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January 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- China Convicts 2 Tibetans for 'Inciting' Self-Immolations VOA 31 Jan 2013 -- China has convicted two Tibetans of "intentional homicide" for inciting self-immolations in protest of Chinese rule.
- Chinese Dissident Calls on US to Pressure Beijing VOA 31 Jan 2013 -- Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on the United States to pressure Beijing to improve its human rights record.
- Change in China Inevitable, Says Dissident Chen VOA 31 Jan 2013 -- Despite years of imprisonment, harassment and physical abuse by the authorities, activist Chen Guangcheng says he is hopeful about China.
- Chinese Cyber Hackers a Growing Threat VOA 31 Jan 2013 -- Chinese hackers have conducted a growing number of attacks against foreign companies and government institutions in recent years.
- South China Sea Dispute Poses Challenge for US VOA 29 Jan 2013 -- President Barack Obama begins his second term facing fresh tensions in the South China Sea as the Philippines takes its maritime dispute with China to the United Nations.
- China Denies Weapons Transfers to Burma's Wa Rebels VOA 28 Jan 2013 -- China's embassy in Rangoon has rejected allegations Chinese weapons were transferred to Burma's ethnic United Wa State Army last year.
- Chinese Blogger Who Exposed Sex Scandal Faces Police Pressure VOA 28 Jan 2013 -- A Beijing blogger once praised by Chinese authorities for exposing a sex scandal involving a Chongqing city official is now facing pressure from them to stop his independent anti-corruption campaign.
- China's homegrown transport plane takes off successfully CNA 26 Jan 2013 -- China's first homegrown strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft, the Yun-20, took off successfully Saturday, marking the beginning of the country's strategic air power buildup.
- With Burma in Mind, China Quietly Supports Wa Rebels VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- While Burma's military steps up battles against Kachin rebels along the border with China, security analysts say Beijing has been quietly selling advanced weapons to another insurgent group on its border, the United Wa State Army. The Wa are the largest militia in Burma and considered the biggest narcotics dealing organization in Southeast Asia.
- Japanese Lawmaker in China for Talks on Island Dispute VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- A Japanese ruling party envoy is in China for talks aimed at reducing tensions over a bitter territorial dispute.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on disputed Diaoyutai Islands CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan has been closely monitoring the situation over the Diaoyutai Islands and has reaffirmed its sovereignty over the island group, according to Taiwanese officials Monday, amid growing tensions in the disputed area.
- Taiwan will not back down on Diaoyutais: Foreign Ministry CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Foreign Minister David Lin said Tuesday that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea are inherent territory of the Republic of China and added that the government 'will not back down on any sovereignty issue.'
- China Challenges US Statements on Island Dispute VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- China's foreign ministry is pushing back on statements from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about a chain of islands claimed by both Japan and China.
- Peace initiative consistent with U.S. stance: ROC envoy CNA 21 Jan 2013 -- The gist of President Ma's East China Sea peace initiative is consistent with the U.S. stance on the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the region.
- China Wary, Africa Hopeful as Obama Begins Second Term VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- China said it is "cautiously optimistic" about its relations with the United States as President Barack Obama begins his second term as the American leader.
- Taiwan, China Complete Direct Undersea Data Cable VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- Telecommunications operators in mainland China and Taiwan finished a landmark undersea fiber optic data transmission cable Friday. The 270-kilometer line from Taipei to Fuzhou in China caps more than four years of first-ever transit and commerce links between the old political rivals. It may also invite business from telecom firms far beyond China.
- Chinese Official Calls for Dialogue on Island Dispute VOA 17 Jan 2013 -- A senior Chinese leader is calling for talks with Japan to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea.
- Beijing to trigger arms race by testing anti-satellite missiles CNA 15 Jan 2013 -- China's imminent test-firing of an anti-satellite missile is set to prompt an arms race with the United States and Russia.
- Taiwan has contingency plan for disputed Diaoyutai Islands CNA 15 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan's military is keeping tabs on the situation relating to a disputed island group in the East China Sea and is prepared for all contingencies.
- State Media: No Change at China's Forced Labor Camps VOA 15 Jan 2013 -- Local officials in charge of China's controversial forced labor camps say they are operating as usual.
- Russia, China Plan to Boost Cooperation on Missile Defense RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- Russia and China are planning to intensify their cooperation on missile defense in response to America's growing missile defense potential around the globe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday.
- Unmanned J-6 fighter jets put on Fujian air base CNA 07 Jan 2013 -- A large number of old J-6 fighter jets that have been converted into unmanned attack aircraft are being stationed at Liancheng Air Base in Fujian province, according to the latest issue of Kanwa Defense Review.
- Japan scrambles a Chinese plane flying near disputed islands CNA 05 Jan 2013 -- Japanese fighter jets scrambled a Chinese plane flying near islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Saturday.
- Japan Scrambles Jets over Islands Dispute RIA Novosti 05 Jan 2013 -- Japan scrambled fighter jets on Saturday to intercept a Chinese plane that flew near a chain of islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, NHK Television reported.
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