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February 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- China issues report on U.S. human rights People's Daily 28 Feb 2014 -- China published a report on the United States' human rights record on Friday, in response to U.S. criticism and 'irresponsible remarks' about China.
- Chinese army relocates 10 airports, closes 457 drilling airspaces to support civil aviation development People's Daily 27 Feb 2014 -- A spokesperson with the air force said that in order to support the development of civil aviation, the Chinese army has relocated 10 airports and closed 457 drilling airspaces.
- Chinese negotiator meets Taiwan's mainland affairs chief CNA 27 Feb 2014 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Deming, met Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi at a hotel in Taipei Thursday afternoon.
- China blasts Japan's pro-military tendencies, nuclear stockpile Xinhua 26 Feb 2014 -- China on Wednesday strongly denounced the Japanese government's pro-military tendencies and controversial view on history, and threw doubts on the country's nuclear material stockpile.
- Taiwan, China to start preparatory meeting for high-level talks CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- Officials from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait were scheduled to start a preparatory meeting Wednesday for the 10th round of cross-strait talks since 2008, during which two agreements on meteorological exchanges and earthquake monitoring are expected to be signed.
- Taiwan looks to further cross-strait economic cooperation CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China told his Chinese counterpart Wednesday during a meeting in Taipei that he hopes the two intermediary bodies that handle cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations will focus more on economic cooperation and promote the two sides' integration into regional economic systems.
- Taiwan screens latest accords with China to ensure security: official CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- The two agreements Taiwan will sign with China this week were reviewed by Taiwan's national security agencies and found to be free of risks to the island country's security, an official said Wednesday.
- 'Taiwan independence' a dead end: spokesman People's Daily 26 Feb 2014 -- 'Taiwan independence' will not win the support of Taiwan people and is doomed to be opposed by people from across the strait, said a mainland spokesman on Wednesday.
- Expert: attack force of Japanese onboard missiles lags behind that of Chinese missiles People's Daily 26 Feb 2014 -- A recent report from a Japanese media agency claimed that although China deploys 5 times as many warplanes as Japan, there is a clear gap between Chinese and Japanese radar performance. Interviewed by a reporter, Song Xinzhi, an air force equipment expert, said that the performance of missiles has a greater impact in air combat than the performance of of radar. In this regard, Japan lags behind China by an order of magnitude.
- Smog in China as possible defense against US lasers - research VoR 26 Feb 2014 -- While the American Navy is preparing to deploy its first laser weapon over China, some experts tend to believe that Chinese are going to use their smog as the best possible defense against it.
- China boosting cooperation with Russia in key technology of bombers, transport trainers People's Daily 25 Feb 2014 -- The aviation industry of Jiangxi Province developed very swiftly in 2013. AVIC Jiangxi Hongdu Aviation Industry Group is actively boosting its cooperation with Russia in the key technology of bombers and transport trainers, according to information from the website of the Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense.
- China to export new-type patrol ship to West Africa People's Daily 24 Feb 2014 -- The first new-type patrol ship F91 that China plans to export to Nigeria has been launched. It will be delivered in the middle of 2014 as scheduled.
- US gen. calls for China-Japan dialog over disputed islands Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno has called for a dialog between China and Japan amid a simmering territorial dispute over a set of islands.
- China expresses 'strong indignation, firm opposition' against Obama-Dalai Lama meeting People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Friday night summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d'affaires of U.S. embassy in China, to lodge solemn representations for U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama regardless of China's strong opposition.
- Xi's cross-Strait speech shows courage to break ground of political issues People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Xi Jinping's recent speech on cross-Strait relations showed the courage and commitment to face up to political differences, said the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief here Friday.
- Commentary: Xi takes cross-Strait ties new level People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Remarks on mainland-Taiwan relations by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, could be raising cross-Strait ties to a new high.
- China to export new-type patrol ship with stealth performance to Nigeria People's Daily 21 Feb 2014 -- The first new-type patrol ship F91 that China plans to export to Nigeria has been launched. It will be delivered in the middle of 2014 as scheduled. It will become the first ship of the Nigerian navy's P18N project. During an interview, Major General Yin Zhuo made particular mention of the vessel's stealth performance.
- Philippines army chief scoffs at China island claims Press TV 20 Feb 2014 -- Chief of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has scoffed at Beijing's claims over the regional islands near the Philippines, vowing to defend his country's fishermen against the Chinese navy.
- New-type inflatable landing boat to be deployed People's Daily 19 Feb 2014 -- The landing equipment of our navy, including dock landing ships, inflatable landing boats and amphibious chariots, is gradually providing a new three-dimensional multiple platform.
- China's navy complete first formal blue water training in 2014 People's Daily 19 Feb 2014 -- The China's navy has smoothly completed its first formal blue water training mission of 2014. During the training, the formation crossed a series of rarely-crossed straits.
- China's C919 large airplane schedule to take first flight in 2015 People's Daily 18 Feb 2014 -- The first test-flight C919 plane will enter the final assembly phase in 2014, and is expected to make its maiden flight in 2015, said Tian Min, chief accountant of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China undertaking the development of Chinese large passenger aircrafts, at the Singapore Airplane Exhibition on Sep. 12.
- Q&A: China's Evolving Rapprochement With Taiwan VOA 18 Feb 2014 -- Cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan have embarked on 'a fast-track to development,' according China's state-run Global Times today.
- China wants non-nuclear Japan to remain nuke-free People's Daily 18 Feb 2014 -- China on Monday urged Japan to stick by the three non-nuclear principles, after Japanese officials hinted at allowing the United States to bring in nuclear weapons in emergency.
- Danger coefficient high for fully-loaded military transport aircraft at take off People's Daily 18 Feb 2014 -- On February 11, local time, a C-130 Hercules military plane belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashed in Algeria's eastern Oum El Bouaghi province. Xu Yongling, a test flight expert of the Chinese air force, said in an interview with People's Daily Online that military transport aircraft usually take off with almost a full load, which involves a higher danger coefficient than with no load or a half-load.
- Chinese army to revamp evaluation system People's Daily 18 Feb 2014 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is mulling to revamp its official evaluation system amid a widening anti-corruption campaign in the country.
- Not appropriate for Ma, Xi to meet in capacity as party heads: MAC CNA 17 Feb 2014 -- It would not be appropriate for leaders on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to meet each other in their capacities as heads of their political parties, the nation's top China policy planner said Monday.
- Beijing speaks positively of Wang-Zhang meeting CNA 17 Feb 2014 -- The Feb. 11 meeting between the top officials in charge of cross-strait affairs across the Taiwan Strait has achieved several major results, a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Monday.
- Expert: China's participation in Cobra Gold military exercise confirms rise of Chinese military influence People's Daily 17 Feb 2014 -- The Cobra Gold 2014 multilateral military exercise opened on Feb. 11 in Thailand's Phitsanulok. China has sent troops to attend the military exercise for the first time. Seventeen Chinese soldiers, mainly from the Guangzhou Military Area Command, will participate in humanitarian relief drills.
- China reports 3 more H7N9 cases People's Daily 17 Feb 2014 -- Three more people were confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu in three Chinese provinces, health authorities said Sunday.
- China reports new H7N9 cases, cities ban poultry trading People's Daily 16 Feb 2014 -- Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise.
- Chinese FM expounds South China Sea policies People's Daily 15 Feb 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday stated China's basic view and policy on the South China Sea during talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
- Taiwan, China exchange views on leaders' summit CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- Ranking officials from Taiwan and China have exchanged views for the first time on the possibility of holding a presidential summit although there is no indication as to whether or when such a top-level meeting might happen.
- MAC head expects more exchanges with China after milestone visit CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi said Friday that he looks forward to more substantial exchanges across the Taiwan Strait after his just-concluded trip to China, which he described as 'satisfactory and smooth.'
- MAC-TAO communication to be reciprocal, direct: MAC minister CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- A regular communication mechanism between top officials in charge of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs that Taiwan and China agreed to establish during a high-level meeting earlier this week will be conducted in a reciprocal and direct manner, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday.
- Chinese army mainly engaged in humanitarian rescue in 'Cobra Gold' exercise People's Daily 14 Feb 2014 -- The Cobra Gold 2014 multilateral military exercise is set to open on Feb. 11 in Thailand's Phitsanulok. China has sent troops to attend the military exercise for the first time.
- Kerry Warns China Against New Air-Defense Zone RFE/RL 14 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned China against unilateral moves to set up a new air-defense zone that would include disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- China's lunar rover 'wakes up': spokesman People's Daily 13 Feb 2014 -- China's moon rover Yutu is awake after its troubled dormancy but experts are still trying to find out the cause of its abnormality, a spokesman with the country's lunar probe program said on Thursday.
- Chinese Lunar Rover, Thought Lost, Comes Back to Life RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2014 -- China's maiden lunar rover, which had earlier been declared lost due to technical problems, has unexpectedly revived itself, the country's state media reported Thursday.
- Xi urges army's implementation of 'mass line' People's Daily 13 Feb 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has made instructions to the army, calling for further implementation of China's 'mass line' guideline.
- Taiwan's top China policy planner speaks in China about ROC CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top China policy planner spoke about the Republic of China (ROC) during a visit Wednesday to the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, where he paid his respects to the man hailed as the founding father of modern China.
- Chinese news media reports prominently on Wang-Zhang meeting CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Several Chinese news media reported prominently on Wednesday a landmark meeting in Nanjing a day earlier between the heads of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs on each side of the strait.
- Wang Yu-chi lays wreath at mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top China policy planner Wang Yu-chi said the Republic of China founded by Sun Yat-sen 103 years ago is still alive after he paid his respects to Sun at father of modern China's mausoleum in Nanjing on Wednesday morning.
- Taiwan Official Visits Sun Yat-sen's Tomb in China VOA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top cross-strait official visited the burial ground of Sun Yat-sen Wednesday, the founder of modern China and a man who is respected in both Taipei and Beijing. During his visit, the Mainland Affairs Council chairman, Wang Yu-chi, used the opportunity to not only pay respects, but also make mention of Taiwan's democratic accomplishments.
- China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover declared dead on moon's surface Voice of Russia 12 Feb 2014 -- China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, state media reported Wednesday, in a major setback for the country's ambitious space programme.
- Wang Yu-chi departs for China CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Mainland Affairs Council chief Wang Yu-chi said Tuesday before departing for China that he hopes his trip will be smooth and will help promote mutual understanding between the two sides.
- President praises significance of first formal cross-strait meeting CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou Tuesday praised the 'extraordinary significance' of the first formal meeting between the top cross-strait officials from Taiwan and China, which opened in Nanjing earlier in the day.
- MAC to set up regular communication mechanism with TAO CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top official in charge of planning China policy said here Tuesday that he and his Chinese counterpart agreed during a historic meeting to establish a regular communication mechanism.
- Cross-strait relations open new chapter: MAC head CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top official in charge of planning China policy said Tuesday that his meeting with his Chinese counterpart indicated that cross-Taiwan Strait relations have entered a new chapter.
- Taiwan official arrives for groundbreaking mainland-Taiwan meeting People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan's mainland affairs chief, arrived in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on Tuesday morning for a four-day visit.
- Cross-Strait officials agree to regular communication People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- The Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Tuesday agreed to regular communication between their cross-Strait affairs departments.
- Taiwan, China Hold Landmark Talks on Mainland VOA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and China on Tuesday held their first high-level political talks since their civil war ended 65 years ago.
- India, China discuss long-standing border dispute Iran Press TV 11 Feb 2014 -- The 17th round of India-China negotiations, known as the Special Representatives Talks, has been held in the Indian capital New Delhi.
- China concerned over upcoming ROK-U.S. military drills People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday voiced concern over upcoming military drills to be jointly held by the Republic of Korea and the United States.
- PLA to debut in U.S.-Thailand military exercise People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- China has sent troops to attend the multilateral military exercise Cobra Gold, led by the United States and Thailand, for the first time, said the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on Monday.
- Chinese fleet wraps up open sea patrol People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- A flotilla with China's Nanhai Fleet stopped at a military port in south China's Guangdong Province on Tuesday after a 23-day annual patrol and training mission.
- Kerry Traveling to South Korea and China for Talks on North Korea VOA 10 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Wednesday for South Korea and China, where he will meet with officials about containing North Korea's nuclear program. The Obama administration also is working to secure the release of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, who is being held in a North Korean labor camp.
- China blasts US meddling in regional sea disputes Iran Press TV 10 Feb 2014 -- Beijing has blasted Washington's irresponsible warnings over the Chinese government's move to declare a new air defense zone in the South China Sea.
- Taiwan, China to Hold First Official Talks VOA 10 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and China hold official talks this week, a historic first for the two governments since a civil war ended more than six decades ago. Political differences still linger and while the two administrations do not officially recognize one another, some analysts think the talks could mark a small step toward more normal, official ties - and perhaps even be a prelude to a possible meeting between China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou later this year.
- Number of confirmed H7N9 cases hits 200 since October: CDC CNA 10 Feb 2014 -- The number of confirmed human cases of H7N9 has reached 200 since October, predominantly in China, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.
- US, China trade warning over ADIZ Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- China has accused the US of undermining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific urging Washington to hold a rational and fair attitude towards the developments in the region.
- China urges U.S. to drop ADIZ remarks People's Daily 08 Feb 2014 -- China on Saturday urged the United States to drop irresponsible remarks on the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea to avoid detriment to stability in the region.
- China slams Philippine leader remarks on disputed islands Iran Press TV 07 Feb 2014 -- A senior Chinese official has strongly denounced the Philippine President Benigno Aquino for his 'outrageous' comments against China.
- China: US Remarks About Territorial Claims are Irresponsible VOA 07 Feb 2014 -- China says that remarks made earlier this week by a U.S. top official about its maritime disputes are groundless and irresponsible. East Asia envoy Daniel Russel had raised concerns about China's assertive stance with its neighbors and questioned the legality of China's territorial claims.
- China reports 314 confirmed H7N9 avian flu cases CNA 07 Feb 2014 -- The number of confirmed human cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China and Hong Kong has reached 314 since an outbreak on the mainland began last March, with 80 percent of the cases involving contact with poultry or wild birds, a Taiwanese health official said Friday, citing a report by Chinese health experts.
- China has ambitious plans to upgrade naval fleet: U.S. report CNA 07 Feb 2014 -- The Chinese navy has ambitious plans over the next 15 years to upgrade its fleet of surface ships as well as weapons systems, a U.S. Navy report said.
- China's submarines can nuke Hawaii Alaska: Report Iran Press TV 07 Feb 2014 -- The US Navy has expressed concerns in a new report over China's new submarines armed with nuclear missiles which are capable of hitting the US states of Alaska and Hawaii.
- China reports 11 new H7N9 human cases People's Daily 06 Feb 2014 -- Eleven Chinese people were confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu on Wednesday in four regions, with 8 in critical condition, according to local health authorities.
- Commentary: Philippine leader's senseless attack against China smells of amateurish politician Xinhua 05 Feb 2014 -- Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has taken an inflammatory approach while dealing with maritime disputes with China, has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman in the region.
- New advanced Chinese warships challenging US Navy edge Iran Press TV 05 Feb 2014 -- The United States Navy is concerned about China's military plans as Beijing is accelerating the construction of a second aircraft carrier, military experts say.
- U.S. calls for peaceful solutions to regional maritime tensions CNA 05 Feb 2014 -- The United States called for peaceful ways for countries in the East China Sea and South China Sea regions to address tensions there, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday.
- China Navy starts West Pacific drill People's Daily 04 Feb 2014 -- A flotilla with China's Nanhai Fleet entered the West Pacific Ocean on Monday to start a drill there after exercises in the Indian Ocean.
- China dismisses ADIZ reports, optimistic about South China Sea situation Xinhua 02 Feb 2014 -- China on Saturday dismissed allegations by some Japanese reports that it is to set up an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea and expressed optimism over regional situation.
- China denies any plans for South China Sea air defence zone Voice of Russia 02 Feb 2014 -- China has denied it has any plans to set up an air defence zone over the South China Sea. 'Right-wing forces of Japan have repeatedly clamoured about the alleged plan,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency on Saturday.
- China says Japan's 'hype' on air defence zone spreads tension Voice of Russia 02 Feb 2014 -- China does not feel threatened by countries in Southeast Asia and is optimistic about the situation in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said, warning Japan not to 'spread rumors' it plans a new air defense identification zone.
- Chinese AEW&C aircraft effective for mission over E China Sea People's Daily 01 Feb 2014 -- Since the establishment of the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) has constantly been a subject of public discussion.
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