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December 2015 - China Special Weapons News
- China says testing new long-range missile Press TV 31 Dec 2015 -- China's Defense Ministry says the country is conducting routine tests of a new long-range missile.
- China building second aircraft carrier People's Daily 31 Dec 2015 -- China is designing and building its second aircraft carrier 'completely on its own' in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province, a Defense Ministry spokesperson confirmed Thursday.
- Naval Power: China Building Second Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 31 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese Defense Ministry officially announced that work on the construction of a second aircraft carrier has begun in the port of Dalian.
- China to Build Second Aircraft Carrier, Use Domestic Technology VOA 31 Dec 2015 -- China announced Thursday it has begun building its second aircraft carrier, in the latest sign of Beijing's rapid modernization of its naval forces.
- China sends sophisticated satellite into Earth orbit Press TV 30 Dec 2015 -- China has launched a highly sophisticated satellite specifically designed to observe the Earth with high-definition imaging equipment.
- China's New 5th Generation Jet Rumored to Have Entered Production Sputnik 30 Dec 2015 -- China's stealthy Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation combat aircraft may have gone into preliminary production according to state-owned Chinese media.
- China's South Sea Fleet Gets Three New Ships Sputnik 30 Dec 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) recently commissioned three vessels, including a Dongdiao-class general intelligence ship, into its South Sea Fleet, according to Chinese media.
- China Angered by Philippine Protest on Disputed Island VOA 29 Dec 2015 -- About 50 Philippine protesters, mostly students, have landed on a remote island in the South China Sea to draw attention to what they charge is growing Chinese encroachment in the area.
- Cross-strait hotline ready for use: MAC chief CNA 29 Dec 2015 -- A newly installed telephone hotline system connecting the heads of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs in Taiwan and China has completed testing and is almost ready to go, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Hsia Li-yan (夏立言) said Tuesday.
- More ships join naval force in S.China Sea People's Daily 29 Dec 2015 -- China has deployed three new ships to naval forces stationed in the South China Sea over the weekend, suggesting an enhanced capability for maritime support, media reports said.
- China Orders Struggling State Firms to Hire Laid-off Soldiers VOA 29 Dec 2015 -- China's central authorities have ordered state owned enterprises to absorb vast numbers of soldiers who are due to be laid off as part of the military reforms announced by President Xi Jinping last September. He promised to reduce the 2.3 million strong military by 300,000.
- Beijing Wants Philippine Troops out of Disputed South China Sea Islands Sputnik 28 Dec 2015 -- China on Monday called on the Philippines to move its troops out of what Beijing described as "illegally occupied" islands in the South China Sea.
- Official warns against resurgence of diplomatic war with China CNA 28 Dec 2015 -- The Presidential Office on Monday warned of the danger of restarting a diplomatic war with China, following criticism by opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) foreign policy.
- New law allows PLA to undertake counterterror missions overseas People's Daily 28 Dec 2015 -- China's new counter-terrorism law has made it legal for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to participate in counterterror missions overseas.
- Chinese Army Allowed to Carry Out Anti-Terror Operations Abroad Sputnik 28 Dec 2015 -- China's legislature passed the country's first anti-terrorism law on Sunday, making it legal for the People's Liberation Army to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad.
- Amid Controversy, China Passes Anti-Terrorism Law VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- China's top legislature passed the nation's first anti-terrorism law Sunday, which expands the government's ability to force foreign technology firms to comply with government investigations and could further erode individual rights.
- China approves first anti-terror law amid controversies People's Daily 27 Dec 2015 -- China has adopted its first counter-terrorism legislation despite criticism that it could tighten media controls and threaten privacy as well as intellectual property rights in the East Asian state.
- China Passes Controversial Counterterrorism Law RFE/RL 27 Dec 2015 -- China's parliament has passed a new antiterrorism law that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information to the government and allows the Chinese military to venture overseas on counterterror operations.
- China Passes Controversial Anti-terror Law VOA 27 Dec 2015 -- China's parliament has passed a controversial anti-terror law requiring foreign technology firms to comply with government requests for information, including encryption keys that turn digital data into unreadable code.
- Armed Chinese vessel spotted in disputed waters: Japan Press TV 26 Dec 2015 -- Japan says an armed Chinese coast guard vessel has entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near the disputed East China Sea islands for the second time in less than a week.
- Armed Chinese Vessel Enters Japanese Territorial Waters - Coast Guard Sputnik 26 Dec 2015 -- An armed Chinese government vessel entered Japan's territorial waters Saturday, the Japanese coast guard said, as cited by the local media.
- Government documents on Diaoyutais in China no longer secret: MOFA CNA 26 Dec 2015 -- Taiwanese government documents concerning the disputed Diaoyutai Islands recently displayed in exhibitions in China have already been declassified, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
- Japan confirms detention of three nationals in China Press TV 26 Dec 2015 -- Japan has confirmed the detention of three of its nationals by Chinese authorities, rejecting, however, the charges of spying leveled by Beijing against them.
- AIIB officially launched, to become operational in mid-January People's Daily 25 Dec 2015 -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was formally established on Friday after it garnered enough countries' domestic approval.
- China's Yutu rover finds a new kind of moon rock People's Daily 24 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, has identified a new type of moon rock, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.
- Chinese defends ship patrol near Diaoyu Islands People's Daily 23 Dec 2015 -- China on Wednesday rejected comments made by Japan about its ship patrol near the Diaoyu Islands, saying the action was 'irreproachable.'
- China, ROK hold successful talks on maritime demarcation People's Daily 23 Dec 2015 -- China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held their first round of talks on maritime demarcation here on Tuesday to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries on July 3, 2014 to start the talks in 2015.
- Japan: Armed Chinese Vessel Spotted Near Disputed Islands VOA 22 Dec 2015 -- Japan says it has spotted an armed Chinese coast guard ship near a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are the center of a long-running territorial dispute between the two Asian economic giants.
- War Train: China Tests Rail-Based Long-Range Missile Capable of Hitting US Sputnik 22 Dec 2015 -- China this month tested a new rail-car-mounted long-range missile capable of hitting targets in the United States, according to American intelligence agencies monitoring the test.
- US actions prompt islands militarization People's Daily 21 Dec 2015 -- The Pentagon said that an American B-52 bomber 'unintentionally' flew over the South China Sea within two nautical miles of an artificial island built by China. Chinese authorities described the move as 'provocation.'
- Chinese Foreign Minister Demands US Stop Arms Supplies to Taiwan Sputnik 21 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese Foreign Minister informed the US Secretary of State that Beijing demands Washington to stop arms sales to Taiwan.
- PLA Navy conducts exercise in S. China Sea People's Daily 21 Dec 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army Navy conducted a massive combat exercise on Wednesday in the South China Sea, mobilizing forces from each of its three fleets, the Navy said on Friday.
- China calls on US to respect Beijing's 'core interests' Press TV 21 Dec 2015 -- China has called on the United States to respect the East Asian country's principal "interests" and concerns, and refrain from what it terms as "shows of force" close to its islands in the South China Sea.
- US: B-52 bombers did not intend to fly over China island Press TV 20 Dec 2015 -- The Pentagon has said its B-52 bombers might have strayed off course when they flew over a Chinese man-made island, after Beijing accused Washington of committing "a serious military provocation" in the South China Sea.
- Combat Ready: Latest Chinese Drills Point to Navy's Growing Strength Sputnik 20 Dec 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted a massive combat exercise to increase networking capabilities among its air-, land- and sea-based forces from China's three fleets at a time when improved coordination is largely seen as the game-changing feature of any future military conflict.
- US: Bombers Didn't Intentionally Fly Near S. China Sea Island VOA 19 Dec 2015 -- A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday that two B-52 bombers did not intentionally fly near a Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea last week.
- China: US Conducted 'Serious Military Provocation' VOA 19 Dec 2015 -- China has accused the United States of conducting a 'serious military provocation' by flying B-52 planes over Chinese man-made islands earlier this month in the South China Sea.
- Op-ed V on the Philippines' South China Sea Arbitration Farce People's Daily 19 Dec 2015 -- The Philippines has lately been selling the South China Sea arbitration case it unilaterally initiated to the international community while defaming China, claiming that China's non-acceptance of and non-participation in the arbitration undermines international rule of law.
- US committed 'serious military provocation,' China says Press TV 19 Dec 2015 -- The United States has committed 'a serious military provocation' by flying two B-52 strategic bombers over artificial Chinese islands in the South China Sea, China's Defense Ministry says.
- China warns against stoking tensions in 'stable' South China Sea Press TV 19 Dec 2015 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned certain extra-regional countries against stirring tensions which could threaten the "relatively stable" situation in the disputed South China Sea.
- China slams 'provocative' airspace violation by US bomber Press TV 19 Dec 2015 -- China has censured the US for a 'serious military provocation' after an American B-52 strategic bomber conducted a flight over China's islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- New 052D guided missile destroyer joins South China Sea Fleet People's Daily 18 Dec 2015 -- The South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy welcomed a new guided missile destroyer, Hefei, on Dec. 12, 2015. The destroyer's naming and commissioning ceremony was held at a naval port in Sanya in south China's Hainan Province on Sunday morning.
- Op-ed IV on the Philippines' South China Sea Arbitration Farce People's Daily 18 Dec 2015
- China holds military exercise in disputed waters Press TV 18 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese military says it has held exercises across "several thousand square kilometers" in the disputed South China Sea.
- Beijing Warns DC of 'Increasing Consequences' After US-Taiwan Arms Deal Sputnik 18 Dec 2015 -- Following Washington's announcement that it will sell weapons to Taiwan, a Chinese state-owned newspaper warned that the United States would face 'increasing costs and consequences' if it got involved in a regional conflict.
- China's New 'Carrier-Killer' Missile Goes Nuclear Sputnik 18 Dec 2015 -- China's new 'carrier-killer' DF-26 missile is capable of going nuclear and more mobile, with the intent of becoming a deterrent against conflict in the South China Sea.
- Islamic State Seeks Recruits in China VOA 17 Dec 2015 -- The Islamic State terror group is recruiting Chinese Muslims to enlist in its extremist cause and join IS fighters 'on the battlefield.'
- Chinese Media Warns Australia About Surveillance Flights Over S. China Sea Sputnik 17 Dec 2015 -- An editorial in the Global Times, a Chinese state-owned newspaper, appears to warn Australia that its planes could be shot down if they continue surveillance flights over the disputed South China Sea.
- China Threatens Sanctions Over US Arms Sale to Taiwan VOA 17 Dec 2015 -- The Obama administration's Wednesday announcement that it plans to sell $1.83 billion in arms to Taiwan has drawn official protest from China, which is threatening arms manufacturers with sanctions.
- China launches satellite to shed light on invisible dark matter People's Daily 17 Dec 2015 -- China on Thursday sent into space the country's first space telescope in a fresh search for smoking-gun signals of dark matter, invisible material that scientists say makes up most of the universe's mass.
- Russia, China Sign Range of Space Industry Agreements Sputnik 17 Dec 2015 -- Russia's space agency Roscosmos signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday with China National Space Administration.
- Chinese Embassy: reports on mass arrest of Chinese citizens in DPRK are erroneous People's Daily 17 Dec 2015 -- A news website, Daily NK, reported that the authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrested more than 100 Chinese citizens on espionage charges in recent days. This piece of news was picked up by the Kookmin Ilbo newspaper, MBN and other Korean media outlets on Dec. 15, 2015.
- China Battles to Bring Fugitives Back VOA 17 Dec 2015 -- One of China's top anti-corruption officials says fugitives who have fled overseas are using stolen money and lawyers to protect themselves. He also denies that those who are returned are being tortured, a key concern of rights groups and governments that are asked to turn the suspects over to Chinese authorities.
- Australia Making Secret South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Flights Sputnik 16 Dec 2015 -- A BBC reporter flying close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea overheard an Australian aircraft telling the Chinese navy it is carrying out a freedom of navigation flight in the area.
- US: Chinese Island Building Threatens Shipping, Fishing VOA 16 Dec 2015 -- China's aggressive island building in the South China Sea has drawn international attention to Beijing's expansive maritime territorial claims.
- US arms sale to Taiwan seen as symbolic People's Daily 16 Dec 2015 -- The reported US government authorization to sell two frigates to Taiwan, a year after President Barack Obama signed an act to allow the sales, will be more symbolic than substantial, analysts said Tuesday.
- World must oppose cyber attacks, arms race: China's Xi People's Daily 16 Dec 2015 -- All countries should jointly oppose Internet surveillance and attacks or an arms race in cyberspace, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
- Russia, China Could Sign Contract on Joint Heavy Helicopter by Mid-2016 Sputnik 16 Dec 2015 -- Rostec deputy CEO on international affairs said that Russia's state technologies corporation and China's Avicopter expect to sign a general contract and an intergovernmental agreement on the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter by mid-2016.
- Former Vietnamese Officials Urge Government to Move Away from China's Orbit VOA 15 Dec 2015 -- Dozens of former high-ranking Vietnamese officials and prominent intellectuals continue to push for policy changes toward neighboring China as Hanoi makes final preparations for an upcoming party congress where personnel for the country's top jobs will be selected.
- China's Sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands Brooks No Denial People's Daily 15 Dec 2015 -- Op-ed II on the Philippines' South China Sea Arbitration Farce
- US Navy commander warns of arms race in South China Sea Press TV 15 Dec 2015 -- A top US military commander says an arms race might happen in the disputed South China Sea amid Washington's siding with China's rivals in the disagreement.
- China warns against provoking confrontation in the South China Sea People's Daily 15 Dec 2015 -- Relevant countries should not provoke confrontation and create tension in the South China Sea, said a spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenting on Japan's participation in India-U.S. joint military exercises.
- China urges U.S. to stop arms sale to Taiwan People's Daily 15 Dec 2015 -- China on Tuesday urged the United States to stop arms sale to Taiwan and do something more conducive for China-U.S. relations.
- Iran, China to sign deal on redesigning Arak Reactor ISNA 15 Dec 2015 -- An Iranian deputy foreign minister said Iran and China plan to sign an agreement to modernize Arak Reactor.
- UN Urges China to Stop Repatriation of North Korean Defectors VOA 15 Dec 2015 -- The United Nations Committee Against Torture is urging China to stop the forcible repatriation of North Korean defectors who have illegally crossed the border.
- Chinese Navy Unveils Highly Advanced Missile Destroyer Sputnik 15 Dec 2015 -- The Type 052D world-class guided missile destroyer, the Hefei, has joined the fleet of the Chinese Navy to boost its combat capability.
- Grandstanding Cannot Cover up Illegal Moves People's Daily 14 Dec 2015 -- Op-ed I on the Philippines' South China Sea Arbitration Farce
- Russia, China to Finalize Satellite Navigation Chip Set Deal by Year-End Sputnik 14 Dec 2015 -- Russia and China will finalize an agreement to establish two joint ventures to develop, manufacture and sell new satellite navigation devices.
- Iran seeks signing agreement with China on naval cooperation ISNA 14 Dec 2015 -- Iran and China are seeking a naval cooperation agreement.
- Mystery, Mistrust Mark North Korea Outreach Failure VOA 14 Dec 2015 -- Two North Korean diplomatic initiatives to reach out to its neighbors ended abruptly this weekend when inter-Korean talks concluded with no agreements and an all-female band performance in China was suddenly cancelled.
- Chinese Navy fleet visits Pearl Harbor People's Daily 14 Dec 2015 -- A Chinese Navy fleet arrived here on Sunday morning for a five-day friendly visit.
- Beijing steps up military exercises in South China Sea Press TV 13 Dec 2015 -- Chinese Defense Ministry says the country has stepped up its military drills over the past days in the disputed South China Sea as part of its routine exercises.
- China Delivered Two Most Advanced Corvettes to Bangladesh Navy People's Daily 12 Dec 2015 -- China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) delivered two most advanced corvettes to the Bangladesh navy in Qidong City, east China's Jiangsu Province on Friday.
- China paying 'close attention' to US plane deployment Press TV 10 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese Defense Ministry says it is paying "close attention" to a deal that has enabled the deployment of US surveillance aircraft to Singapore.
- China Calls for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Sputnik 10 Dec 2015 -- Beijing consistently speaks up for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the protection of the peace and stability of the peninsula, and insists that the relevant issues be resolved through dialogue, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
- China slams US aircraft deployment in Singapore People's Daily 09 Dec 2015 -- China said on Tuesday that US military deployment and regional militarization goes against the common and long-term interests of countries in the region, after the Pentagon said they would base a naval patrol aircraft in Singapore starting this week.
- Beijing Urges Seoul to Explain Firing of Shots at Chinese Boat Sputnik 09 Dec 2015 -- China has called on Seoul to clarify reports that the South Korean navy fired shots at a Chinese vessel, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday.
- Beijing Calls on Ankara to Respect Iraqi Sovereignity Sputnik 09 Dec 2015 -- China urged Iraq and Turkey to further increase communication and coordination in order to resolve the conflict.
- China eyeing air supremacy with Su-35 deal: military expert CNA 09 Dec 2015 -- China's purchase of 24 Su-35s is aimed at securing air supremacy in the region and countering the F-22 fighters deployed by the United States in Okinawa, according to a Taiwanese expert on Russian weapons.
- Chinese Land Buys, With Da Nang Residents' Help, Shock Vietnamese VOA 08 Dec 2015 -- An official in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang has admitted that local residents dodged laws to help Chinese citizens acquire coastal land facing the South China Sea.
- China to Build Military Base in Djibouti to Help Fighting Sea Piracy People's Daily 08 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese government has confirmed the negotiations with Djibouti's government for the construction of a new military base there. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in late November that the base will be used to provide supplies for Chinese warships on escort missions in the Gulf of Aden.
- Large-tonnage comprehensive supply ship of the PLA put into service People's Daily 04 Dec 2015 -- A new type of large-tonnage comprehensive supply ship GY820 has been put into service in Sansha, south China's Hainan province. The supply ship is used for tasks including replenishment, equipment transfer and maritime rescue.
- China's pledge to Africa refutes 'neocolonialism' rhetoric People's Daily 07 Dec 2015 -- China's pledge to continue to support Africa in achieving development and prosperity has once again refuted the rhetoric of 'neocolonialism' in the continent.
- China determined on successful military reforms: People's Daily People's Daily 07 Dec 2015 -- The People's Daily carried a commentary on Monday calling on authorities to win the 'battle' of military reform.
- China Base in Djibouti Reflects Economic, Africa Strategy VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- China plans to build its first overseas military outpost in the east African nation of Djibouti, a move analysts say is part of a broader global economic strategy and reflects deepening ties with Africa.
- US Lawmakers Criticize China on Disputed Islands VOA 03 Dec 2015 -- Some U.S. congressmen have criticized China for what they say is a lack of sincerity in its pledge of non-militarization of the disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea.
- US, China reach agreement on cyber espionage Press TV 03 Dec 2015 -- The United States and China have reached an agreement to expand cooperation on stopping cyber espionage between the two geopolitical rivals.
- China Confirms OPM Hack, Says Criminal in Origin VOA 03 Dec 2015 -- China has admitted for the first time that a massive hacking attack on U.S. government databases was carried out by Chinese hackers, but denies it was a state-backed operation. Chinese state media say the incident was among several others discussed during high-level cyber security talks in Washington this week.
- Hong Kong Sees Rising Number of Cyberattacks VOA 03 Dec 2015 -- A year after pro-democracy protests filled the streets of Hong Kong, the city has become a target of multiple, and sophisticated, cyber attacks. Hong Kong cyber security watchdog Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team said there has been a 38 percent rise in hacking attacks since last year.
- Chinese Air Force Keep Up East China Sea Patrols Sputnik 03 Dec 2015 -- The Chinese defense ministry announced its bombers recently conducted exercises beyond 'the first island chain' over the East China Sea.
- US losing military edge to China, experts warn Senate Press TV 02 Dec 2015 -- The Pentagon needs an overhaul of its arms buying system before completely losing military edge to countries like China, experts have warned the US Senate.
- Reform to make PLA more adept, combative People's Daily 02 Dec 2015 -- Editor's note: The Central Military Commission Reform Work Meeting was held from Nov 24 to 26 to map out a plan for deepening reform in the military. Zhang Junshe, a military expert, talks with China Daily's Zhang Zhouxiang on how the reform move should be interpreted.
- Race underway for next-generation missiles People's Daily 01 Dec 2015 -- China is facing fierce competition with powerful rivals such as the United States and Russia in the development of next-generation missile systems, according to a recent report.
- Chinese Leader in Zimbabwe to Sign Deals VOA 01 Dec 2015 -- China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe Tuesday to start his four-day Africa tour, a visit analysts say is aimed at deepening economic and security cooperation.
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