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June 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- Xi pledges China will never seek hegemony People's Daily 30 Jun 2014 -- President re-affirms vow at meeting with leaders of Peaceful Coexistence doctrine's founding countries
- Corruption Charges Trigger Chinese General's Court-Martial VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- Once second in command of the world's largest military, Chinese General Xu Caihou will face a court martial on corruption charges, Chinese state media said Monday.
- Xi Jinping stresses building strong frontier defense People's Daily 28 Jun 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to build a strong and solid frontier defense network for both territorial land and water at a national meeting held here on Friday.
- China calls for tougher frontier defenses Iran Press TV 28 Jun 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country must strengthen its land and sea frontier defenses, amid territorial disputes over a series of islands with neighbors.
- No Clear Route Emerges in Vietnam Sea Spat With China VOA 26 Jun 2014 -- As Vietnam mops up after anti-China riots last month with insurance payouts and tax refunds to affected businesses, there is still no solution in sight for the ongoing territorial face-off in the South China Sea.
- Fresh Talks Keep China-Taiwan Ties on Track VOA 25 Jun 2014 -- Old rivals China and Taiwan held ministerial-level talks Wednesday to shore up relations that were hit by a protest movement earlier this year. China's top official in charge of Taiwan affairs is visiting the island to scope out its economic and social conditions. It is the first such high-level visit from China.
- Chinese naval fleet returns after distant training People's Daily 24 Jun 2014 -- A Chinese Navy fleet returned to port on Tuesday after 56 days in distant waters.
- Chinese navy to participate in seven programs during RIMPAC exercise People's Daily 24 Jun 2014 -- The world's largest joint military exercise at sea, the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Naval exercise, will kick off in Hawaii on Thursday. It is the first time that China will have participated in the exercise.
- US Withholds Judgment on China Oil Rigs VOA 23 Jun 2014 -- The United States says it will withhold judgment for now on the intended destination of four new Chinese oil rigs in the disputed South China Sea. It appears that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas two months after positioning a giant drilling platform in waters also claimed by Vietnam.
- China amends law to protect military facilities People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- A draft legal amendment to improve the security of military facilities was tabled for its second reading by China's top legislature on Monday.
- PLA starts artillery drills People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- Nearly 20,000 artillerymen from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday commenced a 100-day military exercise code named 'Firepower 2014.'
- Senior Chinese military official warns against Japanese militarism People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- A senior Chinese military official said on Sunday that all peace-loving people should keep alert about Japan's further inclination toward a wrong and dangerous path and the revival of its militarism.
- PLA official rips Tokyo's 'historical distortions' People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- Japan's latest historical revisionist move is fueling the tension above the East China Sea, making a political settlement more unlikely, senior officials and experts warned on Sunday.
- China extends olive branch to Vietnam on sea dispute People's Daily 20 Jun 2014 -- Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi held a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in the Vietnamee capital of Hanoi on June 18, 2014. The two countries pledged to rein in maritime tensions during the highest-level direct contact since relations deteriorated in May over a Chinese oil rig operating in the South China Sea.
- China Moves 2nd Oil Rig Near Vietnam VOA 20 Jun 2014 -- China is sending a second oil rig near Vietnamese waters in an apparent escalation of its dispute with Hanoi over the exploitation of resources in the South China Sea.
- New Chinese oil rig to arrive in South China Sea Iran Press TV 20 Jun 2014 -- Another Chinese oil rig is to arrive in the South China Sea amid an increasingly heated territorial dispute between the country and Vietnam.
- Over 1,000 Chinese reportedly stranded in northern Iraq People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Millions of volunteers have flocked to join Iraq's beleaguered security forces as a Sunni-led insurgency continues to overwhelm large parts of the country.
- Chinese in Iraq feel rising pressure People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Beijing seeks safety for citizens as sectarian violence intensifies. The Chinese government is keeping a wary eye on Iraq and its citizens there as the security situation in the country deteriorates.
- China Accuses Vietnam of Hyping Oil Rig Dispute VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Talks between Chinese and Vietnamese officials in Hanoi over disputed waters turned turbulent Wednesday, as China's representative accused his counterparts of 'hyping up' the conflict.
- Nuclear forces reduced while modernizations continue, says SIPRI SIPRI 16 Jun 2014 -- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which assesses the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
- US back at foot-in-the-mouth game People's Daily 16 Jun 2014 -- On June 5, the United States Department of Defense released its annual report on China's military. On its hobbyhorse again, the Pentagon uses the 96-page report to give a misleading account of China's latest military and security development.
- China refutes Vietnam's accusations, citing historical facts People's Daily 14 Jun 2014 -- China on Friday rebutted Vietnam's accusations and urged the Vietnamese side to immediately stop all forms of disruptions of China's operations.
- The truth about the sea dispute People's Daily 14 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam says it has evidence to prove its claim in South China Sea but is ignoring own historical documents that vindicate China's position
- Chinese navy fleet ends visit to Namibia People's Daily 14 Jun 2014 -- A Chinese navy fleet concluded its three-day visit to Namibia Friday afternoon, leaving the Port of Walvis Bay for South Africa's Cape Town, the final stop of its African tour.
- China army recruitment eyes high-quality young People's Daily 13 Jun 2014 -- China's 2014 army recruitment will last from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, focusing on recruiting youngsters with higher educational and physical credentials.
- China urges Japan to stop provocations after jet encounter People's Daily 13 Jun 2014 -- China on Friday urged Japan to stop provocative actions and words after a close encounter between Chinese and Japanese military planes over the East China Sea.
- Fishermen recount Vietnamese provocations People's Daily 13 Jun 2014 -- Chinese fishermen involved in recent clashes with Vietnamese vessels in waters off China's Xisha Islands have witnessed Vietnamese provocations to harass and disturb oil drilling operations.
- Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Japan has summoned China's ambassador to complain about two Chinese fighter jets flying "dangerously" close to Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea.
- Japan Summons China Ambassador Over Plane Incident VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Japan has summoned China's ambassador in Tokyo to protest an incident in which two Chinese fighter jets flew 'dangerously close' to a pair of Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea.
- Chinese navy fleet visits Namibia People's Daily 12 Jun 2014 -- A Chinese navy fleet consisting of two missile frigates and a supply ship docked at Namibia's Port of Walvis Bay on Wednesday, marking the beginning of China's first-ever navy visit to the Southwestern African country.
- Sea Dispute Spotlights Plight of Vietnamese Fishermen VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Vietnamese captain Dang Van Nhan has been left idle in his hometown of Da Nang following the sinking of his ship in the South China Sea last month.
- Territorial dispute not totality of China-Philippines relations: Philippine president People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III reiterated on Tuesday that the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China is not the totality of the relationship between the two countries.
- Japan accuses China of conducting dangerous flights Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic complaint with China, accusing Beijing of flying its fighter jets "dangerously" close to Japanese military planes.
- China calls for treaty on space weapons People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday called on the international community to start negotiation on a legally binding treaty that would prevent an arms race in outer space.
- China, ROK meet on resuming nuclear talks People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- A nuclear envoy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing to discuss resuming six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday.
- China issues white paper on policy in Hong Kong People's Daily 10 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese central government on Tuesday published a white paper detailing the 'one country, two systems' practice in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), stressing the policy as a basic state policy despite new circumstances.
- RIMPAC drill signals China-U.S. trust building People's Daily 10 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese navy's unprecedented participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises has sent a positive signal for building trust between China and the United States.
- China Pushes Assimilation to Calm Xinjiang Unrest VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- China's remote Xinjiang region is facing growing ethnic unrest, becoming one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's biggest challenges. At a recently concluded top-level meeting on the resource-rich region, Xi outlined policies aimed a promoting more assimilation of Xinjiang's Uighur minorities.
- Chinese Ships Head to US-led Pacific Rim Exercises VOA 09 Jun 2014 -- China for the first time is sending multiple ships to a U.S.-led international maritime drill known as RIMPAC, or Rim of Pacific exercise . China's official media describes the trip as a venture "deep into the tiger's den." Absent from this year's participant list is Russia.
- Vietnam Wants Larger US Role in Dispute With China VOA 09 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam wants the United States to play a bigger role in settling territorial disputes with China. Washington is refusing, though, to take a stand on the location of a Chinese oil rig that Vietnam says is in its territorial waters.
- China unveils documents to clarify Xisha situation People's Daily 09 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has released documents making clear Vietnam's provocation and China's stance regarding the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, a ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.
- Spokeswoman: Philippine-Vietnamese acts on South China Sea atoll 'clumsy farce' People's Daily 09 Jun 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said here Monday the 'joint activities' by the Philippines and Vietnam on one of China's Nansha Islands were a clumsy farce.
- Sri Lanka, China to strengthen cooperation on Maritime Silk Road: think tank chief People's Daily 09 Jun 2014 -- Sri Lanka and China can strengthen cooperation on trade, combating terrorism and confidence building in terms of the Maritime Silk Road initiative, Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, executive director of Sri Lanka state- owned think tank Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations said here on Monday.
- S.Korea's top nuclear envoy to visit China this week People's Daily 09 Jun 2014 -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy will visit China for two days from Tuesday to meet his Chinese counterpart for talks on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear weapons program, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.
- India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital. It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India.
- Chinese navy fleet ends friendly visit to Angola People's Daily 08 Jun 2014 -- The 16th escort fleet of Chinese navy ended a three-day friendly visit to Angola and left the Luanda harbor on Saturday for Namibia on its African tour.
- China opposes U.S. report on Chinese military People's Daily 07 Jun 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Friday expressed 'firm opposition' to a Pentagon report that misrepresents China's military development.
- Vietnam Urges 'Practical US Actions' in S. China Sea VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam is calling on the United States to take a larger role in protecting the peace and settling conflicts in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- Pentagon issues biased report on China's defense spending Peoples' Daily 06 Jun 2014 -- The Pentagon on Thursday released an annual report on the Chinese military with the usual narrative that mainly focuses on China's defense spending increase while overlooking its peaceful defense policy.
- Russia, China to Create New Long-Range Plane and Helicopter – Rogozin RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Russia has reached an agreement with China on the joint construction of a long-range, wide-body passenger plane and a modern helicopter, with a cargo capacity of up to 15 tons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
- Safeguarding cyber security needs to abandon 'zero-sum' mentality People's Daily 06 Jun 2014 -- Ever-evolving information and communication technologies have brought about new opportunities, as well as unprecedented challenges, and both will not be restricted within one country's border.
- Beijing criticizes Pentagon report on China military Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- China has criticized a US Pentagon report saying boosting Beijing's ability to project military power abroad is the main reason for massive increases of the army budget.
- US concerned over China military might Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- The US Defense Department has voiced concern over what it has described as China's growing military might.
- Vietnam Shows Boat Ramming Video, China Opposes VOA 05 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam has released a video showing a Chinese vessel sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat last week in the South China Sea.
- China Continues Military Modernization, Report Says AFPS 05 Jun 2014 -- China continues to modernize and improve its military capabilities, according to an annual DOD report to Congress, and is also preparing for contingencies in the South and East China Seas where Beijing has been involved in increasingly tense territorial disputes with its neighbors.
- China Begins Releasing Dissidents Following Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 05 Jun 2014 -- China has begun releasing activists it rounded up before Wednesday's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- World Leaders 'Deeply Concerned' about Asia Maritime Tensions VOA 05 Jun 2014 -- The Group of Seven industrialized nations said it is 'deeply concerned' about tensions in the East and South China Sea, where Beijing is involved in territorial disputes with its neighbors.
- Oversight of military firms on rise People's Daily 05 Jun 2014 -- Supervision of China's military enterprises is increasing, as is evident from recent investigations of several senior managers on suspicion of corruption, analysts said.
- Vietnam: China Still Attacking Ships Near Oil Rig VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam says Chinese ships protecting a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea continue to attack Vietnamese ships on a daily basis.
- International Court Asks Beijing to Defend S. China Sea Claims VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- An international court is giving Beijing more time to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea. But China has refused to participate in the arbitration case brought by the Philippines to clarify their territorial claims.
- Chinese naval fleet pays four-day goodwill visit to Cameroon People's Daily 04 Jun 2014 -- The 16th escort taskforce of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived at the harbor of Douala, Cameroon, on May 30, 2014, for a four-day-long goodwill visit to Cameroon.
- World Pushes China on Human Rights on Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- World leaders are using the 25th anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown to urge Beijing to make progress on human rights.
- US Calls for Release of Detainees on Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- The United States has called on China to free those detained ahead of the 25th anniversary of the violent Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy activists which is believed to have left hundreds dead. A prominent Chinese dissident told a Washington audience the Chinese people are overcoming their fear of the government and speaking out more boldly for democratic change, which he said is 'inevitable.'
- Security Crackdown Takes Place in Beijing on Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 03 Jun 2014 -- Chinese police filled Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the deadly crackdown of student-led demonstrations there.
- China: UN rights chief urges release of detained activists ahead of Tiananmen anniversary UN News Centre 03 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the detention of civil society activists, lawyers and journalists in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, while also stressing the need to establish the facts surrounding what transpired between 3 and 4 June 1989.
- China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 03 Jun 2014 -- China on Tuesday defended as 'lawful' its detention of government critics ahead of this week's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
- Obama Pushes Law of the Sea to Help Settle S. China Sea Claims VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says a U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea would help ease tensions in the South China Sea if is ratified by U.S. lawmakers
- Abe, Hagel's accusations rejected People's Daily 02 Jun 2014 -- Wang Guanzhong, the highest ranking military official in the Chinese delegation at an Asia-Pacific security forum, started his speech on Sunday by highlighting the common aspiration for a utopia with the same name as the event: Shangri-La.
- Chinese military ready to make further contribution to peace, development: army general People's Daily 02 Jun 2014 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is ready to work with other militaries to make further contribution to regional and global peace and development, Wang Guanzhong, a senior PLA officer, said on Sunday.
- Chinese military endeavors to contribute to maintaining Asia-Pacific security: officer People's Daily 01 Jun 2014 -- China always pursues a defense policy that is defensive in nature, and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is endeavoring to contribute to maintaining regional security, Wang Guanzhong, a senior PLA officer, said on Sunday.
- Hong Kong Remembers Tiananmen Protests VOA 01 Jun 2014 -- Tens of thousands* of Hong Kong residents gathered a few days early to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests on June 4, 1989, crushed with deadly force by Chinese troops.
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