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June 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- China Reports More Unrest In Xinjiang Region RFE/RL 29 Jun 2013 -- Chinese media have reported more violence in the ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang.
- China Denies Softer Stance On Dalai Lama RFE/RL 29 Jun 2013 -- China has denied reports that it has relaxed its policies on the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
- New Violence Reported In China's Xinjiang Region RFE/RL 28 Jun 2013 -- China's state media has reported fresh violence in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang.
- US Ambassador Ends Visit to Tibet VOA 28 Jun 2013 -- U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke has ended a three-day visit to Tibet, where he met with local officials and some of the leading monks from Buddhist monasteries in the regional capital, Lhasa.
- China Sex Scandal Official Gets Prison for Bribery VOA 27 Jun 2013 -- A court in southeastern China has sentenced a former government official to 13 years in prison on a bribery conviction.
- China Raises Death Toll in Xinjiang Unrest to 35 VOA 27 Jun 2013 -- China has raised the death toll from the worst outbreak of violence in years in its western Xinjiang region.
- HRW: 2 Million Tibetans Forcibly Relocated Since 2006 VOA 27 Jun 2013 -- Millions of Tibetans have been forced to leave their homes and livelihoods as part of a mass government relocation program.
- Uyghur Groups Urge Probe Into Xinjiang Violence RFE/RL 27 Jun 2013 -- Two Uyghur exile groups have urged an independent investigation into the death of 27 people in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
- China to Bolster Defense Ties With Post-Soviet States RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2013 -- Beijing is committed to boosting its defense collaboration with member states of a post-Soviet security group that includes Russia.
- Xinjiang's Deadliest Violence in Years Renews Focus on Ethnic Tensions VOA 26 Jun 2013 -- The deadliest unrest in China's western Xinjiang region in four years is drawing attention to long-running tensions.
- China's Xinjiang Riot Kills 27 VOA 26 Jun 2013 -- Chinese state media say 27 people were killed during riots in the ethnically divided, northwestern province of Xinjiang.
- China Completes Longest Manned Space Mission VOA 26 Jun 2013 -- China has completed its longest manned space mission yet.
- Chinese Spacecraft Returns To Earth Safely RFE/RL 26 Jun 2013 -- China's longest manned space mission has ended successfully.
- China’s Manned Spacecraft Returns to Earth RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2013 -- A Chinese spaceship carrying three astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday morning after spending two weeks in orbit.
- Spying Revelations Affect US-China Cyber Security Talks VOA 25 Jun 2013 -- Experts in China and Hong Kong are beginning to gauge what impact revelations will have on the ongoing efforts for global cyber security.
- Democracy is universal: Chen Guangcheng CNA 24 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan's democratic system proves that the values of democracy and human rights are not exclusive to West Chen Guangcheng said.
- Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng Visits Taiwan VOA 24 Jun 2013 -- Chen, a blind lawyer who had angered Chinese authorities with civil rights and anti-corruption work, arrived in Taiwan Sunday for an 18-day visit.
- Taiwan, China to review agreements already signed CNA 21 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan and China have agreed to hold a meeting later this year to review how well previous agreements signed between the two sides have been carried out.
- Taiwan, China sign service trade pact CNA 21 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan and China signed a service trade pact Friday in Shanghai to open the service sectors on both sides, a move designed to deepen ties across the Taiwan Strait.
- China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes VOA 20 Jun 2013 -- China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors.
- China Sentences Uighurs to Jail VOA 20 Jun 2013 -- Chinese courts in the predominantly Muslim, northwest region of Xinjiang have sentenced 19 ethnic Uighurs to prison for inciting religious extremism and other related charges.
- Report: Chinese Workers Increasingly Use Collective Actions VOA 20 Jun 2013 -- China's economic slowdown, and the rising costs of labor in the country's main industrial hubs, are contributing to a transformation in the way workers negotiate with employers.
- China, Russia Slam US Report on Human Trafficking VOA 20 Jun 2013 -- China and Russia are criticizing a U.S. report that cited both countries among the world's worst in fighting sex trafficking and forced labor.
- Russia, China Reject U.S. Criticism Over Human Trafficking RFE/RL 20 Jun 2013 -- Moscow has expressed "indignation" about the possibility of being hit by U.S. sanctions after Washington gave Russia the lowest possible rating on the fight against human trafficking.
- Russia, China Downgraded in US Trafficking Report VOA 20 Jun 2013 -- The U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report Wednesday, and Russia, Uzbekistan and China were automatically downgraded to the lowest Tier 3 ranking.
- U.S. Says Uzbekistan, Russia, Iran Worst For Human Trafficking RFE/RL 20 Jun 2013 -- Uzbekistan and Russia have received the lowest possible rating from the U.S. State Department in its annual report on human trafficking around the world.
- Southeast Asian Nations, Partners to Discuss Regional Security VOA 19 Jun 2013 -- Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their dialogue partners are gathering in Brunei for a three-day meeting beginning June 29.
- At start of visit to China, UN chief highlights partnership for peace, stability UN News Centre 19 Jun 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban discussed a range topics central to the agenda of the United Nations.
- China Intensifies Digital, Human Surveillance of Tibetans VOA 19 Jun 2013 -- China appears to be intensifying its monitoring of Tibetans.
- HRW: Campaign Restricts Tibetans' Freedom of Expression VOA 19 Jun 2013 -- A leading human rights group says a Chinese government surveillance campaign is restricting freedom of expression and creating a culture of fear in Tibetan villages.
- US Pressure on China Over Hacking to Remain VOA 18 Jun 2013 -- Analysts say the recent leaks exposing top-secret U.S. surveillance programs may benefit China temporarily.
- U.S. stance on Taiwan unchanged after Obama-Xi summit CNA 18 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan's representative to the United States said that the U.S.'s stance toward Taiwan remains unchanged following President Barack Obama's meeting with his Chinese counterpart.
- Chinese State Official Accused of Spending Lavishly on Mistress VOA 18 Jun 2013 -- A Chinese government official is facing accusations of supporting a mistress with extravagant spending beyond his modest salary, in the latest sex scandal to hit the ruling Communist Party.
- Report: NSA Leaker Denies Contact with Chinese Gov VOA 17 Jun 2013 -- U.S. intelligence contractor who recently exposed some U.S. surveillance operations has denied he had any contact with the Chinese government.
- Dissident: China Pressured NYU to Make Him Leave VOA 17 Jun 2013 -- Blind Chinese activist who arrived in the US last year has confirmed China exerted political pressure on New York University to make him leave at the end of this month.
- China Boasts World's Fastest Computer VOA 17 Jun 2013 -- China can now boast the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers.
- China unveils 31 measures to promote exchanges with Taiwan CNA 16 Jun 2013 -- China announced a total of 31 measures aimed at promoting further exchanges with Taiwan Sunday, with emphasis on facilitating travel and assistance to Taiwanese job seekers and businesses in mainland China.
- Chinese Ships Enter Waters Claimed by Japan VOA 14 Jun 2013 -- Japanese maritime authorities say three Chinese government ships have sailed into waters around disputed islands controlled by Tokyo, for the first time since late May.
- 'One China' is Republic of China: Taiwan CNA 14 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan's top China-policy agency said Friday that no matter how cross-Taiwan Strait relations are described, the government's stance is clear - the "one China" is the Republic of China.
- High-level cross-strait talks planned for June 20 CNA 14 Jun 2013 -- The ninth round of high-level talks between Taiwan and China in five years will be held in Shanghai June 20-22.
- US involved in extensive hacking on China, Hong Kong: Snowden Iran Press TV 13 Jun 2013 -- NSA whistleblower who leaked major US electronic spying operations within and outside the country has further exposed US the spy agency's involvement in massive hacking against China and Hong Kong.
- Snowden Charges Further Complicate US-China Ties VOA 13 Jun 2013 -- China's state media have pounced on comments from former CIA analyst Edward Snowden that the U.S. government has been hacking computers in China for years, giving the issue prominent coverage. But when the Chinese foreign ministry was asked about the accusations Thursday, the response was slightly more muted.
- Chinese Manned Spaceship Reaches Orbit RIA Novosti 11 Jun 2013 -- A Chinese spaceship carrying three astronauts blasted off on Tuesday and reached a designated orbit, mission control said.
- Could US Work with China on Space Issues? VOA 11 Jun 2013 -- As China's space program rapidly advances, many are debating whether the United States should consider unprecedented cooperation with Beijing on space science and exploration missions.
- China Launches 15-day Manned Space Mission VOA 11 Jun 2013 -- China launched a manned space mission Tuesday, continuing its ambitious goal of building its own space station. Among the many tasks to be undertaken during the 15-day flight, the astronauts will lead lectures from space to educate Chinese students.
- Despite Sunny Summit, Challenges Remain for US, China VOA 10 Jun 2013 -- American and Chinese officials agreed at an informal summit to work together to combat climate change and end North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
- Improved cross-strait ties in interests of Taiwan, U.S., China: Ma CNA 10 Jun 2013 -- President Ma hailed the explicit support for the progress made in improving cross-Taiwan Strait relations expressed by United States President Barack Obama.
- Obama, Xi Agree North Korea Must Denuclearize AFPS 09 Jun 2013 -- During their two-days of informal talks in Rancho Mirage, Calif., that concluded yesterday, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingpin agreed that North Korea must denuclearize, and that the United States and China will work together to resolve cybersecurity and other issues, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told reporters in Palm Springs, Calif., yesterday.
- Taiwan relieved Xi-Obama summit not affecting its interest CNA 09 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan was relieved Sunday to find that while China's stance on issues related to the island remains unchanged, the United States remains firm on its commitment to help Taiwan defend itself.
- Xi's call on arms sales not expected to affect Taiwan-U.S. ties CNA 09 Jun 2013 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for the United States to end arm sales to Taiwan is not expected to affect Taiwan-U.S. relations, local scholars said Sunday.
- China's stance on Taiwan issues unchanged: Taiwan official CNA 09 Jun 2013 -- China's stance on issues related to Taiwan remains unchanged, a Taiwanese official said Sunday, after Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan.
- Obama, Xi Discuss Military-to-Military Relations, Cybersecurity AFPS 08 Jun 2013 -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingpin said their two countries need to develop better military-to-military relations and improve cybersecurity cooperation during a session with reporters at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, Calif., yesterday.
- Obama-Xi summit not to affect Taiwan-U.S. ties: MOFA CNA 08 Jun 2013 -- The ongoing summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping is not expected to affect the relations between Taiwan and the United States, Foreign Minister David Lin said Saturday.
- Taiwan watching development of Obama-Xi summit CNA 08 Jun 2013 -- Taiwan is monitoring closely the development of the first summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
- US, Chinese Presidents Wrap Up California Summit VOA 08 Jun 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have concluded their two-day meeting in California, seen as a chance at a fresh start to a complicated, often tense relationship.
- Obama, Xi Emphasize Importance of U.S.-China Relationship AFPS 07 Jun 2013 -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping both highlighted the importance of the U.S.-China relationship during their remarks made today before the start of their informal talks at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
- US Commander Issues Stern Warning on S. China Sea Disputes VOA 06 Jun 2013 -- The top American military commander in the Pacific issued a stern warning to any country that might try to seize control of disputed areas in the South China Sea:
- Obama, Xi to Discuss Cybersecurity During Informal Talks AFPS 05 Jun 2013 -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss cybersecurity and other topics when they meet this week for informal talks at the Sunnylands estate in California, senior administration officials said yesterday.
- China Repeats Claims Over Disputed Islands VOA 02 Jun 2013 -- A senior Chinese general says warships will continue to patrol waters where Beijing has territorial claims, despite disputes with other Asian countries.
- Hagel Addresses Chinese Concerns During Shangri-La Dialogue AFPS 01 Jun 2013 -- During a question-and-answer session following his speech here this morning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel countered a Chinese general's question on whether the U.S. strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is intended to contain China.
- Hagel Gives Blunt Warning to China on Cyber Attacks VOA 01 Jun 2013 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has publicly rebuked China for its cyber espionage operations. On his first trip to Asia as Pentagon chief, Hagel spoke in the wake of revelations that China hacked into sensitive U.S. weapons systems designs.
- U.S. supports improved Taiwan-China relations: U.S. defense secretary CNA 01 Jun 2013 -- United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the U.S. strongly supports the efforts made by Taiwan and China over the past few years in improving bilateral relations, adding that U.S. relations with China is an 'essential part' of its 'Return to Asia' policy.
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