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August 2015 - China Special Weapons News
- China to showcase new advanced ICBM in military parade CNA 31 Aug 2015 -- China is expected to showcase a variety of missiles, including its DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missile, in a military parade.
- China would invade Taiwan in certain circumstances: MND report CNA 31 Aug 2015 -- China would probably invade Taiwan under certain circumstances, the Ministry of National Defense said in a report .
- MND reports China deploying more missiles against Taiwan CNA 31 Aug 2015 -- Legislator Lin Yu-fang said Monday that China is posing an ever-growing threat to Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.
- China seen likely to declare ADIZ in South China Sea CNA 31 Aug 2015 -- China's island-building spree in the South China Sea has completely changed the strategic structure in the region.
- Report: US Preparing Sanctions Over Alleged Chinese Cybertheft VOA 31 Aug 2015 -- Obama administration preparing “unprecedented” economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who benefit from the cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.
- Beijing acknowledges KMT's fight against Japanese army CNA 30 Aug 2015 -- China's top Taiwan affairs official on Sunday acknowledged the Kuomintang's (KMT's) contributions to China's War of Resistance against Japan during World War II.
- Russia, US, China Returning to Battleships Era? Sputnik 30 Aug 2015 -- Maybe it's time to build new big battleships, American scholar Robert Farley suggests, adding that he expects the return of the era of big warships.
- China Prepares to Build Jet Faster Than Legendary US Spy Plane? Sputnik 30 Aug 2015 -- According to various reports, China is planning to develop a turbofan ramjet engine.
- China, U.S. vow closer military cooperation People's Daily 28 Aug 2015 -- Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, met with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Beijing on Friday, with the pair vowing greater military cooperation.
- Kim Skipping WWII Ceremony Shows Troubled China-North Korea Ties VOA 27 Aug 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to skip China’s high-profile military parade indicates a difficult relationship between China and North Korea, experts say.
- China, Australia, U.S. to begin trilateral military exercise People's Daily 27 Aug 2015 -- China, Australia and the United Stateswill conduct a trilateral military exercise in Australia.
- China Launches Large-Scale Military Drills in Disputed Regions Sputnik 27 Aug 2015 -- Amidst territorial disputes between Beijing and Tokyo, the Chinese military has conducted live-fire air and sea drills in the East China Sea.
- China 'Expands' in Southeast Asia VOA 25 Aug 2015 -- A small Philippine island is at the forefront of China’s expansion into Southeast Asian waters.
- Russia, China begin new phase of naval drills in Sea of Japan Press TV 24 Aug 2015 -- Russia and China have embarked on the “active phase” of major military drills in the Sea of Japan and off Russia’s far eastern coast.
- U.S. Outlines Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy AFPS 21 Aug 2015 -- The United States has spelled out its maritime security strategy so that all nations understand the American position, David Shear, the assistant secretary of defense for Asian-Pacific security affairs.
- Pentagon: China's Reclamation Increasing in South China Sea VOA 21 Aug 2015 -- China has reclaimed more land in the disputed Spratly Islands of the South China Sea than previous known.
- Pentagon: China Reclaimed More Land in Disputed Spratlys Than We Thought Sputnik 21 Aug 2015 -- China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea sent Washington into a panic. But according to a new Pentagon report, the US now believes the land reclamation project to be even larger than initially predicted.
- China release video footage of drone missile test People's Daily 21 Aug 2015 -- Video footage shows the home-made drone “Wing Loong” conducting a live-fire missile test.
- S. Korean President to Attend Beijing WWII Celebration VOA 20 Aug 2015 -- A senior official in Seoul Thursday announced that South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to Beijing for celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
- Russia, China launch ‘unprecedented’ joint naval drills Press TV 20 Aug 2015 -- Russian and Chinese navies have started their largest-ever joint military exercises in the Pacific with dozens of vessels and featuring anti-submarine operations.
- Officials: Extreme Cyanide Levels in Waters Near China Blast VOA 20 Aug 2015 -- Cyanide levels more than 350 times the acceptable limit have been found in waters close to the site of recent deadly explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.
- S. Korea Weighs China’s WWII Anniversary Invite VOA 18 Aug 2015 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has yet to decide on whether or not she will accept China’s invitation to attend celebrations in Beijing to mark the end of World War II early next month.
- North Korea installs speakers of its own along border with South: Seoul Press TV 18 Aug 2015 -- North Korea has reportedly retaliated for the South’s border propaganda warfare, reinstalling loudspeakers of its own to broadcast anti-Seoul messages along the border between the two countries.
- US intrudes on China’s anti-graft drive People's Daily 18 Aug 2015 -- It seems that the esteemed NYT has mistaken Chinese police officers as "special agents" in charge of national security.
- Tianjin Rain Raises Concerns About Toxicity VOA 18 Aug 2015 -- Rain has begun to fall in China’s blast-struck northeastern port city of Tianjin as officials raced to prevent the further spread of hazardous chemicals and explosives from the site.
- Obama Warns China on Agents in US Pressuring Fugitives to Return VOA 17 Aug 2015 -- The United States is holding firm in its insistence that Chinese agents sent to covertly round up and pressure Chinese fugitives to head back home must stop.
- On Eve of Obama-Xi Summit, Nations Clash Over Fate of High-Profile Defector Sputnik 17 Aug 2015 -- The brother of a former high-ranking Chinese government official is believed to be in hiding in the United States.
- Washington warns China over covert agents operating on US soil Press TV 17 Aug 2015 -- The administration of President Barack Obama has warned China about Chinese agents it claims are operating secretly in the United States to hunt down and repatriate fugitives--some of whom wanted in China.
- PLA vessels sail through Tsushima Strait near Japan CNA 17 Aug 2015 -- A fleet of seven Chinese naval vessels sailed through the Tsushima Strait near Japan on Monday afternoon as it sailed to Russian waters where a joint China-Russia naval drill will take place later this month, according to the China News Service.
- Sodium cyanide in Tianjin to be collected, neutralized soon People's Daily 17 Aug 2015 -- By 9 am on Monday, at least 114 have been killed and 70 remain missing after the blasts rocked a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals in Tianjin Binhai New Area.
- People's Daily slams lack of sincerity in Abe's WWII statement Xinhua 16 Aug 2015 -- China's People's Daily on Saturday called on Japan to face up to its wartime history.
- Chinese Military: Tons of Cyanide at Blast Site VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- China confirmed Sunday that sodium cyanide, a toxic chemical, was stored in the warehouses devastated by massive explosions last week in the port city of Tianjin.
- 100s tons of hazardous cyanide detected at China blast zone Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- A senior Chinese military officer says hundreds of tonnes of highly poisonous cyanide were being stored at the site.
- Chinese warships leave for sea of Japan for joint drills with Russia Xinhua 15 Aug 2015 -- Seven Chinese warships on Saturday left east China's port city of Qingdao for the Sea of Japan where they will join Russian counterparts for a nine-day naval exercise.
- 104 Dead in Chinese Port City, Evacuation Ordered VOA 15 Aug 2015 -- The death toll from massive explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 104 including 21 firefighters.
- China orders evacuations near Tianjin blast site amid chemical fears Press TV 15 Aug 2015 -- Fears of chemical contamination have prompted Chinese authorities to order mass evacuations in areas near the site of recent explosions that claimed dozens of lives in the northeastern port city of Tianjin.
- Statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, August 14, 2015 Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet 14 Aug 2015
- Abe Expresses ‘Deepest Remorse’ on WWII Anniversary VOA 14 Aug 2015 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed feelings of “profound grief” and “sincere condolences’ to those who suffered and died from Japan’s past military aggression while making his highly anticipated public statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
- Commentary: Abe's watered-down apology fails sincerity test Xinhua 14 Aug 2015-- By mentioning the Japanese government's previous apologies in his WWII anniversary statement Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to take a step forward toward reconciliation with his country's neighbors.
- The Abe Statement: Apology, Abapology or Abomb? Xinhua 14 Aug 2015 -- As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe releases an official statement later Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of his country's surrender at the end of World War II (WWII), he is standing at a critical crossroad.
- Military Chemical Specialists Enter Tianjin Blasts Site People's Daily 14 Aug 2015 -- On Friday morning, officers and soldiers from the anti-chemical warfare corps of the Beijing Garrison Command were seen taking samples of the explosives at the Tianjin Blasts Site.
- Chinese to Build Giant Floating Fortresses Sputnik 14 Aug 2015 -- Two Chinese companies are to build miles-long floating platforms in the ocean that could house airstrips, docks, helipads, barracks or even "comprehensive security bases," according to one company executive.
- China air force conducts west Pacific drill Xinhua 14 Aug 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force conducted a drill involving "multiple types of aircraft" in the western Pacific on Friday, a military spokesperson said.
- On-the-Record Briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2015
- Kerry: Chinese, Russians 'Very Likely' Reading My Emails VOA 12 Aug 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it is "very likely" his emails are read by the Chinese and Russians, both of whom have been accused of recent cyberattacks on U.S. government targets.
- Philippines: Chinese Surveillance Ship Parks Near Contested Shoal VOA 11 Aug 2015 -- A Philippine legislator says he has information that a Chinese surveillance vessel “dropped anchor” more than a month ago in the vicinity of a hotly contested shoal in the South China Sea that the Philippines claims.
- Chinese Motorists Spot Enormous New Missile Transport and Launch Vehicle Sputnik 11 Aug 2015 -- Pictures have surfaced of what is believed to be the largest ever Chinese military vehicle for transporting and launching missiles.
- Maldives Reassures India, Says 'No' to Chinese Bases VOA 10 Aug 2015 -- The Indian Ocean island country of Maldives has told India it will not allow China to set up military bases on its territory.
- Report: China Hacked Emails of US Officials VOA 10 Aug 2015 -- A U.S. media outlet is reporting that Chinese hackers have been accessing the private emails of top U.S. administration officials since at least 2010.
- China ramps up joint military exercises People's Daily 10 Aug 2015 -- A joint military drill that started in late July entered a live fire stage on Monday in a plateau area in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
- Roundup: Abe's anni. statement remains unclear on whether to offer apology People's Daily 10 Aug 2015 -- Japanese media reported contradictorily over whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned statement will include keywords of "aggression and colonial rule" and "apology."
- Chinese FM rejects Philippine, Japanese, U.S. claims on South China Sea issue People's Daily 07 Aug 2015 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made clear China's stance on the South China Sea issue on Thursday, rejecting the claims of the Philippines, Japan and United States.
- BRICS Woes: Plunging Currency Values Belie Talk Of Challenging Dollar RFE/RL 07 Aug 2015 -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - the BRICS - hope to move the world away from the U.S. dollar and Western-dominated financial institutions, which they say do not meet the needs of emerging economies.
- Pentagon Outranged by Chinese Anti-Ship Missiles, Scrambles to Save Face Sputnik 06 Aug 2015 -- Desperate to compete with China's long-range anti-ship missiles, the US Navy is considering one of two options: forge ahead with the expensive, but state-of-the-art LRASM, or upgrade the Cold War-era Tomahawk, a missile never intended for naval warfare.
- Fifth Generation Super Weapons to Significantly Increase China's Air Power Sputnik 06 Aug 2015 -- Since 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has worked to design and manufacture fifth generation jet plain design concepts, both for its own use and to sell on a global scale.
- Beijing: Reclamation Works in South China Sea Has Stopped Sputnik 05 Aug 2015 -- The Chinese government says that it has halted its controversial island reclamation projects in the South China Sea.
- China: South China Sea Project Has Stopped VOA 05 Aug 2015 -- China's foreign minister says his country has stopped its controversial land reclamation project in the South China Sea.
- Russia-China joint military drills to help counter new threats, challenges - FM TASS 05 Aug 2015 -- Joint military exercises carried out by Russia and China will help to confront new international threats and challenges, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Channel News Asia on Wednesday.
- Russia backs China over US military buildup in Asia Press TV 05 Aug 2015 -- Russia has sided with China in the wake of the rising threat of the "disproportionally huge" US military buildup in Asia.
- The reasons behind China's decision to build 2nd aircraft carrier base in Hainan People's Daily 04 Aug 2015 -- Malacca Strait, Lombok Strait and Sunda Strait, making it easier for its naval fleet's composition. Ma also said the base can protect its comparatively weak oil passage to ensure its economic development.
- China promotes commercial insurance service in military People's Daily 04 Aug 2015 -- The State Council and China's Central Military Commission (CMC) approved a document on instructing commercial insurance institutions to provide insurance services for the army a few days ago, making national-level institutional arrangements on the commercial insurance service in the military.
- Navy stages live-ammo drill in S. China Sea People's Daily 03 Aug 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army navy conducted its largest ever live-ammunition drill in the South China Sea last week, Chinese media reported.
- Three Chinese Ships Briefly Intrude Japan's Waters Near Disputed Islands Sputnik 02 Aug 2015 -- Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered the Japanese waters near disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
- Malaysia Hopeful for South China Sea Code of Conduct Ahead of ASEAN Meeting Sputnik 01 Aug 2015 -- Claimants to the disputed South China Sea are on track to finalize the territory's code of conduct (CoC), Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said as quoted by local media Saturday.
- Minister pledges to keep PLA clean People's Daily 01 Aug 2015 -- Defense Minister Chang Wanquan pledged intensified efforts in running the armed forces with 'strict discipline and in accordance with the law' on Friday in Beijing amid China's sweeping anti-graft campaign.
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