Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- Gwadar: A Port For China, A Tinderbox For Balochistan? RFE/RL 27 Feb 2013 -- Pakistan and China say developing the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, will promote trade throughout Central Asia. But Baluch nationalists warn that Beijing's interest in the port could spark more violence in the restive province.
- Another Tibetan Monk Sets Himself on Fire in China VOA 26 Feb 2013 -- A Tibetan rights group said a monk in central China has become the third Tibetan in two days to take part in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule.
- Pakistani Handover of Gwadar Port to Beijing Draws Scrutiny VOA 25 Feb 2013 -- Pakistan recently handed over management of its strategic deepwater Gwadar seaport to China. Both countries insist the deal is a "purely commercial venture." But critics and financial analysts are skeptical about the remote port's economic viability and believe it will be used for military purposes.
- China's top leader pledges to continue promoting Taiwan ties CNA 25 Feb 2013 -- China's top leader Xi Jinping said Monday that Beijing will continue to promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- Chinese surveillance ships enter Japanese waters: Tokyo Iran Press TV 24 Feb 2013 -- Japan says three Chinese surveillance ships have entered its territorial waters off disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- President calls for talks on development of Diaoyutais resources CNA 23 Feb 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou called Saturday for negotiations to develop the resources in the disputed Diaoyutais and reiterated that Taiwan holds sovereignty over the island chain.
- China Drone Threat Highlights New Global Arms Race VOA 21 Feb 2013 -- China's acknowledgment earlier this week that it considered using a drone strike on foreign soil to target a major Burmese drug trafficker wanted in the killings of 13 Chinese sailors highlights Beijing's increasing capacity in unmanned aerial warfare. It also foreshadows the dangers of a burgeoning global drone race.
- Hacking: Not Just China VOA 21 Feb 2013 -- Computer hacking by the Chinese has been causing a stir in recent weeks, but experts warn that focusing too much on Beijing could open the door to cyber spies from other countries the U.S. government is monitoring.
- China rejects US report blaming it for cyber espionage Iran Press TV 20 Feb 2013 -- China has again denied new US claims accusing Chinese military of launching cyberattacks on major American government agencies and corporations, in turn blaming Washington for sponsoring such attacks against Beijing.
- U.S., China Accuse Each Other Over Cyberattacks RFE/RL 20 Feb 2013 -- The United States and China have traded accusations following a wave of cyberattacks targeting U.S. government agencies, media organizations, and private firms.
- China's Army Denies Launching Cyberattacks on US Firms RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2013 -- China's Defense Ministry officially denied on Wednesday that it was behind cyber-attacks on American companies and organizations.
- Chinese Army Rejects US Report on Cyber Hacking VOA 20 Feb 2013 -- China is adamantly denying a report by a U.S.-based Internet security group that accuses Beijing's army of carrying out a 'long-running and extensive cyber espionage campaign' against American government and business targets.
- Taiwan insists it will not collaborate with China on the Diaoyutais CNA 19 Feb 2013 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) will not align itself with China in dealing with issues related to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve Hsia reiterated Tuesday.
- Tibetan Exiles Urge World to Press China Amid Self-Immolations VOA 14 Feb 2013 -- Tibet's government in exile has called on the international community to press China harder to address the grievances of Tibetans.
- Burma Authorities Accused of Fraud, Coercion at China-Backed Mine VOA 14 Feb 2013 -- A group of lawyers and activists say Burmese authorities used fraud and coercion to take land from villagers for a China-backed copper mine.
- Cambodia's $11 Billion Mystery VOA 13 Feb 2013 -- The remote district of Rovieng was once a battleground between Cambodian government troops and Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge.
- China, Japan Dispute Confronts Obama Second Term Asia Agenda VOA 12 Feb 2013 -- There is increasing hostility between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- US Lists New Iran Sanctions on Several Chinese Firms VOA 11 Feb 2013 -- The US announced new sanctions on a Chinese businessman and several companies for selling to Iran items banned under U.S. laws aimed at curbing that country's missile program.
- Imposition of Nonproliferation Sanctions Against Foreign Entities and Individuals US Dept. of State 11 Feb 2013
- Tibetan Exile PM Sends New Year Message of Solidarity VOA 11 Feb 2013 -- Lobsang Sangay, political head of the government-in-exile, says this New Year is a time for reflection.
- US Report Highlights Economic Threat of Hacking VOA 11 Feb 2013 -- U.S. officials say hackers pose a threat to the nation's economy and accuse China of carrying out the most cyber-attacks.
- U.S. report details rich resources in South China Sea CNA 09 Feb 2013 -- The South China Sea, with its potential as a rich source of hydrocarbons, is locked in territorial disputes among neighboring countries, a United States government agency said recently in a report.
- Analyst: N. Korean Nuclear Test Could Worsen China Relations VOA 08 Feb 2013 -- As the world waits to see if North Korea will follow through on threats to conduct a third nuclear test, VOA spoke with Professor Jin Canrong at China's Renmin University's School of International Studies about the state of relations between Beijing and Pyongyang. Professor Canrong says China's relations with North Korea have deteriorated since Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch in December, and could further worsen should the North carry out its nuclear test.
- China Denies Aiming Radar at Japanese Ships RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2013 -- China on Friday denied Japan's claim that a Chinese frigate directed a fire-control radar at Japanese vessels in the East China Sea.
- China touts beefed up fishery patrols in South China Sea CNA 07 Feb 2013 -- No Chinese fishing boats operating legally in the South China Sea were detained by foreign powers in 2012, thanks to the increasing presence of China's fishery patrol boats there, the China News Service reported Thursday, citing a fishery official in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
- China Accuses Japan of Smear Campaign VOA 07 Feb 2013 -- China has accused Japan of trying to 'smear' Beijing's image, after Tokyo alleged a Chinese warship locked its weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese vessel near disputed islands.
- China Urged to Take Tough Stance if N. Korea Conducts Nuclear Test VOA 06 Feb 2013 -- An editorial in a prominent semi-official Chinese newspaper is urging China's government to take a tough stance against North Korea if Pyongyang follows through on its threat to conduct a third nuclear test.
- China Takes Active Role in Talks Between Burma and Kachin Rebels VOA 05 Feb 2013 -- China says it is willing to play a role in peace talks between the government of Burma and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which is seeking greater autonomy.
- Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China VOA 02 Feb 2013 -- The Japanese Coast Guard has intercepted a Chinese fishing boat near Japan's southern island of Okinawa and detained its captain on suspicion of unauthorized fishing in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone.
- U.S. to pursue military relationship with China: U.S. commander CNA 01 Feb 2013 -- The United States will pursue a "lasting relationship" with China, including on the military level, even as it continues to strengthen its commitment to U.S. partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
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