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July 2015 - China Special Weapons News
- China promotes 10 officers to general China Daily 31 Jul 2015 -- China's Central Military Commission (CMC) on Friday promoted 10 senior military and armed police officers to general, the highest rank for officers in active service in China.
- Confirmed: China Building New Aircraft Carrier... Possibly Nuclear Powered Sputnik 31 Jul 2015 -- China has confirmed that it is building a unique aircraft carrier, and that it may even be nuclear-powered.
- China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea VOA 30 Jul 2015 -- China's Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of 'militarizing' the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region.
- Beijing's S China Sea Pursuit Could 'Destabilize' Region - US Navy Nominee Sputnik 30 Jul 2015 -- John Richardson said that Beijing's activity in the South China Sea had a potential to destabilize the region.
- China Accuses US of Pushing Militarization of S China Sea Sputnik 30 Jul 2015 -- China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of 'militarizing' the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there.
- China, Russia to hold joint military drills in Sea of Japan Press TV 30 Jul 2015 -- China and Russia are set to hold joint military exercises in the airspace and waters of the Sea of Japan as part of the growing defense cooperation between the two countries.
- Russia, China to conduct naval drills in Sea of Japan Aug 20-28 - Chinese defense official TASS 30 Jul 2015 -- Russia and China will conduct a joint naval exercise in the Peter the Great Gulf and the Sea of Japan in late August, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said on Thursday.
- China Ex-Deputy Environment Protection Minister Under Corruption Probe Sputnik 30 Jul 2015 -- Zhang Lijun served as the deputy minister of environmental protection from 2008 to 2013. He is the most senior Chinese official to come under investigation in an anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping in 2012.
- Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System VOA 29 Jul 2015 -- Turkey's president is meeting top officials in China to strengthen ties that have been strained over the delayed sale of a Chinese missile system and Beijing's treatment of its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority.
- Turkey to Buy Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Details From China Sputnik 29 Jul 2015 -- On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in China on an official visit. He will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will discuss the delivery of Chinese-produced ABM systems components to Turkey.
- North Korea Hoping China Breaks with US Over Sanctions VOA 29 Jul 2015 -- North Korea's rejection of an Iran-style nuclear agreement could indicate the Kim Jong Un regime is counting on China to eventually break with the United States over the severe economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.
- Critics: China's President Using Law to Tighten Grip on Power VOA 29 Jul 2015 -- China's widespread crackdown on rights lawyers and activists over the past three weeks has fueled growing concerns that President Xi Jinping is using the law as a tool to mute dissidents and those who defend them in court.
- Experts Concerned China May Soon Establish Southern ADIZ VOA 28 Jul 2015 -- U.S. and international security experts have expressed concerns that it may just be a matter of time before China establishes an air defense identification zone over disputed waters in the South China Sea.
- Kim Jong Un Hails Chinese Role in Korean War VOA 28 Jul 2015 -- In an apparent attempt to mend relations with Beijing, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has paid tribute to the Chinese soldiers who fought for the North during the Korean War.
- China Slams Obama's Africa Trip VOA 27 Jul 2015 -- China's state media are disparaging U.S. President Barack Obama's travels in Africa as motivated by concern over Beijing's broadening clout on the continent, a critique the White House discounts.
- Commentary: Manila's South China Sea arbitration request reneges on previous promises People's Daily 26 Jul 2015 -- Manila appears to be a fickle player in international politics since its recent arbitration request on the South China Sea issue completely disregards its previous consensus with China and violates what it has agreed on.
- China launches two satellites for independent navigation system People's Daily 26 Jul 2015 -- China successfully launched two satellites for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 8:29 p.m. Beijing Time Saturday, the launch center said.
- Kim Jong Un extends respect to Chinese volunteer army People's Daily 26 Jul 2015 -- Top leader Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday paid tribute to the Chinese People's Volunteer Army (CPVA) for its role in his country's liberation, official media reported Sunday.
- Land sale isn't for Chinese military base, says Maldives People's Daily 25 Jul 2015 -- India has no need to worry about Chinese military expansion under the Maldives' new policy that allows foreigners to buy its land, observers have said, after the islands vowed to keep the Indian Ocean a demilitarized zone.
- Ministry: US playing arbitrator People's Daily 25 Jul 2015 -- China accused the United States on Friday of playing the 'arbitrator outside the tribunal' card over disputes in the South China Sea, in response to recent remarks by a top US official that backed the Philippines.
- Pacom Chief: China's Land Reclamation Has Broad Consequences AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- China's land reclamation in the South China Sea could have far-reaching U.S. security and economic consequences by disrupting international rules and norms that have supported the global community for decades, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today.
- China to Host Next Afghan-Taliban Talks VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- Afghan officials said a new round of peace talks with the Taliban will take place next week in China.
- China's first Blue Army gives PLA some bitter lessons People's Daily 24 Jul 2015 -- China's first Blue Army of the PLA (People's Liberation Army), set up in 2012, is the former armored division of the 65th Army under the Beijing Military Region. With the aim to toughening up the PLA troops by making soldiers practice as if they were fighting a real war, the Blue Army plays the enemy and conducts confrontation drills with the PLA's 'red army'.
- China Starts Construction of Another Nuclear Power Plant People's Daily 24 Jul 2015 -- China started construction of another nuclear power plant project, the sixth unit of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province on Friday.
- China Deploys Ultra-Modern Destroyer to Base on S. China Sea Island Sputnik 23 Jul 2015 -- The Chinese navy reportedly has commissioned the second of its Type 052D Luyang III class destroyers earlier this month and deployed the ship to its fleet in the South China Sea.
- New Maldives Law Lets Foreigners Own Land VOA 22 Jul 2015 -- In a move that could help China establish a foothold in the Indian Ocean region, the Maldives has passed a law allowing foreigners to own land.
- China has drilling rigs near disputed islands: Japan Press TV 22 Jul 2015 -- Tokyo says China has stationed 16 drilling rigs near its de facto maritime border with Japan in the South China Sea amid the escalation of a territorial dispute between the two East Asian countries.
- Xinjiang invests 10 billion yuan to build helicopter manufacturing base People's Daily 22 Jul 2015 -- Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps cooperates with China Helicopter Industry Development Association (CHIDA) and the United States and China Foundation (USCF), signing the agreement framework of building a large helicopter manufacturing base in Xinjiang.
- Navy starts exercise in S. China Sea People's Daily 22 Jul 2015 -- The Chinese navy announced 10 days of military training in the waters near eastern Hainan Island in the South China Sea starting on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions in the region.
- Japan slams China's 'coercive' land reclamation bid Press TV 21 Jul 2015 -- Japan has censured China over what it called "coercive" attempts to reclaim land in the South China amid a growing maritime dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.
- Japan Levels New Criticism Against China for Drilling Near Disputed Waters Sputnik 21 Jul 2015 -- An annual Defense Ministry report said new CHinese offshore platform, allegedly for natural gas extraction, was constructed too close to the median line between the Chinese and Japanese coastlines in the East China Sea and could be used for military purposes.
- Top aide to former Chinese president detained over corruption Press TV 21 Jul 2015 -- Chinese authorities have arrested a senior aide to retired President Hu Jintao on charges of corruption, expelling him from the governing Communist Party of China (CPC) and removing him from all state positions.
- China slams US over South China Sea surveillance flight Press TV 20 Jul 2015 -- China has censured the United States for a surveillance flight over the disputed waters of the South China Sea, urging Washington to avoid taking sides over the territorial row in the region.
- China's defense minister calls for strengthened coastal defense People's Daily 20 Jul 2015 -- China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said on Sunday that efforts should be made to boost development of the nation's coastal defense.
- Ling Jihua Expelled from CPC, to Face Justice People's Daily 20 Jul 2015 -- Ling Jihua has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and removed from public office, according to a decision made at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Monday.
- Thai's plan of buying Chinese submarines unchanged People's Daily 20 Jul 2015 -- Thai navy has not changed their plan on the purchase of 3 Chinese submarines, according to Thai media Sing Sian Daily.
- Analyst Urges US to Back Philippines in Maritime Dispute VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- A prominent American security expert has suggested to Congress that the U.S. declare the security of shoals and islands controlled by the Philippines in the disputed area of the South China Sea falls within the scope of their bilateral treaty.
- Benefits of Renewing US-China Nuclear Deal Argued VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- While U.S. government officials and industry advocates have told lawmakers that renewing a nuclear cooperation deal with China would be beneficial to the U.S., some lawmakers and experts said they are concerned about issues such as proliferation, diversion of civilian nuclear technology and export control.
- Beijing accuses Manila of illegal move in the region People's Daily 16 Jul 2015 -- China objected on Wednesday to the Philippines repairing a warship that it ran aground near Ren'ai Reef in the South China Sea, saying that the effort only illustrates that the country is creating trouble.
- Filipino Warship 'Reinforcement' on Chinese Isle Angers Beijing Sputnik 16 Jul 2015 -- China on Wednesday protested against the Philippines' consolidation of its illegally 'stranded' warship on a Chinese reef in the South China Sea.
- China warns Japan against military deployment Press TV 16 Jul 2015 -- China has warned Japan over the consequences of bills passed by its lower house, allowing combat troops' deployment abroad for the first time since World War II.
- China Strongly Condemns Japan's Approval of Controversial Military Bill Sputnik 16 Jul 2015 -- Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Thursday voiced serious concern over Japan's passage of bills that will expand the role of Japan's self-defense forces.
- New national security law taking Chinese military further afield: Official People's Daily 15 Jul 2015 -- The new National Security Law has provided legal basis for the military to go further afield and better safeguard world peace and the country's overseas interests, a military official said Wednesday.
- Ankara rejects China claims on sending Uighurs to ISIL Press TV 15 Jul 2015 -- Turkey has rejected China's claims that Ankara is sending ethnic Uighurs to fight alongside Takfiri ISIL terrorists in Syria.
- Next Big Thing: China's Aviation to Develop Long-Range Strike Bomber Sputnik 13 Jul 2015 -- China plans to develop a new long-range strike bomber capable of attacking targets farther out in the Pacific.
- Rights Groups Alarmed by China Crackdown VOA 13 Jul 2015 -- China has detained or questioned more than 100 human rights lawyers and activists in recent days, prompting an outpouring of criticism over a crackdown described as the country's worst in two decades.
- China Says Uyghurs Deported By Thailand Were To Join IS RFE/RL 12 Jul 2015 -- China's official news agency says 109 ethnic Uyghurs that were deported from Thailand to China had been on their way to Turkey, Syria, or Iraq to join the Islamic State militant group.
- China Defends Return of Uighurs from Thailand VOA 12 Jul 2015 -- China says 109 ethnic Uighurs who were deported from Thailand last week were heading to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to join Islamic militants.
- One more PLA Senior Officer busted, total now at 38 People's Daily 12 Jul 2015 -- PLA disciplinary inspectors on Friday said they are investigating Deng Ruihua, former political commissar of the joint logistics department of Lanzhou Military Area Command, for alleged 'serious violations of discipline and laws.'
- US, EU Condemn Thailand's Deportation of Uighurs VOA 11 Jul 2015 -- The European Union has joined the United States in condemning Thailand's forced deportation of more than 100 ethnic Uighurs to China, where they could face harsh treatment and a lack of due process.
- HRW slams Thailand for separating Uighur families Press TV 11 Jul 2015 -- Human Rights Watch has accused the Thai government of forcibly separating Uighur families when it came to deportation of the Muslim minority to China.
- Chinese Version of Russian Armored 'Bumerang' Reaches Testing Phase Sputnik 11 Jul 2015 -- A copy of the state-of-the-art Russian armored personnel carrier Bumerang (Boomerang) will soon enter service in the Chinese armed forces, according to media.
- After BRICS, Putin Hosts Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit In Ufa RFE/RL 10 Jul 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted regional leaders at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 10, a second day of meetings meant to show the West that Moscow has friends and influence elsewhere at a time when ties with the United States and EU are tense.
- Military inspectors nab another 'tiger' in graft probe People's Daily 10 Jul 2015 -- People's Liberation Army (PLA) disciplinary inspectors on Friday said they have put Deng Ruihua, former political commissar of the joint logistics department of Lanzhou Military Area Command, under investigation for alleged'serious violations of discipline and laws.'
- Joint Chiefs Nominee: Russia, China Biggest Threats to US VOA 09 Jul 2015 -- A U.S. general ranked Russia and China as the number one and two threats to the United States national security.
- Draft Cybersecurity Law Raises Concerns in China VOA 09 Jul 2015 -- China has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing's control over data, sparking concerns about speech, dissent and intellectual property rights.
- Thailand Draws Ire Over Deportation of Uighurs to China VOA 09 Jul 2015 -- Thailand's military government Thursday confirmed the deportation of more than 100 ethnic Uighur people from western Xinjiang province back to China, a move condemned by rights groups and the United Nations. The deportation followed months of negotiations and came after more than 170 Uighurs were cleared to travel to Turkey last week.
- Thai Consulate Attacked in Istanbul VOA 09 Jul 2015 -- The Thai consulate was attacked early Thursday in Istanbul, following the news of Thailand deporting Uighurs to China.
- Bolstering Bilateral Ties: Russia, China Designing New Heavy Copter Sputnik 09 Jul 2015 -- Russia and China have reportedly agreed on a concept for a new transport helicopter which will have a payload capacity of fifteen metric tons.
- China's military establishes first national security think tank People's Daily 09 Jul 2015 -- China's military Thursday established its first think tank for national security studies at the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army(PLA).
- UN rights chief concerned by 'broad scope' of China's new security law UN News 07 Jul 2015 -- The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern about the human rights implications regarding the scope of a new law on national security adopted by China on 1 July.
- Navy gets anti-sub boost People's Daily 07 Jul 2015 -- China has developed and commissioned a fixed-wing, anti-submarine patrol aircraft, which will significantly boost the Chinese navy's operational capability, experts said.
- Chinese Military Provider Reports Record High of Plane Seats Production People's Daily 07 Jul 2015 -- AVIC HangYu, China's only military equipment company, reported a record high of ejection seats production in 2014 to meet the need of the Chinese military to upgrade its weapons and military equipment, according to China Aviation News.
- UN Fears Rights Violations in China-backed Projects VOA 06 Jul 2015 -- A top U.N. official is expressing concern about whether China-backed development projects overseas will have adequate protections for human rights.
- PLA holds military drill in HK, locals invited to observe People's Daily 04 Jul 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army(PLA) Hong Kong Garrison started a live-fire exercise in Hong Kong suburb on Saturday, the first of its kind since 1997 that local residents have been invited to observe.
- China launches military exercises in Yellow Sea Press TV 04 Jul 2015 -- China's army has kicked off "unprecedented" air and sea drills in the Yellow Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and China, a report says.
- China, Italy agree to strengthen military cooperation People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- China and Italy agreed to boost military cooperation during a meeting between Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), and visiting Italian Defense Ministry secretary-general Enzo Stefanini on Friday.
- Chinese military promises more time of private life People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday introduced a new regulation which allows soldiers to enjoy more free time.
- China Slams 'Cold War Mentality' of US's New National Military Strategy Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- Beijing has expressed its annoyance over the US Defense Department's new National Military Strategy, saying that it 'groundlessly exaggerates' China's threat and demonstrates that the US is stuck in a 'Cold War mentality.'
- Rosoboronexport to supply to China Zubr landing craft ordered in Ukraine TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport intends to fulfill the contract on the supply of the Zubr landing ships to China, Rosoboronexport deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov told reporters on Friday at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015) in St. Petersburg.
- China Expands Military Facilities on Man-Made Islands VOA 02 Jul 2015 -- China has nearly completed a military-length runway on one of the artificial islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite photos published by a maritime monitoring group.
- Thai navy plans to buy three Chinese subs People's Daily 02 Jul 2015 -- The Thai navy plans to buy three submarines from China under a government-to-government dealing, said Thai navy chief Adm Kraisorn Chansuvanit on Thursday.
- Chinese navy holds live-fire drill People's Daily 02 Jul 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army(PLA) navy conducted a live-fire confrontation drill in the Yellow Sea on Thursday, according to a statement from the PLA.
- China holds army drills to enhance air defence ability People's Daily 01 Jul 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) began a series of air-ground combat drills in Gansu Province, northwest China, on Wednesday.
- Xi praises survey workers, urges devotion from CPC members People's Daily 01 Jul 2015 -- President Xi Jinpinghas called on members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to maintain loyalty and devotion to the Party and the people, on the 94th anniversary of CPC's founding.
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