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November 2012 - China Special Weapons News
- China needs to exercise self-restraint: minister CNA 30 Nov 2012 -- The South China Sea is the Republic of China's inherent territorial waters and the country's ships and fishermen will continue to navigate and operate in the region, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said Friday.
- Philippines, Vietnam Refuse to Stamp New Chinese Passport VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Philippines has become the second Asian nation to refuse to stamp China's new electronic passports, which include a controversial map depicting the South China Sea's disputed waters as Chinese territory.
- Philippines refuses to stamp on controversial Chinese passports CNA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday that it will not affix its seal on new Chinese passports in which a controversial map indicates China's claim of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.
- China expands eligibility for independent travel to Taiwan CNA 28 Nov 2012 -- College students and office workers in six of China's major cities are now eligible to visit Taiwan as independent travelers, even if they are not registered residents of those cities, a Chinese government official confirmed Wednesday.
- China boasts of home-grown arresting gear for aircraft carrier CNA 26 Nov 2012 -- China emphasized Monday that the arresting gear used to conduct China's first landing of a fighter jet on the aircraft carrier Liaoning was developed on its own.
- China Mourns Top Manager of J-15 Fighter Jet Program RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- China gave high praise on Monday to the head of the Shenyang Aircraft Corp. (SAC), who died while witnessing the first successful deck landing of the new carrier-based Shenyang J-15 fighter jet, Xinhua reported.
- Analysts: China Aircraft Carrier Landing Poses No Direct Threat VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Western analysts say China's recent landing of a Russian-designed fighter jet on an aircraft carrier, though significant, poses no immediate regional or international security threats.
- Chinese Naval Jet Performs First Deck Landing RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2012 -- A Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet has successfully carried out the first arrested deck landing on the country's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Xinhua reported on Sunday citing naval sources.
- China to launch first self-made aircraft carrier in 2013: report CNA 24 Nov 2012 -- China's first domestically made aircraft carrier will be launched next year and will be commissioned between 2015 and 2016, according to a Hong Kong magazine.
- Beijing urged to face reality of Republic of China's existence CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has urged China to face the reality of the Republic of China's existence and avoid taking inappropriate action that could provoke unnecessary disputes.
- China should not break cross-strait stability: president CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou hopes China will not take inappropriate action to break the hard-earned stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.
- China's new passports unacceptable, harmful to mutual trust: Taiwan CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- China's inclusion of Taiwan as part of its national map and pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots in its new passports is unacceptable, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday in a strongly worded statement.
- Beijing will maintain consistent Taiwan policy: Chinese official CNA 21 Nov 2012 -- Beijing will maintain a consistent policy toward Taiwan and continue to promote and deepen cross-Taiwan Strait economic cooperation despite its recent power reshuffle.
- Russia Seeks Closer Military Ties With China RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2012 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu indicated Russia’s continuing interest in cooperation with China on defence sector issues.
- Remarks by President Obama and Premier Wen Jiabao Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 20 Nov 2012
- Obama, Wen Hail U.S.-China Relationship RFE/RL 20 Nov 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has held one-on-one talks with China's outgoing premier, Wen Jiabao.
- Obama Meets Chinese, Japanese Leaders at East Asia Summit VOA 20 Nov 2012 -- On the final day of his Southeast Asia trip, President Barack Obama met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
- China Might be Moving Closer to ASEAN on South China Sea VOA 20 Nov 2012 -- China's new leaders may be moving closer to resolving disputes over the South China Sea through a regional alliance rather than through separate negotiations with each of its territorial rivals.
- China-Taiwan ties to stay peaceful under Xi: China official CNA 20 Nov 2012 -- China will continue pursuing the peaceful and stable development of its relations with Taiwan under the new leadership unveiled at the end of the Communist Party of China's week-long congress last week.
- China Inflexible on Sea Disputes Ahead of ASEAN Summit VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- China's territorial disputes with its neighbors are expected to top the agenda when regional leaders, including heads of state from U.S., China, Japan, Australia and others meet in Cambodia in the coming days.
- China advertises weapons with simulated attack on Taiwan CNA 19 Nov 2012 -- A video played at a show in Zhuhai in southern China to promote China's weapons systems simulated the bombing of military bases in Taiwan.
- Tibetan Dies in Self-Immolation in China's Qinghai Province VOA 19 Nov 2012 -- Tibetan sources told VOA that a Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire near a monastery to protest Chinese rule in the western province of Qinghai.
- Kim Jong Un Sends Congratulatory Message to Xi Jinping KCNA 15 Nov 2012 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, Thursday sent a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the CPC.
- China ushers in new era under new leadership CNA 15 Nov 2012 -- The era of Xi Jinping arrived Thursday after he took over as the Communist Party of China's (CPC's) general secretary and the party's all-powerful Central Military Commission earlier in the day.
- Xi Jinping Officially Becomes China's Leader RFE/RL 15 Nov 2012 -- China's Communist Party has officially appointed Xi Jinping to be the party's general secretary, taking over from Hu Jintao.
- As Chinese Leadership Changes, Economic Challenges Loom Large RFE/RL 15 Nov 2012 -- China is changing its leadership at a time when its old economic model that produced double-digit growth has run into big problems.
- Xi Jinping Elected New Head of China's Communist Party RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2012 -- Xi Jinping has been named general secretary of China's Communist Party Central Committee, succeeding outgoing President Hu Jintao in the post.
- Xi Confirmed as China's New Leader VOA 15 Nov 2012 -- After months of speculation and a messy political scandal, China's Communist Party leaders have selected a new group of seven men to be the country's core leaders and set its agenda for the coming decade.
- China's new leadership likely to keep current Taiwan policy: MAC CNA 15 Nov 2012 -- Beijing is likely to continue its policy toward Taipei in the short term despite China's leadership transition, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- China's New Leadership Emerging As Congress Ends RFE/RL 14 Nov 2012 -- France has become the first Western country to recognize Syria's new opposition coalition.
- China Unveils Yi Long UAV RIA Novosti 14 Nov 2012 -- China has unveiled for the first time its Yi Long unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) local media reported on Wednesday, which its makers claim is far cheaper than its Israeli and American analogs at less than $1 million.
- Uncooperative Bo Xilai could face death sentence: report CNA 13 Nov 2012 -- Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Chinese Communist Party chief in Chongqing, could face life imprisonment, a death sentence or a suspended death sentence because of his uncooperative attitude since his detention, a Hong Kong newspaper said Tuesday.
- Russia Paroles Scientist Jailed For Espionage RIA Novosti 13 Nov 2012 -- A district court in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk paroled on Tuesday a Russian physicist who was imprisoned in 2004 for selling classified research data to China.
- Taiwan: Landing on Diaoyutai Islands won't solve problem CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma has rejected the idea of a landing on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands as a way of asserting sovereignty.
- Taiwan reiterates premises for peace pact with China CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma would promote a peace agreement with China under "three premises," but signing such an accord is not on his priority list for his second term in office because the conditions are not yet mature.
- Taiwan President vows to continue promoting cross-strait ties CNA 09 Nov 2012 -- President Ma pledged to continue to promote negotiations and cooperation with mainland China to consolidate peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
- Tibetan Protests Erupt in Western China VOA 09 Nov 2012 -- Reports from China's western Qinghai Province say hundreds or even thousands of Tibetans marched on government offices.
- China’s State Enterprises Pledge to Push Forward With Reform VOA 09 Nov 2012 -- China’s state owned enterprises hit back at their critics, noting their contributions to the world’s second largest economy and pledging to continue efforts to push forward with reform.
- Xi Jinping Slated to Assume Top Position in Chinese Government VOA 08 Nov 2012 -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is widely expected to be chosen as China's next top leader.
- Chinese President Opens Congress By Urging Curb On Corruption RFE/RL 08 Nov 2012 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress by urging members to fight harder against corruption.
- China's Hu Issues Warning About Corruption VOA 08 Nov 2012 -- China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition began Thursday, with a warning from the country’s outgoing leader.
- New Generation Of Leaders To Take Over At China's Party Congress RFE/RL 08 Nov 2012 -- Major changes to China's leadership are expected when the ruling Communist Party holds its 18th National Congress in Beijing beginning on November 8.
- Bo Xilai's Successor Says He Doesn't Know Timing of Trial VOA 08 Nov 2012 -- The leader of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing says he is not sure when his predecessor, disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, will stand trial.
- Beijing Party Congress Kicks Off Amid Scandal RIA Novosti 08 Nov 2012 -- The Chinese Communist Party congress that opened in Beijing will deliver some widely anticipated leadership changes, but it also comes as the country’s elite is under increased scrutiny over corruption.
- Cross-strait peace pact not priority: President CNA 08 Nov 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said that a cross-Taiwan Strait peace pact would not be a priority in his second term.
- Military confidence building measures with China must wait: official CNA 08 Nov 2012 -- The time is not yet ripe for establishing military confidence building measures between Taiwan and China, a Taiwanese defense official said.
- More Tibetans Self-Immolate As China's Party Congress Opens VOA 08 Nov 2012 -- Two more Tibetans have set themselves afire to protest Chinese policies in Tibet, raising the total of self-immolation protests to six in the past two days.
- China Congratulates Obama on Election Victory VOA 07 Nov 2012 -- China's Communist leaders have congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election victory, even as Beijing turns its focus toward its own political transition that gets underway this week.
- Cross-strait political issues must be faced: China official CNA 07 Nov 2012 -- Both sides of the Taiwan Strait will have to face cross-strait political issues "sooner or later," a spokesman for the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China said.
- Taiwan gives priority to sovereignty claim over talks with Japan CNA 07 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has given priority to its sovereignty claim in a territorial dispute rather than seek a fishery agreement with Japan or cooperation with China.
- Mother, 3 Monks Burn in Anti-China Protests VOA 07 Nov 2012 -- A young, single mother and three young monks are the latest Tibetans to set themselves on fire to protest Chinese policies in Tibet.
- Briton Bo Xilai's Wife Murdered Was MI6 Informant VOA 06 Nov 2012 -- A major U.S. newspaper says it has found evidence that a British businessman murdered by the wife of Bo Xilai was working as an informant for MI6.
- China’s New Leaders Face Rise of Individual VOA 06 Nov 2012 -- As China prepares for a once-in-a-decade political transition, the country’s soon to be new leaders are facing a population increasingly willing to voice its opposition to government policies.
- China's Media Blackout on Leadership Change Sharply Contrasts US Election Transparency VOA 06 Nov 2012 -- Most Chinese people know that in just a few days, Xi Jinping is expected to be promoted to the country's highest seat of power.
- S. Korea to Extradite Alleged Chinese Firebomber to Japan VOA 06 Nov 2012 -- South Korea is expected to hand over to Japanese authorities a Chinese man who has completed a ten-month jail sentence for firebombing Japan's embassy in Seoul.
- Chinese Court Sentences Burmese Smugglers to Death VOA 06 Nov 2012 -- A court in southern China has sentenced four members of a Burmese drug smuggling gang to death for last year's kidnapping and murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River.
- China’s New Leaders Facing Pressures to Reform VOA 05 Nov 2012 -- China begins a once-in-decade leadership transition this week when officials meet for the 18th Communist Party Congress.
- Dalai Lama: China Needs Political Reform VOA 05 Nov 2012 -- The Dalai Lama says China's new leader will likely embark on political reforms to leave his mark on the nation the way the current leadership has done with economic reforms.
- China Rebuffs UN for Criticizing Tibet Unrest VOA 05 Nov 2012 -- China has lashed out at U.N. criticism of Beijing's handling of unrest in Tibetan areas, where there have been frequent self-immolations and other protests.
- Loyalty tests mandatory for Taiwan military officials abroad CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- Loyalty tests have become compulsory for Taiwan's military officials posted overseas and members of the armed forces who receive training abroad.
- Chinese Communist Party Confirms Expulsion Of Bo Xilai RFE/RL 04 Nov 2012 -- China's Communist Party has expelled former senior politician Bo Xilai, paving the way for his criminal prosecution on charges.
- Activists say Tibetan Artist Sets Himself on Fire in China VOA 04 Nov 2012 -- A Tibetan artist has died after setting himself on fire in the latest self-immolation to protest Chinese rule.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over Diaoyutais CNA 02 Nov 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- China must urgently address rights violations in Tibet UN News Centre 02 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations human rights chief urged China to address the allegations of rights violations in Tibet.
- UN Rights Chief Urges China to Address Tibetans' Grievances VOA 02 Nov 2012 -- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay is urging China to address the long-standing grievances that are prompting an alarming escalation of self-immolations by Tibetans.
- Amid Heavy Security, China Readies for Leadership Handover VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- Senior Chinese Communist leaders have gathered amid heavy security for a closed-door meeting in Beijing, where they will put the finishing touches on a once-a-decade leadership handover that officially begins next week.
- China Prepares for Leadership Transition VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- Senior Chinese Communist leaders have gathered amid heavy security for a closed-door meeting in Beijing, where they will put the finishing touches on a once-a-decade leadership handover that officially begins next week.
- China Continues Crackdown on Dissent VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- China continued its latest crackdown on dissent by sentencing a man to eight years in prison for advocating constitutional democracy and criticizing the ruling Communist Party.
- China's New Leaders Face Economic Challenges VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- China's modern cities are built on a massive scale, with architecture in places such as Beijing that ranges from avant-garde to out of this world.
- China Tests Fifth-Generation Jet Fighter RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2012 -- China successfully completed a test flight of its new fifth-generation J-31 jet fighter.
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