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June 2015 - China Special Weapons News
- Xi demands improved regulations, forceful implementation in anticorruption drive People's Daily 28 Jun 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said efforts to weed out undesirable work styles and corruption should rely on improved law and regulations and forceful implementation of such rules.
- US compares China's policy in South China Sea to Russia's in Ukraine Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- The United States has accused China of "unilaterally and coercively" pursuing territory in the South China Sea, comparing its policy to that of Russia in eastern Ukraine.
- China Builds Top Secret Midget Submarine Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- Satellite imagery from October 2014 shows what appears to be a new midget submarine at China's Wuchang shipyard.
- China's Slowing Economy Poses Challenges VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- China's slowing economy has caught the attention of some U.S. policymakers and other observers, who warn not to underestimate the Asian country and who also see opportunities for more Chinese investment in the United States.
- Thailand to Upgrade Fleet, Chooses Chinese to Provide Three Submarines Sputnik 26 Jun 2015 -- Thailand reportedly plans to buy three Chinese-made submarines for the Royal Thai Navy at a cost of 355 million dollars each.
- China's Beidou navigation system more resistant to jamming People's Daily 25 Jun 2015 -- China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said Thursday.
- China US Talks Highlight Cooperation and Divide VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- This week's high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials on a wide range of issues highlighted the two countries' continuing uneasy relationship, despite an expanding and intensive effort to build ties.
- US, China Vow to Narrow Differences on Sensitive Issues VOA 24 Jun 2015 -- The United States and China on Wednesday capped talks in Washington with promises to expand work on a range of key regional and global issues and to narrow differences on sensitive matters such as cyber security, China's claim on a disputed, strategic area in the South China Sea and human rights.
- China ratifies nuclear-weapon-free Central Asia protocol People's Daily 24 Jun 2015 -- China has ratified a protocol to the Treaty on Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ) in Central Asia and will soon hand the ratification paper to Kyrgyzstan through diplomatic channels, a spokesman said.
- Background Briefing on the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2015
- Background Briefing on the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2015
- US, China Acknowledge Areas of Tension VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- U.S. and Chinese officials were frank in discussing differences between the two countries Tuesday, as they opened key annual talks, but both sides agreed that confrontation was not in the world's best interest.
- US, China Kick Off Wide-ranging Talks VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- U.S. and Chinese officials have launched three days of high-level talks in Washington on issues including climate change, cyber security and maritime concerns.
- China Creates High-Sensitive Electric 'Eye' to Revolutionize Space Docking Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Chinese space engineers designed the world's most sensitive sensor that enables autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft more safely and efficiently.
- Russia's Su-35 Fighter: A Trump Card Up Beijing's Sleeve in South China Sea Sputnik 21 Jun 2015 -- Russia's Sukhoi Su-35 super-maneuverable multirole fighters will most likely become China's trump card in its longstanding geopolitical game in the South China Sea, US journalist Zachary Keck noted.
- Super Weapon: China Reveals Deadly New Armor-Piercing Gun Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- China has revealed the world's most powerful armor-piercing gun canon that could be used for the next generation of Chinese main battle tanks.
- Russia, China do not create military blocs - Putin TASS 19 Jun 2015 -- Russia and China are by no means creating any military blocs against any other country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, as he answered questions at the full-scale meeting of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.
- Peacekeeping mandate should be practical, feasible: Chinese envoy People's Daily 18 Jun 2015 -- The mandate of peacekeeping operations should be practical and feasible, said a Chinese envoy here on Wednesday, adding that the operations cannot and should not aim to solve every problem.
- US Official: China's Island Building 'Troubling' VOA 18 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said Thursday that the U.S. is troubled by China's island-building actions in the South China Sea.
- New rules mean ships can be used by military People's Daily 18 Jun 2015 -- The country has approved a set of technical guidelines that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency, the China Classification Society has revealed.
- Chinese military vows continued corruption fight People's Daily 18 Jun 2015 -- The Central Military Commission (CMC) has issued a circular pledging to continue fighting corruption in the People's Liberation Army (PLA), after it initiated prosecutions of two more senior officers.
- HK's legislature vetoes motion for selecting chief executive by universal suffrage People's Daily 18 Jun 2015 -- China's Hong Kong Legislative Council on Thursday vetoed a motion of the proposed universal suffrage for selecting the region's next chief executive in 2017.
- About 300 JF-17 Thunders expected to be sold in the next decade People's Daily 18 Jun 2015 -- In the next five to ten years, 200 to 300 JF-17 Thunders, co-developed by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Pakistan's Air Force (PAF), are expected to be sold, Yang Ying, president of China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), told a conference jointly held by China and Pakistan on the opening day of the 51st International Paris Air and Space Show on June 15.
- Hong Kong Legislature Vetoes Reform Plan VOA 18 Jun 2015 -- Hong Kong's legislature voted down a controversial plan for electoral reform Thursday, after months of debate and mass protests over the city's democratic future.
- Hong Kong Rejects China-backed Electoral Reforms VOA 18 Jun 2015 -- Hong Kong lawmakers have overwhelmingly rejected a controversial, Beijing-backed electoral reform package that had divided the territory's opposition and pro-government forces.
- Hong Kong Braces for Key Vote on Beijing-backed Reforms VOA 17 Jun 2015 -- Hong Kong lawmakers are expected to vote as early as Thursday on a contentious electoral reform bill backed by Beijing but rejected by the territory's pro-democracy groups.
- China calls for eliminating root cause of WMDs proliferation People's Daily 17 Jun 2015 -- Faced with new challenges of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the international community should eliminate the root cause of proliferation and take a balanced approach to address security and development, said a Chinese envoy here Tuesday.
- Two more senior PLA officials investigated People's Daily 17 Jun 2015 -- The Chinese military on Tuesday announced that two more senior military officials are under investigation for serious disciplinary violations.
- What's Next for China's Anti-Corruption Drive? VOA 17 Jun 2015 -- China's secret trial and sentencing of former security chief Zhou Yongkang to life in prison marks the beginning of a new phase in the country's anti-corruption drive. But where Chinese leader Xi Jinping will take the campaign next is unclear. Some analysts say there are already signs that the administration may dramatically ratchet down the anti-graft campaign.
- China about to finish island-building in disputed waters Press TV 16 Jun 2015 -- Beijing says it will complete its island-building projects in the South China Sea soon amid a row between China and its Asian neighbors, which all claim sovereignty over the disputed waters.
- China to Develop Military Facilities on Hotly Disputed Spratly Islands Sputnik 16 Jun 2015 -- Chinese foreign ministry's spokesman, Lu Kang, said that construction on the Spratly Islands as part of the land reclamation project would be completed in the near future and additional facilities would be built to meet 'the necessary military defense requirements.'
- Nine arrested in plot to bomb districts in Hong Kong People's Daily 16 Jun 2015 -- Hong Kong authorities haven't ruled out further arrests after police said on Monday that they busted nine radical activists who were allegedly preparing to bomb sites around the city's center of government.
- Belarusian multiple launch rocket system tested in China - official TASS 16 Jun 2015 -- Belarusian multiple launch rocket system has been successfully tested in China, Sergey Gurulyov, the head of the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee, reported to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday.
- Belarus holds regional defence drills on border with Ukraine TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- Command and staff exercises of the Gomel Region defence forces have started in southern Belarus on the border with Ukraine, the Belarusian Defence Ministry said on Monday.
- MI6 Spy Pullout Goes Unnoticed in China After Snowden Files 'Compromised' Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- China has no information concerning British intelligence agents, the country ministry's spokesman Lu Kang said Monday.
- Tensions High as Hong Kong Vote Looms VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Police in Hong Kong say they have arrested nine people and seized explosives, days before lawmakers vote on how the city-state will choose its next leader. Pro-democracy activists say the vote will likely mark the beginning of a longer struggle.
- China is immensely important partner in Africa's development People's Daily 14 Jun 2015 -- China has acted as an immensely important partner in Africa's development all the time, Mark Suzman, president of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
- China, US sign agreement to boost army cooperation People's Daily 15 Jun 2015 -- China has acted as an immensely important partner in Africa's development all the time, Mark Suzman, president of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
- China tests hypersonic nuclear-capable glide vehicle Press TV 14 Jun 2015 -- The Chinese Defense Ministry has confirmed the latest testing of a hypersonic nuclear-capable delivery system.
- Faster Than Light: China's Hypersonic WU-14 Getting on Pentagon's Nerves Sputnik 14 Jun 2015 -- China's new hypersonic weaponry may have the potential to neutralize US strategic missile defenses due to its unparalleled capability of maneuvering to avoid tracking by radars and interceptors, military expert Franz-Stefan Gady emphasized.
- China Urges Japan to Halt Provocative Actions Amid Relations' Thaw Sputnik 14 Jun 2015 -- During the G-7 summit last week, Japan lobbied members to include a passage about China's activity in the South China Sea, hyping up tensions in the Sino-Japanese already fragile ties.
- Britain 'Pulls Out Spies' As Russia, China Crack Snowden Files RFE/RL 14 Jun 2015 -- British media are reporting that both Russia and China have cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.
- US, China to Establish Military Dialogue VOA 13 Jun 2015 -- The United States and China signed an agreement Friday to establish an army-to-army dialogue mechanism to better coordinate humanitarian assistance and disaster response practices. U.S. officials also hope the framework will promote mutual understanding and reduce the risk of miscalculation between the two countries.
- President Xi commemorates CPC revolutionary veteran, stresses Party unity People's Daily 13 Jun 2015 -- President Xi Jinping has urged members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to learn from veterans of the revolution, who are models of Party unity, discipline and morals.
- China Headlines-Commentary: Trial of Zhou Yongkang displays rule of law resolve People's Daily 13 Jun 2015 -- The trial and sentence of Zhou Yongkang sends a clear signal: China is determined to fight corruption with full commitment to the rule of law.
- Chinese envoy stresses importance of sustainable maritime development People's Daily 13 Jun 2015 -- A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Friday highlighted the importance of sustainable maritime development at the 25th Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
- Legislators, Rights Advocates Urge More US Action on Hong Kong Reforms VOA 13 Jun 2015 -- Members of U.S. Congress and human rights groups are urging the U.S. government to do more for Hong Kong's democracy ahead of a vote next week in Hong Kong on the territory's electoral reform package.
- Philippines Protesters Decry China Sea Claims VOA 12 Jun 2015 -- On Friday's independence day holiday in the Philippines, hundreds of leftist protesters decried China's claims to most of the South China Sea. But the various groups opposed to China do not agree on whether they should rely on the United States as a deterrent to China's increasing assertiveness.
- China rebukes Japan's meddling in South China Sea issue People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- A Foreign Ministry spokesperson has urged Japan not to weigh into territorial disputes in the South China Sea, labelling Japan a 'non-party' in the matter.
- China to launch its first electric satellite around 2020 People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- China plans to launch its first electric propulsion communication satellite into orbit around the year 2020, indicating that China has squeezed into the international electric propulsion communication satellite market following the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.
- China's Liaoning aircraft carrier leaves port for training, tests People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- 'Liaoning', China's first aircraft carrier, on Friday left a military port in Qingdao in Shandong Province, east China, to undertake a training and testing mission.
- China exercises strict control over military trade: spokesperson People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- A Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday said China has strict and effective control over military trade.
- Zhou Yongkang sentenced to life in prison, no limits for anti-corruption People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- Zhou Yongkang was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday for accepting bribes, abusing his power and deliberately disclosing state secrets, the latest and most powerful footnote to the Party's commitment to the rule of law.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting With People's Republic of China Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission DoD 11 Jun 2015
- China's Xi meets Aung San Suu Kyi People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- President Xi Jinping met with a delegation from Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by NLD chair Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
- Chinese professor seeks bail in suspected espionage case People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese professor Hao Zhang who was accused of economic espionage by the US government is seeking release from custody on bail Wednesday in North California.
- Military dialogue key to building trust between China, US People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Communist Party of China's Central Military Commission, currently on a multi-city US tour, is China's highest-level military leader to visit the country since 2012.
- Beijing Conducts Drill in Western Paific Ocean Amid S China Sea Tensions Sputnik 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese naval forces aircraft joined a fleet to take part in military drill in the western Pacific Ocean.
- China's Ex-Security Chief Sentenced to Life in Prison VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese state media say former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison following a secret trial. According to the Xinhua news agency, Tianjin's Intermediate People's Court found Zhou guilty of corruption, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets.
- China says G7 remarks on East and South China Seas irresponsible People's Daily 09 Jun 2015 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday lambasted the G7 over comments insinuating China is at fault over tensions in the East and South China Seas.
- China Slams G7 Criticism on Sea Claims VOA 09 Jun 2015 -- China on Tuesday slammed the Group of Seven (G7) nations for making 'irresponsible remarks' about Beijing's disputed territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.
- Russian, Chinese officers reconnoiter area of upcoming joint naval drills TASS 09 Jun 2015 -- Russian and Chinese officers have completed reconnoitering the area in the Primorye Territory in the Far East that will host the second stage of the joint military drills dubbed Joint Sea 2015, spokesman for Russia's Eastern Military District, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Tuesday.
- China launches space junk monitoring center People's Daily 09 Jun 2015 -- China on Monday launched a space junk monitoring center to protect its spacecraft in orbit.
- Suu Kyi's upcoming China trip reflects common wish for better ties People's Daily 07 Jun 2015 -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China this week at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The news has attracted attentions among observers of China-Myanmar relations, and it is believed the upcoming trip reflects a common wish of the two nations to improve ties.
- Chinese navy ships end visit to Croatia People's Daily 06 Jun 2015 -- The 19th Chinese naval escort fleet ended its goodwill visit to Croatia and left Lora Naval base on Friday.
- China Stages Military Exercises Along Myanmar Border VOA 06 Jun 2015 -- China has launched live-fire air-ground training exercises along the China-Myanmar border, an area where Kokang rebels have been fighting Myanmar's army for months.
- 'What China is doing fully within scope of our sovereignty', Ambassador Cui Talks to CNN People's Daily 05 Jun 2015 -- just to build facilities that will mainly help ships of China and other countries. Of course we have some defense facilities there but it's only for defense.
- Aquino compares China to Nazi 'totally unacceptable': Chinese Ambassador People's Daily 05 Jun 2015 -- China's top diplomat to the Philippines voiced on Friday great discontentment over Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's recent remarks likening China to Nazi Germany, saying, 'It's totally unacceptable.'
- Beijing Hopes US Will Cool Down on South China Sea Rift Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- China encouraged the United States to take essential steps to reduce mounting tensions over Beijing's reclamation project in the South China Sea.
- Chinese Hackers Break Into US Federal Worker Database VOA 05 Jun 2015 -- U.S authorities are investigating a massive cyber attack by alleged Chinese hackers on the federal agency responsible for collecting background information on, and issuing security clearances for millions of government employees.
- Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Make First Visit to China VOA 05 Jun 2015 -- Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time next week, Beijing and her party said Friday, amid strained relations between the two countries.
- Tank maker seeks to increase exports on land armaments People's Daily 05 Jun 2015 -- In an effort to increase sales of its tanks in the face of declining global demand, China North Industries Group Corp, the country's biggest developer and maker of land armaments, is turning to a popular smartphone social networking app.
- Military Marvel: China Ready to Test Asia's Largest Warship Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- New satellite data reveals that China is getting ready to test Asia's largest surface warship. It will be tested at a landlocked test rig in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China.
- China reiterates maintenance of peace, stability on South China Sea People's Daily 04 Jun 2015 -- China on Thursday reiterated its willingness to jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea with southeast Asian neighbors.
- Surface Tension: Chinese, US Armies Race to Build Mobile Landing Platforms Sputnik 04 Jun 2015 -- Satellite imagery that surfaced last month appears to show China developing a semi-submersible ship, racing the United States to completion of the concept vessel.
- Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack on US Federal Agency VOA 04 Jun 2015 -- U.S. officials said Thursday that hackers in China launched a massive cyber attack on the federal agency responsible for collecting background information and issuing security clearances for millions of government employees.
- Chinese Students in US Urge Justice for Tiananmen Massacre VOA 04 Jun 2015 -- A group of Chinese college students studying overseas is distributing an open letter calling for Communist Party leaders to be held accountable for the atrocities committed 26 years ago Thursday, when Chinese forces violently dispersed pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.
- Will South China Sea Dispute Lead to World War? VOA 03 Jun 2015 -- Will South China Sea issues trigger a third world war? While American scholars and New York investors are paying close attention to the political, military and economic aspects of the South China Sea conflict, others find the speculation unconvincing.
- China rejects misinterpretation of lnt'l laws on South China Sea People's Daily 03 Jun 2015 -- China on Wednesday rejected certain parties' misinterpretations of international law on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, saying its activities in the region were 'legitimate and reasonable.'
- US, please stop stirring up trouble in the South China Sea People's Daily 03 Jun 2015 -- Recent inappropriate actions and words by the United States on the South China Sea issue are an overreaction. They are undermining US international credibility.
- Obama: S. China Sea Land Reclamation 'Counterproductive' VOA 02 Jun 2015 -- President Barack Obama warned that Southeast Asia risks becoming less prosperous as countries in the region undertake land reclamation and assert sovereignty over parts of the disputed South China Sea.
- PLA begins live-fire drill near China-Myanmar border People's Daily 02 Jun 2015 -- People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces started an air-ground live-fire drill in southwest China's Yunnan Province, close to the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday.
- Obama Sternly Warns China About South China Sea Expansion VOA 01 Jun 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama sternly warned China Monday that its land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are counterproductive and a threat to Southeast Asian prosperity.
- China committed to upholding peace, stability in South China Sea People's Daily 01 Jun 2015 -- China is committed to upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea, Sun Jianguo, a senior Chinese military official, said Sunday in his keynote speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, while calling on relevant countries to work together in the same direction.
- South China Sea issue should not hinder China-U.S. ties People's Daily 01 Jun 2015 -- A series of actions and words by the United States are an overreaction on the South China Sea issue, which only lead to their international credibility being affected.
- China says it may set up air defense zone in South China Sea Press TV 01 Jun 2015 -- A senior Chinese military official says that China could establish an air defense zone over the disputed areas of the South China Sea if it believed it was warranted due to a major threat.
- Playing with Fire: China to Hold War Games Along Volatile Myanmar Border Sputnik 01 Jun 2015 -- China will reportedly conduct live fire war games later this week along its volatile border with Myanmar; the drills will be held near an area where Chinese civilians were earlier killed by stray bombs during fighting between the Myanmar government and rebels.
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