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October 2015 - China Special Weapons News
- China, Japan and ROK meeting to improve ties People's Daily 31 Oct 2015 -- The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, experts said.
- 'US, China may come to blows over flaws in maritime laws' Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- A new report says loopholes in maritime laws pose the risk of confrontation between the United States Navy and Chinese military in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
- Chinese leaders, non-CPC elite discuss 13th Five-year Plan People's Daily 31 Oct 2015 -- Chinese leaders met non-communist and business chiefs to listen to their opinions on the 13th Five-year Plan proposal approved at Thursday's plenary session.
- YJ-18 missile challenges US Navy in South China Sea: Report Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- The widespread deployment of submarine-launched missiles in the South China Sea is increasing the risk of a confrontation between the US and Chinese Navy, according to a new report to the US Congress.
- China says Arbitral Tribunal's ruling on South China Sea 'null and void' People's Daily 30 Oct 2015 -- The Foreign Ministry on Friday said in a statement that a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on Thursday on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea is null and void, and has no binding effect on China.
- China's navy commander warns US provocative acts in South China Sea could spark accidental conflicts People's Daily 30 Oct 2015 -- China's navy Commander Wu Shengli warned his U.S. counterpart there could be "seriously pressing situation between the frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even accidental conflits' if the United States continues with its provocative acts in the South China Sea at a video teleconference on Thursday night.
- EU sides with US over ship patrol in South China Sea Press TV 30 Oct 2015 -- The European Union has sided with Washington over an incident in which a US warship approached a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea, which caused strong reaction from Beijing.
- China Refuses to Participate in Hearings on S. China Sea Dispute in Hague Sputnik 30 Oct 2015 -- Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said that the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague to rule on the Philippines' claims to waters in the South China Sea 'was made without taking into account the rights of China' and is 'erroneous.'
- China to US: Minor Provocative Act in South China Sea Could Spark War Sputnik 30 Oct 2015 -- China's Naval Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, has warned the US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, that any "dangerous, provocative acts" of the US Navy could spark war in the South China Sea.
- Chinese peacekeepers play 'significant' role for Liberia peace: UN official People's Daily 30 Oct 2015 -- A senior UN peacekeeping official on Thursday commended China's peacekeeping efforts in sustaining peace and stability in Liberia, saying Chinese peacekeepers are 'very professional and well-disciplined.'
- Commentary: The U.S. should never play with fire in South China Sea People's Daily 29 Oct 2015 -- U.S. warship USS Lassen illegally entered waters near Zhubi Reef, part of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea, on October 27, 2015. China has monitored, tracked and issued warnings to the U.S. warship.
- Beijing vows to respond to US ships in South China Sea Press TV 29 Oct 2015 -- China has warned the United States navy against any violation of its territorial waters, saying that it will take "necessary measures" in reaction to US incursions off the disputed islands in the South China Sea.
- US/CHINA Discussion Readout NNS 29 Oct 2015 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Johnathan Richardson participated in a video teleconference (VTC), Oct. 29, with his Chinese counterpart, People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli to discuss ongoing engagements between the two navies and recent operations in the South China Sea.
- U.S., Chinese naval officials to discuss South China Sea situation: U.S. official People's Daily 29 Oct 2015 -- Adm. John Richardson, the US Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), and China's navy commander Adm. Wu Shengli are about to speak on Oct. 29 via video teleconference to discuss the situation in the South China Sea and Sino-U.S. navy relations.
- China slams Japan over record air force confrontations People's Daily 29 Oct 2015 -- Japan's claims that it is having to scramble jets against Chinese planes with record frequency 'only serve to remind us of Japan's long-term tracking, surveillance and disturbance of China's ships and aircraft,' according to a Chinese defense spokesperson.
- Two more Japanese detained in China over 'espionage' Press TV 29 Oct 2015 -- China has arrested two Japanese nationals over "spying," an official says, following the detention of two other Japanese individuals on similar charges earlier this year.
- China Confirmed the Four Japanese Spies: Embassy People's Daily 29 Oct 2015 -- Four Japanese spies have been confirmed found in China recently, spokesman He Zhenliang in Chinese Embassy to Japan confirmed during the press conference on October 28, 2015, Jiji Press reported.
- Six keywords describing 13th Five-Year Plan by China's Xi People's Daily 29 Oct 2015 -- Economic development has been a top priority in the 13th Five-Year Plan, experts said before the opening of the Fifth Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.
- U.S. Pacific Commander to Visit China to Discuss South China Sea Dispute People's Daily 28 Oct 2015 -- While China angers over U.S. warship USS Lassen illegally entering waters near Zhubi Reef, part of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, the Head of the U.S. Pacific Command Harry B. Harris Jr., who gave the order to send the warship, is to visit Beijing on November 2 to discuss the South China Sea disputes.
- White House tried to stall Pentagon's mission in South China Sea: Report Press TV 28 Oct 2015 -- The US State Department and White House resorted to 'repeated stalling' of a mission to send a nuclear-powered warship close to a Chinese island in the South China Sea under months of pressure from the Pentagon, apparently in an effort to avoid provoking Beijing, a new report indicates.
- China summons US ambassador over vessel patrol in South China Sea Press TV 27 Oct 2015 -- China has summoned the United States ambassador to protest against a US ship patrol near a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea.
- US sends warship close to Chinese islands in South China Sea: Official Press TV 27 Oct 2015 -- The United States has sent a warship very close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, a move apparently designed to increase tensions with Beijing.
- Japan's Prime Minister Tours Central Asia As China, Others Court Region RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is focusing on trade ties during a weeklong journey across Central Asia, a region where China, Russia, and Western countries are also vying for influence.
- US to Send Ship Close to Chinese Artificial Islands VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- The U.S. military plans to send the USS Lassen destroyer within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to a U.S. official speaking to VOA Monday.
- US navy raising stakes with Beijing over South China Sea Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- The United States navy is set to edge closer to Chinese territory as a top admiral questions Beijing's claim to the South China Sea, saying nobody owns the region.
- China pledges continuous participation in UN peacekeeping People's Daily 23 Oct 2015 -- China pledged to continue its participation in UN peacekeeping operations as its percentage of shared 2016 UN peacekeeping budget climbed from the sixth to the second place.
- China rejects U.S. report on int'l religious freedom People's Daily 23 Oct 2015 -- China has rejected a recent U.S. report on international religious freedom, saying the American government should immediately stop violating both international law and universal morality.
- Chinese Navy Ships to Visit Mayport NNS 22 Oct 2015 -- Three People's Liberation Army-Navy ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport as part of a routine goodwill port visit, Nov. 3-7.
- China, India conclude anti-terrorism drill People's Daily 22 Oct 2015 -- China and India concluded a joint anti-terrorism training on Thursday in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.
- No hard landing for Chinese economy despite downward pressure: Xi People's Daily 22 Oct 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday that his country's economy will keep operating within 'a proper range' and there will be no 'hard landing.'
- Chinese president lauds 'community of shared interests' with Britain People's Daily 21 Oct 2015 -- China and Britain are 'increasingly interdependent' and becoming 'a community of shared interests,' Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday while addressing both Houses of British Parliament.
- Aircraft carrier Liaoning tour by US navy demonstrates China's sincerity People's Daily 21 Oct 2015 -- A delegation of US navy officers visited the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, on Monday. The tour is part of an annual exchange program between the Chinese and US navies. Amid the simmering South China Sea disputes, the US tour to the Liaoning sent a positive signal as it displays both sides' willingness for more military changes.
- China defends lighthouses construction in South China Sea People's Daily 20 Oct 2015 -- The Ministry of Transport held a completion ceremony for the construction of Huayang and Chigua Lighthouses on Huayang Reef of China's Nansha Islands, marking the start of the operation of the two lighthouses.
- Chinese President Xi: China's Actions in the South China Sea Are Not Expansionism People's Daily 20 Oct 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the actions China has taken in the South China Sea are legitimate reactions to safeguard its territorial sovereignty. "Expansionism refers to laying claims to land outside one's own territory. China has never done anything like that, so such doubts or accusations are unwarranted."
- Japan need to make clear break from militaristic past People's Daily 20 Oct 2015 -- It is regrettable that select Japanese politicians are persistent in their visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in downtown Tokyo.
- Japan Scrambles Jets Over Disputed E. China Sea Islands in Record Numbers Sputnik 19 Oct 2015 -- Japan, in the midst of a land dispute with China, scrambled fighter jets to prevent possible incursions by Chinese planes a record number of times from July through September, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- China criticizes Abe's offering to controversial shrine People's Daily 19 Oct 2015 -- China on Monday criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offering as well as visits by two ministers to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine during the annual four-day autumn festival.
- China 'will never recklessly resort to the use of force' People's Daily 19 Oct 2015 -- Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong said China 'will never recklessly resort to the use of force' even on issues regarding sovereignty, and China's construction of islands in the South China Sea helps provide better public services to the world.
- Game Changer: Chinese-Made Killer Drones Operating in Iraq Sputnik 19 Oct 2015 -- The Iraqi Ministry of Defense recently released a video displaying the launch of a Chinese-made CH-4B combat drone from al-Kut Air Base southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.
- Defense official reveals China's plans to boost international peace People's Daily 18 Oct 2015 -- Addressing the 6th Xiangshan Forum, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong unveiled a set of China's latest pledges to boost peace and stability in war-torn areas and China's neighborhood, such as the Southeast Asia.
- Chinese Bomber Can Now Launch Long-Range Strikes Sputnik 17 Oct 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has revealed its long-range precision strike capabilities. Beijing's H-6K bomber can strike distant targets with precise ammunition, according to Chinese media.
- China Proposes Joint Exercise in South China Sea with ASEAN Countries People's Daily 17 Oct 2015 -- Defense chiefs from China and ASEAN countries have sat down for an informal meeting in Beijing to discuss security cooperation.
- China upholds peaceful negotiation in disputes handling: military official People's Daily 17 Oct 2015 -- China always insists on resolving divergence and disputes through friendly negotiations with parties directly concerned and will try utmost to avoid unexpected conflicts, a senior Chinese military official said Saturday.
- China supports Myanmar's peace process from start to finish: negotiator People's Daily 15 Oct 2015 -- China has supported Myanmar's peace process from the start to the finish and there remains much to be done in cooperation with China to realize peace in the entire country, a Myanmar government peace negotiator said Thursday.
- Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat Press TV 15 Oct 2015 -- Vietnam has accused China of sinking one of its fishing boats near a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea.
- US: South China Sea Missions Not Provocative VOA 15 Oct 2015 -- A top U.S. Navy official says it should not be considered provocative that the U.S. is considering sending warships around artificial islands that China claims as its territory.
- Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Ship Visits Pearl Harbor NNS 14 Oct 2015 -- China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) midshipmen training vessel Zheng He (Type 679, Hull 81) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Oct. 12 and is expected to stay until Oct. 16.
- China concludes integrated armed forces drills People's Daily 13 Oct 2015 -- A three-day military drill featuring coordination between China's army, air force and missile troops concluded on Tuesday in a plateau area in the northwestern Qinghai Province.
- PLA Navy training vessel 'Zhenghe' arrives in U.S. People's Daily 13 Oct 2015 -- The Chinese navy's training vessel 'Zhenghe' arrived Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, starting a four-day goodwill visit to the United States.
- Russia, China Agree on Loans for Joint Aircraft, Helicopter Projects Sputnik 12 Oct 2015 -- Russia and China agreed to extend subsidized loans to expedite work on joint long-haul aircraft and heavy helicopter projects, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday.
- Japanese woman allegedly detained in China for spying People's Daily 12 Oct 2015 -- A Japanese woman was detained in China in June on suspicion of spying, the fourth Japanese citizen to be held by Chinese authorities for the same reason, according to Japanese media on Sunday.
- China to Construct Four Yuan-Class Submarines in Pakistan Sputnik 11 Oct 2015 -- China will build four of eight submarines that it will sell to Pakistan in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and the most important city on the Arabian Sea.
- Taiwan President Sounds Warning on Future of China Ties VOA 10 Oct 2015 -- Taiwan's president warned his successor Saturday against turning back today's upbeat relations with old rival, China. The current Taiwan government has eased once dangerously tough relations with Beijing since 2008, but next year's presidential election could change that course.
- China committed to enhancing friendly ties, cooperation with DPRK: senior CPC official People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- It has been the steadfast policy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government to enhance and develop friendly and cooperative ties with the DPRK, which serve the common interests of the two parties and the two peoples, a senior CPC official said here Saturday.
- Senior CPC leader meets with DPRK's Kim, delivers letter from Xi People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday night presented here a signed letter from CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Beijing Warns US on S. China Sea Patrols VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- China has sent a warning that appears directed at the United States to not engage in what it has called "provocative behavior" in the South China Sea.
- China Concerns about U.S. Navy Challenging Chinese Territory in the South China Sea People's Daily 09 Oct 2015 -- China expresses serious concern about reports saying that U.S. Navy will send a surface ship into China's territory in the South China Sea, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
- Leading aircraft manufacturer poised to export new fighter jet People's Daily 09 Oct 2015 -- China's leading aircraft manufacturer is on the verge of exporting its fifth-generation fighter jet, according to industry sources.
- China objects to UN proposal to sharply increase its contribution towards UN regular budget People's Daily 09 Oct 2015 -- China objected to the United Nations discriminating against China among other developing countries in assessing Member States' Contributions towards the Regular Budget and refused to accept the scale of the assessment of Member State contributions as they are more than China can afford, said ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations.
- Now on Sale: China Set to Export New Fifth Generation Fighter Jet Sputnik 09 Oct 2015 -- China's leading aircraft manufacturer is about to start exporting its fifth-generation fighter jet, according to industry sources.
- US warships to challenge China's territorial claims in South China Sea: Report Press TV 08 Oct 2015 -- The United States plans to sail warships in the South China Sea close to China's artificial islands to signal it does not recognize Beijing's territorial claims over the disputed area.
- Chinese peacekeeping forces in South Sudan encounter armed conflicts People's Daily 08 Oct 2015 -- The long-distance armed patrol team of an infantry battalion of Chinese peacekeeping forces in South Sudan has recently encountered several intense armed conflicts around its temporary operational base, People's Daily Online reported on Oct.7, 2015.
- China to Transfer Technology of Submarine Construction to Pakistan People's Daily 08 Oct 2015 -- China is to build four submarines in Pakistan port city Karachi, fulfilling a new defense deal between the two countries, Pakistan local media reported on Wednesday.
- China moves to ensure veterans' welfare People's Daily 08 Oct 2015 -- China on Wednesday announced measures to improve the living standards of retired soldiers through pension reforms.
- Chinese flotilla docks in Polish port in first ever visit Press TV 07 Oct 2015 -- Three Chinese warships have dropped anchor in Poland on the first such visit to the European country aimed at further strengthening ties with the NATO member state.
- US warns China over freedom of navigation in South China Sea Press TV 06 Oct 2015 -- The United States has warned China again not to threaten the stability of the South China Sea since Washington is committed to protecting the freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region.
- China to Send Senior Official to North Korea VOA 05 Oct 2015 -- China plans to send a senior official to North Korea this week for commemorations of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, North Korea's state media said on Sunday.
- Chinese navy warships make 1st visits to Scandinavian ports Press TV 04 Oct 2015 -- A fleet of Chinese warships, including a missile destroyer, a missile frigate and a replenishment ship have paid port visits to Europe's Scandinavian nations in a show of goodwill and naval interest in the region.
- Senior leader stresses military's role in Xinjiang stability People's Daily 01 Oct 2015 -- Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Wednesday highlighted the role of the Chinese military in Xinjiang stability, saying troops should play a bigger role in fighting separatism, terrorism and extremism.
- Ex-Military Leader Under Investigation People's Daily 01 Oct 2015 -- Ex-political commissar of People's Liberation Army Air Force Guangzhou Base is reported under investigation for graft crimes on Wednesday, becoming another senior military figure brought down in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption.
- Chinese City Rocked by 15 Explosions, 7 Dead, Police Claim No Terrorist Act Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- A small city in southern China experienced a series of massive blasts on Wednesday, resulting in seven deaths and over fifty injuries, according to authorities and state-run media.
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