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April 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- As Obama Leaves Asia, One Last Swipe at China VOA 29 Apr 2014 -- President Barack Obama took another implicit swipe at China's foreign policy Tuesday as he wrapped up a week-long, four-nation tour of Asia.
- Obama: US goal not to counter China Iran Press TV 28 Apr 2014 -- US President Barack Obama insists that a new military pact signed with the Philippines is not designed to counter Chinese aggression in the region.
- The U.S. and Japan are playing with fire in Asia People's Daily 28 Apr 2014 -- The U.S.-Japan alliance targeted at China has been strengthened during US President Barack Obama's visit to Japan.
- U.S. not trying to contain China: Obama People's Daily 28 Apr 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Monday that Washington was not trying to 'contain' China when it signed a new military pact with the Philippines.
- U.S.-Japan security treaty should not cover Chinese territory: Chinese envoy People's Daily 26 Apr 2014 -- The U.S.-Japan security treaty is a bilateral arrangement and should not cover Chinese territory, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai said on Friday.
- Chinese ships return disputed waters after Obama's visit to Tokyo VoR 26 Apr 2014 -- Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, two days after US President Barack Obama declared his support for Japan. Chinese ships last entered the area on April 12, according to the Japanese coastguard.
- PLA navy holds 1st multinational drill People's Daily 25 Apr 2014 -- China and seven foreign countries on Wednesday held a multinational maritime exercise marking the 65th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army navy (PLA navy) in East China's port city of Qingdao.
- Obama: U.S. Treaty Commitment to Japan is "Absolute" AFPS 24 Apr 2014 -- President Barack Obama, making the first state visit by an American president to Japan in nearly two decades, made clear today the United States would be obligated to come to Japan's defense in any confrontation with China over islands both nations claim in the East China Sea.
- Obama backs Japan in China island row, urges China to help contain N Korea VoR 24 Apr 2014 -- US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to protect Japan from potential attack by China over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from further developing its 'dangerous' nuclear program. Obama described China's role in keeping its wayward ally in check as 'critically important' after South Korea said heightened activity at the North's main nuclear test site could point to an imminent test - its fourth.
- Misreading Obama's commitment over Diaoyu islands is dangerous People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- After serving his guest at Tokyo's most celebrated sushi restaurant, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally got a long-awaited commitment from U.S. President Barack Obama.
- Obama's four-nation Asia trip: a peacemaker or a troublemaker? People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- 'The American 'rebalancing strategy' in the Asia-Pacific is not intended as a move to constrain China,' said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this month. Hagel also said that the US welcomes the rise of a prosperous, powerful and responsible China, which is in the interests of both sides. These words have been repeated by American politicians - in as much as they welcome China's rise, but the country should be 'responsible'. What is behind these words is the implication that China has not yet become a responsible country, a reference to the establishment of our air identification zone in the East China Sea and the safeguarding of Chinese sovereignty in the East and South China Sea.
- Regional naval code inked People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- Member states of a regional naval symposium on Tuesday signed up to a framework maritime communication deal which is designed to reduce misunderstandings and avoid maritime accidents.
- China's aircraft carrier Liaoning will undergo its first interim maintenance People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to Dalian Shipyard dock to undergo its first interim service on April, 17, 2014.
- China holds multi-country maritime exercises People's Daily 23 Apr 2014 -- Multi-country maritime exercises were held off the coast of the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Wednesday.
- Senior Chinese officer calls for closer military cooperation with India People's Daily 23 Apr 2014 -- A visiting senior Chinese army officer on Tuesday called on the Chinese and Indian militaries to forge closer ties by expanding exchanges and cooperation in various fields.
- China's military requires tightened secrecy People's Daily 23 Apr 2014 -- China's Central Military Commission (CMC) has called for tightened military secrecy amid an 'austere and complicated' situation.
- Repeated shrine visits reflect Japanese politicians' infatuation with militarism People's Daily 22 Apr 2014 -- BEIJING, April 22 -- Despite fresh protests from Beijing and Seoul, a Japanese cabinet minister and nearly 150 lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage to a war shrine, showing their infatuation with militarism and aggravating regional tensions.
- Three challenges for the Obama administration's Asia pivot People's Daily 21 Apr 2014 -- To fulfill its commitments, to reassure its skeptical allies, and to address China properly.
- Drive to eliminate arms race in outer space People's Daily 21 Apr 2014 -- China published its first space status report on Thursday April 17, elaborating the current situation and future trends in its international space activities.
- PLA senior generals reaffirm support for Xi People's Daily 21 Apr 2014 -- BEIJING -- High-ranking People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers have again voiced support for President Xi Jinping's instruction to build a strong military, the second time this month they have voiced group approval.
- China army wants more college students People's Daily 20 Apr 2014 -- China on Saturday kicked off its army recruitment of 2014, focusing on recruiting youngsters with higher education background.
- Japan begins military expansion first time for 40 years, risks angering China VoR 19 Apr 2014 -- Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.
- Japan to arm remote western island risking more China tension VoR 18 Apr 2014 -- Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.
- China refutes Abe's criticism on changing 'status quo' People's Daily 18 Apr 2014 -- China has refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's criticism claiming that Beijing has tried to 'change the status quo' in maritime disputes.
- China's President Xi urges greater military use of space VoR 15 Apr 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others. While Beijing insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.
- China, Belarus seek stronger military cooperation People's Daily 15 Apr 2014 -- China and Belarus vowed to strengthen military relations in Beijing on Tuesday.
- Nat'l security matter of prime importance: President Xi People's Daily 15 Apr 2014 -- President Xi Jinping stressed on Tuesday that ensuring national security is 'a matter of prime importance' as China presses ahead with its modernization drive.
- China faces 'most complex time in history' at home and abroad - Xi Jinping VoR 15 Apr 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first meeting of a new national security commission on Tuesday, saying China needed a coordinated approach to domestic and foreign challenges, including social unrest, in 'the most complex time in history'.
- China's maritime space being carved up: official People's Daily 12 Apr 2014 -- China is facing serious challenges to its maritime rights, with its resources being plundered and seas carved up, a senior oceanic official said Friday.
- Three Chinese ships sails through disputed waters - Japan coastguard VoR 12 Apr 2014 -- Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants.
- Three China ships enter disputed waters Iran Press TV 12 Apr 2014 -- Three Chinese ships have entered disputed waters surrounding a chain of islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea, Japan's coastguard says.
- As US, China Seek Closer Military Ties, Differences Loom Large VOA 10 Apr 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit to China this week highlighted a rapidly expanding effort between the two nations' militaries to boost ties, despite growing regional disputes. The trip also laid bare some of their sharp differences.
- Chinese, U.S. defense chief vow to boost new type military ties People's Daily 09 Apr 2014 -- Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan on Tuesday held talks with his U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel on promoting the sound and stable development of a new type of military relations.
- China urges stop of U.S. interference in HK internal affairs People's Daily 09 Apr 2014 -- China on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to U.S. interference in Hong Kong's internal affairs, urging the United States to respect China's concerns.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with the President of China Xi Jinping DoD 09 Apr 2014
- Hagel Addresses China's Future Defense Leaders AFPS 08 Apr 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took the stage here today, addressing military officers and students who crowded into the auditorium at the Peoples' Liberation Army National Defense University to hear him describe China's status as a major power and its obligation to address security challenges for the good of the region.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Hagel and Minister Chang in Beijing, China DoD 08 Apr 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan
- China's defense minister: neighbors are 'stirring trouble' People's Daily 08 Apr 2014 -- Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said on Tuesday, when answering a question about the regional security situation, that there are some people 'stirring up trouble' around China.
- China's DM warns U.S. against Taiwan arms sales People's Daily 08 Apr 2014 -- China's defense minister on Tuesday urged the United States to stop a bill that reaffirms commitment to Taiwan and calls for continued arms sales to the island.
- Chinese army follows cyber laws: defense minister People's Daily 08 Apr 2014 -- China's military has always limited its cyber operations within domestic and international law, said Defense Minister Chang Wanquan on Tuesday, after meeting with U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel.
- Chinese warship returns from joint disaster relief drill People's Daily 08 Apr 2014 -- China's largest amphibious landing ship, the Changbaishan, arrived in a military port in Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong Province on Tuesday after a multilateral naval disaster relief exercise in Indonesia.
- China to US: Stop meddling in region Iran Press TV 08 Apr 2014 -- A senior Chinese official has warned the United States and its allies against stirring up troubles across the volatile Asia-Pacific region.
- US, China Exchange Tough Words on Regional Policies VOA 08 Apr 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart challenged each other over China's policy goals in the region during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday. Hagel is on a three day trip to China aimed at improving military ties between the two countries.
- Hagel Visits Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning AFPS 07 Apr 2014 -- On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier -- the PLA’s first -- called Liaoning.
- China Corruption Case Against Zhou Yongkang Exposes Scale of Graft VOA 07 Apr 2014 -- In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for the future of China's leadership the administration of Chinese President Xi Jingping continues to tighten its corruption investigation around former Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and his inner circle.
- Commentary: Hagel needs to assure China over 'pivot to Asia' People's Daily 07 Apr 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday kicked off his first visit to China since taking office.
- US defense secretary threatens China over territorial dispute with Japan VoR 06 Apr 2014 -- US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned China against unilateral action to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan or other Asian countries, drawing a parallel with the situation in Ukraine. Hagel reiterated that Washington stood by its mutual defense treaty with Japan, saying it applied to the disputed East China Sea islands over which Beijing and Tokyo are locked in a bitter argument. The Pentagon chief called for 'a peaceful resolution' to the disagreement saying: 'America has no stronger ally or better friend in this region than Japan'.
- Coast guard to increase patrols against illegal Chinese scavenging CNA 05 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's coast guard is planning to step up patrols in artificial reef sites following reports of Chinese vessels damaging ecological areas by scavenging wreckage from Taiwanese waters, the Council of Agriculture said Saturday.
- When Chinese dream meets European dream People's Daily 04 Apr 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) shakes hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R) and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, during a photocall in Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2014. Xi attended a work banquet held by Herman Van Rompuy here on Monday. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
- China under Australian wing in military drill - report VoR 04 Apr 2014 -- China has asked to operate under Australian command when it takes part in a major international military exercise led by the United States later this year, a report said Friday.
- China Focus: PLA senior generals back Xi's orders People's Daily 03 Apr 2014 -- High-ranking officers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have voiced group support to President Xi Jinping's instruction of building a strong military.
- Chinese invasion of Taiwan would take 4 months to prepare: official CNA 03 Apr 2014 -- If the People's Republic of China were to decide to invade Taiwan, it would need at least four months to prepare for such an action, Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Shying-jow said Thursday.
- China urges U.S. to stop Ren'ai Reef remarks People's Daily 01 Apr 2014 -- China on Tuesday urged the United States to stop its irresponsible remarks on the Ren'ai Reef and its encouragement of provocation by countries involved in disputes over the sovereignty of the reef.
- China concerned about Japan's arms exports readjustment People's Daily 01 Apr 2014 -- China is greatly concerned about Japan's decision to lift a ban of nearly half a century on weapons exports, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.
- China general charged with corruption Iran Press TV 01 Apr 2014 -- China has formally charged a senior army officer with corruption and abuse of power, in what has become the biggest corruption scandal to engulf the army.
- Senior Military Official Charged in China's Anti-Corruption Drive VOA 01 Apr 2014 -- In China, authorities have charged a former senior military official with corruption. Prosecutors allege that by abusing his power within the military he amassed billions of dollars, speculated in real estate and gathered a huge collection of gold and luxury goods.
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