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March 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- US urges China to avoid provocative actions in South China Sea Iran Press TV 31 Mar 2014 -- The United States has called on China to "refrain from provocative actions in the South China Sea" after two Chinese coastguard ships reportedly tried to block a Philippine vessel in the tense sea last week.
- On EU Visit, Chinese President Caught in Ukraine Dilemma VOA 31 Mar 2014 -- China's President Xi Jinping is wrapping up a week-long tour of Europe aimed at fostering better economic ties with its number one trading partner.
- China worried about Korean Peninsula tensions: FM People's Daily 31 Mar 2014 -- China here on Monday expressed concern about the rise of tension on the Korean Peninsula, as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) reportedly fired shells near their disputed western maritime border.
- Russia in S-400 talks with China, but early to say about concrete deal VoR 31 Mar 2014 -- Russia and China are negotiating possible delivery of air defense missile systems S-400 Triumf to China, but it is early to say about deadlines for launching delivery and its amount, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin said on Monday.
- China Calls for Calm After Koreas Fire Artillery into Ocean VOA 31 Mar 2014 -- China is calling for calm in the Korean Peninsula after North Korea fired artillery near the South's maritime border, and Seoul responded by firing back.
- Attempts to Drive a Wedge Between Russia and China Futile, Naïve – Lavrov RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2014 -- Attempts to alienate Moscow and Beijing are futile and naïve as Russia and China share a similar understanding of the roots of the Ukrainian crisis, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
- The world needs a new nuclear security system People's Daily 27 Mar 2014 -- The 3rd Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) was held in The Hague from March 24 to 25, 2014, with the participation of leaders from more than 50 countries and international organizations. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte presided over the summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited to deliver a keynote opening speech.
- U.S. urged to stop spying activities on China People's Daily 24 Mar 2014 -- China on Monday asked the United States to explain spying activities it allegedly carried out on China and told it to stop such acts.
- China demands clear explanation from US over spying Iran Press TV 24 Mar 2014 -- Beijing has demanded a clear explanation from Washington over reports of espionage by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Chinese institutions.
- China demands US explanation on NSA cyber-spying reports VoR 24 Mar 2014 -- Beijing demanded an explanation from Washington Monday over reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on Chinese ministries, banks and other companies.
- China's telecommunications giant Huawei denounces US spying activities Iran Press TV 23 Mar 2014 -- China's telecommunications giant Huawei has denounced US National Security Agency (NSA) infiltration and spying on its corporate network.
- US NSA spied on Chinese leaders, banks, businesses VoR 23 Mar 2014 -- The US National Security Agency spied on the leaders of China as well as Chinese banks and the telecommunications giant Huawei, a German news magazine reported Saturday in its online edition.
- Chinese military plane takes off in Australia to search for MH370 People's Daily 24 Mar 2014 -- A Chinese military plane took off here early Monday to search for the suspicious debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
- US spied on Chinese politicians, firms: Report Iran Press TV 22 Mar 2014 -- Classified documents show that the US government has conducted a major spying offensive against Chinese officials and firms, with a major target being the telecommunications giant Huawei.
- China commissions new guided missile destroyer People's Daily 21 Mar 2014 -- A guided missile destroyer was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army Navy on Friday.
- Chinese army to raise military training standards People's Daily 20 Mar 2014 -- The level of Chinese military training will be raised to actual combat standard to improve the army's capabilities, according to a guidance issued by the country's military leadership.
- Philippines get bolder on Ren'ai Reef issue People's Daily 20 Mar 2014 -- The Philippines are continuing to make trouble in the South China Sea, and are now providing indications of their true intentions on the Ren'ai Reef issue.
- China to make further contribution over Iranian nuclear issue People's Daily 20 Mar 2014 -- China on Thursday said it would continue communicating with relevant parties and make contributions to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue as early as possible.
- PLA orders discussion of combat readiness People's Daily 18 Mar 2014 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Political Department has ordered the army and armed police across the nation to discuss combat readiness and effectiveness, the PLA Daily reported on Tuesday.
- China Splits with Russia Over Ukraine VOA 18 Mar 2014 -- With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine.
- Report reveals India's blunders in 1962 war with China Iran Press TV 18 Mar 2014 -- A recent leaked report has critically reviewed India's ill preparedness and blunders during the 1962 war with China.
- China cannot tolerate Philippines' occupation of reef: spokesman People's Daily 17 Mar 2014 -- China will not tolerate the Philippines' occupation of the Ren'ai Reef in the South China Sea and will closely watch the next move in the area, a spokesman said on Monday.
- Cambodian, Chinese senior military officials pledge to advance ties People's Daily 17 Mar 2014 -- Cambodian and Chinese senior military officials on Monday vowed to deepen bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual benefits.
- China denounces UN criticism of N Korea in rights report Iran Press TV 17 Mar 2014 -- A senior Chinese official has strongly rejected a recent United Nations report on human rights violations in North Korea.
- Exports of Y-12, Z-9 booming, contracts for 8 Y-12 aircraft signed People's Daily 17 Mar 2014 -- By the end of 2013, Harbin Aviation had made a historical breakthrough by delivering 13 Y-12 series aircraft to domestic and overseas customers, a new high in the volume delivered; a total of 25 Z-9 helicopters were delivered over the whole year.
- China's J-20 fighter accused of stealing U.S. technology CNA 15 Mar 2014 -- China's new J-20 jet fighters could be running on technology 'stolen' from the U.S. military's next-generation F-35 fighters, a minor news website based in Washington reported Thursday.
- President Xi leads China's military reform, stressing building of strong army People's Daily 15 Mar 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is head of a leading group for deepening reform on national defense and the military, on Saturday stressed the country's military reform should be guided by the objective of building a strong army.
- China Set To Gain From Most Outcomes In Crimea RFE/RL 14 Mar 2014 -- A draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Russian actions in Crimea as violations of Ukraine's territorial integrity is expected to be put to a vote ahead of Crimea's March 16 referendum on whether the region should secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
- China will never tolerate Philippines' infringement on its territory People's Daily 14 Mar 2014 -- While China was working with other ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, and the country was worrying about the safety of the passengers in the missing plane, two ships loaded with construction materials and carrying the flags of the Philippines approached the Ren'ai Reef on March 9, 2014.
- Taiwan air force major, karaoke bar owner charged with spying for China VoR 14 Mar 2014 -- A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke bar owner have been charged with leaking military secrets to China, prosecutors said Friday, in the latest espionage case to hit the island.
- China's lunar rover awake but ailing People's Daily 14 Mar 2014 -- China's moon rover Yutu woke up again at 6:42 a.m. on Friday, after its third dormancy, but even after a long rest, mechanical problems have not been resolved.
- Air Force major indicted for selling military intelligence to China CNA 13 Mar 2014 -- An Air Force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.
- Chinese satellite spots three swimming objects - possible pieces of missing jet VoR 13 Mar 2014 -- China says that one of its satellites has detected three large 'floating objects' in a region of the sea where it suspects the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had an accident. China's state science and technology administration said Wednesday that a Chinese satellite had seen the objects in a 'suspected crash sea area' on the morning of March 9, adding that the images were being analysed.
- Y-20 prototype aircraft can take off with maximum weight People's Daily 12 Mar 2014 -- Research and development on China's Y-20 large transport aircraft, which ranks as a large aircraft by international standards, is going smoothly, and the level of technology is maturing in various aspects.
- China Considers Tougher Anti-terror Measures VOA 12 Mar 2014 -- Lawmakers in China are pushing for a national law to better protect the country from terrorism after a brutal attack earlier this month at a train station in the southwestern part of the country.
- Chinese naval vessels find no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines plane People's Daily 11 Mar 2014 -- A second Chinese naval vessel on Tuesday joined the massive international hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, but has so far found no clues.
- Expert: China's military spending increasing at a reasonable rate People's Daily 11 Mar 2014 -- The Chinese government revealed plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about 132 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014. Commenting on the decision, Chen Zhou, deputy to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) said that China's increase in military spending is in line with the development level of the Chinese economy.
- Report advises nuke security legislation for China People's Daily 10 Mar 2014 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council's China Program issued a report on Monday advising the country to make laws concerning nuclear security as soon as possible.
- Chinese, U.S. presidents exchange views on bilateral ties, Ukraine over phone People's Daily 10 Mar 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama exchanged views in a telephone conversation Monday on bilateral ties and the situation in Ukraine.
- Russia to Unveil Proposed Solution to Ukraine Crisis VOA 10 Mar 2014 -- Russia plans to unveil its own solution to the Ukraine crisis, a plan that is likely to run counter to US proposals.
- Washington React: FBI Helps Ukraine Recover Billions Stolen by Former Regime VOA 10 Mar 2014 -- FBI and U.S. Treasury agents have arrived in Kyiv to aid Ukraine's interim leaders to uncover the financial crimes of the government of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in an effort to repatriate billions of dollars.
- Russia's Security Council proposes Ukraine settlement plan - Lavrov VoR 10 Mar 2014 -- Russia's Security Council has prepared its own Ukrainian settlement proposals for the American partners in to return the situation in that country to the framework of international law and to take the interests of all Ukrainian citizens into account, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
- OSCE military observers visits to Crimea must be sanctioned by Crimean authorities, not Russia - FM VoR 10 Mar 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed surprise at US envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Daniel Baer's call on Russia to facilitate the OSCE military observers' unrestricted movement in the Crimea.
- US and Chinese presidents discuss Ukraine crisis VoR 10 Mar 2014 -- US President Barack Obama spoke late Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping about ways to peacefully resolve a tense crisis over control of Ukraine's Crimea region, the White House said.
- 15,000 rally supporting Ukraine's Russian-speaking minority in Chelyabinsk VoR 10 Mar 2014 -- The Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals, which made headlines last year when a meteor blazed above it to burst into pieces and plunge into a nearby lake, has staged a peaceful demonstration in support of Ukraine's Russian-speaking minority and the Crimean republic.
- Military hospital seized in Crimea's Simferopol: Ukraine Iran Press TV 10 Mar 2014 -- Ukraine says gunmen have seized a military hospital in Simferopol, the administrative center of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region.
- Lavrov Says Kerry Declines Invitation To Russia For Further Talks RFE/RL 10 Mar 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has declined an invitation to visit Russia for further talks on the Ukraine crisis.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Concerned About 'Lawlessness' In East RFE/RL 10 Mar 2014 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has expressed concern at what it terms the 'lawlessness' affecting Russians and Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine.
- Preparations for Joining Russia Already Underway – Aksyonov RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2014 -- Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said Monday that preparations for the the southern Ukrainian region to become part of Russia are already underway.
- Xi, Merkel hold phone talks on ties, Ukraine crisis People's Daily 10 Mar 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday discussed relations between their two countries and the Ukraine crisis in a phone conversation.
- China never allows war on Korean Peninsula: Chinese FM Iran Press TV 08 Mar 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing will not permit "war" and "instability" on the Korean Peninsula, calling for the resumption of dialogue between North and South Korea.
- A stronger China for peace People's Daily 06 Mar 2014 -- Now it is official. China intends to increase its defense budget by 12.2 percent this year to 808.23 billion yuan ($131.57 billion).
- Commentary: It's U.S., Japan that need to clarify military intentions People's Daily 06 Mar 2014 -- The newly revealed 12.2-percent increase of Chinese military spending to 132 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 has unsurprisingly met with an immediate outcry of 'concerns' and 'worries' from certain countries.
- Chinese peacekeeping force undergoes high-intensity training to respond to complicated situations People's Daily 06 Mar 2014 -- Officers and soldiers of a division of the Jinan Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have conducted a rigorous and demanding training session before being deployed to carry out a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
- China's military spending justified: China Daily People's Daily 06 Mar 2014 -- China's military expenditure is moderate and Western media's rhetoric of 'China's military threat' is groundless and misleading, according to a commentary in Thursday's China Daily.
- China's military threat to Taiwan not decreasing: report CNA 05 Mar 2014 -- China still poses a military threat to Taiwan and is continuously boosting its combat capability to a point where it can mount a full attack on the island, according to a new report submitted Wednesday.
- No need for nerves over China's defense spending People's Daily 05 Mar 2014 -- Chinese authorities on Wednesday announced the fastest yearly growth in the country's defense budget in three years.
- China Focus: China defense budget to increase 12.2 pct in 2014 People's Daily 05 Mar 2014 -- China plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about 132 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014, according to a draft budget report submitted to the national legislature for review on Wednesday.
- PLA not 'Boy Scouts': China defends military spending People's Daily 05 Mar 2014 -- China on Wednesday blasted Japan's criticism of its increasing military spending, saying the moderate growth in China's defense budget is reasonable and in line with the country's economic conditions.
- Commentary: Misplaced concerns about China's military spending People's Daily 05 Mar 2014 -- The Chinese government on Wednesday revealed plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about 132 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014.
- China defense budget to increase 12.2 pct in 2014 People's Daily 05 Mar 2014 -- China plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about 132 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014, according to a draft budget report submitted to the national legislature for review on Wednesday.
- Amid Regional Worries, China Plans 12 Percent Boost in Defense Spending VOA 05 Mar 2014 -- China plans to boost defense spending to $130 billion, a 12 percent increase.
- China announces rise of 12.2 per cent in annual military budget VoR 05 Mar 2014 -- Premier Li Keqiang announced a rise of 12.2 per cent in China's annual military budget, saying it was needed to fund an ongoing modernization drive.
- Facts & Figures: China's 2014 draft budget report Xinhua 05 Mar 2014 -- The Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the State Council, on Wednesday submitted a report on the implementation of 2013 central and local budgets and on the draft budgets for 2014 to the second session of the 12th National People's Congress, China's top legislature.
- Kunming terrorist attack suspects captured People's Daily 04 Mar 2014 -- Chinese police said Monday three suspects involved in the terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Kunming had been captured.
- China seeks international support to curb Terrorism Iran Press TV 04 Mar 2014 -- Chinese authorities have appealed to the international community for 'more understanding and support' in their fight against the ongoing violence and terrorism.
- China FM clarifies stance on Ukraine situation People's Daily 03 Mar 2014 -- China's stance on the current situation in Ukraine is objective, just, fair and peaceful, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Monday.
- China's top political advisory body convenes, pledging to help deepen reforms People's Daily 03 Mar 2014 -- China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng Monday pledged to further efforts to contribute to the deepening of the country's reforms in a comprehensive manner.
- Chinese army will fight back against provocation: advisor People's Daily 03 Mar 2014 -- The Chinese army will not stir up a war but will fight back against any provocation, a political advisor and former defense ministry official said on Monday.
- Uygur general: PLA backs Xinjiang's counter-terrorism efforts People's Daily 03 Mar 2014 -- The counter-terrorism efforts in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have the strong backing from the People's Liberation Army (PLA), said a senior military commander here Monday.
- China naval expert defends military budget People's Daily 02 Mar 2014 -- Double-digit growth in China's defense budget in recent years is moderate and in line with the country's economic conditions, a military expert said ahead of the two sessions during which military spending would be a focus.
- China Blames Terrorists for Deadly Train Station Knife Attack VOA 02 Mar 2014 -- Chinese authorities say separatist terrorists carried out a violent and bloody attack at a train station late Saturday night in Kunming, the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. The attack left at least 33 dead and more than 130 injured.
- China accuses ethnic separatists of killing 33 in slash attack VoR 02 Mar 2014 -- A dozen of knife-wielding assailants slashed scores of people at a train station in southern China, wounding 143 people. Twenty-nine slash victims and four attackers were killed. The local media has blamed the attack on ethnic separatists from the far west.
- Latest version of J-20 fighter jet completes maiden test flight CNA 01 Mar 2014 -- China's new version of its J-20 fighter jet completed its first test flight successfully Saturday, escorted by a J-10S fighter, a leading Chinese-language infotainment web portal cited sources as saying Saturday.
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