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December 2013 - China Special Weapons News
- China is technically ready to explore Mars People's Daily 30 Dec 2013 -- Recently, the China Association for Science and Technology sponsored a meeting where scientists and the media were able to communicate face to face.
- President Xi to head leading group for overall reform People's Daily 30 Dec 2013 -- President Xi Jinping is to head a leading group for overall reform, the Communist Party of China Central Committee Political Bureau decided Monday.
- Defense Ministry: China effectively monitors ADIZ in East China Sea People's Daily 27 Dec 2013 -- China has closely monitored aircraft in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) since it was established in November, a Chinese defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
- China's nuclear bomber can hit US military bases: Report Iran Press TV 27 Dec 2013 -- China's new nuclear bomber can launch strategic missile attacks against US military facilities and those of its allies in the Western Pacific, according to Chinese state media.
- China to dispatch special envoy to South Sudan Iran Press TV 26 Dec 2013 -- China says it will send a special envoy to South Sudan to help find a solution to the conflict between government forces and rebels in the African country.
- Xi: Holding high banner of Mao 'forever' People's Daily 26 Dec 2013 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that the Communist Party of China (CPC) will hold high the banner of Mao Zedong Thought 'forever' in pursuing the Chinese nation's rejuvenation.
- China Protests Japan War Shrine Visit RFE/RL 26 Dec 2013 -- China has summoned Japan's ambassador and delivered a 'strong protest' after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a controversial shrine.
- China scathing on Abe's Yasukuni visit Xinhua 26 Dec 2013 -- China on Thursday condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine, saying the gesture is 'a major new political obstacle' to already strained relations.
- US Re-balance to Asia Overshadowed by Tensions With China VOA 23 Dec 2013 -- The United States moved to pivot military, diplomatic and economic resources toward Asia in 2013, but the policy was sidetracked by bickering among allies and an increasingly assertive China.
- China's moon rover continues lunar survey after photographing lander People's Daily 22 Dec 2013 -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, continued patrol explorations on the lunar surface after taking photos of the lander for the fifth and final time early on Sunday.
- Chinese military lashes out at Japanese defense documents People's Daily 21 Dec 2013 -- Chinese military on Friday accused Japan of using the pretext of safeguarding its own national security and regional peace for military expansion.
- Li: China-US 'mutual interests beat differences' People's Daily 20 Dec 2013 -- Economic ties are a 'ballast' for overall China-US relations, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, despite recent maritime tensions between the two navies.
- Hagel slams China's 'irresponsible' actions in naval standoff Iran Press TV 20 Dec 2013 -- Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel criticizes the Chinese Navy as "irresponsible," saying its actions risk escalating tensions with the United States.
- US, China Raise Tensions Over Maritime Issues VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls China's actions in a near-collision in the South China Sea irresponsible. He also warned that such incidents could aggravate tensions in the region. This latest episode could test the increased U.S. emphasis on Asia.
- China urges U.S. to be cautious on South China Sea issue People's Daily 18 Dec 2013 -- China on Wednesday rebuffed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks on the South China Sea issue and urged the country to be cautious in its words and deeds.
- Beijing warns US against meddling in China Sea Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- Beijing has warned the United States to be cautious in its words and actions with regard to territorial disputes involving China and its neighbors.
- Health official urges caution as more H7N9 cases reported in China CNA 17 Dec 2013 -- People traveling to China should take health precautions as 10 more H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported there since October, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center said Tuesday.
- China plans to launch Chang'e 5 in 2017 People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China plans to launch lunar probe Chang'e-5 in 2017, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
- Sen. McCain calls on China to rein in North Korea Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- US Senator John McCain calls on China to rein its ally North Korea following the recent execution of a prominent political figure in the country.
- Yutu gets rolling on the moon People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China's first lunar rover and the lander took pictures of each other near mid-night on Sunday, marking the complete success of the country's Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission.
- China Successfully Soft-lands Probe on the Moon RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2013 -- China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.
- China's Chang'e-3 probe soft-lands on moon People's Daily 14 Dec 2013 -- China's lunar probe Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover onboard, successfully landed on the moon on Saturday night, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
- Chinese Jade Rabbit rolls on to Moon's surface Iran Press TV 14 Dec 2013 -- China's unmanned spacecraft carrying Jade Rabbit robot rover has successfully landed on the Moon, joining the United States and former Soviet Union in accomplishing the feat last performed in 1976.
- Peacefully resolving ADIZ disputes is right thing to do: Ma CNA 14 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou addressed the legal aspects of air defense identification zones (ADIZ) Saturday, telling a forum of legal scholars that the best way to resolve disputes is rational dialogue.
- China opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan People's Daily 14 Dec 2013 -- China on Friday reiterated its firm opposition to arms sales to Taiwan by the United States.
- New missile frigate joins Chinese navy People's Daily 13 Dec 2013 -- Guided missile frigate Sanya officially joined the service of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during a delivery ceremony held Friday, according to military sources.
- China Hopes for Stability After N. Korea Execution VOA 13 Dec 2013 -- Chinese officials have declined to say if they have been in contact with Pyongyang about the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle.
- Execution gives Kim Jong Un firm grip on China ties: scholar CNA 13 Dec 2013 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take charge of his country's dealings with China following his uncle's execution, a local scholar forecast Friday.
- China's main battle military aircraft can intercept multiple targets in the air defense identification zone People's Daily 12 Dec 2013 -- Colonel Shen Jinke, news spokesperson of the Chinese air force, said on the 28th November that the Chinese air force had dispatched S-30 and J-11 and other main battle aircraft for a standard air patrol in China's East China Air Defense Identification Zone, so as to reinforce the monitoring of aerial targets and carry out a range of missions and tasks.
- 'Containing China' a Japanese strategy People's Daily 12 Dec 2013 -- Japan is trying to justify attempts to break away from its pacifist Constitution and build up its military by fanning the so-called China threat, experts said after Japan released the final draft of its national security strategy on Wednesday.
- Chinese, Thai armies kick off joint military drill People's Daily 11 Dec 2013 -- The Chinese and Thai army special forces kicked off a 14-day joint anti-terror training in Thailand on Monday morning.
- President defends Taiwan's stance on China's ADIZ declaration CNA 11 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday in a meeting with the top U.S. official in charge of relations with Taiwan that Taiwan reacted firmly to China's declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea.
- Chinese scholar wants aircraft carrier in South China Sea CNA 11 Dec 2013 -- China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, should be deployed in the South China Sea to strengthen the country's claim to the region, a Chinese military expert has argued.
- China's Peace Ark leaves Philippines People's Daily 11 Dec 2013 -- China's navy hospital ship Peace Ark left the Leyte Gulf in southeastern Philippines Tuesday for home after concluding a 16-day medical aid mission in typhoon-hit areas, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman.
- Peace Ark leaves Leyte after disaster relief People's Daily 11 Dec 2013 -- Hospital ship Peace Ark completed its disaster relief mission and left Leyte Gulf in the Philippines at 8 am on Dec 10.
- Xu Qiliang stresses to step up efforts in military standardization People's Daily 11 Dec 2013 -- Xu Qiliang, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the CPC, attended the working meeting on military standardization of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on December 9, 2013 in Beijing.
- Iran-China navy cooperation will expand IRNA 10 Dec 2013 -- Iran Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and commander of south Chinese naval fleet, Vui Shuiy, called for development of cooperation between the two forces in Indian Ocean.
- China dismisses Japan's opposition to South China Sea ADIZ People's Daily 09 Dec 2013 -- China dismissed the Japanese Defense Minister's remarks on the South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
- South Korea's expansion of ADIZ to not affect Taiwan: CAA CNA 09 Dec 2013 -- South Korea's announcement on Sunday that it had expanded the country's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) will not affect civil aviation in Taiwan, the country's aviation regulator said Monday.
- China says regrets South Korea move Iran Press TV 09 Dec 2013 -- China has expressed regret about a recent move by South Korea to expand its East China Sea air defense zone.
- Taiwan calls for peaceful resolution of conflicting ADIZ claims CNA 08 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan on Sunday called on all concerned parties to 'peacefully resolve' their differences over overlapping air defense identification zones (ADIZ) in East Asia.
- China's top legislature rejects Japanese resolution on ADIZ People's Daily 08 Dec 2013 -- The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Saturday said China's top legislature firmly oppose a Japanese resolution on China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
- Taiwan, China preparing to review results of bilateral pacts CNA 08 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan and China are preparing to meet again to review the results of agreements the two countries have signed over the past five years, with the meeting likely to take place by the end of the year.
- Biden Rejects China's Air Defense Zone, Reaffirms Asia Pivot VOA 06 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has rejected China's self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, saying it raises tensions in the region and the possibility of miscalculation. Biden made the comments while in South Korea where he reaffirmed a U.S. plan to re-focus on the Asia Pacific and urged North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
- Biden: US does not recognize China's air defense zone Iran Press TV 06 Dec 2013 -- US Vice President Joe Biden has said on behalf of President Barack Obama that Washington will not recognize China's newly declared air defense zone in the East China Sea.
- Chinese aircraft carrier has major weaknesses: Beijing newspaper CNA 06 Dec 2013 -- By sending its first aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, Beijing aims at more effective control over disputed islands in the region, but the vessel has five major weaknesses that make it unable to match up against U.S. carriers, according to a Friday report in a Chinese state-run newspaper.
- President Ma to urge China not to designate ADIZ in South China Sea CNA 06 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that he will ask China not to establish an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, and described Beijing's recent demarcation of an East China Sea ADIZ as unhelpful to the positive development of relations between Taiwan and China.
- Good for defense and economy People's Daily 06 Dec 2013 -- The Decision on Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reforms, issued by the Third Plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, lays special emphasis on 'boosting coordinated development of military and civilian industries'.
- China's main battle military aircraft can intercept multiple targets in the air defense identification zone People's Daily 06 Dec 2013 -- Colonel Shen Jinke, news spokesperson of the Chinese air force, said on the 28th November that the Chinese air force had dispatched S-30 and J-11 and other main battle aircraft for a standard air patrol in China's East China Air Defense Identification Zone, so as to reinforce the monitoring of aerial targets and carry out a range of missions and tasks.
- Expert: "Sharp Sword" UAV has ability to attack enemy's high-value targets in wartime People's Daily 06 Dec 2013 -- A video showing a taxiing run of one of China's home-made 'Sharp Sword' prototype attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has recently been made available online, quickly attracting the attention of large numbers of netizens.
- Biden in South Korea for Security Talks VOA 05 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Korea amid tensions over China's new Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ.
- 135 peacekeepers depart for Mali People's Daily 05 Dec 2013 -- With only a few international flights landing and leaving from Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, the city's international airport usually remains quiet. However, on Tuesday, the departure building was bustling with preparations involving a group of Chinese troops.
- President Xi urges US to respect China's core interests People's Daily 05 Dec 2013 -- Strengthening dialogue and cooperation is the 'correct choice' for China and the United States, President Xi Jinping told visiting US Vice-President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
- Biden: Conflict With China Not Inevitable VOA 05 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says that while Washington's relationship with Beijing is complex and the two countries have real differences, conflict is not inevitable. Biden made his those remarks Thursday on the last day of his stopover in Beijing on a three-nation tour to Asia.
- China's ADIZ demarcation unhelpful to ties with Taiwan: president Ma CNA 05 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday criticized China's unilateral declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) as 'unhelpful' to the development of bilateral relations, adding that Taiwan was not consulted prior to the demarcation.
- US, China Emphasize Cooperation, Dialogue Amid Defense Zone Dispute VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- The United States and China are talking about the need for cooperation and dialogue as visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and China's president, Xi Jinping met in the Chinese capital. Among other issues, the two discussed the dispute over China's declaration of an air defense zone over islands administered by Japan. When they met with journalists, though, neither Biden nor Xi brought up the matter.
- China sends security force for peacekeeping mission in Mali People's Daily 04 Dec 2013 -- China sent 135 peacekeepers on Tuesday for a peacekeeping mission to Mali, marking the first time the country has dispatched security forces for a peacekeeping mission.
- Chang Wanquan holds talks with Djibouti defense minister People's Daily 04 Dec 2013 -- Chang Wanquan, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC), state councilor and minister of national defense of the People's Republic of China (PRC), held talks with Hassan Darar Houffaneh, the visiting minister of defense of Djibouti, on the afternoon of December 2, 2013 in Beijing.
- Fan Changlong meets with Djibouti defense minister People's Daily 04 Dec 2013 -- Fan Changlong, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the CPC, met with Hassan Darar Houffaneh, the visiting minister of defense of Djibouti, and his party on the afternoon of December 2, 2013 in Beijing.
- China's aircraft carrier combat taskforce is still unfledged People's Daily 04 Dec 2013 -- China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning ship, sailed out from a military port in Qingdao of east China's Shandong province to the South China Sea on the morning of November 26, accompanied by the guided missile destroyers 'Shenyang' and 'Shijiazhuang', the guided missile frigates 'Yantai' and 'Weifang' of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN). The Liaoning ship and its accompanying warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait into the South China Sea on November 28, and made its first berth at a military port in Sanya, Hainan province on the morning of November 29.
- Biden, Xi Discuss ADIZ, Wide Range of US-China Issues VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- U.S. officials say Vice President Joe Biden expressed Washington's concerns over China's new air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, during talks Wednesday with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
- Biden Prepares to Discuss China Defense Zone in Beijing VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to head to Beijing Wednesday, following talks in Japan about China's controversial Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ.
- China begins mass production of fighters for aircraft carrier CNA 03 Dec 2013 -- Mass production has reportedly begun on China's Shenyang J-15, a carrier-based fighter jet, in a move that indicates Beijing has started picking up the pace in training and development for its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
- 16th Chinese naval escort taskforce sets sail from Qingdao People's Daily 03 Dec 2013 -- The 16th escort taskforce under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) set sail from a naval port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province at 10:00 on November 30, 2013 for the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast to take over the escort mission from the 15th Chinese naval escort taskforce.
- Rescinding air defense zone 'loss of face for China' Iran Press TV 03 Dec 2013 -- Beijing will refuse to accept Washington's demand to scrap the Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea because it would be a "major loss of face for China," an analyst says.
- Biden to Raise US Concerns Over Air Defense Zone VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Japan -- the first stop of a six-day Asian tour at a time of heightened tensions over China's newly declared air defense zone.
- Air Force officials pinpoint ADIZ overlap with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Air Force officials said Monday that the overlapping area of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and China's ADIZ over the East China Sea covers some 23,000 square kilometers, not 67,000 sq. km. as it said last week.
- Taiwan Air Force operating normally in zone overlapping with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Air Force patrols in its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) have not been impacted by China's demarcation of an ADIZ that partially overlaps Taiwan's, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- No Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan's ADIZ: minister CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- No military aircraft from China have entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since Beijing's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- Canada arrests citizen on charges of spying for China Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- The Canadian police have arrested a citizen on charges of trying to provide classified information to the Chinese government, officials say.
- China communicates with others on air zone: FM spokesman People's Daily 02 Dec 2013 -- China has communicated with related countries on its newly established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
- China urges India not to complicate border issue People's Daily 01 Dec 2013 -- China urged India on Saturday to refrain from moves that complicates boundary issues and work with China to create conditions for talks.
- China launches probe and rover to moon People's Daily 02 Dec 2013 -- China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.
- China Launches Moon Rover Mission VOA 01 Dec 2013 -- China has launched its first robotic expedition to the moon's surface, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen to reflect the country's rising global stature.
- China could set up ADIZ over South China Sea: MND CNA 01 Dec 2013 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Sunday that it could not rule out the possibility of China announcing another air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea after a similar move covering part of the East China Sea in late November.
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