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May 2019 - China Special Weapons News

  • China's second carrier conducts possible takeoff, landing tests: reports Global Times 31 May 2019 -- China's second aircraft carrier returned to the shipyard on Friday after completing its sixth sea trial, which might have featured warplane takeoff and landing tests for the first time, reports said.
  • Duterte Questions Beijing's Territorial Claims as US Laments S China Sea 'Militarisation' Sputnik 31 May 2019 -- Six states claim ownership over several parts of the South China Sea, but at the moment China controls the vast majority of the territory. The US is actively trying to contest Beijing's dominance in the region by sending military ships, sparking concerns that such moves could cause a conflict.
  • Taiwan should be silent on Xi's unification formula: Taipei mayor CNA 31 May 2019 -- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) reiterated his stance Friday that Taiwan should remain silent on the topic of "one country, two systems," the unification formula Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) laid out earlier this year.
  • China warns US against 'playing with fire' through supporting Taiwan Press TV 31 May 2019 -- China says the United States is "playing with fire" by a series of actions it has taken in the Taiwan Strait in support of the self-ruled island's secession bid.
  • Chinese Minister Blasts US for Undermining One China Policy With Taiwan Actions Sputnik 31 May 2019 -- Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan earlier in the day rejected China's claim that the continued militarisation of islands in the South China Sea is purely defensive, calling it overkill and excessive.
  • CPC launches campaign to stress Party's founding mission among members Global Times 31 May 2019 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday reiterated the Party's original aspiration and mission, which is to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation.
  • Efforts needed to make military ties stabilizer for China-U.S. relationship: spokesperson People's Daily 31 May 2019 -- China and the United States should build a coordinated, cooperative and stable relationship and work hard to make military-to-military ties a stabilizer for the China-U.S. relationship, said Wu Qian, a spokesperson with the Ministry of National Defense, on Thursday.
  • China, Laos to hold first joint anti-terrorism drill People's Daily 31 May 2019 -- The Southern Theater Command of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the border defense forces of Lao People's Army will hold the first joint anti-terrorism drill between the two armies in June, the Ministry of National Defense announced Thursday.
  • US should wake up and pull back before it's too late People's Daily 31 May 2019 -- What the current trade frictions have showcased to the world is China's sense of responsibility and the unscrupulousness of the U.S. Such remark by Samy Kamhawy, a senior journalist from Egypt's largest daily newspaper Al-Ahram, is an accurate description of the current situation.
  • US, China Defense Leaders Meet Amid Increased Tensions VOA 31 May 2019 -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held talks Friday in Singapore, as the secretary worked to build the U.S.-China military relationship while reprimanding Chinese "bad behavior."
  • How China Will Resist if US Approves Sanctions over Maritime Expansion VOA 30 May 2019 -- A U.S. congressional bill to sanction companies that help China's expansion in a disputed Asian sea is expected to spark retaliation, if passed, without stopping Chinese maritime activity.
  • US Top General Claims Chinese President Xi Broke Promise on South China Sea Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- The US military's top general said Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping reneged on promises not to militarize the South China Sea and called for "collective action" to hold Beijing responsible.
  • US accuses China of broken promises on South China Sea militarization Press TV 30 May 2019 -- The US military's top general has called for "collective action" to stop what Washington insists is China's militarization of the South China Sea, accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of reneging on his promises to stop the practice.
  • Defense Ministry dismisses reports of fishing boats' laser attack in South China Sea Global Times 30 May 2019 -- Foreign media accusation of Chinese fishing boats firing laser beams at Australian helicopters in the South China Sea is not consistent with the facts, said Wu Qian, spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of National Defense, on Thursday.
  • Energy dealings with Iran lawful, must be respected: China to US Press TV 30 May 2019 -- China, the top buyer of Iranian oil, has dismissed Washington's warning to Hong Kong that it could face penalties if it provides services to a vessel carrying Iranian oil headed for the autonomous territory, saying "normal energy dealings" with Iran are in accordance with law and should be respected.
  • China BOOSTED Imports of Iranian Oil Prior to End of US Waivers – Report Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- Recent reports have suggested that Beijing decided to cease importing Iranian oil after the US sanctions waivers expired in May 2019. However, some analysts suggest that China could still resume the purchases at a lesser volume, something made possible via unofficial channels.
  • China Dismisses US Warnings on Breaching Iranian Sanctions Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- Hong Kong dismissed US warnings that it could face penalties if it does business with an oil tanker that allegedly violated sanctions on Iran.
  • US Calls Tiananmen Square 'Full-On Massacre' as Anniversary Nears VOA 30 May 2019 -- The United States is calling the Chinese government's violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, "a full-on massacre."
  • Former PLA lieutenant recalls Tiananmen Square Incident CNA 30 May 2019 -- Thirty years ago during the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, Li Xiaoming (李曉明) was a 25-year-old lieutenant in the People's Liberation Army's 116th Infantry Division.
  • Pentagon Working on Reducing US Reliance on Chinese Rare Earth Minerals Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- The Pentagon presented a report to Congress on rare earth minerals in an effort to reduce reliance on China after a series of statements from Chinese officials which were viewed as a veiled threat.
  • US F-35 Jet Production at Risk if China Cuts Rare Earth Exports Amid Trade War Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- The ongoing trade war between the United States and China may take a dramatic turn for the Pentagon if Beijing, the leading supplier of rare earths, chooses to give Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine and imposes tariffs on the minerals essential for the manufacture of everything: from military equipment to high-tech products.
  • Defense Minister Wei's speech, planned meeting with US delegate highly anticipated Global Times 30 May 2019 -- The Chinese delegation at this year's Shangri-La Dialogue arrived in Singapore on Thursday for the highly anticipated three-day event, which gathers defense ministers, military chiefs and top-ranking military officials from 38 countries.
  • World's largest silent research vessel built in China Global Times 30 May 2019 -- The world's largest silent research vessel built by China was officially put into use on Thursday, which will pave the way for the cultivation of innovative deep-sea talent and ocean science study.
  • China should prioritize domestic rare-earth demand, put less stress on exports Global Times 30 May 2019 -- Tougher environmental protection efforts have reduced the supply of rare-earth minerals in Ganzhou, a key rare-earth base in East China's Jiangxi Province, where the industry has become more regulated and market-oriented.
  • US Playing With Fire in Taiwan Strait, Undermining Relations - Chinese Ministry Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- The United States' actions in the Taiwan Strait are precarious and are undermining US-Chinese relations as well as regional stability, Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesman Wu Qian said.
  • Xi calls for further reform to resolve major problems Global Times 30 May 2019 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, presided over the eighth meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform on Wednesday.
  • Proposed extradition law changes in Hong Kong: UK and Canada joint statement UK FCO 30 May 2019 -- The UK and Canada have issued a joint statement about concerns for their citizens in light of proposed changes to extradition laws in Hong Kong.
  • Russian and Chinese Nuclear Modernization Trends DIA 229 May 2019 -- Remarks by Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., Director Defense Intelligence Agency, at the Hudson Institute
  • Australian Warship 'Closely Followed' by Chinese Military in South China Sea Sputnik 29 May 2019 -- Earlier in the week, a Royal Australian Navy helicopter pilot said, as quoted by the Associated Press, that he had been hit by a laser during the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 in the disputed South China Sea.
  • Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority VOA 29 May 2019 -- Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Wednesday that China remained his top defense priority, but that message could ring hollow during his current trip to Asia as Iranian threats loom over American plans to focus on great-power competitors.
  • Older mainland fighter jets superior to Taiwan's F-16V: experts Global Times 29 May 2019 -- The island of Taiwan is spending billions of dollars to upgrade fighter jets purchased from the US, yet they are still no match for the Chinese mainland's J-11s, mainland experts said, as the island conducted its first highway takeoff and landing drill with the F-16V at the annual Han Kuang military exercises on Tuesday.
  • Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and China's space exploration odyssey People's Daily 29 May 2019 -- Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC), China's first and largest comprehensive space mission launch center, as well as the only manned space flight launch center in China, has witnessed many firsts and major achievements in China's space exploration.
  • China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for sixth lunar day People's Daily 29 May 2019 -- The lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have resumed work for the sixth lunar day on the far side of the moon after "sleeping" during the extremely cold night.
  • US Senate Bill Targets Chinese Influence in Cambodia VOA 29 May 2019 -- Three U.S. senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that they say is aimed at restoring democracy in Cambodia in the face of deteriorating human rights and rising Chinese influence.
  • Pro-China Policies Unlikely in Australia, India After Recent Elections VOA 29 May 2019 -- In recent weeks, Australia and India have re-elected incumbent prime ministers. These Asia-Pacific countries, who have a difficult relationship with China, are unlikely to make the kind of policy changes that Beijing has been seeking for a long time, analysts said.
  • Chinese peacekeepers in UNIFIL complete 17th rotation in Lebanon Global Times 29 May 2019 -- A new batch of Chinese peacekeepers joined the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Monday following the 17th Transfer of Authority (rotation) ceremony in Lebanon's southern village Hinnieh near the port city of Tyre.
  • Chinese Defense Minister's Singapore visit contributes to peace in South China Sea: experts Global Times 29 May 2019 -- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe held substantive talks with Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday, as Chinese military experts said Wei's visit to Singapore will contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea.
  • Rare-earth card may be used Global Times 29 May 2019 -- Industry players in a key rare-earth base responded positively overnight to rarely seen official indication that the strategic asset could be weaponized for the escalating trade war with the US.
  • China's rare-earth stocks surge; seen as weapon against US Global Times 29 May 2019 -- Shares of China's rare-earth-related companies rallied on Wednesday as brokers and investors scrambled for the sector, after China hinted that it may use the minerals as powerful weapons against the US amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.
  • Shares of rare earth stocks surge after China indicates it may use them against US Global Times 29 May 2019 -- Shares of China's rare earth-related firms rallied significantly on Wednesday after China indicated that it may use the minerals as powerful weapons against the US amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.
  • Commentary: U.S. risks losing rare earth supply in trade war People's Daily 29 May 2019 -- Waging a trade war against China, the United States risks losing the supply of materials that are vital to sustaining its technological strength.
  • China Stopped Buying Oil From Iran Due to US Sanctions - Reports Sputnik 28 May 2019 -- China has stopped buying oil from Iran after Washington announced a decision not to extend exemptions from its sanctions for certain countries, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources in the Iranian oil industry.
  • China strongly opposes official contact between US, Taiwan: spokesperson Global Times 28 May 2019 -- China on Monday voiced its firm opposition to official contact between the United States and Taiwan "in any form" and "under any excuse."
  • China indicates it may use rare earths as weapon in trade war Global Times 28 May 2019 -- China indicated Tuesday night that it may weaponize its rare earths in an escalation of the trade war with the US, according to a Chinese official from the country's top state economy planner.
  • NDRC official talks about the development of China's rare-earth industry Global Times 28 May 2019 -- On May 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited JL MAG Rare-Earth Co, a Ganzhou-based high-technology company specializing in research and development (R&D) into rare-earth permanent magnetic materials to learn about the company's operations and the development of the rare-earth industry in the city of Ganzhou in Jiangxi Province.
  • Rare earths remain 'ace in the hole' in China-US trade war Global Times 28 May 2019 -- An official of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Tuesday that China will not tolerate foreign high-tech products made from rare earths produced in China being used to contain and suppress China's development.
  • China's Kazakh Ambassador Angrily Rejects Xinjiang Crackdown Allegations RFE/RL 28 May 2019 -- Pressed for information about what relatives and activists say is a crackdown on indigenous, mostly Muslim ethnic groups in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang, the Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan angrily denied any wrongdoing by Beijing.
  • China 'Strongly' Opposes Bolton's Meeting With Taiwanese Security Chief Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- China strongly opposes any official meetings between the United States and Taiwan, including the recent talks between US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Taiwan's national security chief David Lee, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
  • China's mobile anti-aircraft gun capable of eliminating drones, cruise missiles: experts Global Times 27 May 2019 -- China revealed a new self-propelled anti-aircraft gun on Sunday, as military experts said on Monday that the artillery is highly mobile and could eliminate threats from precision weapons such as drones and cruise missiles.
  • China-US personnel exchange should not be politicized, restricted: spokesman Global Times 27 May 2019 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday said people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and the United States should not be politicized and unreasonably restricted.
  • US 'blind' to China's help for Tibet Autonomous Region Global Times 26 May 2019 -- As his trip to Tibet ended Saturday, US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad made unconstructive remarks that interfered with China's internal affairs, Chinese observers noted Sunday, saying that the US is blind to the successful development of the region.
  • Germany-China tensions rise over military snooping claims Press TV 26 May 2019 -- A diplomatic row is brewing between Germany and China over allegations of Chinese reporters snooping around a military base during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel this month.
  • Type 055 destroyer 'pillar' of North China Sea fleet: report Global Times 26 May 2019 -- China's first 10,000-ton-class Type 055 destroyer Nanchang is reportedly joining the North China Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy, a move that Chinese military experts hailed as crucial to the fleet's combat capability.
  • China's new cybersecurity rule indicates possible retaliation against US Global Times 26 May 2019 -- A new draft regulation on cybersecurity could set the stage for Chinese regulators to take necessary action against US technology companies if their products and services are found to pose a threat to China's national security, an industry analyst said on Sunday.
  • Xi meets Brazilian VP amid China's push for greater presence in US 'backyard' Press TV 25 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with visiting Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao, as Beijing seeks to widen its presence in Latin America amid ongoing trade tensions with the United States.
  • Tibetan Re-Education Camp Journal Tells of China's Tactics Now Used on Uighurs VOA 25 May 2019 -- At the Sog County "reform through re-education center" in Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, "Those who the officials didn't like would be captured and tortured with electronic devices. When they become unconscious, [the torturers] would splash water on their faces until their victims regained their consciousness. After doing that for a long time, they would use a black rubber tube as well as electronic baton to torture people. The bruised bodies of the prisoners turned blue and black, and people become half-dead. For some [strange] reason, their bones were not broken."
  • U.S.-China Asia Pacific Security Dialogue DoD 23 May 2019 -- Defense officials from the United States and China met in Washington D.C., for the third Asia Pacific Security Dialogue on May 21.
  • China slams US maritime provocations Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Provocations from the US around China's territorial waters have grown, and Chinese experts warned on Thursday that such actions will only increase the risk of military conflict and do nothing for regional stability and peace.
  • US Defence Spending Bill Requires List of Academic Institutions in China, Russia Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The latest version of the US defence spending bill for the fiscal year 2020 requires compiling a list of academic institutions in China and Russia that are engaged in military research in an effort to protect US national security according to a summary of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).
  • BDS-3 new signals achieve ideal accuracy: official Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Monitoring outcomes show that new signals, codenamed B1C, from the China- developed satellite navigation system, BeiDou-3 or BDS-3, has "ideal" accuracy, according to system operating authorities on Thursday.
  • BeiDou-powered frontier defense system to cover China border Global Times 23 May 2019 -- China arms industry giant China North Industries Group Corp Ltd (NORINCO) on Thursday said it is building a new frontier and coastline defensive system across the country with the home-developed BeiDou Satellite Navigation System, or BDS, at its core.
  • Chinese UN ambassador urges political solution to Libyan crisis People's Daily 23 May 2019 -- China's permanent representative to the United Nations on Tuesday called for adherence to a political settlement of the Libyan crisis and proper handling of sanctions against the country, Xinhua News Agency reported, as the top UN envoy for Libya warned that the Arab country is on the verge of civil war that could lead to permanent division.
  • Pompeo Accuses Huawei of Lying About Ties to Chinese Government VOA 23 May 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the head of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies of lying about his company's relationship with the government in Beijing.
  • China's meter wave anti-stealth radar capable of guiding missiles to destroy stealth aircraft: senior designer Global Times 23 May 2019 -- China's meter wave anti-stealth radar not only detects advanced stealth aircraft, but also guides missiles to destroy them, a senior Chinese radar designer said at a recent interview.
  • Xi: Another Long March begins Global Times 23 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "we are on a new Long March now" during his inspection tour of Jiangxi Province this week and encouraged people to gain strength from the spirit of the Long March to overcome difficulties and obstacles, China's state media outlets reported on Thursday.
  • CPC issues detailed regulations for Party members Global Times 23 May 2019 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee recently released "comprehensive and detailed" regulations over the education and management of all Party members, including digital administration, management of Party membership, and management and education of mobile Party members.
  • Xi requires new advances in rise of central China People's Daily 23 May 2019 -- President Xi Jinping has required efforts to enhance the comprehensive strength and competitiveness of the country's central region and to make new advances in the rise of the central region.
  • China slams US government for 'bullying' private firm Huawei Press TV 23 May 2019 -- China has denounced the United States for using state power against Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
  • US Bill Targets Beijing Firms, Persons Pressing Claims in China Seas - Senators Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- Fifteen senators are cosponsoring new legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals involved in the assertion of Beijing's legal claims to the South and East China Seas, US Senator Marco Rubio said in a press release.
  • US Aside, China Fears Mostly Japan's Influence in Disputed Sea VOA 22 May 2019 -- Japan is shaping up as China's chief rival in the disputed South China Sea because it has a sustained, multi-pronged approach and a unique set of reasons to test Beijing's growing influence, analysts say.
  • China to send 6-8 BeiDou-3 navigation satellites by year-end: official Global Times 22 May 2019 -- China will send another six to eight BeiDou-3 (BDS-3) navigation satellites into space before the end of 2019, and complete construction of BDS-3 - the new generation global navigation satellite system - by 2020, a senior official said Wednesday.
  • China says JCPOA implementation sole way to ease tensions, as US blows hot and cold on Iran Press TV 22 May 2019 -- China says ensuring the complete and effective implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is the only way to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington.
  • Pakistan Gets First Upgraded Chinese Fighters Amid 'Concerns' Over F-16 Safety Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The development comes just days after an Indian media outlet cited government sources as claiming that Pakistan had redeployed its US-made F-16 fighter jets in a bid to avoid major losses in potential strikes from New Delhi.
  • Xi stresses military personnel education for strong armed forces People's Daily 22 May 2019 -- President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of better education of military personnel for building strong armed forces, when inspecting the Army Infantry College of the People's Liberation Army in east China's Jiangxi Province Tuesday.
  • More officials take initiative to surrender as anti-graft drive intensifies Global Times 22 May 2019 -- Voluntary confessions from officials suspected of violations prove the deterrent strength of China's anti-corruption system, observers said, after another official from Central China's Hunan Province turned himself in on Monday, a few days after the confession of the former head of China's securities watchdog.
  • Rare earths an important strategic resource: Xi Global Times 22 May 2019 -- Rare-earth minerals are important strategic yet non-renewable resources, and efforts are needed to ramp up scientific and technological innovation for there to be increased added value in the sector, Chinese President Xi Jinping said while visiting a major rare-earth company in East China's Jiangxi Province, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.
  • Beijing Could Use Rare Earth Metal Exports as Pressure Point in US Trade War Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- After Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earth metal facility earlier this week, fears of a coming clamp-down on exports of the valuable materials have been renewed. China produces the vast majority of the world's rare earths, which are used in electronic devices.
  • Rejection of Taiwan to WHA shows wide acceptance of one-China principle: FM Global Times 21 May 2019 -- Rejecting the Taiwan region's participation in the annual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) shows that the one-China principle is widely welcomed by the international society, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • China delivers first overhauled JF-17 fighter jet to Pakistan: report Global Times 21 May 2019 -- The close cooperation between China and Pakistan was highlighted by the recent delivery of the first overhauled JF-17 fighter jet under a project that experts said on Tuesday will benefit Pakistan's aviation industry.
  • Shangri-La Dialogue attendance regardless of whether meeting with US Global Times 21 May 2019 -- The Chinese defense minister will speak at an annual international defense forum in Singapore, marking the first time in eight years for China to send a defense minister to the forum at the end of this month.
  • Rare-earth shares surge following top leader visit, sparking market expectations for policy support Global Times 21 May 2019 -- China's rare-earth shares led the rally in mainland shares on Tuesday morning as the market responded to news of a visit paid by China's top leader to a rare-earth company in East China's Jiangxi Province.
  • Nation hopes US envoy respects facts on Tibet: FM Global Times 20 May 2019 -- China welcomed Terry Branstad, the US Ambassador to China, to visit Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, and hopes he could draw his own conclusions based on facts without prejudice, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
  • Coast Guard Gives US New Tool in Disputed South China Sea VOA 20 May 2019 -- A rare U.S. Coast Guard exercise in the South China Sea this month shows that the United States is broadening its reach in a disputed waterway, a new pressure point between Washington and the sea's chief claimant Beijing.
  • USS Preble Sails Near Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea VOA 20 May 2019 -- The United States military said one of its warships in the South China Sea sailed Monday near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China and the Philippines.
  • US warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid escalating trade tensions Press TV 20 May 2019 -- The US military says its warships have sailed close to the islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, in a move that angered China, which is already engaged in trade tensions with Washington.
  • Chinese Navy Warns US Destroyer Sailing in S China Sea as Trade War Reaches Peak Sputnik 20 May 2019 -- The disputed South China Sea is just one of a number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a raging trade war, with Washington imposing new tariffs and Beijing responding with tit-for-tat measures last week, as well as the US blacklisting Huawei tech giant.
  • China Bars Taiwan From World Health Assembly VOA 20 May 2019 -- Taiwan is protesting China's decision to exclude the island from participation in the annual World Health Assembly, calling such action an unjustified political move that could harm global health.
  • China completes first successful liquid rocket engine trial Global Times 20 May 2019 -- The first 80-ton liquid-oxygen methane engine in China, named "Tianque" (TQ-12), completed successfully its trial test on Friday, Landspace, an emerging private Chinese rocket company, told the Global Times.
  • Advanced rocket engine ready for space mission People's Daily 20 May 2019 -- A company in China has become the third in the world, after two others in the United States, to have developed a new type of rocket engine at the cutting edge of space propulsion, its maker said.
  • Xi's visit boosts China's critical rare-earth sector Global Times 20 May 2019 -- A visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to a rare-earth company in East China's Jiangxi Province on Monday offered huge support to the critical industry that has been widely viewed as a form of leverage for China in the trade war with the US, but one that also faces issues that need to be addressed.
  • Satellites to customize data for BRI People's Daily 19 May 2019 -- China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention through its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a senior official of the China Meteorological Administration's National Satellite Meteorological Center.
  • PLA gets new lethal high-precision sniper rifle: report Global Times 19 May 2019 -- China unveiled on Sunday details of its first homemade high-precision sniper rifle, a weapon that could replace the old rifle that has served the People's Liberation Army (PLA) for more than 20 years.
  • Huawei to 'withstand US ban' Global Times 19 May 2019 -- China's top diplomat is urging the US "not to go too far" after Washington imposed further restrictions on Huawei, which the Shenzhen-based Chinese tech giant said it has been preparing for and will be able to continue its business as usual.
  • Huawei will not give in to US pressure: founder Press TV 19 May 2019 -- Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has decided to resist pressure from the United States as Washington's trade war on Beijing intensifies.
  • China completes first successful liquid rocket engine trial Global Times 18 May 2019 -- The first 80-ton liquid-oxygen methane engine in China, named "Tianque" (TQ-12), completed successfully its trial test on Friday, Landspace, an emerging private Chinese rocket company, told the Global Times.
  • China launches new BeiDou navigation satellite Global Times 18 May 2019 -- China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 11:48 p.m. Friday.
  • Chinese FM urges US to avoid further damage of ties in phone call with Pompeo Global Times 19 May 2019 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States not to go too far in its damaging moves against Chinese interests in a phone conversation Saturday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • France, UK, Germany defy US bid to ban Huawei equipment Press TV 18 May 2019 -- Several European nations have decided to break with US-led efforts to ban major Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei from their markets.
  • China raps 'fabricated' US claims, says talks 'meaningless' Press TV 18 May 2019 -- China has dismissed US accusations of forcing firms to hand over technology as "fabricated" and suggested that a resumption of talks will be meaningless unless Washington changes course.
  • Proposed Amendment Would Compel Hong Kong to Hand Criminal Suspects to China VOA 18 May 2019 -- Each week for the last five or six years, a man named Alan crosses into mainland China to work on sales for a packaging factory. His job, and the location, worry him now that Hong Kong is considering a law change that would compel Hong Kong to turn over criminal suspects to mainland China.
  • China hopes Iran nuclear deal "fully implemented": FM Global Times 18 May 2019 -- China hopes to work with the Iranian side to eliminate complicated disturbing factors and make efforts for the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
  • Commissioner's office of China's foreign ministry in HK rejects Pompeo's remarks Global Times 18 May 2019 -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent remarks over Hong Kong's amendments of fugitive offenders ordinance, saying the remarks were "irresponsible," and urged the United States to stop interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs.
  • US Wants More Countries to 'Stay Away' From Russian, Chinese Arms – Report Sputnik 17 May 2019 -- The programme, which was reportedly launched last year, has already seen the State Department allocating $190 million for the delivery of US-made military hardware to six countries, including Albania, Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia.
  • US Admiral Urges Australia, Indonesia to Counter Beijing in South China Sea Sputnik 17 May 2019 -- The US has repeatedly sent its warships through the South China Sea, a strategic waterway, in what Washington calls "freedom of navigation" exercises. Beijing, which claims ownership of 90 percent of the South China Sea, in turn has warned Washington against "actions that undermine China's sovereignty".
  • Former CIA Officer Sentenced to Prison for Espionage US Dept. of Justice 17 May 2019 -- Kevin Patrick Mallory, 62, of Leesburg, Virginia, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted under the Espionage Act for conspiracy to transmit national defense information to an agent of the People's Republic of China. Assistant
  • Prominent Kazakh Sinologist Arrested On High Treason Charges RFE/RL 17 May 2019 -- Kazakhstan's authorities have arrested a leading sinologist in the country, Konstantin Syroyezhkin, on charges of high treason.
  • China urges US to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs Global Times 17 May 2019 -- China firmly opposes any attempted foreign interference in Hong Kong's affairs, Lu Kang, a spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters at a press conference Friday regarding US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on the newly proposed Hong Kong extradition law.
  • Retaliation on American firms suggested after Huawei ban Global Times 17 May 2019 -- As the trade war between China and the US continues to escalate, with the latter constantly raising the stakes and widening the battle, Chinese officials could be considering all options to strike back, including targeting big US corporations, analysts have suggested.
  • China slams US intervention in Hong Kong's affairs Press TV 17 May 2019 -- China has decried the United States' interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, which is self-ruled but subject to Chinese sovereignty, following remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about a proposed extradition law.
  • In Trade War, How Much Can Beijing Fight Back? VOA 17 May 2019 -- China's retaliatory measures against the United States in their ongoing trade war have raised questions about the limitations of Beijing's ability to fight back.
  • US need for rare earths an ace in Beijing’s hand Global Times 16 May 2019 -- Shares of rare-earth producers on Thursday led the stock markets in the Chinese mainland higher after the US decided not to increase tariffs on rare earths and other critical minerals from China.
  • Diplomat Confirms Limits on Ramadan in Xinjiang VOA 16 May 2019 -- A Chinese official denies allegations by activists that China's government is blocking Muslim religious practices in the restive Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Iran oil 'leverage' in China's trade talks with US Global Times 16 May 2019 -- China's purchases of Iranian oil will be leverage against the US in the trade talks between the world's two largest economies, which have stalled, Chinese analysts said on Thursday.
  • Navy might convert airliner into surveillance plane: report Global Times 16 May 2019 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy might acquire a type of domestically developed airliner and convert it into a maritime surveillance aircraft, as military analysts said on Thursday the move could rapidly boost China's naval surveillance capability at a low cost.
  • China's Huawei hits back after US blacklisting Press TV 16 May 2019 -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei has lambasted as "unreasonable" US President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to ban telecommunications equipment from "foreign adversaries" that is perceived to pose a national security risk.
  • Huawei Warns US Over Ban on Rollout of 5G Technology VOA 16 May 2019 -- One day after the United States effectively banned Chinese telecom titan Huawei from building next-generation "5G" mobile networks in the United States, the company warned the move would harm American workers.
  • Private space firms rapidly growing in China: report Global Times 15 May 2019 -- China had 141 registered commercial space companies in 2018, 90 percent of which are private, according to a report, and experts said that private commercial space companies have experienced stable development in recent years but lack more talent.
  • Xi rejects zero-sum theory Global Times 15 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping refuted the clash of civilizations theory and warned that it was "foolish to believe that one's race and civilization are superior to others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations."
  • China stands firm on spat; US softens Global Times 15 May 2019 -- China on Wednesday maintained its firm position in the escalating trade war with the US despite seemingly softening tones from Washington, and took a cautionary approach to the olive branch extended by US officials to resume talks.
  • Highlights of Xi's speech at opening of CDAC Global Times 15 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) in Beijing. Following are some highlights of his speech.
  • China advocates dialogue, rebuts "clash of civilizations" as conference opens People's Daily 15 May 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged various countries to treat each other as equals for the peaceful coexistence of civilizations.
  • Statement from the Press Secretary The White House 15 May 2019
  • Message to the Congress on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain The White House 15 May 2019
  • China sends 2nd medical aid cargo to Venezuela Press TV 14 May 2019 -- China sends a huge supply of medicine by plane to Venezuela, the second such shipment to be dispatched to the Latin American country by Beijing in three months.
  • To US: 'We will fight to the end' Global Times 14 May 2019 -- China Central Television (CCTV) ran an editorial "China has made comprehensive preparation" to specifically announce China's stance on the trade war launched by the US in the column Guoji Ruiping, or "sharp comments on international affairs," during the broadcast of the daily news program, Xinwen Lianbo.
  • China steps up US criticism Global Times 14 May 2019 -- FM pushes back on Washington claims, keeps options open China on Tuesday stepped up criticism of the US as tensions between the world's largest economies continued to escalate, blaming the US for the renewed escalation that has roiled global financial markets and saying the US has underestimated China's resolve and ability to defend itself.
  • China to soon commission 1st homemade aircraft carrier: reports Global Times 14 May 2019 -- A full year has passed since China's second aircraft carrier, or the first domestically made, the Type 001A, conducted its first sea trial, leading analysts to suggest the ship might soon officially join the country's naval service.
  • China raises tariffs on US in response People's Daily 14 May 2019 -- Move shows Beijing's resolve to safeguard its interests, legitimate rights, experts say
  • China says won't be 'bullied' by US amid trade war Press TV 14 May 2019 -- China says it will not be "bullied" by the United States into agreeing to a trade deal, saying it hopes Washington does not underestimate Beijing's determination to protect its interests, amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.
  • New Legislation Aims to Limit US Technology Exports to China - Senator Sputnik 14 May 2019 -- A newly introduced bill in the US Congress would limit the export of sensitive American technologies to China, US Senator Josh Hawley said in a press release on Tuesday.
  • China to Emerge Victorious From Trade War With US - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 14 May 2019 -- Beijing is determined to win the trade war with the United States though it does not want the economic conflict to grow in intensity, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said after the two countries again exchanged tariffs on each other's imports.
  • Trump Denies Trade Talks with China Have Collapsed VOA 14 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is denying trade talks with China have collapsed and is characterizing what many are calling a trade war between the world's two largest economies as "a little squabble."
  • The Department of Commerce Identifies Entities of National Security Concern US Dept. of Commerce 13 May 2019 -- Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will add 12 foreign entities and individuals to the Bureau's Entity List. This list contains the names of foreign parties that are subject to specific license requirements for the export, reexport, and/or in-country transfer of controlled items, ensuring that sensitive technologies do not fall into the hands of those who would threaten U.S. national security or American citizens. Organizations or persons who violate these rules – as defined under the Export Administration Regulations – are subject to criminal penalties and administrative sanctions.
  • China conducts maritime exercise with advanced amphibious assault vehicles Global Times 13 May 2019 -- China recently conducted a maritime exercise featuring what is being hailed as the world's most advanced medium-sized amphibious assault vehicle, the ZTD-05s, a weapon that can join amphibious landing ships in land assault missions.
  • China Not Interested in Joining Russia-US Strategic Arms Reduction Talks - FM Sputnik 13 May 2019 -- China has no need to join Russia-US bilateral talks on nuclear disarmament, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement.
  • China hits back at US tariffs Global Times 13 May 2019 -- Duties show Beijing unfazed by Washington's pressure China on Monday struck back at US tariffs on Chinese goods, announcing duties of between 5 percent to 25 percent on more than 5,100 products from the US worth tens of billions of dollars.
  • China retaliates against US tariffs while leaving room for trade talks Global Times 13 May 2019 -- China hit back at US President Donald Trump's latest tariffs on Chinese goods on Monday, announcing tariffs of between 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,140 US-originated products effective June 1, showing a rational stance of Beijing and leaving room for the two to reach a final trade deal, experts said.
  • Tall tales won't help US win trade war Global Times 13 May 2019 -- White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that both the US and China will suffer when questioned about who would pay the tariffs imposed by the US on Chinese imports in an interview on Fox News.
  • China's need for balanced deal 'rational' People's Daily 13 May 2019 -- Analysts underline cooperation during trade talks between Beijing, Washington
  • Op-ed: China will never bow to any extreme pressure People's Daily 13 May 2019 -- The erratic weather in Washington seems to tell what happens between the world's two largest economies. In a highly hard and sensitive atmosphere, China and the US kicked off their 11th round of high-level trade talks on May 9.
  • Trump to Xi: 'China will be hurt very badly if you don't make a deal' Press TV 13 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country would be "hurt very badly" if a deal to end the escalating trade war is not reached between the two countries.
  • China vows not to 'give in to pressure' amid trade dispute with US Press TV 13 May 2019 -- China says it will never surrender to external pressure after the United renewed its threat to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods amid an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.
  • China Refuses to 'Surrender to External Pressure' as US Renews Tariff Threat Sputnik 13 May 2019 -- Last week's round of US-China trade negotiations failed to produce any results, with Washington subsequently introducing a new set of tariffs on Chinese goods. Beijing has already vowed to retaliate against Washington's Friday decision to impose 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
  • China Imposes Tariffs on $60 Billion in US Exports VOA 13 May 2019 -- China says it is imposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of imports from the United States, retaliating after President Donald Trump boosted taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods sent to the United States and moved to impose duties on another $300 billion of Chinese exports.
  • Chinese guided missile destroyer suitable for mass production: experts Global Times 12 May 2019 -- China is expected to build even more guided missile destroyers, Chinese military analysts said on Sunday as China launched two Type 052D guided missile destroyers on Friday in Dalian, a coastal city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province.
  • Chinese vice premier urges China-US cooperation, vows no compromise on major principles Global Times 12 May 2019 -- Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said Friday that cooperation is the only right choice for China and the United States, but China will not compromise on major issues of principle.
  • President Tsai warns of China's influence on Taiwan's media CNA 12 May 2019 -- A call by a top Chinese official for media outlets across the Taiwan Strait to promote peaceful unification demonstrates that China has put pressure on Taiwanese media organizations, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Sunday.
  • Chinese official bashes U.S. at cross-strait media gathering CNA 12 May 2019 -- In a message the government-controlled Chinese media has played down, a top Beijing official has warned Taiwan that the United States will not be able to preserve Taiwan's security and that time is on China's side in cross-Taiwan Strait affairs.
  • Top political advisor meets with media representatives across Taiwan Strait People's Daily 11 May 2019 -- Top political advisor Wang Yang Friday met with representatives of media outlets from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
  • China further regulates military expenditure Global Times 11 May 2019 -- The General Office of the Central Military Commission (CMC) has issued a provisional plan to further regulate military expenditure.
  • China Launches Two New Missile Destroyers Amid US Show of Force in S China Sea Sputnik 11 May 2019 -- Over the past two weeks, the US and its regional allies demonstratively sailed through the disputed maritime territory, with six vessels including two US guided missile destroyers taking part in 'enhanced interoperatibility' drills last week.
  • China urges full implementation of JCPOA IRNA 10 May 2019 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed regret over US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, saying the JCPOA should be implemented fully and effectively.
  • Japan, Vietnam Teaming up to Resist China Expansion VOA 09 May 2019 -- Japan is helping Vietnam build a defense against the larger, more militarily powerful China as Vietnam says Beijing's forces are occupying more than their legal share of the South China Sea.
  • UK boosting space defense to prevent Russia, China attack: Leaked memo Press TV 09 May 2019 -- The UK has been designing a space defense mechanism to protect its satellites from possible attacks by Russia and China, leaked documents show.
  • Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill People's Daily 09 May 2019 -- Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tuesday to bolster Taiwan's defense capability, calling it "boorish interference" in China's domestic affairs.
  • China defends trade ties with Tehran after US sanctioned Iran's metal industry Press TV 09 May 2019 -- China has once again defended its trade ties with Iran, expressing opposition to the new set of unilateral US sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's metal, mining and oil sectors.
  • Chinese helicopter drones capable of intelligent swarm attacks Global Times 09 May 2019 -- China's domestically developed helicopter drones carrying proximity explosive mortar shells, grenade launchers and machine guns can now form swarms and engage in coordinated strikes.
  • China hits back at US threats, vowing 'necessary' countermeasures Global Times 09 May 2019 -- China on Wednesday night hit back at repeated threats by US officials to slap higher tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods, vowing that it will take "necessary" countermeasures if forced.
  • China deeply disappointed by US tariff plan People's Daily 09 May 2019 -- China voiced deep disappointment late on Wednesday about Washington's plan to raise tariffs on Chinese imports on Friday, saying that it will take necessary counter-measures if the US tariffs increase takes effect.
  • China, Wary of US, Pushes to Accelerate Accident Prevention Deal in Disputed Sea VOA 08 May 2019 -- China and Southeast Asian countries that dispute sovereignty over a strategic Asian sea aim to speed up talks toward a code of conduct that would lower the risk of accidents and help keep the U.S. government out of the fray.
  • Britain's Post-Brexit Conundrum – America or China? VOA 08 May 2019 -- Britain is eager to negotiate trade deals with the United States and China to compensate for leaving the European Union, by far the country's largest trading partner, but it is already discovering the snag of balancing geo-political requests of its traditional ally with the ambitions of Beijing, say analysts and diplomats.
  • China slams US bills on Taiwan Global Times 08 May 2019 -- The bills passed by the US House of Representatives that support Taiwan secessionist forces have angered China, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned that such a move could seriously damage the China-US relationship as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.
  • China's Iran oil imports rise to eight-month high Press TV 08 May 2019 -- China's oil imports from Iran climbed to the highest in eight months in April which saw countries stock on Iranian crude before exemptions from US sanctions expired, new tanker data shows.
  • Russia, China hail Iran's commitment to JCPOA, slam US for stirring tension Press TV 08 May 2019 -- Russia and China have applauded Iran's implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal, warning the United States against taking any measures that would further undermine the landmark accord.
  • China hits back at US threats, vowing 'necessary' countermeasures Global Times 09 May 2019 -- China on Wednesday night hit back at repeated threats by US officials to slap higher tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods, vowing that it will take "necessary" countermeasures if forced.
  • Air-Launched Ballistic Missile Will Give China Complete Nuclear Triad - Pentagon Sputnik 09 May 2019 -- The Pentagon is worried Beijing could be closing in on a complete nuclear triad, meaning it would join an elite cohort of nations capable of delivering a nuclear weapon by land, air and sea - something only three countries in the world can boast: the US, Russia and India.
  • China ready for prolonged US trade war Global Times 08 May 2019 -- After US officials threatened to escalate its trade war with China, rattling global financial markets and angering some US businesses, there is a distinctive, palpable level of calmness in China. Many in the foreign press gushed about how calm China was over the latest threats from US officials.
  • China, US to advance trade talks People's Daily 08 May 2019 -- Although the United States threatened on Sunday to hike tariffs on Chinese goods beginning on Friday, Beijing maintained a measured approach when it responded to the latest threat stemming from the ongoing Sino-US trade consultations.
  • PLA conducts live-fire exercise north of Taiwan Straits People's Daily 08 May 2019 -- The ongoing live-fire exercise of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) north of the Taiwan Straits is an annual arrangement to show China's ability to uphold its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, experts said.
  • Rights Groups Decry China's Ban on Fasting During Ramadan VOA 08 May 2019 -- Rights groups are calling for greater international attention on the Chinese government due to recent cases of alleged rights abuses, including the latest clampdown in Xinjiang to ban Uighurs, young and old, from fasting or observing Ramadan, which starts this week.
  • Strong Chinese navy guarantee of South China Sea peace Global Times 07 May 2019 -- On May 6, two US warships trespassed in the adjacent waters of Nanxun Jiao and Chigua Jiao of China's Nansha Islands without the Chinese government's permission. This was the third provocation this year by US warships in the South China Sea. Every time it was carried out under the banner of the so-called freedom of navigation.
  • China warns US ships to leave sea People's Daily 07 May 2019 -- A military spokesperson said that the People's Liberation Army will stay on high alert and take all necessary measures to protect national sovereignty and security and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, after two US ships illegally entered the area.
  • Pompeo Warns Arctic Nations About Russian, Chinese 'Aggressive' Behavior RFE/RL 07 May 2019 -- The United States is beefing up its presence in the Arctic to keep Russia's and China's "aggressive" behavior in check in the resource-rich region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
  • China: Pompeo misrepresented facts about Arctic affairs Press TV 07 May 2019 -- China says what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims about its role in the Arctic rests on "ulterior motives" that lead Washington to contradict the facts.
  • PLA conducts live-fire exercise north of Taiwan Straits Global Times 07 May 2019 -- The ongoing live-fire exercise of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) north of the Taiwan Straits is an annual arrangement to show China's ability to uphold its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, experts said.
  • Pompeo's accusation completely at odds with facts: FM Global Times 07 May 2019 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry slammed the accusation made by US Secretary of State on China's engagement in Arctic affairs on Tuesday, calling his remarks "completely at odds with the facts," and an expert on Chinese Arctic affairs said that no matter what the US does to make trouble, China should not and will not be absent.
  • China replies with good faith Global Times 07 May 2019 -- China on Tuesday took a conciliatory approach to what has been widely viewed as Washington's brinkmanship in a trade tussle with Beijing by sending a high-level trade negotiation team to the US even after repeated threats and tough rhetoric from US officials.
  • China Hits Back at Pompeo Warning It Against 'Aggressive Behaviour' in Arctic Sputnik 07 May 2019 -- Speaking ahead of the Arctic Council meeting the other day, Mike Pompeo argued that China's "pattern of aggressive behaviour elsewhere will inform" about the way it treats the Arctic, which abounds in a variety of natural resources. His remarks prompted a harsh backlash from high-ranking Chinese officials.
  • China warns US ships to leave sea Global Times 06 May 2019 -- A military spokesperson said that the People's Liberation Army will stay on high alert and take all necessary measures to protect national sovereignty and security and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, after two US ships illegally entered the area.
  • Beijing warns off US warships in disputed South China Sea Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The Chinese navy has warned off two American warships sailing close to the islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two sides.
  • How Vietnam, Philippines Will Get around China's Fishing Ban in Disputed Sea VOA 06 May 2019 -- Beijing has declared a moratorium on fishing in about half the heavily disputed South China Sea every year since 1995. And every year other countries with competing sovereignty claims keep letting their own fishing fleets do as they wish.
  • US Destroyers Sail in S China Sea as Trade Talks on Verge of Collapse Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The South China Sea is one of a growing number of contentious issues in US-China relations, which have also been complicated by seemingly crumbling trade talks, US sanctions, and Taiwan's status.
  • China Rejects US Military Passage in South China Sea VOA 06 May 2019 -- China objected Monday to the passage of two U.S. warships near disputed islands in the South China Sea.
  • Arctic States Meeting In Finland To Talk Resources, Environment RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- Senior officials from the United States, Russia, and other countries bordering the Arctic are opening a two-day meeting in Finland amid growing tensions over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth in the polar region.
  • US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic VOA 06 May 2019 -- Aimed at countering China and Russia's expansion in the Arctic, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the United States will increase its military presence in the polar region.
  • Taiwan's military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND CNA 06 May 2019 -- The military will continue to monitor the situation closely as China conducts a series of live-fire naval drills near Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • Taiwan condemns 'barbaric' China for obstructing WHA bid CNA 06 May 2019 -- Taiwan on Monday condemned China's "barbaric behavior" for once again blocking Taiwan from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA), after a Beijing official said China decided not to agree to Taiwan's participation due to its "one China principle."
  • Some 100,000 Taiwanese have applied for Chinese residence: MAC CNA 06 May 2019 -- Around 100,000 Taiwanese nationals have applied for Chinese residence since the mainland authorities began in September last year to issue residence permits to Taiwanese people working or living in China, the head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
  • China reiterates support for Iran nuclear deal Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China commended Iran's strict fulfillment of its obligations under the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) so far and would continue to maintain and carry out the deal with relevant parties, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
  • Chinese media: Beijing does not follow Iran's sanctions IRNA 06 May 2019 -- 'Because of Beijing's close relationship with Tehran and the legitimate trade between the two countries, China does not comply with the US sanctions against Iran,' A Chinese media said in news headlines on Monday.
  • China 'firmly' opposes US sanctions on Iran: Foreign Ministry Press TV 06 May 2019 -- China has praised Iran's "faithful" implementation of a multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and six major world powers, expressing its firm opposition to the US "unilateral" sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
  • China's Yuanwang-5 departs for monitoring missions People's Daily 06 May 2019 -- China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-5 is sailing to the Indian Ocean from a port in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Sunday for a maritime space monitoring mission.
  • China resolutely opposes US military report: spokesperson Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China on Monday expressed its resolute opposition to a new report by the US Defense Department on China's military strength, urging it to stop issuing such irresponsible reports.
  • Warship names show Navy's growth Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China is running out of provincial capitals to name new destroyers, and it might have to turn to other big domestic cities, which reflects the country's rapid naval development in recent years, military experts said on Monday.
  • CMC issues guideline on advancing military vocational education Global Times 06 May 2019 -- The general office of the Central Military Commission released a guideline on promoting military vocational education on Sunday.
  • China won't join talks on trilateral nuclear disarmament deal: FM Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China will not participate in negotiations on any trilateral nuclear disarmament agreement, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
  • China to resist US pressure Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China on Monday showed restraint over a pair of unexpected tweets from US President Donald Trump, who threatened to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, even as the two sides have strived for an agreement to end their bruising trade war, and urged the US to work together to reach a win-win deal.
  • China hits back at US over Uighurs of Xinjiang Press TV 06 May 2019 -- China has censured the United States for an accusation "totally inconsistent with the facts" that Beijing is operating concentration camps for ethnic Uighur minority in the far western region of Xinjiang.
  • No Thanks: China Dismisses Notion That It Will Join Russia, US in Nuclear Talks Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- A top Chinese official this week rejected the suggestion that China would be participating in discussions with Russia and the US on limiting nuclear arms, saying that it has no intention to "take part in any trilateral negotiations."
  • 'Beyond East Asia': Pentagon Warns China's Navy Developing Into Global Force Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The Pentagon noted in its annual report to Congress that China is making steady progress toward becoming a naval power, commenting that the country's navy "continues to develop into a global force" able to project its power beyond the coast.
  • China Refuses to Join Talks on New Nuke Deal With Russia, US Proposed by Trump Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- China will not become part of any talks on a new trilateral nuclear arrangement with Russia and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  • China Prepares for Trade Talks Despite Trump's New Threat VOA 06 May 2019 -- China says its negotiators are preparing to travel to the United States for their next round of trade talks this week, even after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened higher tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods after he complained the process is taking too long.
  • Arctic version of China threat theory another show of US double standard: experts Global Times 05 May 2019 -- Reports published by US defense authorities labeling China a strategic competitor in the Arctic are selling a new polar version of the China threat theory, Chinese observers warned on Sunday.
  • China, Russia conduct first ever joint warship-based live-fire missile exercise Global Times 05 May 2019 -- Chinese and Russian navies conducted on Saturday their first ever joint warship-based live-fire missile exercise, as naval vessels from both sides launched surface-to-air missiles and successfully intercepted incoming anti-ship cruise missile dummies.
  • China opposes 5G politicking Global Times 05 May 2019 -- While Chinese officials have repeatedly supported unified and open cybersecurity standards for the upcoming 5G era, they would oppose any maneuver by certain countries to politicize the issue and unfairly target any particular country or company, Chinese analysts told the Global Times on Sunday.
  • Trump: US to Impose Higher Tariffs on Chinese Exports VOA 05 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump, looking to pressure China to speed up talks on a new trade agreement, says that starting Friday he will impose sharply higher tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese exports to the United States.
  • Putin Demands a Role in Eurasian Part of Belt and Road VOA 04 May 2019 -- Russia appears to be shifting its stance on China's Belt and Road development initiative in Eurasia, envisioning a bigger role for itself in the process, in what could be a sign that Moscow is worried about waning influence among its neighbors.
  • China unlikely to follow US oil sanctions on Iran Global Times 04 May 2019 -- To maintain its relations with Iran, a key partner on energy and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China is unlikely to submit to unilateral sanctions by the US on Iranian oil exports, Chinese analysts said on Saturday, though some Chinese companies doing business with Iran feel the pressure.
  • China-Russia joint naval exercise concludes Global Times 04 May 2019 -- A six-day joint naval exercise held by Chinese and Russian navies concluded Saturday in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Schriver Press Briefing on the 2019 Report on Military and Security Developments in China DoD 03 May 2019 -- Randall G. Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs
  • China, Turkey, India Silent on Buying Iran's Oil as US Ban Begins VOA 03 May 2019 -- Iran's biggest likely remaining oil customers, China, Turkey and India, were silent about purchases of Iranian crude Thursday as a total U.S. ban on such trade took effect, leaving their next moves a mystery.
  • China could use force against Taiwan in push for unification: Pentagon CNA 03 May 2019 -- China could use force to push Taiwan into unification or into unification dialogue, the United States Department of Defense said in its annual military report, which was issued Thursday.
  • Pentagon May Deploy Submarines in the Arctic to Deter Alleged Chinese Threat Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- Last year, China released its Arctic Policy, in which it vowed to actively participate in Arctic affairs as a "near-Arctic State" and a key stakeholder in the region.
  • DOD Official Details Continuing Chinese Military Buildup DoD News 03 May 2019 -- China continues to build up its military to challenge and supplant the United States as the preeminent power in the Indo-Pacific region, the assistant defense secretary for Indo-Pacific security affairs said today.
  • US alarmed as China flexes military muscle with bases Press TV 03 May 2019 -- The United States has expressed disquiet over Chinese increasing military activities, including the deployment of submarines to the Arctic Ocean as well as the construction of military bases around the world.
  • China May Create Bases in Pakistan to Protect Silk Road, Pentagon Report Claims Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- The Belt and Road Initiative, which was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, mainly focuses on the Maritime Silk Route, which connects China and Europe; the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt deals with Russia as well as countries in Central Asia and the Middle East.
  • DoD Warns China to Develop Electromagnetic Railguns, Directed Energy Weapons Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- China has been developing a number of potentially disruptive technologies, including electromagnetic railguns and directed energy weapons, to grow its military capabilities, a new report by the US Department of Defence (DoD) revealed on Thursday.
  • Pentagon Warns of Chinese Military Spying VOA 03 May 2019 -- China's two decades of military modernization has paid off big in missile development and domains like cyber and space, but the Pentagon says China is still relying on spying on others to steal the latest military technology.
  • 'Mysterious' Chinese nuclear institute opened to visitors for the first time Global Times 03 May 2019 -- The mysterious 909 base, where China's first-generation nuclear-powered submarine was developed, was recently opened to visitors for the first time.
  • Press Freedom Continues to Face Setbacks in China VOA 03 May 2019 -- The hope for press freedom has long been an elusive aspiration in China, and the outlook has become increasingly dire under the tight rule of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
  • Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2019 DoD Released 02 May 2019
  • HRW: 'Mass Surveillance App' Used To Target Muslims In China's Xinjiang RFE/RL 02 May 2019 -- The Chinese authorities are using a "mass surveillance" app to profile, investigate, and detain Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
  • China's J-20 Stealth Jet Could Be Wheels Up This Year, US Commander Says Sputnik 02 May 2019 -- General Charles Brown, head of the US' Pacific Air Forces, recently revealed that if all things remain on pace, China's Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter could "possibly" be deemed combat ready by Chinese officials this year.
  • China, Thailand to hold joint naval training Global Times 01 May 2019-- China and Thailand's naval forces will hold their joint training, code-named Blue Commando-2019, starting on Thursday.
  • UK defense minister sacked over Huawei leak Press TV 01 May 2019 -- Britain's defense secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked from the cabinet over a controversial leak of government discussions suggesting that Chinese telecommunication company Huawei will be a partner in UK's future internet projects.
  • Theresa May Fires UK Defence Secretary Williamson Over Huawei Leak Sputnik 01 May 2019 -- On Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that the United Kingdom and its businesses should exercise a certain degree of caution in cooperation with Chinese companies, such as Huawei, as they allegedly could be a threat to national security.
  • UN designates Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist IRNA 01 May 2019 -- The United Nations Sanctions Committee on Wednesday placed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar on its global terror list.
  • UN Lists Pakistani Cleric as Global Terrorist VOA 01 May 2019 -- A United Nations Security Council committee has designated the head of the Pakistan-based militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist after China withdrew its long-held objections to the designation.
  • Russia Sends China Replacements for Storm-Damaged S-400 Missiles - Reports Sputnik 01 May 2019 -- Replacement missiles for the S-400 anti-air missile system sold to China by Russia last year have been sent, according to media reports. Some of the system's missiles and other equipment were damaged in a storm in the English Channel in December 2017.
  • Chinese Economic Outreach in Latin America Draws US Concerns VOA 01 May 2019 -- For generations, the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean have been dominated by trade with the United States. In recent years, though, a growing push by China to invest in the region, lately accelerated by the Xi Jinping administration's Belt and Road Initiative, has begun to reorient trade toward China with far-reaching consequences.



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