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March 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- Japanese Study Warns of China's Rising Military Assertiveness VOA 29 Mar 2013 -- A Japanese government-funded study published Friday is warning that China is becoming less afraid of angering its neighbors as it pursues a bolder maritime policy.
- Chinese Leaders Pledge Labor Camp Reforms VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- China's new leaders have vowed to reform the country's notorious, decades-old labor camp system before the end of the year. But there are still few details about what changes are planned. Any reform efforts face significant challenges.
- Chinese Naval Fleet Heads Deep Into Disputed Waters VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- A small fleet of Chinese naval ships recently concluded drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, some 80 kilometers from Malaysia's shores. The People's Liberation Army's naval foray so far south is a first in recent memory.
- Fire-Gutted Vessel Highlights Vietnam-China Maritime Dispute VOA 27 Mar 2013 -- A long-running territorial dispute between Hanoi and Beijing has flared again after an incident this week in the South China Sea. A day after the Vietnamese government accused China of firing flares at a fishing boat near Chinese-controlled islands, Hanoi announced a plan to honor what it says are the islands' original Vietnamese settlers.
- Taiwan warns of growing challenges to its self-defense CNA 26 Mar 2013 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense warned that the military balance across the Taiwan Strait is tilting further in China's favor.
- U.S. sees flow of classified data to China as 'insider threat' CNA 26 Mar 2013 -- Several cases involving U.S. defense contractors allegedly passing classified military information to Chinese people have given rise to concern among U.S. intelligence agencies.
- US Judge Jails Chinese Man Who Exported Military Secrets VOA 26 Mar 2013 -- A U.S. judge has sentenced a Chinese national to more than five years in prison for illegally exporting sensitive defense-related information to China.
- China's recent arms deal may worsen Taiwan-China imbalance: experts CNA 25 Mar 2013 -- Local military experts expressed concerns Monday that China's latest purchase of jet fighters and submarines from Russia may weaken Taiwan's 'qualitative' advantage in military capability.
- China to purchase fighter jets, submarines from Russia: Report Iran Press TV 25 Mar 2013 -- China is set to purchase two dozen fighter jets and four submarines from Russia, Chinese state media say.
- Chinese Leader Vows Stronger Military Ties With Russia RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2013 -- Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping has affirmed that China and Russia will continue to strengthen and develop their military, political and strategic relations, including cooperation between their armed forces.
- Russia' Putin Meets With New Chinese Leader RFE/RL 22 Mar 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir has held his first meeting with new Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in Moscow on an official visit.
- Putin, Chinese President Hold Kremlin Meeting VOA 22 Mar 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with China's new President Xi Jinping, who arrived in Moscow Friday on his first foreign trip since taking the official title last week.
- South Korea: China May Not Have Initiated Cyberattack RFE/RL 22 Mar 2013 -- South Korea's communications regulator says the cyberattack that paralyzed South Korean computer networks earlier this week might not have originated in China as originally believed.
- Chinese NASA Worker in US Court Over Computer Cache RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2013 -- A former Chinese contractor with the NASA appeared in US federal court Thursday, his lawyer said, after he was arrested following an attempt to fly back to China carrying laptops, hard drives and SIM cards in his bags.
- Taiwan concerned about China's DF-16 missile deployment CNA 20 Mar 2013 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) has been keeping close tabs on China's Dongfeng (DF)-16 missile deployment, particularly as the weapon is known for its pinpoint accuracy, the bureau's chief said Wednesday.
- China hack attacks pose serious threat to Taiwan: security chief CNA 20 Mar 2013 -- China has been widening the scope of its cyber-attacks on Taiwan, which poses a serious threat to the country's security, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Tsai Der-sheng warned Wednesday.
- China's surveillance ships continue patrols near disputed isles Iran Press TV 19 Mar 2013 -- Chinese naval surveillance vessels have continued regular patrols in waters surrounding a group of islands in the East China Sea disputed by Beijing and Tokyo.
- China warns US over missile plans against North Korea Iran Press TV 18 Mar 2013 -- China has warned that the United States plans to strengthen its missile systems in response to North Korea's alleged threat would only "intensify antagonism."
- China Now World's 5th Biggest Arms Exporter VOA 18 Mar 2013 -- China has overtaken Britain as the world's fifth biggest exporter of conventional arms, according to a Swedish research group.
- China Replaces UK as Fifth Global Arms Exporter - SIPRI RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2013 -- China has become the world's fifth largest exporter of major conventional arms, replacing the United Kingdom, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report Monday.
- New China Leader Seeks 'Renaissance' RFE/RL 17 Mar 2013 -- China's new President Xi Jinping has pledged his leadership will work for a 'great renaissance of the Chinese nation" and the "great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics."
- China's New President Vows to Deliver 'Chinese Dream' RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2013 -- China's newly elected President Xi Jinping pledged on Sunday to steer the country along the Chinese path of development and take energetic efforts to deliver the 'Chinese dream' to the nation of over 1 billion.
- Readout of the President’s Phone Call with Chinese President Xi Jinping The White House 14 Mar 2013
- Obama, China's Xi Discuss Cyber Security Dispute in Phone Call VOA 14 Mar 2013 -- President Barack Obama took mounting U.S. concerns about computer hacking straight to China's president on Thursday in a sign of how seriously the United States takes the threat of cyber attacks emanating from China.
- China's Xi Jinping Becomes Country's President VOA 14 Mar 2013 -- China's National People's Congress has voted to elect Xi Jinping as the country's next president.
- China's Parliament Approves Xi As President RFE/RL 14 Mar 2013 -- China's largely powerless parliament has approved the country's new leader, Xi Jinping, as the nation's president.
- Xi Jinping Elected Chinese President, Military Chief RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2013 -- General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president at the session of the 12th National People's Congress.
- China Names Li Keqiang as Premier VOA 14 Mar 2013 -- China's parliament has elected Li Keqiang premier as the country's Communist Party nears the final stages of its once-a-decade transition of power.
- Former official to serve prison term for spying for China CNA 14 Mar 2013 -- Taiwan's Supreme Court upheld a two-year prison sentence against Wang Ren-bing, a former Presidential Office official.
- China Congratulates, Criticizes Vatican on New Pope VOA 14 Mar 2013 -- China sent a message of both congratulations and criticism to the Vatican following the election of a new Roman Catholic pope.
- Obama Urges Pyongyang to End Nuclear, Missile Testing VOA 13 Mar 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for North Korea to take "confidence building measures" aimed at diffusing tensions, such as ending its nuclear and missile testing.
- Cyber Threats Against US 'Ramping Up,' Obama Says VOA 13 Mar 2013 -- Cyber security threats against the United States are growing, President Barack Obama said before a meeting on Wednesday with corporate leaders about the issue, as concerns rise about hacking attacks emanating from China.
- Lawmakers Concerned About Cyber Threats to Critical US Infrastructure VOA 13 Mar 2013 -- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee has expressed concern about the threat of cyber attacks from China, Iran and other countries.
- Taiwan: Time not right for military discussions with China CNA 13 Mar 2013 -- The time is not right for Taiwan to discuss military confidence-building measures with China.
- US Warns China on Cyber Security VOA 12 Mar 2013 -- A senior White House official is calling on China to take "serious steps" to stop cybercrimes, saying the issue is a "growing challenge" to U.S.-China relations.
- Top US official demands halt to China's 'widespread cyber theft' PressTV 12 Mar 2013 -- Washington has again blamed China for “widespread theft” of data from American computer networks, amid recent Beijing charges.
- China plans to survey disputed isles: Chinese officials PressTV 12 Mar 2013 -- China is set to carry out a survey of the disputed isles claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, Chinese officials say.
- Remarks By Tom Donilon, National Security Advisory to the President: "The United States and the Asia-Pacific in 2013" The White House 11 Mar 2013
- China Unveils Plan To Cut Bureaucracy RFE/RL 10 Mar 2013 -- China’s leadership has announced plans to reduce the number of cabinet-level ministries and restructure other bureaucracies of the communist-led government.
- Protests Mark 54th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising VOA 10 Mar 2013 -- Tibetan exiles demonstrated across Asia to mark the 54th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
- China says US hacked nearly 2200 of its computer systems in 2 months PressTV 10 Mar 2013 -- Chinese officials have identified the US as the source of over half of all the cyber attacks targeting the nation’s computer systems in the first two months of 2013.
- Deadly Ethnic Clash Reported In China's Xinjiang Region RFE/RL 08 Mar 2013 -- Several people have been reported killed in a clash between members of China's Uyghur minority and its Han Chinese majority in the far western region of Xinjiang.
- More Development Recommended as Answer to Tibetan Unrest VOA 08 Mar 2013 -- More than 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese government policies, with many of those immolations occurring within the last year.
- China's new leader to continue current Taiwan policy: Ma CNA 07 Mar 2013 -- President Ma said that China will continue its current policy towards Taiwan under its new leadership.
- China Boosts 2013 Defense Spending 10.7% RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2013 -- China will boost its official defense budget by 10.7 percent this year, the latest in a series of hikes in military spending stretching back more than two decades.
- Japan coastguard stops Chinese fishing boat amid isles dispute PressTV 05 Mar 2013 -- Japanese coast guards have stopped a Chinese fishing boat off Okinawa as tension is simmering between Tokyo and Beijing over a territorial dispute.
- Tibetans Pessimistic on New China Leader; See Time Running Out VOA 05 Mar 2013 -- Tibetan activists in exile are doubtful that the transition will mean any substantive change for Beijing’s Tibet policies.
- China's Government To Aim For Stability, Solid Growth RFE/RL 05 Mar 2013 -- China will aim to encourage stability and economic growth of 7.5 percent this year.
- China leadership change to wrap up PressTV 05 Mar 2013 -- China's National People's Congress has kicked off in the capital Beijing to see the final stage of the country's once-in-a-decade leadership change process.
- China to Give Quality of Life Issues More Priority VOA 05 Mar 2013 -- China’s Communist Party leaders say they will give quality-of-life issues and the environment a higher priority in the coming years.
- Jumbo rocket design poses challenges China Daily 04 Mar 2013 -- Problems in the development of China's largest rocket have delayed its launch, probably until 2015, said a senior official working on the launch vehicle's design.
- China Vows to Fight Corruption As Congress Opens VOA 04 Mar 2013 -- China's government promised to fight corruption, improve the environment and grow the economy.
- China Begins Efforts to Lift Veil on Officials’ Assets VOA 04 Mar 2013 -- As China’s Communist Party leaders step up their efforts to fight corruption.
- Burma Mine Protesters Await Report from Suu Kyi Committee VOA 04 Mar 2013 -- A copper mine in central Burma that is jointly run by the Burmese military and a Chinese company has been the source of controversy since December.
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