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October 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- Taiwan: Protection of fishermen's rights in disputed waters a priority CNA 31 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan has sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Six Chinese ships enter waters off Diaoyutais CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Six Chinese ships entered waters off the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, marking the fifth time this month that Chinese vessels have sailed into the disputed area.
- Taiwan hoping for talks with ASEAN states on territorial dispute CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is hoping to hold discussions with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said.
- Taiwan, Japan discussing meetings on fishery talks: ministry CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still discussing holding preparatory meetings before a 17th round of bilateral fishery talks can take place, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said.
- US Ambassador Comments on China’s Tibetan Policies VOA 30 Oct 2012 -- Following a series of self-immolation protests, the U.S. Ambassador to China is speaking out on Beijing's policies toward Tibetans.
- Chinese State Newspaper Blasts NY Times Over Wen Story VOA 30 Oct 2012 -- A state-controlled Chinese newspaper is lashing out at the New York Times, after the U.S. paper published a story reportedly exposing the hidden wealth of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's family.
- India's New FM to Focus on Pakistan, China Relations VOA 30 Oct 2012 -- India’s new foreign minister says he will strengthen relations with Pakistan and China. Salman Khurshid is expected to bring new energy to the government's efforts to improve ties with regional neighbors.
- Taiwan: Data leaked in China spy case not highly classified CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- The military information allegedly sold by a retired naval officer to China was not highly classified information and was related to the Navy's missions to escort fishing boats,.
- Taiwan's military denies leak of major secrets in China spy case CNA 29 Oct 2012 -- No classified submarine navigational charts or underwater topographic information were leaked in a case in which a retired naval officer allegedly spied for China.
- Ex-naval officer arrested on charges of spying for China CNA 29 Oct 2012 -- A retired naval officer has been arrested on suspicion of collecting classified information for China, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said.
- Chinese Premier’s Family Deny “Hidden Wealth” Report RIA Novosti 28 Oct 2012 -- Lawyers for Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family have rejected as untrue reports of the family’s “extraordinary hidden riches.”.
- China Suspends Local Industrial Project After Protests VOA 28 Oct 2012 -- Authorities in eastern China have suspended construction at a petrochemical complex after days of protests by residents who fear that it will pollute the region.
- China Threatens Force if Japan Challenges Sovereignty RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2012 -- Beijing vows to make no concessions on its territorial sovereignty and threatens to use force, against Japan among other countries, in response to any challenge to its territorial integrity.
- Chinese Prosecutors Put Bo Xilai Under Criminal Investigation RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2012 -- The Supreme People's Procuratorate of China has officially put Bo Xilai, once a rising star of Chinese politics, under an investigation for suspected criminal offences.
- Residents Clash with Police in Eastern China VOA 27 Oct 2012 -- Residents in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo have clashed with police while protesting the proposed expansion of a chemical factory they say will spew pollution and damage public health.
- New Wave of Tibetan Self-Immolations Hits China VOA 26 Oct 2012 -- Anger and despair appear to be consuming Tibetan areas of China, where at least four more Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule.
- China Strips Bo Xilai's Parliament Seat, Immunity VOA 26 Oct 2012 -- Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai was formally expelled from China’s legislature, clearing the way for possible criminal and corruption charges to be brought against the former rising political star.
- China Blocks NY Times Website Over Story on Wen Jiabao VOA 26 Oct 2012 -- Chinese government censors moved quickly to block the New York Times website after it published a blockbuster story detailing the massive wealth accumulated by the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
- China Blocks Access to NY Times RIA Novosti 26 Oct 2012 -- The New York Times reports that China blocked access to its Chinese-language website morning following the publication of an article claiming that members of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family hold more than $2.7 billion in assets.
- Project of DPRK-China Office Building Starts in Rason KCNA 26 Oct 2012 -- A ceremony took place in Rason City of the DPRK to start a project of office building for the Rason Economic and Trade Zone Management Committee Jointly Developed and Operated by the DPRK and China.
- Japan Spots Chinese Ships Near Contested Islands VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- Japan says four Chinese government ships entered waters near contested Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, as a territorial dispute between the two Asian giants drags on.
- Obama Aide Slams Romney's Tough Talk on China VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- A foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama says Republican candidate Mitt Romney's pledge to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office is irresponsible and risks upsetting U.S.-China relations.
- Reward Posters Part of Beijing's Immolation Crackdown VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- Posters are going up in parts of China warning ethnic Tibetans against setting themselves on fire in protest and offering money in exchange for information.
- China Resumes Nuclear Power Plant Construction VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- China says its energy consumption has been growing too quickly in recent years, putting a strain on the country's energy supply as well as on the environment.
- Anniversary of CPV's Entry into Korean Front Marked KCNA 25 Oct 2012 -- DPRK newspapers Thursday dedicate articles to the 62nd anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteers' entry into the Korean front.
- Tokyo Confirms Talks with China on Island Dispute VOA 24 Oct 2012 -- Japan says it is engaged in talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute that has disrupted ties between the two Asian powers.
- China's Huawei Denies Spying Charges, Vows Transparency VOA 24 Oct 2012 -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei has offered to give Australia "complete and unrestricted" access to its source codes and equipment as it tries to address fears it is spying for Beijing.
- China Offering Rewards for Self-Immolation Intel VOA 24 Oct 2012 -- Chinese authorities are offering reward money in an attempt to put an end to self-immolation protests by ethnic Tibetans.
- No Force on Earth Can Break Sino-Korean Friendship: Chinese Party Official KCNA 24 Oct 2012 -- Li Shumin, who is heading the visiting delegation of the Dandong Municipal Committee, Liaoning Province of the Community Party of China, was interviewed.
- Cemetery of CPV Martyrs Renovated KCNA 24 Oct 2012 -- The cemetery of fallen fighters of the Chinese People's Volunteers in Hoechang County, South Phyongan Province, has been renovated on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the CPV entry into the Korean front.
- Obama Debate Language Hints at Nature of China Relationship VOA 23 Oct 2012 -- Since the United States' strategic military refocus on Asia was announced last year, the Obama administration has been careful to point out the so-called pivot to the Pacific is not aimed at containing China.
- Economy Overshadows Debate on Sino-US Relations VOA 23 Oct 2012 -- Sino-American relations loom large over the U.S. presidency, but both the candidates spent the final presidential debate focused more on domestic economic concerns than on China's rise.
- China Appoints New Air Force Commander VOA 23 Oct 2012 -- Chinese state-run media said General Ma Xiaotian will take over control of the nation's air force from General Xu Qiliang.
- Taiwan concerned by Panama's support of Japanese claim to Diaoyutais CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed grave concern over Panama's support for Japan's claim to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Resumption of fishery talks with Japan not a done deal: ministry CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still negotiating the resumption of bilateral talks on fishing rights, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- Second Tibetan Self-Immolation Strikes Near Historic Monastery VOA 23 Oct 2012 -- For the second time in as many days, an older Tibetan man has set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet.
- Over 3,500 Chinese Officials Busted for Bribes in 2010-2011 RIA Novosti 23 Oct 2012 -- Over 3,500 officials from the Communist Party of China were punished for taking bribes in 2010-2011 in line with an anti-corruption regulation introduced two years ago.
- ROC reaffirms Diaoyutais sovereignty as Japan admits China row CNA 22 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in light of reports of an official admission by Japan that it has a sovereignty dispute with China over the island group in the resource-rich East China Sea.
- Possible Escalation in China's Crackdown Against Autonomous Tibet VOA 22 Oct 2012 -- A Tibetan man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances is presumed dead, and activists are accusing Chinese security forces of orchestrating his murder.
- Report: Tibetan Threatening Self-Immolation Dies Mysteriously VOA 22 Oct 2012 -- A Tibetan man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances is presumed dead, with activists accusing Chinese security forces of orchestrating his murder.
- Tibetan Self-immolates at Labrang Monastery in NW China VOA 22 Oct 2012 -- Another Tibetan has set himself on fire and died to protest Chinese policies in Tibet.
- Top negotiator concludes China visit with fruitful results CNA 21 Oct 2012 -- Senior Chinese officials have given goodwill responses to several major issues of concern to Taiwan.
- Will Hu Jintao give up job as China's supreme military commander CNA 20 Oct 2012 -- The Communist Party of China is set to hold its 18th National Congress on Nov. 8 and to name Xi Jinping as its general secretary in place of Hu Jintao.
- Tibetan Burns to Death in Protest Against China VOA 20 Oct 2012 -- A Tibetan man has burned to death after setting himself on fire to protest China's continued occupation of Tibet.
- China holds joint military exercise in East China Sea CNA 19 Oct 2012 -- China held a joint military exercise in the East China Sea to practice what it described as defending its territorial seas and responding to emergencies.
- China, Philippines Hold Talks After Months of Tensions VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio and Chinese Vice Minister Fu Ying held talks to try to build stronger bilateral ties.
- India-China Ties Improve but Strategic Rivalry Not Over VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- Fifty years after India and China fought a brief war, the Asian giants have set aside their bitter decades-long rivalry and trade is booming.
- Survey Finds Many Chinese Support American Ideals VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- A new survey suggests a growing number of Chinese like the very different way the United States chooses its leaders.
- China developing new type of destroyer with superior stealth CNA 19 Oct 2012 -- China is developing a new type of guided-missile destroyer that is larger and stealthier than its present destroyers.
- China Interested in US Presidential Campaign VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- As the U.S. presidential election nears, Chinese news web sites and microblogs are following developments in the campaign closely.
- China, S. Korea Criticize Japanese Ministers' War Shrine Visit VOA 18 Oct 2012 -- China and South Korea are criticizing the latest visits to a controversial Tokyo war shrine by members of the Japanese cabinet.
- China's expanding military capabilities pose threat to Taiwan: report CNA 18 Oct 2012 -- China's expanding military transportation capabilities have become increasingly threatening to Taiwan.
- Japan urged to recognize Diaoyutais sovereignty dispute CNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Japan should recognize the existence of the sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, a former Republic of China representative to the United States said.
- Chinese Riot After Death of Truck Driver VOA 18 Oct 2012 -- As many as 10,000 Chinese rioted in southwest Sichuan province after residents said a truck driver was beaten to death by police during a routine traffic stop.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on military vessels near Diaoyutais CNA 17 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is keeping a close eye on military vessels passing through waters near the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Philippine President Sees Improved Ties With China After Power Transfer VOA 17 Oct 2012 -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino says he hopes to see progress in his country's lingering territorial dispute with China following Beijing's leadership transition next month.
- China Denies Currency Manipulation Claims RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2012 -- China denied that Beijing has been manipulating its currency, rejecting an allegation by US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
- China Comes Under Scrutiny in US Presidential Debate VOA 17 Oct 2012 -- Chinese economic policies came under criticism during Tuesday’s U.S. presidential debate.
- China Undertakes Massive Island Naming Campaign VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- The Chinese government, in an attempt to press claims of sovereignty over thousands of small islands and islets, is giving them official names.
- Japan Reports Chinese Ships Near Disputed Islands VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Japan says it has spotted seven Chinese naval ships near one of its islands, as tensions between the two Asian powers remain high over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
- Chinese military vessels spotted moving toward Diaoyutai Islands CNA 16 Oct 2012 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted seven Chinese military vessels moving toward the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Report: Asian Powers Beef up Military Spending VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Security analysts say a new study on regional military spending indicates Asia's major powers, led by China, are getting serious about defense matters.
- China Becomes Featured Topic at Presidential Debate VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney competed over who would be tougher on China during Tuesday's presidential debate in New York.
- U.S. welcomes widening exchanges between DPP and China CNA 15 Oct 2012 -- The United States supports engagement across the Taiwan Strait at all levels, including interaction between China and Taiwan's major opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
- Taiwan's new negotiator with China set for first mainland visit CNA 15 Oct 2012 -- Lin Join-sane, chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, will set off on his first visit to China, hoping to beef up his credentials in an area where he lacks experience.
- China Considered Cambodian King Key Ally VOA 15 Oct 2012 -- The death of Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, has drawn high-profile condolences and memorials from top Chinese officials.
- Chinese Group Buys Huge Farm in Australia VOA 15 Oct 2012 -- A Chinese-led consortium has bought one of the biggest farms in the world in outback Australia, prompting concerns about key assets being sold to foreigners.
- Hu Jintao likely to quit as head of China's military: analysts CNA 14 Oct 2012 -- Analysts in Taiwan and Hong Kong said it is possible that Chinese President Hu Jintao will step down from the chairmanship of the Central Military Commission, which controls the People's Liberation Army (PLA), in the upcoming once-in-a-decade leadership transition in Beijing.
- U.S., China to Consider Sharing Resources during Joint Missions AFPS 12 Oct 2012 -- In what U.S. Pacific Command's logistics chief calls a groundbreaking development, officials from the United States and China plan to meet to discuss sharing logistical resources, including fuel, as they operate together during counter-piracy and humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
- Japan may take more conciliatory approach toward China in islet row CNA 10 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese government is considering adopting a more conciliatory attitude toward China in the two countries' territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.
- China official hopes Taiwan-China ties continue under '1992 consensus' CNA 10 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi said Wednesday he hoped the relationship between Taiwan and China can continue under the '1992 consensus' and reiterated China's opposition to Taiwan independence.
- Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger Warn American Companies Doing Business with Huawei and ZTE to 'use another vendor' US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 08 Oct 2012 -- The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), today released a report recommending to U.S. companies considering doing business with Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE to find another vendor.
- US Warns Two Chinese Companies Pose Security Risk VOA 08 Oct 2012 -- U.S. companies considering doing business with Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE are being warned to find another vendor. A U.S. House of Representatives report said the companies pose a long-term corporate and national security threat.
- China Rejects US Charges Telecoms Pose Security Threat VOA 08 Oct 2012 -- China has rejected a U.S. Congressional report accusing two major Chinese telecommunications companies of posing a security threat to the United States.
- China conducts drills in wake of Japan-U.S. joint exercise: reports CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- China's marines recently conducted military exercises focused on seizing and controlling islands to test the combat capability of its forces, Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television reported Saturday.
- Chinese vessels patrolling Diaoyutai waters: Japanese media CNA 05 Oct 2012 -- Four Chinese maritime surveillance vessels were spotted in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, in what may become a routine occurrence in the near future.
- Tibetan PM-in-Exile 'Ready to Engage' in China Talks VOA 05 Oct 2012 -- Rising tensions, including an ongoing Chinese crackdown on dissent, will not stop Tibet's government-in-exile from seeking talks with Beijing.
- DPRK, China Ink MOU on Cooperation in Agriculture KCNA 04 Oct 2012 -- A MOU on cooperation in agriculture was signed between the Ministries of Agriculture of the DPRK and China in Pyongyang.
- Tibetan Blogger Self-Immolates, Leaves Posts Behind VOA 04 Oct 2012 -- Sources tell VOA's Tibetan Service a 43-year-old poet and blogger named Gudrup engulfed himself in flames in Dreru, Tibet.
- China Vows to Continue Patrols Near Disputed Islands VOA 03 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese Coast Guard says three Chinese government ships have entered the waters near a hotly disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
- Tokyo Protests Trespassing Chinese Ships RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2012 -- Tokyo has lodged an official protest with Beijing after Chinese ships entered the territorial waters of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- Vietnam's Trade With China Flourishes Despite South China Sea Tensions VOA 03 Oct 2012 -- Tensions between Vietnam and China resurfaced in July over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
- China not in on decision on Taiwan's visa-waiver status: U.S. official CNA 03 Oct 2012 -- The United States did not consult with China prior to deciding to grant eligible Taiwanese passport holders visa-free status, a senior U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.
- China’s Ralls Corp. Sues Obama over Wind Farms RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2012 -- China’s Ralls Corporation has sued U.S. President Barack Obama for blocking its wind farm deal.
- Chinese Ships Re-Enter Disputed Waters VOA 02 Oct 2012 -- Four Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near disputed Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, further intensifying a bitter territorial dispute.
- Obama Evicts Chinese in Wind Farm Dispute RIA Novosti 02 Oct 2012 -- US President Barack Obama banned project’s Chinese backers from developing the sites near sensitive military facilities, citing risks to national security.
- China to Shut Down Ai Weiwei's Art Firm VOA 02 Oct 2012 -- Chinese authorities plan to shut down the company founded by prominent artist and dissident Ai Weiwei.
- Kim Jong Un Greets Chinese Party, State Leaders KCNA 01 Oct 2012 -- Kim Jong Un together with Kim Yong Nam and Choe Yong Rim, sent a message of greeting to Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, and Wen Jiabao.
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