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February 2016 - China Special Weapons News
- China to conduct more than 20 satellite launches in 2016 People's Daily 29 Feb 2016 -- The year 2016 is a big year for China's aerospace industry, as several rockets will be sent into space, including Tiangong-2, an orbiting space lab and Shenzhou-11, a manned spacecraft with two people on board.
- China's Y-20 to be put into military use in 2016, experts say People's Daily 29 Feb 2016 -- China's own domestically built military cargo jet, Y-20, will likely be put into service in the army this year, a military expert said in an interview with People's Daily Online.
- China Arms Exports Double as Regional Tensions Mount VOA 29 Feb 2016 -- A research group says China’s arms exports have almost doubled in five years as the country has moved to become a major player in the global industry.
- China Silences ‘The Cannon,’ Others Speak Out VOA 29 Feb 2016 -- China has shut down the social media accounts of outspoken real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang after he dared to openly criticize communist party leader Xi Jinping and recent efforts to further tighten already stifling media controls.
- CPC to drill members in self-discipline, socialist values People's Daily 29 Feb 2016 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has launched a year-long campaign to instill the values it wants in its 88 million members.
- Eight topics to dominate China's "two sessions" People's Daily 29 Feb 2016 -- As the annual sessions of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), also referred as the "two sessions," are just around the corner, eight agendas have been laid out which can summarize the country's policy objectives.
- U.S. repeats calls for China to be flexible in cross-strait ties CNA 27 Feb 2016 -- A senior White House official on Friday reiterated U.S. calls for China to show flexibility in its relations with Taiwan but did not comment on the latest remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) that were seen by some in Taiwan as conciliatory.
- President Ma sees China's remarks on ROC Constitution as positive CNA 27 Feb 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has responded positively to remarks by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) on cross-Taiwan Strait issues and the hope that Taiwan's new elected leader will respect Taiwan's 'one China' Constitution.
- Wang: China won't be major rival to US People's Daily 27 Feb 2016 -- Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected the notion that China will become a major rival of the United States or supersede it.
- Chinese envoy calls for strict implementation of cessation of hostilities in Syria People's Daily 27 Feb 2016 -- A Chinese diplomat on Friday called for strict implementation of the cessation of hostilities pact in Syria following the UN Security Council's endorsement.
- Taiwan responds positively to China's remarks on cross-strait ties CNA 26 Feb 2016 -- Taiwan responded positively Friday to remarks by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) in which he expressed hope that President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will be committed to the pursuit of peaceful development in her administration's ties with China in line with the country's constitution.
- UN Sanctions on North Korea Could Put China Back in Control VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- China could reassert power and influence over North Korea by supporting tougher than expected international sanctions against the Kim Jong Un government.
- Commentary: The U.S. should keep away from the South China Sea for regional peace People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- China is forced to deploy defensive facilities on islands in the South China Sea in response to early militarization action from other parties and to the U.S. close-up reconnaissance in this region, said a China's professor who specializes in international affairs.
- Op-ed: Disputes should not disrupt China-US ties People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off his official visit to the U.S. on Tuesday. The top item on his agenda is to exchange views with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on bilateral ties and issues of common concern, as well as to lay the groundwork for major interactions between both sides this year.
- China's South China Sea Actions Have Led to 'Self Isolation,' US Defense Chief Says VOA 25 Feb 2016 -- China's actions in the South China Sea have led to 'self isolation,' galvanizing regional neighbors to turn against Beijing, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
- China concerned over US missiles in South Korea Press TV 25 Feb 2016 -- Beijing has expressed concern over the possible deployment of an American missile system in South Korea, saying it could jeopardize China's national security.
- US, China Agree on North Korea Sanctions VOA 25 Feb 2016 -- The United States will submit to the U.N. Security Council a draft resolution calling for new sanctions on North Korea for its recent nuclear test and long-range missile launch.
- Op-ed: It is the US that is militarizing the South China Sea People's Daily 25 Feb 2016 -- The U.S. has recently been hyping the idea that China is militarizing the South China Sea. It first criticized China for deploying missiles in Yongxing Island, then claimed in a report that China is building a radar system on islands or reefs in the Nansha Islands.
- S China Sea defenses needed in face US militarization: Beijing Press TV 25 Feb 2016 -- China says a US militarization process justifies the presence of Beijing's defenses in the disputed South China Sea, emphasizing that the Asian state is allowed to deploy military equipment on its own soil.
- Ground Broken for Chinese Naval Logistics Center in Djibouti Sputnik 25 Feb 2016 -- In November, the construction of a Chinese naval logistics center in Djibouti was announced, with its mission to service patrol ships.
- China reaffirms self-defense legitimacy on reported radar deployment in South China Sea People's Daily 24 Feb 2016 -- China on Tuesday reaffirmed its right to self-defense and refuted U.S. accusation as 'hyping with ulterior motives' after a U.S. think tank report said China might be installing radar on islands in the South China Sea.
- South Korea dismisses China warning about US missile system Press TV 24 Feb 2016 -- South Korea has rejected China's warning that a US missile system planned to be set up on Korean soil would harm relations between Seoul and Beijing.
- Commerce Minister declares China successfully becomes a consumption driven economy People's Daily 24 Feb 2016 -- China has successfully made the transformation from an economy whose growth is mainly driven by investment and foreign trade to one that is powered by domestic demand, especially consumption, said Gao Hucheng, minister of commerce, during a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday.
- Chinese President Continues to Expand Media Controls VOA 24 Feb 2016 -- China's recent announcement of a stringent new publishing law for online content and a visit by the country's increasingly powerful leader to several state-run media headquarters is but the latest chilling sign of President Xi Jinping's efforts to exert increasing control over society, analysts say.
- China Redeploys Fighter Jets on Disputed Island VOA 24 Feb 2016 -- China has again sent fighter jets to a disputed island where earlier this month it redeployed surface-to-air missiles and appears to be building a sophisticated radar system, according to U.S. officials.
- Countries with fewer military links to Western countries potential clients for China's FC-20, military expert says People's Daily 23 Feb 2016 -- Developing countries that do not have close military attachments with Western countries will be potential buyers of China's FC-20 fighter jet, an expert said in an interview with People's Daily Online.
- Freedom of navigation in South China Sea not U.S. vessels' 'muscle show': China People's Daily 23 Feb 2016 -- China on Tuesday refuted once again the United States' claim that China has threatened the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, urging it to stop sowing dissension among South China Sea littoral countries.
- U.S. close-in reconnaissance the main source of militarization in South China Sea, spokesperson says People's Daily 23 Feb 2016 -- The U.S., which has sent military vessels and planes to areas in the South China Sea to conduct close-in reconnaissance, is the source of tension and militarization of the South China Sea, a China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a press conference Monday.
- China Builds Radar on Islands to Boost Surveillance - US Think Tank Sputnik 23 Feb 2016 -- China is allegedly constructing radar installations on disputed Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is expected to boost the country's surveillance capabilities, US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said in a statement.
- Contest Over South China Sea Spurred in Part by Resources VOA 23 Feb 2016 -- With tensions mounting over maritime disputes in the South China Sea, the cause of the problem, at least in part, is believed to lie at the bottom of the water. But it is still unclear exactly how much oil and natural gas lurk beneath the surface.
- China says US missiles due in South Kroea will harm its security Press TV 23 Feb 2016 -- China has warned that a United States missile system planned to be set up on South Korea's soil would harm its security.
- China Sea deployments no different from that of US on Hawaii: Official Press TV 22 Feb 2016 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry says Beijing's military deployments in the South China Sea are no different from that of US on Hawaii.
- Chinese Missiles in South China Sea Threaten US Aircraft Carrier Dominance Sputnik 22 Feb 2016 -- China's deployment of its missiles in the South China Sea threatens the naval supremacy of US aircraft carriers in the region.
- Next lunar probe mission: Chang'e-5 is under way People's Daily 22 Feb 2016 -- China's first moon lander, Chang'e-3, awakened automatically on Thursday after 'sleeping' through the lunar night, entering its 28th lunar day, China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced on Friday.
- Chinese Move Money Abroad as Economy Slows VOA 22 Feb 2016 -- The Chinese have been moving money abroad at record levels as China's economy continues to slow, boosting real estate prices around the world while raising concerns.
- China Confident in Stable Trade Growth in 2016 People's Daily 21 Feb 2016 -- China's commerce minister has expressed confidence in the recovery of foreign trade despite the global economic prospects remaining grim this year.
- China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea Press TV 20 Feb 2016 -- China has slammed US military build-up in the South China Sea, saying it is Washington, and not Beijing, which is truly militarizing the disputed waters by conducting patrols there.
- Obama: We Will Continue to Test China Over Disputed Islands Sputnik 20 Feb 2016 -- The US has declared that they will push China on the issue of disputed islands, promising to "test" China while accusing them of abusing their "might."
- Vietnam Protests China's Paracels Missile Deployment VOA 19 Feb 2016 -- Vietnam lodged a formal protest Friday against China's deployment of surface-to-air missiles to the disputed Paracel Islands chain in the South China Sea.
- Obama's Asia Pivot Increases US Influence But Fails to Stop China VOA 19 Feb 2016 -- Five years after U.S. President Barack Obama committed to a strategic rebalance to Asia, shifting diplomatic and military resources to the globe's economic engine, critics say the move was oversold and, so far, it has under delivered.
- US accuses China of deploying missiles to S. China Sea island Press TV 19 Feb 2016 -- The United States has accused China of deploying surface-to-air missiles on an island in the South China Sea, claiming the deployment has raised tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Military factors injected by US provocation in the South China Sea Global Times 18 Feb 2016 -- "Facing more frequent provocations from the US military, China should strengthen self-defense in the islands in the South China Sea. The deployment of defense systems is not in the domain of militarization, as militarization of islands often means they are built into a fortress to become an outpost of military contests."
- China Defends Paracel Islands Air Defense Claims VOA 18 Feb 2016 -- China's apparent decision to deploy Russian-made surface-to-air missiles in the Paracel Islands has increased regional tensions in the disputed South China Sea, coveted for its potential oil and gas resources.
- Beijing Says Military Installations in S China Sea Not Militarization Sputnik 18 Feb 2016 -- Beijing has been installing military infrastructure in the South China Sea for several decades, but this process has no connection with the militarization of the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.
- Washington's destabilizing role in South China Sea People's Daily 18 Feb 2016 -- After failing to get its way at the first U.S.-ASEAN summit in California, Washington appears ready to grasp at anything that could be used against China.
- Defense facilities on disputed island nothing new: China Press TV 18 Feb 2016 -- Beijing has reaffirmed its sovereignty over a disputed island in the South China Sea, saying the deployment of military facilities there is part of the "national defense strategy" and "nothing new."
- PLA's fighter jets go up for sale People's Daily 18 Feb 2016 -- China appears to have given the green light for its domestically-developed J-10 fighter jet to be exported as the country looks to attract buyers at an overseas air show.
- China military able to detect U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets, military expert says People's Daily 18 Feb 2016 -- The Chinese military is able to detect U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a Chinese military expert in an interview for a CCTV program.
- Kerry Slams China for South China Sea 'Militarization' VOA 17 Feb 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized China and said there should be 'no militarization' of the South China Sea, following news that Beijing has deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island it controls in the strategic waterway.
- US Urges Opposition to Beijing's Missiles Deployment in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Feb 2016 -- The US urges countries that support peace to oppose China's deployment of HQ-9 surface-to-air missile systems to the disputed Woody Island in the South China Sea.
- Beijing Urges Washington to Stop Impinging on Chinese Sovereignty Sputnik 17 Feb 2016 -- Beijing called on Washington not to impinge on Chinese sovereignty under the pretext of freedom of navigation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday.
- China Slams Reports of Missile Defense Deployment in Disputed Islands Sputnik 17 Feb 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China considers reports about the deployment of eight surface-to-air missile launchers and a radar system on Woody Island in the South China Sea as attempts by certain Western media to fabricate news.
- Japan Concerned About Beijing's Alleged Missiles in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Feb 2016 -- Japan is deeply concerned that China has reportedly deployed missile launchers on contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, Japan's chief cabinet secretary said Wednesday.
- US officials report 'apparent deployment' of missiles by China Press TV 17 Feb 2016 -- There has been an "apparent deployment' of China's surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the South China Sea, US defense officials say.
- Taiwan will not accept court ruling on South China Sea disputes CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- The Republic of China will not accept an imminent ruling on the sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea by The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
- Taiwan watching China's military build-up in South China Sea: MND CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has been keeping abreast of the latest developments in relation to reports that the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (永興島), part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea, a spokesman for the ministry said Wednesday.
- President-elect urges restraint as tensions rise in South China Sea CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday called for restraint in the South China Sea, after news surfaced that day that China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system on one of the islands in the contested region.
- Limited defense facilities on Nansha Islands have nothing to do with militarization: FM People's Daily 17 Feb 2016 -- China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday said China's limited, necessary defense facilities on Nansha Islands of the South China Sea are in accordance with international law, which endows any sovereign state with the rights of self-protection and self-defense.
- China urges Australia not to meddle in the South China Sea issue People's Daily 17 Feb 2016 -- Australia should adopt an objective and unbiased attitude and refrain from doing anything that undermines regional peace and stability, a spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
- Presidential Office reaffirms ROC sovereignty over Diaoyutais CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- The Republic of China's (ROC, Taiwan) sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea is indisputable and any statements that deny this fact are tantamount to the surrender of the country's sovereign rights under humiliating terms, Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said Wednesday.
- Tsai refutes ex-president's controversial remarks on Diaoyutais CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday refuted former President Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) controversial remarks that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea do not belong to Taiwan.
- Ex-president's Diaoyutis remarks draw ire of fishermen CNA 17 Feb 2016 -- A statement by former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) that the Diaoyutai Islands do not belong to Taiwan has drawn the ire of fishermen in the northeastern county of Yilan, with some threatening to protest Japan's attempts to restrict Taiwanese fishing vessels' access to fishing areas near the islands in the East China Sea.
- Russia to Supply China With Nine Multirole Helicopters Sputnik 16 Feb 2016 -- Russia and China have signed a deal on the supply of seven Russian-made Kamov Ka-32A11BC and two Mil Mi-171E choppers, the Russian Helicopters company said Tuesday.
- US admiral warns China against flying warplanes over S. China Sea Press TV 15 Feb 2016 -- A senior US naval commander has warned that China's plan to fly fighter jets from its new man-made islands in the South China Sea will be destabilizing and would not deter US operations in the disputed waters.
- No question of Tsai toeing Ma's line in cross-strait policy: DPP CNA 15 Feb 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will not follow incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) line on China as a scholar has suggested, the Democratic Progressive Party said on Monday.
- Possible US THAAD deployment in ROK confuses and angers Chinese people People's Daily 15 Feb 2016 -- The U.S. has requested China's cooperation in resolving the the DPRK nuclear issue, at the same time, it planned to deploy the THAAD system with its allies, which confuses and angers the Chinese people, said Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of China's National People's Congress Saturday.
- US anti-missile system threatens China's interests: Beijing Press TV 15 Feb 2016 -- China says the possible US deployment of an anti-missile system to the Korean Peninsula is a threat to China's strategic interests, and Beijing will not allow its "national security interests to be damaged."
- China to set up Antarctic aviation team in 2016: top oceanic administration People's Daily 15 Feb 2016 -- China will form an Antarctic aviation team in 2016 to further explore the Antarctic area, according to China's top oceanic administration.
- China opposes unilateral sanctions against N.Korea People's Daily 14 Feb 2016 -- China will not follow the US in imposing unilateral sanctions on North Korea, and the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea will only complicate the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region, observers said.
- FM slams UK report on Hong Kong People's Daily 14 Feb 2016 -- The UK should not interfere in Chinese affairs, observers said Saturday, after a British government report claimed that Hong Kong publisher Lee Bo had been 'involuntarily' taken to the Chinese mainland, a claim which China has strenuously denied.
- China opposes possible U.S. THAAD deployment in S. Korea People's Daily 13 Feb 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday spoke out against the possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system in South Korea, stressing that it would complicate the regional stability situation.
- Antarctic air squadron to be set up People's Daily 13 Feb 2016 -- China will set up an Antarctic air squadron this year to support its scientific expeditions to the polar region, according to the State Oceanic Administration.
- Taiwan expels 4 trespassing Chinese fishing boats CNA 12 Feb 2016 -- Taiwan's coast guard recently expelled four Chinese fishing boats caught trespassing and poaching in the country's territorial waters, near Wuqiu in outlying Kimen County, the Maritime Patrol Directorate General (MPDG) of the Coast Guard Administration said Friday.
- US Intel Chief Concerned About Beijing's South China Sea Militarization VOA 11 Feb 2016 -- U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper has told a Senate committee that he expects China to continue building on artificial islands to sustain its 'exorbitant' territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
- Probe Targeting China's Statistic Head Sparks Concern VOA 11 Feb 2016 -- For years, world governments and multinational companies have fretted over the quality of China's economic statistics. The recent launching of a Communist Party investigation into Wang Baoan, head of the National Statistical Bureau, on suspicions of corruption, has heightened those concerns.
- Spate of Arrests in China's Zhejiang Province VOA 11 Feb 2016 -- A senior pastor at a church in Hangzhou, China has been replaced and put under investigation for embezzlement, adding to fears of a growing crackdown on Christianity. Observers are speculating the replacement was due to his opposition to the relocation of church crosses or church demolitions in Zhejiang province.
- China says will pay rewards for online terrorist tip-offs Press TV 08 Feb 2016 -- China says it will pay up to 100,000 yuan ($15,200) to anyone who reports online "terrorist" content, after handing out two million yuan worth of rewards last year.
- China regrets over DPRK' s satellite launch People's Daily 08 Feb 2016 -- China expressed regrets on the launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of an earth observation satellite Sunday morning, calling for calm on the Korean Peninsula.
- China to continue prudent monetary policy: central bank People's Daily 07 Feb 2016 -- The People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, said Saturday it will continue its prudent monetary policy while striking a balance between tight and loose.
- In Demand: Why China Purchases Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets Sputnik 07 Feb 2016 -- China's purchase of 24 new Russian Su-35 aircraft is essential for Beijing. The Chinese Air Force will not only get new jets that could affect the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait, but may also allow the Chinese military to assess the progress and development of J-11.
- China regrets DPRK's satellite launch People's Daily 07 Feb 2016 -- China expressed regrets after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched an earth-observation satellite Sunday morning, calling for calmness to avoid further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- China Conducts Final Tests on Most Powerful Homegrown Rocket Sputnik 06 Feb 2016 -- China's largest and most powerful rocket the Long March 5 underwent final tests at the Wen-chang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province.
- Li stresses currency stability, rules out hard landing of economy People's Daily 06 Feb 2016 -- China will continue its financial reform and will not seek to boost its economy through currency depreciation, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.
- Vietnam's Man-Made Islands Don't Have Our Staying Power, China Says Sputnik 05 Feb 2016 -- Chinese websites have published satellite pictures of Vietnam's alleged island-building activities in the South China Sea, drawing attention to their comparative lack of success.
- Outpost in Djibouti 'to help fleets' People's Daily 05 Feb 2016 -- China's first overseas naval logistics support outpost-expected to be built in Djibouti-is needed to handle difficulties encountered by Chinese peacekeeping fleets, the Foreign Ministry told China Daily on Thursday.
- Chinese naval fleet returns from escort missions, circumnavigation People's Daily 05 Feb 2016 -- A Chinese naval fleet of three warships returned home on Friday after escort missions in Somalian waters and a circumnavigation of the world that took them 309 days.
- China Confirms 3 Hong Kong Booksellers' Arrests VOA 05 Feb 2016 -- Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have confirmed the arrest of three missing Hong Kong booksellers who mainland authorities said are under investigation for 'illegal activities.'
- Intelligence windfall for U.S. from brother of ex-Chinese official:report CNA 05 Feb 2016 -- A Chinese defector has been reportedly revealed some of the innermost secrets of the Chinese government and military, including details of its nuclear command and control system, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, citing American intelligence officials.
- Get Lost, GPS: China Plans Launch of 40 Beidou Navigation Satellites Sputnik 04 Feb 2016 -- China is planning to launch approximately 40 Beidou navigation satellites over the next five years, Xinhua reported.
- Special troops to help keep China-Pakistan corridor safe People's Daily 04 Feb 2016 -- Islamabad will set up a special force of approximately 10,000 troops to protect Chinese people and enterprises along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a visiting senior Pakistani diplomat said on Wednesday.
- China 'seriously concerned' about DPRK satellite launch plan People's Daily 04 Feb 2016 -- China is 'seriously concerned' about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) plan to launch a satellite later this month, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.
- N. Korean Nuclear Provocations Force Region to Make Hard Choices VOA 04 Feb 2016 -- Pyongyang's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons is forcing countries in northeast Asia to either support crippling sanctions or ultimately recognize North Korea as a nuclear state.
- China Seriously Concerned Over N Korea's Upcoming Satellite Rocket Launch Sputnik 03 Feb 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that China is seriously concerned over North Korea's plans to launch a satellite using a ballistic missile.
- Recent PLA restructuring partially aimed at Taiwan: analyst CNA 03 Feb 2016 -- China unveiled Monday five new military theater commands -- the East, West, South, North and Middle theater commands -- the latest move in a high-profile military reform program.
- China urges U.S. to stop flexing muscle on excuse of 'navigation freedom' People's Daily 02 Feb 2016 -- China on Monday accused the United States of being the biggest incentive for militarization of the South China Sea, and urged it to stop creating tension in the name of 'navigational freedom'.
- China Slams US Navy Warships in South China Sea as 'Paper Tigers' Sputnik 02 Feb 2016 -- China has condemned the US Navy's second incursion into its territorial waters in the South China Sea; this time the culprit was the USS Curtis Wilbur, which sailed close to the Paracel Islands on January 30.
- New Coast Guard patrol ship put into service in E China People's Daily 02 Feb 2016 -- A Coast Guard patrol ship was put into service on the morning of Jan. 29, 2016 in east China's Zhejiang province.
- China's military regrouped into five PLA theater commands People's Daily 02 Feb 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping conferred military flags to the five newly-established theater commands of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday.
- US seeking maritime hegemony in South China Sea: Beijing Press TV 01 Feb 2016 -- China says the United States is seeking to establish a maritime hegemony under the pretext of "freedom of navigation" in South China Sea.
- China Once Again Calls on US to Cease Maneuvers in S China Sea Sputnik 01 Feb 2016 -- China has accused America of violating Chinese territorial waters by patrolling near the Paracel Islands archipelago, conducted by a US Navy destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur.
- Taiwan's Opposition Parliament Expected to Review Dialogue with China VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- Taiwan's opposition party, historically an anti-China force, took the reins in parliament for its first time Monday with an agenda that could eventually slow dialogue with Beijing and shake up domestic politics.
- China's new 5 military regions officially established CNA 01 Feb 2016 -- China on Monday officially established five military regions to replace the seven military regions that existed previously at a ceremony in Beijing, according to Chinese media reports.
- China's military regrouped into five PLA theater commands People's Daily 01 Feb 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday conferred military flags on the five newly-established theater commands of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
- Op-ed: China will never compromise to "paper tigers" People's Daily 01 Feb 2016 -- On Jan. 30, several U.S. media reported news regarding the USS Curtis Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, entering the waters of China's Xisha Islands without prior notification. Relevant departments including the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry responded immediately.
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