Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

Philippines: Duterte ending joint US military drills; foreign secretary disputes

September 30, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said upcoming joint U.S.-Philippine military exercises would be the last between the two countries, but one diplomat in the Southeast Asian nation said the comment was taken out of context. ... Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said Duterte meant only drills in the South China Sea would stop in order to improve economic relations with China. Yasay, who was a teacher in Washington, D.C., for years, said Duterte was only repeating an earlier declaration which said he would not allow Philippine troops to participate in joint patrols of the South China Sea." (09/29/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/09/29/Philippines-Duterte-ending-joint-US-military-drills-foreign-secretary-disputes/3831475145950/  

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East China Sea: Japanese scramble jets as Chinese fleet flies near disputed islands

September 26, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Japan scrambled fighter jets Sunday after China flew a fleet of aircraft near contested islands in the East China Sea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the jets were sent up after eight Chinese military planes crossed between Okinawa and the Miyako islands near Taiwan. He said that two of the aircraft were thought to be fighter jets. He added that the planes didn't 'trespass' into Japan's territorial airspace, although he said it was the first time that Chinese military aircraft had been seen in the Miyako Strait." (09/26/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/26/asia/japan-china-jet-scrambled/  

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China’s Heavenly Palace to make an uncontrolled return from the heavens

September 21, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"China says its first space station, launched in 2011, will return to Earth sometime during the second half of 2017. Chinese space officials cannot say exactly when, or where the Tiangong-1 laboratory will return to Earth, however. The small space station, named 'Heavenly Palace,' is presently at an orbit of about 370km, Chinese officials said. But it can no longer sustain such a high orbit and will gradually begin falling back to Earth." (09/21/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/chinas-heavenly-palace-to-make-an-uncontrolled-return-from-the-heavens/  

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China: Regime launches Tiangong 2 space station

September 15, 2016
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Beckley Register-Herald    

"China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years. The Tiangong 2 was carried into space on Thursday night atop a Long March 7 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China. Plans call for the launch next month of the Shenzhou 11 spaceship with two astronauts to dock with the station and remain on board for a month. The station, whose name means 'Heavenly Palace,' is considered a stepping stone to a mission to Mars by the end of the decade." (09/15/16)

http://www.register-herald.com/region/china-launches-second-space-station-tiangong/article_860c1111-4ad4-5802-8189-d1eba004be09.html  

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Kyrgyzstan: Chinese embassy hit by suspected suicide car bomb

August 30, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the car exploded inside the compound and quoted Deputy Prime Minister Janysh Razakov as describing the blast as 'a terrorist act.'" (08/30/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0830/Chinese-embassy-in-Kyrgyzstan-hit-by-suspected-suicide-car-bomb  

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China: Regime unveils 2020 Mars rover concept

August 24, 2016
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Manila Times [Philippines]    

"China has unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade in a mission that faces 'unprecedented' challenges, state media said on Wednesday. China, which is pouring billions into its space program and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft 'around 2020' to orbit Mars, land and deploy the rover." (08/24/16)

http://www.manilatimes.net/china-unveils-2020-mars-rover-concept/281825/  

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Chinese ships, planes conduct war games in Sea of Japan

August 22, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation frigate at a time of bitter territorial disputes with Asian neighbors. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website late Saturday that the long-range exercises staged Friday pitted a red army against a blue one in a simulated bomber attack on a naval task force. ... The statement made no mention of what sort of conflict the exercise was intended as a response to, prospective foes or why the Sea of Japan was chosen as the location of the drills. However, China has grown increasingly assertive over its claim to a chain of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan, recently dispatching more than a dozen coast guard vessels as Chinese fishing vessels swarmed the surrounding waters." (08/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/21/chinese-ships-planes-conduct-war-games-in-sea-japan.html  

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Hong Kong: Three activists sentenced over peaceful protests

August 18, 2016
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Birmingham Star    

"On August 15, 2016, a Hong Kong court sentenced three student leaders in violation of their rights to peaceful expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Alex Chow was given a three weeks sentence with a one year suspension while Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were given community service orders of 80 hours and 120 hours, respectively. Chow and Wong were convicted of 'unlawful assembly,' while Law was convicted of 'incitement,' offences under Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance." (08/17/16)

http://www.birminghamstar.com/index.php/sid/246792317  

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China: First quantum satellite allegedly heralds era of “hack free” communication

August 16, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"China has launched the very first quantum satellite developed by a team of Chinese and Austrian scientists. The rocket took to the heavens from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north west China. Named after the ancient Chinese scientist and philosopher Micius the satellite heralds the advent of a new form of 'hack proof' communications. ... the quantum satellite will send messages to authorised ground bases, if the communication is intercepted while being transmitted the message bursts and the bases will see the changes in the particles." (08/16/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/16/china-launches-first-quantum-satellite-heralding-the-advent-of-hack-free  

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China isn’t the only one who flaunts court rulings

August 16, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Ever since an international tribunal in the Hague ruled against China last July in a dispute over ownership of islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. mainstream press has lambasted China for refusing to comply with the Court's ruling. For example, three days ago a New York Times editorial pointed out that China, which had challenged the Court's jurisdiction and refused to participate in the proceedings, took China to task for its 'defiance,' its acts of 'provocation,' and its apparent lack of 'commitment to the rule of law.' However, the Chinese communist regime is not the only government that refuses to comply with rulings of international tribunals. The U.S. government falls in the same category, something that the U.S. mainstream press, for some unknown reason, invariably fails to mention when castigating China for its decision." (08/16/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/16/china-isnt-one-flaunts-court-rulings/  

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China: US destroyer drops anchor in Qingdao

August 10, 2016
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China Daily [Chinese state media]    

"Despite the tensions in the South China Sea, military-to-military exchange between China and the United States sails on unabated. The USS Benfold, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived Monday in Qingdao, Shandong province, for a 5-day visit, according to China's Ministry of National Defense and the US Navy. A US Navy statement said Benfold's visit advances maritime cooperation and encourages a positive naval relationship with the People's Liberation Army Navy North Sea Fleet." (08/09/16)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2016-08/09/content_26402328.htm  

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China: Lawyer sentenced to seven years in third subversion show trial this week

August 4, 2016
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Roanoke Times World    

"A Chinese lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in the third in a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party's determination to silence independent human rights activists and government critics. The sentence given to Zhou Shifeng results from his role as director of Beijing's Fengrui Law Firm, which took on sensitive cases and represented people who dared challenge the party." (08/04/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/china-lawyer-gets-years-in-rd-subversion-trial-this-week/article_41a9fbe0-19ac-5234-81ea-4169ae8770b2.html  

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China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover mission ends after 31 months

August 4, 2016
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CTV News [Canada]    

"China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover, which won a large following on social media, has been retired after a record 31 months of collecting data from the moon's surface, state media reported Wednesday. The rover arrived on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013, aboard the Chang'e 3 lunar lander and was designed to operate for just three months. On July 28, Chang'e 3 went into hibernation for the 14-day lunar night and Jade Rabbit ceased operations, state media reported, citing the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence." (08/04/16)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/china-s-jade-rabbit-moon-rover-mission-ends-after-31-months-1.3012735  

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Chinese official: Prepare for a “people’s war at sea”

August 3, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Since the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled against China's nine-dash line in the South China Sea, there has been a marked increase in rumblings of the unimaginable: War in the Pacific between China, it's neighbors, and their ally, the US. China had given signs that it had no intention to respect the Hague's ruling, but lately rhetoric has been stepped up a notch, with the AFP reporting that a Beijing minister urged preparations for a 'people's war at sea.'" (08/02/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/beijing-prepare-for-peoples-war-at-sea-2016-8  

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Philippines regime refuses China regime’s proposal for South China Sea talks

July 19, 2016
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New Jersey Telegraph    

"The Foreign Ministry has announced that it has turned down China's proposal to kickstart bilateral talks on their South China Sea dispute, due to Beijing's pre-conditions of not discussing the tribunal's ruling that reversed its claims. According to reports, China released a statement saying the Philippines' Perfecto Yasay and his counterpart Wang Yi had 'informal contact' in Mongolia during the meeting of Asian and European leaders." (07/20/16)

http://www.newjerseytelegraph.com/index.php/sid/245966867  

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Hague tribunal rules against China in South China Sea claim

July 12, 2016
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The Star Online [Malaysia]    

"In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, an arbitral tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within its 'nine-dash line.' ... It said China had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Ahead of the announcement, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said the 'law-abusing tribunal' had issued an 'ill-founded award.' China has refused to take part in the case, saying it involves a determination of who owns what in the South China Sea -- that is, sovereignty -- which falls under the purview of the International Court of Justice." (07/12/16)

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/12/hague-tribunal-rules-against-china-in-south-china-sea-claim/  

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China: Regime orders Apple to monitor app store users and track their identities

June 29, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"China has long been known for its strict censorship which makes it difficult for foreign technology companies to do business in the world’s most populous country of over 1.35 billion people. Now, the new law issued by the Chinese government will expand its strict Internet monitoring efforts into mobile apps, targeting operators including Apple. However, Google currently doesn’t operate its app store in China. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has imposed new regulation on distributors of mobile apps that requires both app stores and app developers keep a close eye on users and maintain a record of their activities for at least 60 days." (06/29/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/china-mobile-app-store.html  

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NSG: Great Wall of China holds on despite Modi pressure

June 23, 2016
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The New Indian Express [India]    

"India's calibrated diplomatic manoeuvre to generate consensus in Seoul via Tashkent for entry into the elite club of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on Thursday was thwarted by a group of countries led by China despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging Beijing to support the emerging consensus. According to government sources, Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Turkey along with China resisted the entry of Non-NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) members into NSG during the three-hour-long special session in the South Korean capital." [editor's note: Amazing how hard it is to find a news story that says what the Nuclear Suppliers Group actually IS. Per Wikipedia, it is "a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons" - TLK] (06/23/16)

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/NSG-Great-Wall-of-China-holds-on-despite-Modi-pressure/2016/06/24/article3497268.ece  

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Obama meets with Dalai Lama; Chinese regime accuses US regime of meddling

June 16, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"Amid recently heightened tensions with Beijing, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with the Dalai Lama and urged the exiled spiritual leader to undertake 'meaningful and direct dialogue' with China, 'to lower tensions and resolve differences,' according to a White House statement after the closed-door meeting. ... China accuses the Dalai Lama of actively campaigning for sovereignty and fomenting revolution, while the Dalai Lama argues Tibet simply wants full human rights and greater autonomy. Authorities in Beijing were not impressed, characterizing the meeting as U.S. meddling in China's business." (06/15/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-15/obama-meets-with-dalai-lama-china-accuses-us-of-meddling  

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China: Four injured at Shanghai airport after man throws explosives

June 12, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Four passengers were injured at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, one of China's busiest, after a man threw homemade explosives, the city's government said. The man threw homemade explosives in beer bottles near some check-in counters in Terminal 2 of the airport shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time, according to a statement posted on the official Sina Weibo feed of the Shanghai government, which cited an initial police investigation. The man cut his own throat with a knife after the blast, sustaining a severe injury, it said." (06/12/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-12/four-injured-at-shanghai-airport-after-man-throws-explosives  

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China’s other Cultural Revolution

June 5, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Frank Dikotter  

"Set amid dusty sandstone-colored hills in northern Shaanxi, Yan'an is a hallowed place. Taken over by Communists at the end of the Long March in 1936, it served as the temporary Red Capital during the Second World War. Decades later, Yan'an had become the symbolic home of the ideal Communist man, one who merged with the collective in war and work alike. The 'Yan'an spirit' heralded selfless dedication to the greater good, as people fused into a force powerful enough to move mountains. But when a team of propaganda officials arrived in Yan'an in December 1974, they were shocked to find a thriving and sophisticated black market. The country was eight years into the Cultural Revolution, a massive effort to purge Chinese society of bourgeois influences and move it closer to communist purity. But beneath the surface, something rather different was underway." (for publication 07/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/05/chinas-other-cultural-revoluti  

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South China Sea: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane

May 19, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday. Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a 'routine patrol' in international airspace on May 17 when 'two tactical aircraft from the People's Republic of China' intercepted the U.S. plane. ... The incident is under investigation by U.S. Pacific Command. The U.S. has photos but they are classified." [editor's note: There are rules about what kind of information can be classified and for what reasons; photos of Chinese aircraft that are openly known to have been taken in an acknowledged incident would not seem to meet the criteria. Not that the US government ever bothers to follow its own laws when inconvenient, of course - TLK]

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/chinese-intercept-u-s-military-spy-plane-over-south-china-n576351  

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Monopoly and empire: Ancient China’s Debate on Salt and Iron

May 2, 2016
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna  

"Responding to popular calls for lower taxes, Han rulers gradually lowered duties and in their place erected a series of state commodities monopolies. The architects of the new monopoly system erected dozens of iron foundries and salt mines outfitted with the latest technological wonders. Emperors later expanded the system to monopolize copper, bronze, all money production, and elements of the liquor trade. Prices soared alongside government revenues, prompting popular outrage and reformist desires to abolish the monopolies. In 81BC, sixty Confucian 'learned men' convened to debate the Court faction over the wisdom of standing policy. The subsequently-published Debate on Salt and Iron contains valuable ancient commentaries on the hidden costs of Empire, including the health of popular ethics ..." (05/02/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/monopoly-empire-ancient-chinas-debate-salt-iron  

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China: Regime cracks down on foreign NGOs

April 28, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A Chinese government offensive against civil society that campaigners describe as the worst in nearly three decades has intensified with Beijing's approval on Thursday of a controversial new law that gives security forces control over foreign NGOs operating in the country. Campaigners attacked the move as the latest phase of President Xi Jinping's bid to rein in opposition to the Communist party. They said it represented a severe blow to non-profit groups involved in issues such as the environment, public health and education, as well as human rights." (04/28/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/28/china-passes-law-imposing-security-controls-on-foreign-ngos  

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China: Regime rejects US query on military flight to disputed island

April 19, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"China's Defence Ministry on Tuesday rejected queries by the U.S. military as to why China had used a military aircraft to evacuate sick workers from a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea. CNN quoted Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis as saying it was unclear why China had used a military aircraft rather than a civilian one in the landing on Fiery Cross Reef. China's Defence Ministry said in a statement its military's tradition was to help those in need as part of its commitment to 'wholeheartedly serve the people.' 'In sharp contrast, the U.S. side is expressing doubts about whether it's a military or civilian aircraft at a time when somebody's life is in danger,' it said." (04/19/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/southchinasea-china-usa-idINKCN0XG106  

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