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September 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- Harsh penalties likely for disgraced Chinese communist bigwig CNA 30 Sep 2012 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) expelled fallen politician Bo Xilai from the party Friday and said he will face criminal charges.
- China wants to settle Bo case prior to party congress: scholars CNA 29 Sep 2012 -- China's announcement of the date of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the expulsion of disgraced former party chief Bo Xilai from the party and public office Friday means China has cleared the remaining hurdle before the party congress, which will see a once-in-a-decade party leadership transition, according to local scholars.
- Chinese Politburo Hopeful Purged from Parliament RIA Novosti 29 Sep 2012 -- Bo Xilai, once a rising star of Chinese politics, was stripped of parliamentary status on Saturday, paving the way to his criminal persecution, the country's media said on Saturday.
- Chinese Public Doubts Beijing's Pledges to Fight Corruption VOA 29 Sep 2012 -- By detailing the extent of disgraced politician Bo Xilai's abuses, China's communist leadership has taken a hard stance on corruption, but many commentators in China say they doubt whether the case will lead to fundamental change in China.
- China Rejects Russian Blame for Carrier Snags RIA Novosti 28 Sep 2012 -- China has denied Russian claims that Chinese firebricks were to blame for boiler failures in the Russian-refitted Indian Navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, which suffered propulsion problems during sea trials in the Barents Sea last month, local daily Beitsin Chenbao reported, quoting Defense Minister Yan Yujun.
- Chinese Communist Party Expells Bo Xilai VOA 28 Sep 2012 -- Chinese state media are reporting that Bo Xilai, once one of China's rising political stars, has been expelled from the Communist Party and that he will also face criminal charges.
- China Denies Second Aircraft Carrier Reports RIA Novosti 27 Sep 2012 -- China is not building a second aircraft carrier, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said on Thursday.
- Background Briefing: Readout of the Secretary's Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi US Dept. of State 27 Sep 2012
- No Sign of Progress in Japan-China Island Dispute VOA 26 Sep 2012 -- A bitter territorial dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of improvement Tuesday, as foreign ministers from both countries held high-level talks to ease tensions.
- Japan Coast Guard Drives Off Taiwanese Fishing Boats RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- Forty Taiwanese fishing vessels which had earlier sailed into Japanese waters around a group of disputed islands have since left, the Japanese coast guard reported on Tuesday according to TV channel NHK.
- Taiwanese fishing boats on way back after Diaoyutai protest CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- Taiwanese fishing boats began returning home late Tuesday morning after sailing to the Diaoyutai Islands to stand up for Taiwan's sovereignty over the small island chain in the East China Sea.
- Ma calls for U.S. to remain neutral on Diaoyutais dispute CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou hopes that the United States will remain neutral on the sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea because such a stance will be more helpful to efforts to resolve the row.
- Japanese envoy visits Taiwan to address Diaoyutais row CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- The president of Japan's Interchange Association arrived Taiwan on Tuesday for a meeting with Foreign Minister Timothy Yang to explain Japan's recent move to nationalize the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan's Diaoyutais protest makes splash in China CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- China's state media highlighted Tuesday news that Taiwanese fishing boats had entered waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and that Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) vessels had a standoff with their Japanese counterparts.
- China commissions aircraft carrier prior to party congress CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- China has chosen to formally commission its first aircraft carrier into service in the runup to its National Day as well as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, an expert said Tuesday.
- Chinese Navy Gets First Aircraft Carrier RIA Novosti 24 Sep 2012 -- China's first aircraft carrier, an overhauled former Soviet vessel, has been formally handed over to China's navy, local media reported on Monday.
- Ex-Police Chief Gets 15 Years in China VOA 24 Sep 2012 -- A court in China has sentenced former police chief Wang Lijun to 15 years in prison. Wang's flight to a U.S. consulate in southern China, earlier this year, helped expose one of the Communist party's biggest political scandals in decades.
- Top Chinese Security Official Makes Surprise Visit To Afghanistan RFE/RL 23 Sep 2012 -- Chinese state media say the country's top security official has made the first high-level trip to Afghanistan by a senior Chinese leader in nearly 50 years.
- Fate of Bo Xilai to be revealed soon: Hong Kong daily CNA 22 Sep 2012 -- The fate of former Chongqing Communist Party of China chief Bo Xilai will soon be known, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Saturday.
- China-Japan Dispute Tests China’s Ties With the US VOA 20 Sep 2012 -- China's territorial dispute with Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea is also testing the country's relations with the U.S.
- Eighteen Detained in Anti-Japan Protests in Southern China RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2012 -- Eighteen people allegedly involved in violent acts during anti-Japan protests in China have been detained in the country's southern city of Guangzhou.
- Panetta Calls Beijing Meetings ‘Substantive, Productive’ AFPS 20 Sep 2012 -- Visiting China at what he called a “very important moment” for the U.S.-China relationship, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said yesterday his meetings with key Chinese leaders here have been both substantive and productive.
- Panetta Visits Chinese Navy Fleet, Tours Vessels AFPS 20 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited the headquarters of one of China’s three naval fleets on his final stop in China today before heading to New Zealand.
- Panetta Gets Rare Tour of Chinese Naval Base VOA 20 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was allowed a rare look inside a Chinese naval base, as he finished up his three-day visit to China.
- Panetta Takes Questions From Chinese Cadets AFPS 20 Sep 2012 -- Two very different military traditions briefly converged when Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, following a speech at the People’s Liberation Army’s Armored Forces Engineering Academy, opened the floor to questions from cadets and officers in the audience.
- China Investigates Demonstration Around US Ambassador's Car VOA 20 Sep 2012 -- The U.S. has expressed concern at an incident in which dozens of Chinese protesters surrounded the car of U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke, pelted it with objects, and blocked its entry to the American Embassy in Beijing.
- Taiwan Military briefs president on Diaoyutais development CNA 19 Sep 2012 -- President Ma inspected military units and was briefed on developments over the Diaoyutai Islands amid growing tension over the disputed archipelago.
- Chinese Official Justifies Anti-Japan Protests VOA 19 Sep 2012 -- A Chinese official says the recent wave of anti-Japan protests in China involving a territorial dispute reflects a firm resolution by Chinese citizens to safeguard sovereignty.
- Readout of Secretary Panetta's Meeting with China's Vice President Xi Jinping DoD 19 Sep 2012
- Panetta, Xi Welcome Closer U.S.-China Military Relations AFPS 19 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping both said that the secretary’s visit to China will advance cooperation between the two nations’ militaries.
- Panetta: U.S., Chinese Troops Can ‘Carry Relationship Forward’ AFPS 19 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a group of Chinese officers and cadets that the level of cooperation they and their U.S. counterparts achieve will determine much of the Asia-Pacific region’s future stability and prosperity.
- Panetta: US Not Trying to Contain China VOA 19 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Chinese troops that Washington's new strategic military shift toward Asia is not meant to contain the rise of China.
- China Launches Two Satellites for its Navigation System RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- China launched two more satellites into space for its Beidou (Compass) global navigation and positioning network.
- Japan: Chinese Ships Enter Territorial Waters VOA 18 Sep 2012 -- Japan's Coast Guard says at least two Chinese government vessels have entered territorial waters near Japanese-controlled islands, as a dispute escalates on the sensitive anniversary of Japan's invasion of China.
- China Sends Warships to Disputed Islands RIA Novosti 18 Sep 2012 -- Two of eleven Chinese patrol craft cruising the waters off two disputed islands between China and Japan have entered what Tokyo claims as its territorial waters.
- Taiwan Seeks Peacekeeper Role in Island Dispute VOA 18 Sep 2012 -- A tiny group of islands in the East China Sea has shaped up as a flashpoint between Beijing and Tokyo.
- Taiwan FM for peace amid Diaoyutais tension CNA 18 Sep 2012 -- Taiwan FM Timothy Yang called for peace Tuesday amid rising tension over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in East China Sea.
- Panetta Urges Calm Over China-Japan Islands Dispute RFE/RL 18 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Beijing, urging calm as tensions between Japan and China over a group of disputed islands continue to grow.
- Secretary Panetta and Chinese Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie hold a Joint News Conference, China DoD 18 Sep 2012
- Panetta: Navy Will Invite China to Pacific Rim Exercise AFPS 18 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters today they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship.
- Panetta Calls for Expanded Military Ties with China VOA 18 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is calling on China to expand its military relations with the United States to avoid miscalculations as Beijing develops its armed forces and extends its influence in the Asia Pacific region.
- US and China Team Up for Counter-Piracy Exercise NNS 18 Sep 2012 -- USS Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. Navy assets participated in a counter-piracy exercise with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) near the Horn of Africa, Sept. 17.
- Ex-Chinese Police Chief Pleads No Contest as Trial Ends VOA 18 Sep 2012 -- A court in China held a second day of hearings in the case against former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun.
- Obama Files Trade Case Against China RIA Novosti 18 Sep 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama filed a broad complaint against China with the World Trade Organization, accusing the world’s largest automobile producer of $1 billion in illegal subsidies for exports of cars and car parts.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Panetta and Japanese Minister of Defense Morimoto from Tokyo, Japan DoD 17 Sep 2012
- Town Hall Meeting with Secretary Panetta at Yakota Airbase, Japan DoD 17 Sep 2012
- Anti-Japan Protesters Arrested in Beijing RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- More than ten people were arrested in China according to local media reports, after police used tear gas and water cannons to break up anti-Japanese riots which began late last week over Japan’s nationalization of the disputed Diaoyu Islands.
- Beijing Moves To Calm Anti-Japanese Protests Over Territorial Dispute RFE/RL 17 Sep 2012 -- Chinese authorities have moved to quell anti-Japanese protests as Japanese firms suspended work at factories in China over a territorial dispute.
- Anti-Japan Demonstrations Prompt Chinese Discussions of Protests, Patriotism VOA 17 Sep 2012 -- As anti-Japanese protests spread in China and in some cases turn violent, Chinese Web users are questioning when the actions of protesters go too far.
- ROC, PRC flags fly at anti-Japan protest in New York CNA 17 Sep 2012 -- More than 1,000 people of Chinese descent rallied in front of the Consulate-General of Japan in New York City Sunday to protest the Japanese government's unilateral nationalization of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.
- Panetta Arrives in China for Three-day Visit AFPS 17 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived here today for a three-day visit after wrapping up a trip to Japan earlier in the day.
- Panetta Addresses Osprey, Territory Disputes in Japan Visit AFPS 17 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands.
- US Defense Chief in Talks Over China-Japan Tensions VOA 17 Sep 2012 -- As anti-Japan protests continued since last week in China, officials in Tokyo told the visiting U.S. defense secretary they are attempting to prevent ties with Beijing over disputed islands from further fraying.
- China Opens Trial of Controversial Ex-Police Chief VOA 17 Sep 2012 -- China has started the trial, in secret, of the controversial former police chief at the center of the country's worst political crisis in decades.
- Obama Challenges China Auto Subsidies VOA 17 Sep 2012 -- The Obama administration is complaining to the World Trade Organization, or WTO, that China is illegally subsidizing exports from its automobile and auto-parts industries.
- US-China Trade Disagreement Gains Momentum VOA 17 Sep 2012 -- Trade disputes between the United States and China are heating up, as Washington complains about Chinese auto parts and Beijing files a complaint about a new U.S. tariff law.
- Japanese stores in China shut down amid Diaoyutai protests CNA 16 Sep 2012 -- Some Japanese-owned department stores and supermarkets in China have suspended operations amid violent protests in many Chinese cities over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, media reports said Sunday.
- Angst About Japan Island Dispute Builds in China VOA 16 Sep 2012 -- Thousands rallied Sunday in the streets of dozens of cities across China as public anger with Japan over disputed East China Sea islands swelled. In view of the protests Japan's prime minister has urged Beijing to guarantee the safety of Japanese citizens and businesses in China.
- Anti-Japan Protests Spread to Hong Kong VOA 16 Sep 2012 -- As tensions between China and Japan escalate, anti-Japanese protests have spread to Hong Kong. Pro-democracy activists in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory are taking a surprising lead in the pan-Chinese nationalism movement.
- Anti-Japan protests raging in China CNA 15 Sep 2012 -- Anti-Japan protests, triggered by Japan's purchase of some of the Diaoyutai Islands last week, raged Saturday in many Chinese cities.
- Ground-breaking Ceremony for Hwanggumphyong EZ Management Board Building Held KCNA 15 Sep 2012 -- A ground-breaking ceremony for a building of the management board for the Hwanggumphyong Economic Zone to be jointly developed and run by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and China, took place on Hwanggumphyong Islet.
- Taiwan urges China, Japan to show restraint in Diaoyutais row CNA 14 Sep 2012 -- Taiwan urged China and Japan Friday to refrain from actions that would further fuel tensions in the East China Sea after both sent ships to waters near the Diaoyutai Islands to defend their claims of sovereignty over the island chain.
- Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Disputed Japanese Waters RFE/RL 14 Sep 2012 -- Six Chinese surveillance ships have sailed into waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, the latest move in a bitter territorial dispute between China and Japan.
- Japan: Chinese Patrol Ships Leave Disputed Waters VOA 14 Sep 2012 -- All six Chinese surveillance ships have left Japanese-controlled waters after briefly conducting a patrol mission near a group of disputed islands.
- Six Chinese Vessels Enter Japan Waters near Disputed Islands RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2012 -- A total of six Chinese surveillance vessels entered on Friday the territorial waters of Japan near the disputed Senkaku islands, Kyodo news agency reported citing the Japan Coast Guard.
- 2 Chinese Vessels Enter Japan's Waters Near Disputed Islands VOA 13 Sep 2012 -- Two Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, further heightening the tensions over the uninhabited archipelago claimed both by Tokyo and Beijing.
- China Warns Island Dispute Could Hurt Trade Ties VOA 13 Sep 2012 -- China has warned Japan its decision to purchase disputed islands in the East China Sea could have an impact on trade between the two Asian economies.
- China's heir-apparent recovering from liver surgery: reports CNA 13 Sep 2012 -- China's Vice President Xi Jinping has just undergone a minor operation on his liver and is expected to 're-appear' next week, according to reports by the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy on Thursday.
- China to build communication network covering South China Sea islets CNA 13 Sep 2012 -- China is planning to build a communication network to link its South China Sea islets, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency Thursday.
- Japan Awaits China's Next Move On Disputed Islands VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- Japanese patrol boats are circling a small group of islands in the East China Sea, guarding against any encroachment by Chinese ships sent by Beijing to invoke its claim of sovereignty over the islands.
- In China, Still No Word on VP Xi VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- Chinese officials and state media remained silent Wednesday on the status of the country's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, as rumors continued to swirl regarding his 11-day absence from public life.
- China's Silence on Xi Jinping Fuels Speculation VOA 10 Sep 2012 -- The Chinese government's refusal to comment on the health and status of the country's leader in waiting - Vice President Xi Jinping - is fueling a wide range of rumors about his well-being, as well as speculation about the country's leadership transition.
- Absence of China's next leader prompts rumors CNA 11 Sep 2012 -- Mounting speculation is surrounding China's vice-president, Xi Jinping, the man in line to become China's next leader, after he unexpectedly canceled a series of public engagements and was last seen in public over a week ago.
- Ma proposes Taiwan-Japan-China talks on Tiaoyutais CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday that Taiwan, Japan and mainland China should shelve their differences over the sovereignty of the Tiaoyutai Islands and hold peaceful dialogue before jointly exploring and developing resources in nearby waters.
- Taiwan policy to continue after power transition: China president CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Russia Friday that Beijing's current policy to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait will continue after he steps down.
- Clinton: US Will Engage China Where it Can VOA 06 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will not back away from differences with China about Syria and the South China Sea.
- Experts Split on Bo Xilai's Fate VOA 06 Sep 2012 -- A former Chinese police chief at the center of a major Communist Party political scandal has been charged with defection, taking bribes, and abuse of power.
- China Slammed for Forcibly Returning Burma Refugees VOA 06 Sep 2012 -- Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to China accusing it of violating international law by forcing thousands of Burmese to return to their conflict-torn homeland.
- Russia to Sell 52 Mi-171E Helicopters to China RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- Russia signed a $600 mln contract with China for the delivery of 52 Mi-171E (Hip) transport helicopters.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi US Dept. of State 05 Sep 2012
- Experts: Treaties Complicate US Position in China-Japan Islands Dispute VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- The United States says it is staying out of a Japanese-Chinese dispute about uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
- China to Clinton: No Question of Sovereignty Over South China Sea VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- China says there is no questioning its sovereignty over waters and islands in the South China Sea, some of which are claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
- Clinton Meets Chinese President Amid South China Sea Tensions RFE/RL 05 Sep 2012 -- U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton has met with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
- China, US Discuss Differences over Syria VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Wednesday with Chinese officials to discuss differences about how best to end the conflict in Syria.
- India, China agree to expand defence cooperation IRNA 05 Sep 2012 -- India and China reached consensus on a wide range of issues relating to defence and military exchanges and cooperation to be conducted this year and beyond.
- China Charges Ex-Police Chief Who Revealed Bo Xilai Scandal VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- Chinese state media say a former police chief who revealed details of a major Communist Party scandal has been charged with attempted defection, abuse of power, and taking bribes.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Before their Meeting US Dept. of State 04 Sep 2012
- Secretary Clinton Meeting with ASEAN Secretary General Surin US Dept. of State 04 Sep 2012
- Clinton Urges China to Resolve Sea Dispute VOA 04 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Beijing as part of a regional tour aimed partly at urging China and its neighbors to agree on a system for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- S. China Seas to Top Clinton Agenda in China VOA 04 Sep 2012 -- Contested territory in the South China Seas will be at the top of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's agenda in her talks with Chinese leaders this week.
- Clinton Meets ASEAN Leaders About South China Sea VOA 04 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Indonesia with the secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss rival territorial claims to the South China Sea.
- India, China to Resume Military Exercises VOA 04 Sep 2012 -- India and China will resume military exercises after a gap of four years.
- Clinton Urges ASEAN, China to Agree Maritime Conduct Code VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a visit to Indonesia by urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China to agree on a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- Clinton Begins Asia Tour VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Asia includes a visit to Beijing this week, where she will meet with Chinese leaders and try to tackle a broad range of issues.
- Chinese Defence Minister arrives on a five-day visit to India IRNA 02 Sep 2012 -- The Defence Minister of China, General Liang Guanglie arrived in Mumbai on a five-day visit to India.
- Chinese activist agrees to visit Taiwan next year CNA 01 Sep 2012 -- Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has agreed to visit Taiwan next year and will give a speech at the Legislative Yuan.
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