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September 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- Tense Standoff Continues in Hong Kong VOA 30 Sep 2014 --Official Hong Kong marked the 65th anniversary Wednesday of the founding of communist China, as city leaders remained locked in a tense standoff with tens of thousands of protesters demanding greater democratic reforms.
- China Suspends Arms Sales to South Sudan: Reports RIA Novosti 30 Sep 2014 -- Beijing has halted weapons sales to South Sudan amid allegations that the Chinese government could have sold millions of dollars worth of arms to the war-torn country in an attempt to undermine the peace process, Bloomberg reported Monday.
- China is willing to shoulder its responsibility to safeguard peace and justice People's Daily 30 Sep 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a speech at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. The words 'peace' and 'justice' featured extensively among his words.
- China is not to blame for gloom in global stock market People's Daily 30 Sep 2014 -- Prospects for the global stock market are gloomy this week. Foreign media have blamed the slowdown in China's economy for the sluggish world economy. As experts point out, the global bear market is mainly due to the lack of progress in balancing the world economy. China will remain committed to a loose monetary policy and restructuring, enabling it to outperform its rivals in the world economy.
- Hong Kong chief calls for end to protests Iran Press TV 30 Sep 2014 -- Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying has called on the leaders of pro-democracy protesters to "immediately" end the current demonstrations in the region.
- US Urges Restraint in Hong Kong Protests VOA 29 Sep 2014 -- The United States is urging China to exercise restraint in Hong Kong, where thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets. The protesters were angered by Beijing's decision to only approve candidates that it sanctions for Hong Kong's leadership elections in 2017.
- China raises pensions for veterans, bereaved families, disabled servicemen People's Daily 29 Sep 2014 -- China will increase allowances for disabled soldiers, families of fallen soldiers and veterans of the Red Army, authorities said on Monday.
- Illegal assembly in Hong Kong leads to clashes People's Daily 29 Sep 2014 -- The Occupy Central protest spun out of control in Hong Kong on Sunday as the local government appealed to organizers to end the gathering in the interest of the city and the safety of participants.
- Occupy Central Movement Builds in Hong Kong VOA 29 Sep 2014 -- Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong continued to defy China on Monday despite calls for them to disperse.
- Hong Kong Democracy Protesters Look for Outside Support VOA 29 Sep 2014 -- Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have been greeted mostly with silence by foreign governments, frustrating protest organizers.
- China, Romania agree to enhance cooperation People's Daily 28 Sep 2014 -- Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang met with Romanian Minister of National Defense Mircea Dusa on Sunday.
- Xi's reunification remarks draw attention in Taiwan People's Daily 28 Sep 2014 -- Taiwanese academics and media are busy analyzing remarks made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, to a visiting Taiwanese delegation of pro-reunification groups on Friday.
- China Successfully Orbits Experimental Satellite RIA Novosti 28 Sep 2014 -- China has launched a new experimental satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi desert on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
- China vows to cut 'escape route' of corrupt officials People's Daily 28 Sep 2014 -- A Chinese senior prosecutor has pledged efforts to chase fugitive corruption suspects as well as to 'resolutely cut off the escape route of suspects.'
- PLA stages meteorological, hydrological drills People's Daily 28 Sep 2014 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been staging three-day meteorological and hydrological drills in multiple cities that will end on Sunday.
- Hong Kong protesters block major roads Iran Press TV 28 Sep 2014 -- Protesters have expanded their demonstrations in Hong Kong, blocking major roads across the city.
- Police, pro-democracy protesters clash in Hong Kong Iran Press TV 28 Sep 2014 -- Hong Kong police have clashed with protesters demanding electoral reforms in the city.
- Riot Police Withdrawn from Hong Kong Protest Sites VOA 28 Sep 2014 -- The Hong Kong government said on Monday it has withdrawn riot police from city streets after pro-democracy protests began to calm down.
- Iran, China hold joint naval exercise 'successfully' ISNA 27 Sep 2014 -- Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholamreza Khadem Bigham said Iranian Navy and the 17th Flotilla of Chinese Navy held a joint exercise 'successfully.'
- Chinese Corruption Suspects No Longer Safe Abroad RIA Novosti 27 Sep 2014 -- China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) has started a six-month campaign that will target corruption suspects, including those who have fled overseas, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.
- Tiangong-2 space lab scheduled to be launched in 2016 People's Daily 26 Sep 2014 -- Tiangong-1, China's first space lab, has been in orbit for 1092 days since it was launched on September 29, 2011.
- Chinese Vessel Sailing in Japan's Waters off Disputed Senkaku Islands: Reports RIA Novosti 26 Sep 2014 -- A Chinese vessel is apparently conducting a maritime survey in Japan's exclusive economic zone off the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan's national public broadcasting organization NHK reported Friday.
- China responses to boundary confrontation with India People's Daily 26 Sep 2014 -- China and India have established effective communication channels to properly handle the situation in border areas, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
- China, India Agree to Pull Back Troops After Two-Week-Long Border Standoff: Reports RIA Novosti 26 Sep 2014 -- China and India have agreed to a withdrawal of troops after a two week-long standoff near their de-facto border, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was quoted as saying by the Indian NDTV television channel Friday.
- Xi steadfast on reunification People's Daily 26 Sep 2014 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday vowed to take 'a firm and unwavering stance' on national reunification.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing on U.S. Pacific Command's Area of Responsibility by Admiral Locklear in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 25 Sep 201 4-- Presenters: U.S. Pacific Command Commander, Admiral Samuel Locklear
- Pacom Commander Discusses U.S.-China Military Encounters AFPS 25 Sep 2014 -- A series of close encounters between U.S. military planes and ships and those from China has stopped after some "pretty direct dialogue" between both countries, the top U.S. military commander for the Asia-Pacific region said today.
- China to send 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan for UN mission: defense ministry People's Daily 25 Sep 2014 -- China will send a 700-peacekeeper infantry battalion to South Sudan for a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
- China, U.S. to hold 15th annual defense talks People's Daily 25 Sep 2014 -- China and the United States will hold the 15th annual Defense Consultative Talks in mid-October in Washington D.C., a Chinese defense ministry spokesman announced Thursday.
- PLA vows to root out abuse of power People's Daily 25 Sep 2014 -- The People's Liberation Army has geared up its fight against corruption and abuse of power, requesting that officers hand in any houses or cars they are using in violation of regulations.
- 17th Chinese Naval Escort Fleet wraps Iran visit Iran Press TV 25 Sep 2014 -- The 17th Chinese Naval Escort Fleet, including the missile destroyer Changchun and missile frigate Changzhou, has ended a visit to Iran.
- China vows to strengthen defense cooperation with Kazakhstan People's Daily 24 Sep 2014 -- China is ready to strengthen defense cooperation with Kazakhstan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), said Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Tuesday.
- China, Japan restart maritime talks People's Daily 24 Sep 2014 -- China and Japan have restarted high-level consultations on maritime affairs, according to a press release issued by the Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday.
- Chinese President Claims Happy Unity With Hong Kong Despite Protest Threats: Reports RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2014 -- Despite pan-democrat threats of protest in Hong Kong, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with a large business delegation in Beijing to reiterate the country's stance on the special administrative region, claiming Hong Kong and mainland China are intertwined under 'one country, two systems,' The Diplomat reported Tuesday.
- As US Strikes Syria, China Sees Parallels at Home VOA 23 Sep 2014 -- As U.S. airstrikes began hitting targets of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria, China says it supports international efforts to crack down on terrorism. Increasingly though, Beijing is seeing the fight against the Islamic State militants (IS) as an extension of its own efforts at home to battle what it says are religious extremists in its restive region of Xinjiang.
- Iran to hold joint naval exercise with China ISNA 22 Sep 2014 -- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country plans to hold a joint naval exercise with China when the visiting Chinese flotilla leaves Iranian ports, where it has berthed.
- Xi stresses military headquarters' loyalty to Party People's Daily 22 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, shakes hands with delegates attending a meeting of chiefs of staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 22, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Gang)
- Anti-terror guidelines issued People's Daily 22 Sep 2014 -- China will punish people who verbally abuse or assault others they consider 'heretics' or 'religious traitors,' say new national guidelines that provide the first clear legal definitions for crimes connected with terror activities.
- Ming Dynasty Admiral Key in China's Promotion of Sea Links VOA 22 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's landmark visit to South Asia last week was an opportunity for China to try to ease tensions with its big neighbor India. It was also a chance to promote what Beijing calls the "Maritime Silk Road."
- China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol People's Daily 21 Sep 2014 -- Vessels of the China Coast Guard (CCG) conducted a patrol mission in China's territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Saturday, according to a statement by State Oceanic Administration.
- Beijing holds air defense drill People's Daily 21 Sep 2014 -- Beijing conducted a drill against air raids on Saturday to enhance the handling such attacks.
- Xi's trip to central, south Asia opens new chapter for China's neighborhood diplomacy: FM People's Daily 20 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Friday night after a trip to central and south Asia.
- US Report: China Hacked Into Key US Defense Contractors Site VOA 18 Sep 2014 -- The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said a yearlong investigation found hackers associated with the Chinese government successfully penetrated the computer systems of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) at least 20 times.
- CPC branches key to Xinjiang stability: Xi People's Daily 16 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has written to the authorities and citizens of a successful village in Xinjiang, underlining the role of local Party branches in maintaining stability and prosperity in the terrorism-hit northwestern region.
- Chinese lab team heads for Sierra Leone to curb Ebola epidemic People's Daily 16 Sep 2014 -- A 59-member Chinese laboratory team departed for Sierra Leone on Tuesday in the country's latest efforts to help West African countries to contain the Ebola epidemic.
- CNOOC reports first deepwater gas discovery in South China Sea People's Daily 15 Sep 2014 -- China's largest producer of offshore oil and gas CNOOC said Monday that CNOOC 981, the country's first deepwater drilling rig, has made its first deepwater gasfield discovery in the South China Sea.
- China Focus: Police investigate reporters, PRs' alleged extortion Xinhua 11 Sep 2014 -- An alleged scam in which journalists at a prominent business news website extorted money from companies for positive coverage is now under investigation.
- China calls for respect of sovereignty as U.S. widens airstrikes in Iraq, Syria People's Daily 11 Sep 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday called for respect of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the countries concerned as U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to stage a sweeping airstrike campaign in both Iraq and Syria.
- Xi calls for more strategic trust between China, U.S. People's Daily 10 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. President Barack Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice, here Tuesday and called for more strategic trust between the two countries.
- China Sending 1,800 Peacekeepers to South Sudan VOA 10 Sep 2014 -- China is sending hundreds of troops to join the U.N. peacekeeping force in war-torn South Sudan, where Chinese companies have major oil interests.
- China and US to rein in disputes People's Daily 09 Sep 2014 --Beijinghas called upon Washington to achieve 'proper management and control over divergence and sensitive issues' as US President Barack Obamawill visit China soon.
- CPC leadership stress persistence in 'mass-line' campaign People's Daily 06 Sep 2014 -- The leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have urged continued momentum in the ongoing 'mass-line' campaign to ensure 'an ending as attentively achieved as the beginning'.
- Xi stresses adherence to China's political path ahead of legislature anniversary People's Daily 05 Sep 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday urged the people to keep to the socialist path, on the 60th anniversary of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's national's legislature.
- Anti-graft campaign to last 'at least 5 years' People's Daily 05 Sep 2014 -- China's anti-corruption chief said the central government's ongoing campaign against extravagance and corruption will continue for at least five years.
- China holds meeting on 13th five-year plan People's Daily 05 Sep 2014 -- The State Council, China's cabinet, has held a meeting on compiling the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) for economic and social development, according to a document released Thursday.
- Foreign troops leave China after anti-terror drill People's Daily 04 Sep 2014 -- A Russian army group that participated in a just-concluded anti-terror drill in China left the country on Thursday, marking the exit of all participating foreign troops.
- Xi urges anti-Japanese aggression spirit in future development People's Daily 04 Sep 2014 -- President Xi Jinping called for the Chinese people to carry on the national spirit of the Anti-Japanese War as the country is expecting many 'great battles' in its future development.
- Japan, Philippines to Combat China's Assertive Stance at Sea VOA 03 Sep 2014 -- Japanese and Philippine lawmakers in Manila signed an informal agreement Wednesday to form an international body promoting peaceful means to settle disputes in waters where they have competing claims with China.
- Chinese navy returns from 2014 RIMPAC drill People's Daily 03 Sep 2014 -- Chinese navy ships have returned to port following participation in a series of international naval exercises organized by the U.S. navy.
- PLA newspaper pledges stronger army on victory anniversary People's Daily 03 Sep 2014 -- China's top military newspaper, the PLA Daily, called for a stronger army in a strongly worded article commemorating the 69th Anniversary of China's victory in the Anti-Japanese War.
- Why does the US always seek excuses for its wrongdoing? People's Daily 02 Sep 2014 -- A Chinese fighter jet intercepted two US Navy sub-hunter aircraft over the South China Sea recently.
- Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders Signal Likely Defeat VOA 02 Sep 2014 -- The leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy Central protest movement are admitting they may not be successful at getting China to enact electoral reforms.
- China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis VOA 01 Sep 2014 -- Thousands of miles away from the Ukrainian battlefields of Donetsk and Novoazovsk sits the country that may end up being the largest beneficiary of the turmoil along Russia’s southwest border: China.
- China and the US should shelve disputes and improve their military relations People's Daily 01 Sep 2014 -- U.S. and Chinese military officials are holding talks on military security in the US from Aug. 25 to Aug. 29.
- Hong Kong Polarized Over Voting Reforms VOA 01 Sep 2014 -- Hong Kong police have dispersed pro-democracy activists who heckled a senior Chinese official as he tried to explain Beijing's decision to tightly control nominations for the territory's chief executive.
- Tensions Still Simmer Between Vietnam, China VOA 01 Sep 2014 -- Last week Vietnam sent a senior official to China in a bid to ease simmering tensions caused by maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
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