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April 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- China Arrests 19 'Terrorists' Linked to Xinjiang Violence VOA 30 Apr 2013 -- Chinese authorities have arrested the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a clash with police that left 21 people dead in the northwest province of Xinjiang.
- China Detains 19 After Xinjiang Unrest RFE/RL 30 Apr 2013 -- Police in China have detained 19 people and seized homemade explosives and weapons after a deadly clash in its restive region of Xinjiang last week.
- China building Type 052D guided missile destroyers CNA 30 Apr 2013 -- Shanghai Shipbuilding Co. will soon complete construction of three Type 052D destroyers, with sea trials expected to be carried out within months.
- Hagel, Onodera Discuss U.S.-Japanese Security Concerns AFPS 29 Apr 2013 -- North Korea, the East China Sea and creating a new working group for joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities on the table.
- China willing to work with India to deal with differences IRNA 28 Apr 2013 -- China on Sunday took note of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks over PLA's incursion into the Depsang Valley and said that it is willing to work with New Delhi to deal with differences while maintaining peace at borders and forging strategic cooperative partnership.
- Chinese military cyberattacks targeting civil sectors: report CNA 27 Apr 2013 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) believes that the Chinese military has shifted the emphasis of cyberattacks on Taiwan from government institutions to civilian think tanks, telecommunications service providers, Internet node facilities and traffic signal control systems, according to an NSB report.
- India Hopes for Peaceful Solution to China Row RIA Novosti 27 Apr 2013 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to calm nerves over an alleged incursion by Chinese troops into India-claimed territory, saying the dispute could be resolved by diplomatic means.
- 40-plus Chinese warplanes involved in Diaoyutais standoff: report CNA 27 Apr 2013 -- China dispatched over 40 warplanes to join eight surveillance vessels in trying to prevent a flotilla of Japanese nationalists from landing on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands on April 23, according to a Japanese media report.
- US: Diplomatic, Military Rebalance to Asia No Threat to China VOA 26 Apr 2013 -- U.S. officials say shifting more diplomatic, commercial, and military assets to the Asia-Pacific region is not a threat to China. Stepped-up Chinese naval exercises are partly a response to the Obama administration's diplomatic and military rebalance to Asia. But U.S. officials say it's not about confrontation, it's about stability.
- China Successfully Sends First Gaofen Satellite Into Space RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2013 -- China has launched its first Gaofen-1 high-resolution remote sensing satellite into orbit, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
- China's Xinjiang Violence Highlights Tensions with Uighurs VOA 25 Apr 2013 -- Deadly clashes this week in China's western province Xinjiang that killed 21 people have again drawn attention to the long-running tensions between the predominantly Muslim Uighur community and the Han Chinese majority.
- China Leads World in Cyber Espionage, says Report VOA 24 Apr 2013 -- China leads the world in computer espionage, according to an annual report that monitors the state of global cyber threats.
- China Visit Sparks Dynamic Engagements, Dempsey Says AFPS 24 Apr 2013 -- With his visit to China nearly complete, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said today he has been afforded good access to senior Chinese leaders, junior leaders and future leaders.
- China cannot control absentee voting on outlying islands: minister CNA 24 Apr 2013 -- There should be no concerns about Chinese influence when absentee voting is introduced on the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan said Wednesday.
- China set to launch fourth naval fleet: Chinese netizens CNA 24 Apr 2013 -- Chinese netizens said recently that China will soon launch its fourth naval fleet, which will center around its aircraft carrier the Liaoning and will be responsible for deep sea combat missions in the South China Sea and the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Gun Battle in China's Xinjiang Kills 21 People VOA 24 Apr 2013 -- Chinese officials say 21 people were killed after a fight broke out during a police investigation of suspected criminals in the latest act of violence in the restive northwest province of Xinjiang.
- India Optimistic Talks Will Solve China Border Dispute VOA 23 Apr 2013 -- India's Foreign Ministry says it is optimistic that a dispute with Beijing over an alleged border incursion by Chinese troops can be resolved peacefully.
- Taiwan urges China, Japan to show restraint over islet row CNA 23 Apr 2013 -- Taiwan on Tuesday repeated its call for parties involved in the dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands to show restraint, after Chinese surveillance ships and Japanese coast guard boats and activists reportedly sailed to waters near the islands.
- Dempsey Urges More Strategic Dialogue Between China, U.S. AFPS 22 Apr 2013 -- The strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific doesn't mean deploying high numbers of U.S. troops into the region, but it does involve more interest, more engagement and more quality in equipment and capabilities, America's senior military officer said here today.
- India Vows to Protect Border Amid Alleged Chinese Incursion VOA 22 Apr 2013 -- India has vowed to protect its border, following reports that Chinese soldiers had set up a camp inside territory claimed by India in the Himalayas. The response from Indian Defense Minister, A.K. Antony, to reports that Chinese troops had set up a camp in the cold desert region of Ladakh was brief but firm.
- Home for China's 1st aircraft carrier introduced CNA 19 Apr 2013 -- China's first aircraft carrier has been given a permanent base in the eastern port of Qingdao.
- NATO Secretary General Details Asia Trip, Foreign Ministers’ Meeting AFPS 19 Apr 2013 -- NATO’s partnerships with Japan and South Korea are key to facing security challenges and ensuring stability in the region, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
- China says Japan provokes, escalates tensions over disputed islands PressTV 19 Apr 2013 -- China has accused Japan of heightening tensions in the East China Sea by its increased use of fighter jets to patrol disputed chain of islands.
- China Tells Japan to Cool Tensions in East China Sea VOA 18 Apr 2013 -- China is accusing Japan of increasing tensions over a groups of disputed islands.
- China Says US Adding to Regional Tensions VOA 16 Apr 2013 -- China has released a report on its military strength that says U.S. efforts to rebalance its presence to Asia are adding to tensions in the region.
- China slams US growing military presence in Asia PressTV 16 Apr 2013 -- China has criticized the United States for its increasing military presence in Asia, saying the move is heightening the tensions in the Asia Pacific region.
- China Unveils Its Military Structure for First Time RIA Novosti 16 Apr 2013 -- China revealed the composition and structure of its armed forces, including its nuclear deterrent, for the first time.
- China reportedly testing new nuclear missiles CNA 16 Apr 2013 -- Unidentified lights have been seen over the Bohai Sea at night, which could be a sign that China is testing new nuclear missiles.
- President says Taiwan-China development in U.S. interests CNA 16 Apr 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said that the improvement in relations between Taiwan and China is consistent with the interests of the United States.
- China yet to deploy 094 sub, JL-2 & DF-41 missiles CNA 15 Apr 2013 -- China's Type 094 Jin-Class submarine and the JL-2 ballistic missile to be installed on the nuclear-powered warship are still in development or undergoing tests, Taiwan's security and intelligence chief said.
- China H7N9 bird flu death toll hits 13 Iran Press TV 14 Apr 2013 -- The death toll from the H7N9 strain of bird flu has climbed to at least 13 as two other patients infected with the virus lost their lives in China.
- Russia Ready to Step Up Fight Against China Bird Flu RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2013 -- Russia is preparing to enhance sanitary control measures in case the situation over the bird flu in China deteriorates, Russia's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Sunday.
- China Reports 4 More Avian Flu Infections RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2013 -- Four more people in China were reported to be infected with a lesser known strain of bird flu, H7N9, bringing the total number of avian influenza cases to 55 since late March, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
- Solo Press Availability in Beijing, China US Dept. of State 13 Apr 2013
- Remarks With Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Top of Their Meeting US Dept. of State 13 Apr 2013
- Remarks With Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the Top of Their Meeting US Dept. of State 13 Apr 2013
- Beijing reports first case of H7N9 bird flu infection Iran Press TV 13 Apr 2013 -- Chinese health authorities say a case of infection with H7N9 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in Beijing - the first such instance in the Chinese capital.
- New Bird Flu Strain Spreads to Chinese Capital RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2013 -- Chinese health authorities reported on Saturday the first human infection with a new strain of bird flu in Beijing since the occurrence of the deadly virus in eastern parts of the country late last month, Xinhua news agency said.
- China stresses dialogue, denuclearization on Korean crisis Iran Press TV 13 Apr 2013 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for denuclearization, peace and dialogue as the best solution to the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula amid growing concern that a nuclear military confrontation is imminent.
- Kerry Presses Chinese Officials On North Korea RFE/RL 13 Apr 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting China's top leaders in Beijing to press them to exert more pressure on ally North Korea.
- US, China Vow to Work Together on North Korea RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2013 -- The United States and China are committed to working together to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.
- US, China Pledge to Resolve Crisis on Korean Peninsula VOA 13 Apr 2013 -- The United States and China have expressed their desire to work together to get North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. Just how the two will do that remains uncertain. North Korea topped the agenda during a visit by the top U.S. diplomat to Beijing on Saturday.
- Will China Shift Its Stance on N. Korea? VOA 12 Apr 2013 -- Weeks of threats by North Korea against the South and the United States have provoked strong criticism from countries around the world. However, the response from Pyongyang's longtime ally China has been more nuanced.
- Japan Gives Taiwan Rare Concession in East China Sea Dispute VOA 11 Apr 2013 -- Japan gave Taiwan an unusual break this week in a stubborn ocean territorial dispute that also involves China. The first-ever concession met with applause in Taipei and a word of warning from Beijing. Japan controls the waters, but China and Taiwan both make unwavering claims.
- China H7N9 strain bird flu toll reaches 10 Iran Press TV 11 Apr 2013 -- The death toll from the H7N9 strain of bird flu has climbed to ten as another patient infected with the virus loses life in China.
- South Korea Asks Russia, China to Rein in North Korea RIA Novosti 10 Apr 2013 -- The South Korean government has asked Russia and China to help restrain North Korea from making military provocations as tensions increase on the Korean Peninsula over an expected intermediate-range missile launch by Pyongyang, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
- China Urged to Pressure North Korea to Stop Threats VOA 10 Apr 2013 -- China's foreign ministry is responding to comments from U.S. lawmakers who argue Beijing has not sufficiently pressured North Korea to stop its warlike rhetoric.
- Kerry: China Key to Resolving North Korea Crisis VOA 09 Apr 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Asia later this week for talks on how best to deal with threats of war from North Korea. He will visit South Korea, China and Japan.
- WHO: No Proof of Bird Flu Transmission to Humans in China VOA 08 Apr 2013 -- The World Health Organization's top representative in China said there are no signs that a new bird flu virus that has already left seven dead here is being transmitted between people and adddes there is no reason for panic.
- Amid Korean Tensions, China Warns Against 'Chaos' VOA 08 Apr 2013 -- China's foreign ministry has made further comments on remarks by President Xi Jinping that were widely interpreted in Western media as a rebuke of North Korea.
- China's Military Unmoved by North Korean Threats VOA 08 Apr 2013 -- As the United States and South Korean militaries closely track North Korea's troops, military hardware and missiles, China has said little about what precautions its forces are taking. China has the longest border with North Korea but analysts say Beijing is focused on maintaining stability and has little concern of being affected by hostilities.
- Beijing asks North Korea to guarantee safety of its embassy CNA 07 Apr 2013 -- China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday urged North Korea to follow international conventions and guarantee the safety of its embassy and diplomats in Pyongyang.
- China Asks North Korea to Ensure Safety for Chinese Diplomats RIA Novosti 07 Apr 2013 -- China has asked North Korea to ensure safety for its diplomats amid rising tension on the Korean peninsula, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
- North Korea taking Seoul hostage: Chinese official CNA 07 Apr 2013 -- North Korea sees South Korea's capital as its Achilles' heel and has taken Seoul hostage by aiming considerable firepower at the city, a Chinese military official said on Sunday.
- Shanghai stops poultry trade over bird flu Iran Press TV 06 Apr 2013 -- China has closed Shanghai's live poultry markets as more birds are being culled to prevent the spread of a new bird flu virus.
- China holds airborne early warning drill targeting Japan: report CNA 06 Apr 2013 -- The Chinese air force completed a 24-hour drill that included three Chinese KJ-2000 airborne early warning and control system aircraft on April 2, with Japan serving as the imaginary enemy, Chinese media reported Saturday.
- China rejects reports of military buildup over Koreas tensions PressTV 03 Apr 2013 -- China has dismissed Western media reports of its armed forces having been placed on high alert amid the simmering tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
- Readout of Secretary Hagel's call with China's Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan DoD 02 Apr 2013
- Chinese Tanker Loads Iranian Oil VOA 02 Apr 2013 -- A Chinese tanker loaded crude in Iran in March, the first time a China-flagged ship, has transported Iranian crude since EU sanctions imposed last July stopped insurers covering the shipments.
- Taiwan seeks better ties in spite of cyber attacks from China CNA 01 Apr 2013 -- President Ma: Taiwan continues to face cyber attacks from China but such attacks would not cause Taiwan to slow down its rapprochement with the mainland.
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