senior politician Bo Xilai, will face charges of intentional homicide.
- Bo Xilai's Son: 'Facts Will Speak for Themselves' VOA 08 Aug 2012 -- The son of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai says he is confident the "facts will speak for themselves" when his mother stands trial for murder.
- China seeking to expedite trade, dispute resolution talks with Taiwan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- China will seek to make quick progress this year and next year in its talks with Taiwan on trade in goods and services and the establishment of a dispute resolution mechanism.
- China's chief negotiator arrives in Taiwan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- China's chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Yunlin, arrived for the eighth round of high-level cross-Taiwan Strait talks held since 2008.
- Chinese Leaders Discuss Succession Issues VOA 07 Aug 2012 -- Some of China’s top leaders are meeting at a resort near Beijing, reportedly to finalize their selections for the next generation of national leaders to take power later this year.
- Xinjiang Muslims Irked by Government Restrictions VOA 07 Aug 2012 -- Chinese authorities are taking steps in the remote western region of Xinjiang to regulate participation in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- South Korean Activist Alleges Torture in Chinese Prison VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- China is denying allegations that authorities tortured a detained South Korean human rights campaigner.
- Zambian Minister Condemns Killing of Chinese Mine Manager VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- Zambia’s Minister of Labor and Social Security said the weekend killing of a Chinese mine manager was a criminal act that had nothing to do with an industrial dispute involving a new minimum wage.
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