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December 2014 - China Special Weapons News
- President Xi stresses more reform, rule of law in New Year address People's Daily 31 Dec 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the need to continue efforts to advance reform and rule of law in 2015 in his New Year speech on Wednesday, comparing them to 'a bird's two wings'.
- China launches frigate for Bangladesh navy People's Daily 31 Dec 2014 -- A new-type of frigate built for the Bangladesh Navy was launched in the riverside city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday.
- Int'l airlines' activities in China's ADIZ undisturbed People's Daily 31 Dec 2014 -- Activity in China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) has not been disturbed since the ADIZ was established a year ago, said an air force spokesman on Tuesday.
- China Launches New Meteorological Satellite: Reports Sputnik 31 Dec 2014 -- The Fengyun-II 08 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, will be used to collect meteorological and environmental information. The data will be used for weather forecasting and climate monitoring, Xinhua reported.
- Experts recommend fighter plane for developing nations People's Daily 30 Dec 2014 -- China could export a modern fighter jet to developing countries to take a bigger share of the international military aircraft market and boost its aviation industry, experts have suggested.
- China's stance on Iran nuclear talks People's Daily 30 Dec 2014 -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- and Iran clinched an interim agreement in Geneva, whereby Iran agreed to cap its nuclear program in exchange for limited sanction relief.
- Xi's observations on military management People's Daily 30 Dec 2014 -- During his visit to the headquarters of the military region of Nanjing, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), called on the Chinese army to focus on meeting the goals of building a strong army, carrying out the spirit of a military political work conference held in Gutian township, and raising the levels of military management in accordance with the law and with strict military discipline.
- Xi stresses reform quality for new year People's Daily 30 Dec 2014 -- China's central leadership for reform has said boosting the quality of reforms must be of prime concern in the coming 2015.
- Mainland China's Trade Growth Falls Far Below Target Sputnik 28 Dec 2014 -- Mainland China's economy has presumably suffered another serious blow as its foreign trade growth has slowed dramatically in 2014 to an estimated 3.5%, far below the 7.5% target, according to a report by the nation's Ministry of Commerce.
- China, Vietnam agree to properly settle maritime disputes People's Daily 27 Dec 2014 -- Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials agreed in Hanoi on Friday to properly settle the maritime disputes and control their differences through dialogues.
- Chinese military to build modern command headquarters People's Daily 26 Dec 2014 -- China's Central Military Commission (CMC) publicized a guideline promoting the construction of modernized command headquarters.
- Military to step up anti-graft campaign People's Daily 26 Dec 2014 -- The military pledged to step up its extensive anti-corruption drive on Thursday, shortly after China's top military body finished a yearlong campaign against graft across the nation's military area commands.
- Full Text of Foreign Minister Wang Yi's Speech on China's Diplomacy in 2014 People's Daily 26 Dec 2014 -- Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday attended the opening ceremony of the Symposium on the International Development and China's Diplomacy in 2014 co-hosted by China Institute of International Studies and China Foundation for International Studies and delivered an address titled '2014 in Review: A Successful Year for China's Diplomacy'.
- China anti-graft body reiterates punishment for extravagance People's Daily 26 Dec 2014 -- China's top anti-graft body on Friday reiterated relentless punishment on officials' extravagance and bribery, as the season known for over consumption approaches.
- China can soon target US with sea-based nuclear weapons Iran Press TV 26 Dec 2014 -- China could soon target the United States with sea-based nuclear weapons as it is reinforcing its submarines with long-range nuclear ballistic missiles, a US congressional report has found.
- China praises submarine crew's emergency handling People's Daily 25 Dec 2014 -- The Chinese military was urged to learn from the crew of a submarine, after they successfully handled a major underwater emergency in mission.
- Do not point the finger at China's internal affairs People's Daily 25 Dec 2014 -- Even at the year end, talk of China is still buzzing. According to Canadian media reports, China has secretly established an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea. And the Kyodo News Agency’s "exclusive news" has reported that China is building up a military base on Nanji Island in the East China Sea.
- Indonesia Declares War on Illegal Foreign Fishing Vessels VOA 23 Dec 2014 -- New Indonesian President Joko Widodo is utilizing the country's military to capture and destroy foreign vessels that do not have permission to be in the country's exclusive economic zone, and the actions are raising the stakes in waters already fraught with friction.
- Xi eyes HK in Macao speech People's Daily 22 Dec 2014 -- A speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Macao urging people to understand the essence of 'one country, two systems' and strengthen patriotic education among the young was seen by observers as a reminder to neighboring Hong Kong in the wake of the Occupy protests that tarnished the region's image.
- Ling Jihua investigated for serious disciplinary violation People's Daily 22 Dec 2014 -- Ling Jihua, a senior Party official and national political advisor, is now under investigation for 'suspected serious disciplinary violation'.
- Full text of remarks by President Xi Jinping at gathering for Macao SAR's 15th anniversary People's Daily 21 Dec 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday delivered a speech at a gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to China and the inauguration of the fourth-term government of the Macao Special Administrative Region.
- Chinese president inspects PLA garrison in Macao People's Daily 21 Dec 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s Macao Garrison to unswervingly uphold the principle of 'one country, two systems' and safeguard the region's prosperity and stability.
- Chinese government net assets at 55.3 trl yuan: research People's Daily 21 Dec 2014 -- The total net assets of the Chinese government, including government executive departments, legislative departments and justice departments was 55.3 trillion yuan (around 9 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2013, according to research published Saturday.
- Resolve to advance practice of 'one country, two systems' unshakable: President Xi People's Daily 20 Dec 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Saturday that nothing could shake the resolve to advance the practice of 'one country, two systems,' a basic state policy of China.
- China to crack down on freeloaders in gov't positions People's Daily 20 Dec 2014 -- China's State Council, or the cabinet, has urged government organs and institutions to crack down on freeloaders.
- President Xi Warns Restive Macau, Hong Kong They Part of 'One China' Sputnik 20 Dec 2014 -- President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged Macau and Hong Kong special administrative regions to respect their unity with China, following pro-democracy campaigns in both regions earlier this year.
- China opposes U.S. arms sale to Taiwan People's Daily 19 Dec 2014 -- China on Friday expressed resolute opposition after U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law authorizing the sale of Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.
- Sale of US Warships to Taiwan Violates China-US Agreements: Beijing Sputnik 19 Dec 2014 -- The sale of four Perry-class guided missile frigates by the United States to Taiwan violates joint communiques signed by China and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- PLA has to win the anti-graft war first People's Daily 18 Dec 2014 -- One after another, many corrupt military officers have been exposed. From Xu Caihou, former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, to lower-ranking officers, the list if corrupt officers is long.
- Military newspaper vows no sanctuary for corruption People's Daily 17 Dec 2014 -- The PLA Daily, flagship newspaper of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), vowed there will be no privilege or sanctuary of impunity for anyone in the country's battle against corruption.
- President Xi orders PLA to clear up bad influence from Xu Caihou People's Daily 16 Dec 2014 -- President Xi Jinping has asked the armed forces to clear up the 'bad influence' left by the graft case of Xu Caihou, a former senior commander.
- Chinese, Kazakh deal fosters Silk Road plan People's Daily 15 Dec 2014 -- China secured deals worth more than $14 billion to enhance connectivity with Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, in what is another step forward in efforts to revive the ancient transcontinental Silk Road.
- China exposes 3,200 'naked officials' People's Daily 15 Dec 2014 -- China has found more than 3,200 'naked' officials at county-level or above.
- Former Chinese Domestic Security Chief Faces Corruption Probe VOA 15 Dec 2014 -- For many months, Beijing has been investigating its former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang for alleged corruption.
- Hong Kong Activists Vow Return as Protests Declared Over VOA 15 Dec 2014 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the territory's occupy protests are over, but activists say they will return after police cleared the last of the demonstration sites following more than 10 weeks of protests.
- Challenges Mount to Beijing's South China Sea Claims VOA 14 Dec 2014 -- Monday is the deadline for China to submit a counter-argument in the Philippines arbitration case that questions China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea. But China shuns arbitration and will not respond, while challenges to its position continue to mount.
- Kazakhstan, China Sign Deals Worth $14 Billion RFE/RL 14 Dec 2014 -- The Kazakh and Chinese prime ministers met in the Kazakh capital Astana on December 14 as new deals worth some $14 billion were signed.
- Chinese army urged to consolidate 'good tradition' People's Daily 13 Dec 2014 -- Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), on Friday urged senior officers to eliminate the impact of Xu Caihou's corruption case and strengthen political work.
- Central government supports Hong Kong government's action to clear occupy sites People's Daily 12 Dec 2014 -- China's central government Friday said it supported the Hong Kong government and police's decision to disperse and clear the Occupy protest sites.
- HK police clear Occupy sites, traffic resumes in Admiralty People's Daily 12 Dec 2014 -- Hong Kong authorities cleared occupy sites in Admiralty on Thursday and got the traffic in front of the government headquarters moving again before midnight.
- China Rejects US Report on Sea Claims VOA 11 Dec 2014 -- China rejected a U.S. government report detailing Beijing's maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying the document violates Washington's pledge to remain neutral in the dispute.
- Remarks by MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh on the South China Sea Arbitration case Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs 12 Dec 2014 -- On 11 December 2014, in response to the questions of a reporter from Viet Nam News Agency and other news agencies and press regarding Viet Nam's response to the Position Paper of the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Matter of Jurisdiction in the South China Sea Arbitration, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam Le Hai Binh stated that: (...)
- China reiterates opposition to British lawmakers' interference in Hong Kong affairs People's Daily 11 Dec 2014 -- China on Thursday reiterated that Hong Kong affairs are part of China's internal affairs, urging British lawmakers to stop badgering China for refusing to allow them to visit Hong Kong.
- Troops refuse to gamble with Macao's security People's Daily 11 Dec 2014 -- As the 15th anniversary of the region's return to the Chinese motherland approaches, Zhao Shengnan meets the men and women of the local PLA garrison.
- Beijing Urges UK to Stay Away From Hong Kong, China's Internal Affairs Sputnik 11 Dec 2014 -- Parliamentarians from the United Kingdom should stop 'badgering' China over its decision to bar them from visiting Hong Kong, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
- Hong Kong Clears Remaining Protest Sites VOA 11 Dec 2014 -- Authorities in Hong Kong removed barricades and encampments from streets outside government offices in the port city, drawing to a close more than two months of pro-democracy protests.
- Chinese army pilots master sergeant system People's Daily 10 Dec 2014 -- An infantry brigade of Chinese ground forces named 36 soldiers as master sergeants Tuesday, marking the first group to hold the rank in the Chinese military.
- PLA celebrates 15th anniversary of Macao Garrison's establishment People's Daily 10 Dec 2014 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday celebrated the 15th anniversary of the establishment of its Macao Garrison on Taipa Island of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR).
- Authorities Clear Main Protest Site in Hong Kong VOA 10 Dec 2014 -- Hong Kong authorities have begun clearing the territory's main protest site, bringing a likely end to more than two months of pro-democracy demonstrations there.
- China urges U.S. to block bill on arms sales to Taiwan People's Daily 09 Dec 2014 -- China's Foreign Ministry urged the United States to block a bill related to arms sales to Taiwan Monday.
- Former Senior Chinese Politician Gets Life in Prison for Bribery VOA 09 Dec 2014 -- A former top Chinese economic planning official has been convicted of bribery and sentenced to life in prison, becoming the latest high-profile figure to be brought down by China's anti-corruption campaign.
- Report: China arming submarines with nuke missiles that could reach US Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2014 -- A new report has revealed that the Chinese Navy is preparing for a possible enemy attack, arming its submarines with nuclear missiles that could reach the United States.
- Last Remaining Hong Kong Protest Sites to Be Cleared VOA 09 Dec 2014 -- Hong Kong police have warned protesters they have until Thursday to clear the territory's remaining protest sites, in what may bring to an end more than two months of pro-democracy demonstrations.
- Beijing censures Manila over South China Sea lawsuit Iran Press TV 07 Dec 2014 -- China has blasted the Philippines for challenging Beijing's maritime claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration.
- China launches CBERS-4 satellite on Long March rockets' 200th mission People's Daily 07 Dec 2014 -- China launched the CBERS-4 satellite, jointly developed with Brazil, on Sunday from the Taiyuan base by Long March-4B rocket, the 200th flight for the Long March rocket family.
- Chinese government denounces the South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Philippines People's Daily 07 Dec 2014 -- The Chinese foreign ministry was authorized to release on Sunday the Position Paper of the Government of the People' s Republic of China on the Matter of Jurisdiction in the South China Sea Arbitration Initiated by the Republic of the Philippines.
- Chinese government's Position Paper on Matter of Jurisdiction in South China Sea Arbitration Initiated by Philippines People's Daily 07 Dec 2014 -- The Chinese foreign ministry was authorized to release on Sunday a position paper of the government on the matter of jurisdiction in the South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Republic of the Philippines. The following is a translated version of the full text of the position paper:
- Zhou Yongkang arrested, expelled from CPC Xinhua 06 Dec 2014 -- Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and prosecutors have opened an investigation into his suspected crimes and decided to arrest him, authorities announced Saturday.
- Xi Jinping urges development of military equipment systems People's Daily 05 Dec 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged accelerating development of military equipment systems to help build a strong army.
- Xi Jinping vows military boost People's Daily 05 Dec 2014 -- China will accelerate development of a military equipment system to build a modern army and support national security, according to President Xi Jinping.
- China forges ahead with nuclear development People's Daily 05 Dec 2014 -- China's central authorities have signed off a major nuclear power development scheme despite the lingering shadow cast by Japan's Fukushima disaster.
- China, Japan take step to soothe relations People's Daily 05 Dec 2014 -- The Chinese government hopes China and Japan can overcome political barriers, take history as guidance and look into the future to promote bilateral relations, Premier Li Keqiang told a visiting Japanese delegation on Thursday.
- China Approves Major New Scheme to Boost Nuclear Power: Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2014 -- China has approved a major development scheme for offshore nuclear power projects, the scheme is aimed at optimizing power generation in the country, which at present largely depends on thermal power for electricity.
- China's New Hypersonic Strike Vehicle Takes Flight Again Sputnik 05 Dec 2014 -- China has conducted yet another test of its new Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) dubbed by the Pentagon WU-14, according to The Washington Free Beacon website.
- China Voice: New foreign policy address features Chinese vision People's Daily 04 Dec 2014 -- How can China, the world's second largest economy, ensure it will not follow in the footsteps of those big powers that sought hegemony once they grew strong?
- China repeats opposition to foreign interference in HK affairs People's Daily 04 Dec 2014 -- China repeated its opposition to foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs on Thursday, saying a stable and prosperous Hong Kong is in the interests of all sides.
- Hong Kong protest leaders surrender People's Daily 04 Dec 2014 -- Three Occupy Central movement founders and dozens of other participants in the two-month protests turned themselves in on Wednesday, even as some student protesters continued their hunger strike.
- Female PLA General taken into custody for alleged bribery People's Daily 04 Dec 2014 -- A female major general is under investigation by the procuratorial authorities of China's military forces days ago for suspicion of bribery, the Website Caixin.com reports.
- Obama Offers Blunt Assessment of US Ties with China, Russia VOA 23 Dec 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his views about the United States' relations with China and Russia, voicing optimism about U.S. links with Beijing but pessimism about increasingly antagonistic exchanges with Moscow.
- US Again Backs Hong Kong Key Protest Demand VOA 23 Dec 2014 -- With protests in Hong Kong dwindling and the leaders of the Occupy Movement turning themselves in to police, the United States has repeated its backing for the goal of universal suffrage in the Chinese territory.
- China, Australia agree to boost military ties People's Daily 03 Dec 2014 -- China and Australia on Tuesday agreed to boost their already close military relations, following an upgraded bilateral relationship and a breakthrough in free trade agreement (FTA) talks.
- Xi calls for strengthened awareness of Constitution People's Daily 03 Dec 2014 -- Ahead of Thursday's inaugural Constitution Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more awareness of the Constitution, and better understanding of the role of law.
- UK has no moral duty on Hong Kong: China Iran Press TV 03 Dec 2014 -- Beijing says the UK has had no moral responsibility for what happens in Hong Kong since its return to China, amid tensions between the two countries over the former British colony.
- China Quiet as Challenges Grow in Hong Kong, Taiwan VOA 03 Dec 2014 -- As Taiwan's Beijing-friendly president resigns as head of his party, and protesters in Hong Kong talk about a longer-term struggle for democracy, Beijing has played it cool, downplaying the significance of the recent tensions and their possible long-term impact.
- China dispatches escort fleet to Somali waters People's Daily 02 Dec 2014 -- The 19th Chinese naval squad left Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, on Tuesday to conduct escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters.
- China says attempts for British lawmakers' entry to Hong Kong 'futile' People's Daily 02 Dec 2014 -- China warned Britain on Tuesday that further persistence over its request for a parliamentary delegation to enter Hong Kong would be equivalent to 'lifting a rock only to drop on its own feet'.
- Hong Kong Protest Leaders Will Surrender to Police VOA 02 Dec 2014 -- The three founders of Hong Kong's Occupy movement are moving ahead with plans to surrender to police and are urging their fellow protesters to retreat for their own safety.
- China Focus: PLA gets tough on duty crimes People's Daily 01 Dec 2014 -- New rules released by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) show its toughening stance on duty crimes in the areas of construction, and materials and armament procurement.
- China Bans Senior British MP From Hong Kong Amid Clashes With Protesters Sputnik 01 Dec 2014 -- Beijing has warned a group of British MPs against interfering in China's domestic affairs, claiming it would deny their entry into Hong Kong. China's move came after the British Foreign Affairs Committee declared it was planning to meet with anti-government Occupy Central's protesters and the city's authorities in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong Protesters Warned Not to Return After Clashes Disrupt Government VOA 01 Dec 2014 -- Hong Kong's chief executive warned protesters not to return to the streets after they and police clashed early Monday outside government headquarters.
- Hong Kong Protests Close Down Government VOA 01 Dec 2014 -- Clashes in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police have closed government offices and parliament.
- PLA targets corruption People's Daily 01 Dec 2014 -- The Chinese military is beefing up supervision to fight corruption in its ranks with detailed regulations, which analysts said will be crucial in preventing graft-related crimes.
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