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August 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- Xi urges innovation in "new military revolution" People's Daily 31 Aug 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more innovation in the country's military as the world is witnessing a "new military revolution."
- Full text of NPC decision on universal suffrage for HKSAR chief selection People's Daily 31 Aug 2014 -- Following is the full text of the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Issues Relating to the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by Universal Suffrage and on the Method for Forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Year 2016.
- Modi to Visit Japan to Cement Defense, Economic Ties VOA 29 Aug 2014 -- India's prime minister is heading to Japan Saturday for a five-day visit to shore up defense and economic ties.
- Anti-Terror Drills Highlight China’s Push Into Central Asia VOA 29 Aug 2014 -- China, Russia and several central Asian countries, all members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO, have just wrapped up a massive round of anti terrorism military drills in Inner Mongolia.
- SCO Troops in Final Stage of Peace Mission 2014 Exercise RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2014 -- Military units from Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are in the final stage of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) joint anti-terrorist exercise Peace Mission 2014.
- Close ranks to combat evil forces, Xi urges People's Daily 29 Aug 2014 -- President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China expects "closer strategic communication" with member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to address challenges posed by terrorists, separatists and extremists.
- Extremists cannot prevail in Hong Kong People's Daily 29 Aug 2014 -- Since media outlets revealed some concrete rules of the draft law that examines granting votes to residents for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's chief executive election in 2017 and its Legislative Council in 2016, Hong Kong's pan-democrats have started to raise objections.
- Analysts: More US-China Military Cooperation Needed VOA 28 Aug 2014 -- A close encounter last week between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet shows the need for greater military cooperation and agreed upon rules of engagement between the two countries, analysts say.
- The U.S. should abide by international law and stop its close surveillance of China People's Daily 28 Aug 2014 -- On August 19 a US anti-submarine plane and a patrol aircraft flew into air space about 220 kilometers east of China's Hainan Island.
- China, South Korea Slam Japan for Honoring War Criminals VOA 28 Aug 2014 -- China and South Korea called for Japan to reflect on its history of aggression, a day after Tokyo confirmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honoring World War II-era Japanese war criminals.
- China firm in its resolve to build sea power People's Daily 27 Aug 2014 -- It is reasonable that China should become a maritime power.
- China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2014 -- Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang’e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth.
- Taiwan Says Chinese Jets Breached its Airspace VOA 26 Aug 2014 -- Taiwan says it scrambled fighter jets to track two Chinese military planes that crossed into its airspace at least two times on Monday.
- Reconnaissance damages trust People's Daily 25 Aug 2014 -- Again it was a near thing according to the narrative of the US military: a Chinese jet fighter made "dangerous" passes at a US navy plane.
- Vietnam to Send Envoy to China to Smooth Tensions VOA 25 Aug 2014 -- Vietnam is sending a special envoy to China to try to rebuild relations badly strained by conflict over Beijing's decision to deploy an oil rig in waters also claimed by Hanoi.
- China Executes 8 on Terrorism Convictions VOA 24 Aug 2014 -- China is reported to have executed eight people from the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang who were convicted of terrorist attacks.
- China Dismisses US Plane Intercept Accusations VOA 23 Aug 2014 -- China is dismissing as "groundless" U.S. accusations that one of its fighter jets came too close to a U.S. Navy patrol plane off the Chinese coast on Tuesday.
- DoD Registers Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept AFPS 22 Aug 2014 -- The Defense Department has expressed its concern to Chinese diplomatic officials about an Aug. 19 incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft.
- 'China troops enter India territory: Sources claim Iran Press TV 20 Aug 2014 -- Indian officials have accused China of dispatching troops several kilometers into its territory in the Ladakh region of Indian-administered Kashmir.
- Xi upholds China's unique path as marking Deng's birth anniversary People's Daily 20 Aug 2014 -- President Xi Jinping vowed to uphold socialism with Chinese characteristics and China's independent 'path, theory and system' on Wednesday as China marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping.
- Military to minimize flight delays during drill People's Daily 19 Aug 2014 -- Chinese military will take steps to minimize delays to civilian flights as drones and fighter bombers join in an anti-terror drill, a spokesman for the China Air Force said Monday.
- China Targets Corrupt Officials With Overseas Assets VOA 19 Aug 2014 -- As China presses ahead with its anti-graft effort, authorities are zeroing in on so-called “naked officials.”
- Army asked to follow Xi's order People's Daily 18 Aug 2014 -- A military leader has asked the army to firmly obey the command of President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
- 6,017 officials punished for violating rules in July People's Daily 18 Aug 2014 -- A total of 6,017 people were punished for breaches of anti-bureaucracy rules in July, the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s discipline agency said Sunday.
- Tanks need more power, experts say People's Daily 18 Aug 2014 -- China's tanks have advanced weapons, armor and automation systems, but their engines need to be improved, according to military officers and experts.
- China to support Iraqi gov't in stabilizing situation People's Daily 16 Aug 2014 -- China will continue to support the Iraqi government in stabilizing the situation in the country as soon as possible, said President Xi Jinping on Saturday.
- Kerry: Law, Not Coercion, Key to Resolving Sea Disputes VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- Speaking in Hawaii after a week-long trip to Asia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said resolving competing territorial claims in the South China Sea is about respecting international law, not rival claimants trying to intimidate each other.
- Foreign troops head for anti-terror drill in China People's Daily 13 Aug 2014 -- Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik troops set for a joint anti-terror drill have entered China and are heading for the drill site in the country's north, a statement from military sources said Wednesday.
- China-US Tensions Heat Up Over Disputed Sea VOA 13 Aug 2014 -- Chinese state media accuse the United States of inflaming tensions in the South China Sea as Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up his trip to the region during which the U.S. and China exhanged verbal blows over the resource-rich waterway.
- US Monitors S. China Sea after Beijing Knocks Down Proposal VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United States says it will monitor contested waters of the South China Sea to see if there is any de-escalation of tensions - after China knocked down a U.S. proposal at the Southeast Asian forum in Myanmar to freeze provocative acts there. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Sydney to meet with Australian officials following the Myanmar meeting.
- US Says China, Not Washington, Responsible for South China Sea Tensions VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United States says it is trying to lower tensions in the South China Sea and accused China of 'fomenting instability' by its 'aggressive actions.' Washington's comments came amid Chinese criticism of a U.S. plan for a voluntary freeze on provocative actions in Beijing's maritime disputes with Southeast Asian nations such as the Philippines and Vietnam.
- China lashes out at US over South China Sea Iran Press TV 11 Aug 2014 -- China has accused the United States of deliberately stoking tensions in the strategically significant South China Sea.
- US Urges Calm in Sea Disputes During SE Asia Summit VOA 11 Aug 2014 -- Senior diplomats from Southeast Asian nations, China and the United States wrapped up talks in Myanmar's capital Sunday with a statement urging all sides to avoid confrontations in the South China Sea.
- Japan's criticism of Chinese military 'ill-founded' People's Daily 11 Aug 2014 -- Japan's criticism of the Chinese military in a new defense white paper is ill-founded, China's Ministry of National Defense has said.
- Chinese army urged to support reforms People's Daily 11 Aug 2014 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police have been urged to support and implement major reforms to the defense system and the armed forces that are critical to improve the military's war capacity.
- Police focus on emigrants who still have their hukou People's Daily 11 Aug 2014 -- Those who have obtained residency permits or citizenship abroad but have not cancelled their Chinese household registrations - especially if they face allegations of corruption - will become an even greater focus of police investigations, in the latest measure in the fight against graft, the Ministry of Public Security said.
- US Portrays ASEAN Meeting as Setback for China VOA 10 Aug 2014 -- The United States portrayed the outcome of a meeting in Myanmar among Southeast Asian nations as a setback for Beijing's attempts to minimize territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- At ASEAN, China Rejects US 'Freeze' VOA 09 Aug 2014 -- China is dismissing U.S. calls for a freeze on 'provocative acts' in disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- China says Japan's defense policy contradictory to improving ties People's Daily 08 Aug 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday expressed 'strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition' to Japan's latest defense white paper, saying Japan's move was contradictory to its stated desire to improve bilateral ties.
- China increasing transparency on nuclear safety People's Daily 07 Aug 2014 -- China will become more transparent in monitoring nuclear power plants in response to rising public awareness of nuclear safety, an environmental official said here on Thursday.
- Disaster relief a military priority in peacetime People's Daily 07 Aug 2014 -- The military is not established solely for the purpose of conducting wars, at least not in China.
- Japanese military planes enter China's ADIZ: spokesman People's Daily 07 Aug 2014 -- Several Japanese aircraft entered China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea on Wednesday and carried out extensive reconnaissance, according to the Chinese Air Force.
- China criticizes Japan's defense white paper People's Daily 06 Aug 2014 -- China criticised Japan's latest defense white paper on Tuesday, accusing Japan of using the so-called China threat as an excuse for its military buildup.
- China Investigating Canadian Couple Over Suspected Theft of State Secrets RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The State Security Bureau of Dandong, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province, is currently investigating the case of two Canadian nationals suspected of theft of state secrets related to military and national defense research, Xinhua news agency reported.
- Japan Names China Key Concern in Defense Report VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Japan says China is taking "dangerous" actions at sea and in the air as it seeks to exert control in waters around Japan and elsewhere in the region. In a newly released annual report on defense, Japan listed China, Russia and North Korea as countries contributing to the region's "increasingly severe" security environment.
- Japan's 'naming' farce can never change China's sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands People's Daily 03 Aug 2014 -- Japan, in the capacity of a foreign country, has no right to 'name' islets that have been part of the Chinese territories since ancient times, and Tokyo's any unilateral move can never change China's sovereignty over them.
- 'Opposing force' helps China toughen up troops People's Daily 03 Aug 2014 -- A Chinese military exercise aimed at toughening up its troops by making soldiers practice as if they were fighting a real war has offered valuable new training methods.
- Chinese fleet director hails successful RIMPAC debut People's Daily 03 Aug 2014 -- A senior Chinese navy officer has hailed China's participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises as a step towards enhancing military transparency.
- Japan's naming of islands adds to lingering tension People's Daily 02 Aug 2014 -- The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Japan's unilateral decision to name China's Diaoyu Islands was 'invalid' as it persisted in fueling lingering territorial tensions.
- Vietnam to Arm Fishery Surveillance Ships After Standoff With China VOA 01 Aug 2014 -- Vietnam says all ships under the management of its Fisheries Surveillance Force will be equipped with weapons following a tense standoff with China over a disputed oil rig.
- China Voice: A cleaner, more transparent army is a stronger army People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- As the People's Liberation Army (PLA) grows stronger in equipment and personnel, the Chinese military is also working to build its capacity through cleanness and transparency.
- China sends 18th escort fleet to Somali waters People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- A Chinese fleet departed for an escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters on Friday
- US Accused of Reconnaissance in Chinese Waters, Airspace RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2014 -- China leveled accusations against the United States on Friday, saying that US naval ships and aircraft were conducting regular reconnaissance activities in Chinese territorial waters and airspace, a statement issued by the country's Defense Ministry said.
- China rebuts Canada's cyberattack accusation People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- Canada's accusation that China hacked into its computer systems at the National Research Council has been met with strong opposition.
- Xi vows strike on military corruption People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged a harsh strike against military corruption as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) prepares for the 87th anniversary of its establishment on Friday.
- People's Daily warns of universal law People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- All are equal before the law, warns a commentary due to be published on Friday in Communist Party of China (CPC) newspaper the People's Daily, citing the case of former senior Chinese leader Zhou Yongkang.
- China's military drills not targeted at other countries People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- Military exercises being carried out by China are not targeted at any other country, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday, warning that parties should not overinterpret China's routine drills.
- Despite doubts PLA still close to society People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- Friday marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army. Over the past year, negative news about the army seems to have been more common than at any time in recent years. The nation was shocked by the exposure of a few corrupt high-ranking military officers, especially Xu Caihou, the former vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission.e
- Military forces fully back Zhou investigation: PLA Daily People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Armed Police fully support the decision to investigate Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranking "tiger" yet probed in the anti-corruption campaign, military newspaper PLA Daily said Thursday.
- 'Military drill isn't targeting any nation' People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- China rejected any suggestion on Thursday that its ongoing military exercises, believed to be some of the most extensive off its eastern seaboard, sent a message to any country.
- Joint drills boost Chinese navy People's Daily 01 Aug 2014 -- The Chinese navy has been striving to hone its combat capability through joint drills and rigorous training since the start of the year.
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