China can weigh reconnaissance on US

(Global Times) 08:16, August 28, 2014

China and the US started a two-day meeting at the Pentagon on Wednesday to negotiate a code of conduct on the high seas, in the wake of a Chinese fighter jet intercepting a US spy plane near the Hainan Island. Although the meeting was set up before this incident, it is believed the near-miss will make a difference during the negotiations.
Given the fact that Washington’s determination to continue its short-range surveillance of China is as strong as China’s commitment to drive US planes away, whether the 2001 mid-air collision could recur has become a Sword of Damocles above their heads.
The new strategic trajectory of Asia-Pacific, namely China is growing stronger and a containment circle drawn by the US and its allies is taking shape, is changing the mindsets of both sides to define specific conflicts. If the 2001 incident happened again, the possibility of an all-out crisis between both sides will increase.

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‘China has eclipsed Britain as superpower’, party mouthpiece declares amid Li Keqiang visit

Global Times rails against the British media and highlights dependence on China’s billion-dollar investments


.PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 12:30pm

Agence France-Presse in Beijing


English: Li Keqiang, Chinese politician




China has overtaken Britain as a world power, a state-run newspaper argued scornfully today, after Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade deals that will see Chinese invest in British high-speed trains and nuclear power.


“Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons who want to stress their nobility,” the state-run Global Times wrote in an editorial.


Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons


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Manila’s provocations reflect weakness

“The Philippines could do nothing but provoke China like a clown under the indulgence of some Western forces”
BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS-37), a Jacinto class c...
(Global Times)    07:36, March 31, 2014

The Philippines on Sunday filed a case against China’s “territorial invasion” with the UN arbitral tribunal. This comes a day after a nearly two-hour standoff between Chinese coastguard ships and Philippine supply vessels ferrying food and soldiers to Ren’ai Reef. Witnessed by more than a dozen Philippine and Western journalists invited onboard a Philippine ship, the Philippine boats “eventually maneuvered away from the Chinese blockade” and arrived at the reef, winning applause from domestic public opinion and support from the Western media. Continue reading “Manila’s provocations reflect weakness”

China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media

Official media warns China will become a ‘paper tiger’ if countermeasures against Japan are not taken over Yasukuni visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 11:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 12:16pm

Agence France-Presse in Beijing


Japan’s ambassador to China Masato Kitera (centre) in Beijing after being summoned by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: Reuters

China must take “excessive” counter-measures after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader. Continue reading “China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media”

Tiny old Britain? It’s only good for study and travel, says China’s state media

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 5:03pm

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The British prime minister meets Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong. He is leading a 100-strong business delegation. Photo: AP

As British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a charm offensive at Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday, a state-owned newspaper derided the United Kingdom as merely a destination for Chinese students and tourists.

During the 40-minute meeting with students from the alma mater of former president Jiang Zemin , a relaxed Cameron took questions from the floor. The approach paid off.

“He exhibited humour, confidence and clarity of thought,” said Zhang Yang, a student at Jiao Tong. “We enjoyed the open atmosphere and his style of talk.”

When Cameron revealed that his old tutor at Oxford University, Vernon Bogdanor, criticised his work via e-mails even 25 years after he had left the university, the 300-odd students burst into laughter.

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Cameron is leading a 100-strong business delegation to China to encourage investment and he has posted pictures of his meeting with top businessmen, including Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, on his Facebook page.

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State media calls for ‘timely countermeasures’ against Japan over air zone “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.”

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 5:56am

Agence France-Presse in Beijing


Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area. Photo: EPA

State media yesterday called for “timely countermeasures” to be taken “without hesitation” if Japan violates the country’s newly declared air zone, after Beijing sent fighter jets to patrol the area following defiant military overflights by Tokyo.

Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area.

The Global Times newspaper, which often takes a nationalistic tone, said in an editorial: “We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China’s newly declared ADIZ.

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China reveals its ability to nuke the US: Government boasts about new submarine fleet capable of launching warheads at cities across the nation

  • State-run  media claims the Chinese military has missiles capable of hitting cities all  across the U.S.
  • China’s  submarine fleet currently is on ‘routine patrol.’
  • According  to Chinese media, this is the first time  China has possessed ‘effective underwater nuclear deterrence against the United  States’

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:33 EST, 2  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:37 EST, 2 November 2013

The Chinese government has revealed for the first time that it has nuclear submarines capable of attacking cities throughout the United States.

Last week, state-run Chinese news agencies –  such as China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily,  the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily – ran identical reports about the  ‘awesomeness’ of the People’s Liberation Army’s submarine force.

‘This is the first time in 42 years since the  establishment of our  navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a  large scale  the secrets of our first-generation underwater nuclear force,’ the  Global Times said in a lengthy article titled ‘China for the First Time  Possesses Effective Underwater Nuclear Deterrence against the United  States.’

Deterrent: China's state-run media has reported that it now has subs capable of launching nuclear weapons at the United States  

Deterrent: China’s state-run media has reported that it  now has subs capable of launching nuclear weapons at the United States


Chinese news agencies also reported on the  Army’s lethal intentions should it ever use the nuclear weapons the submarines  are capable of launching.

‘Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are  sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks  should mainly target  the key cities on the West Coast of the United States,  such as Seattle,  Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,’ the Global Times  said. ‘The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill  and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans.

But West Coast cities aren’t the only  metropolitan areas in the U.S. that face the threat of a nuclear attack from the  Chinese, according to the country’s state-run media.

Patrol: The Chinese media says that the country's submarine fleet currently is on routine patrol 

Patrol: The Chinese media says that the country’s  submarine fleet currently is on routine patrol


‘If we launch our DF 31A ICBMs over the North  Pole, we can easily  destroy a whole list of metropolises on the East Coast and  the New  England region of the U.S., including Annapolis, Philadelphia, New  York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore and Norfolk, whose population accounts for  about one-eighth of America’s total residents,’ the Global Times  said.

The JL-2 missiles have a range of about 8,700  miles and could hit almost the entire continental U.S. with independently  targetable re-entry  vehicle warheads. The Type 094 Jin Class submarine was  developed in 2010 and is capable of launching 12 to 16 JL-2 missiles.

The Chinese submarine fleet reportedly is the  the second-largest in the world. According to Chinese media, the fleet includes  70 subs, 10 of which are nuclear powered. At least four of those subs are  capable of launching the JL-2 missiles.

Range: Missiles launched from the subs are capable of hitting cities throughout the United States 

Range: Missiles launched from the subs are capable of  hitting cities throughout the United States


Each of the reports from China’s state-run  media stressed that the PLA’s submarine fleet currently is on routine strategic  patrol, ‘which means that China for the first time has acquired the strategic  deterrence and second strike capability against the United States.’
‘Our JL-2 SLBMs have become the fourth type of Chinese nuclear missiles that threaten the continental United States, after our DF-31A, DF-5A and  DF-5B  ICBMs,’ said the Global Times

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China state media blames Syria rebels for Xinjiang violence

Source: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:30 AM

Author: Reuters

Armed paramilitary policemen run in formation during a gathering to mobilize security operations in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer


BEIJING, July 1 (Reuters) – Chinese state media on Monday blamed Syrian opposition forces in unusually specific finger pointing for training Muslim extremists responsible for the deadliest unrest in four years in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.

China has traditionally blamed violence in Xinjiang, home to Muslim Uighurs, on Islamic separatists who want to establish an independent state of “East Turkestan”.

This appears to mark the first time Beijing has blamed a group in Syria and fits a common narrative of the government portraying Xinjiang’s violence as coming from abroad, such as Pakistan, and not due to homegrown anger.

Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a forum in Beijing last Saturday on maintaining stability in Xinjiang. Paramilitary police have flooded the streets of the regional capital Urumqi after 35 people were killed in two attacks last week, which China has blamed on a gang engaged in “religious extremist activities”. (Full Story)

Many Uighurs in Xinjiang resent what they call Chinese government restrictions on their culture, language and religion.

The Global Times, a tabloid owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, said that some members of the East Turkestan faction had moved from Turkey into Syria.

“This Global Times reporter has recently exclusively learned from the Chinese anti-terrorism authorities that since 2012, some members of the ‘East Turkestan’ faction have entered Syria from Turkey, participated in extremist, religious and terrorist organisations within the Syrian opposition forces and fought against the Syrian army,” the newspaper said.

“At the same time, these elements from ‘East Turkestan’ have identified candidates to sneak into Chinese territory to plan and execute terrorist attacks.”

Authorities had arrested a 23-year-old “terrorist”, known in Chinese as Maimaiti Aili, belonging to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the report said, adding that he had taken part in the Syrian war.

Dilxat Raxit, the Sweden-based spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, called the report unrealistic.

“Uighurs already find it very difficult to get passports, how can they run off to Syria?” Raxit told Reuters by telephone.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to directly answer questions on whether Syrian rebels had joined forces with the East Turkestan movement.

Hua only said at a regular briefing that China has “also noted that in recent years East Turkestan terrorist forces and international terrorist organizations have been uniting, not only threatening China’s national security but also the peace and stability of relevant countries and regions.”

Officials in Xinjiang and China’s ministry of public security were not immediately available for comment.

Pan Zhiping, a retired expert on Central Asia at Xinjiang’s Academy of Social Science, said it was possible that the attackers in Xinjiang were involved in the Syrian war, citing members of the East Turkestan movement who had taken part in the Chechnya war, and were extradited by Russia to go on trial in China.

“They are definitely more dangerous, these people, we can call them desperados. They are highly trained and not ordinary citizens,” Pan said.

The report by the Global Times follows attempts by China to take a more proactive role in solving the crisis in Syria. China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has been keen to show it is not taking sides and has urged the Syrian government to talk to the opposition.

Police in Xinjiang have detained 19 people for spreading online rumours that triggered Wednesday’s attack in northern Shanshan county, state media said on Monday.

The increased security comes four days before the fourth anniversary of the July 2009 riots in Xinjiang that pitted Uighurs against ethnic Chinese, resulting in nearly 200 people being killed.

Two days after the deadly attack, more than 100 people riding motorbikes and wielding knives attacked a police station in Xinjiang, state media reported.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee, Michael Martina and Li Hui; Editing by Nick Macfie)


China’s troubled Xinjiang hit by more violence-state media ( So far 35 reported casualties )

Source: Reuters – Sat, 29 Jun 2013 04:56 AM

Author: Reuters

BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters) – More than a hundred people, riding motorobikes and wielding knifes, attacked a police station in China’s ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said on Saturday, in the latest unrest to hit the restive region in the past week.

The attack in the remote desert city of Hotan, a heavily ethnic Uighur area, comes two days after the region’s deadliest unrest in four years that resulted in the deaths of 35 people. China called the incident a “terrorist attack”.

Xinjiang is home to the mainly Muslim Uighur people who speak a Turkic language. Many of them chafe at what they call Chinese government restrictions on their culture, language and religion. China says it grants Uighurs wide-ranging freedoms and accuses extremists of separatism.

The animosity between the majority Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs poses a major challenge for China’s Communist Party leaders. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who took office in March, has called for the unity of all ethnic groups in China.

In the latest incident, “troublemakers” gathered at religious venues before riding on motorcycles to attack a police station in the city’s Moyu county, said the Global Times, owned by Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily.

Authorities are counting the number of casualties and are searching for suspects, said the Global Times.

In a separate incident, some 200 people attempted to “incite trouble” at a major shopping area in Hotan, the Global Times said. The newspaper said police diffused the situation.

Chinese authorities have stepped up security in the regional capital Urumqi, the Global Times said.

In a sign of the gravity of the situation, Xinjiang’s top party chief Zhang Chunxian said: “We should be clearly aware of the complex and acute nature of the long-term struggle against separatism,” according to the Xinjiang Daily, the official newspaper of the region.

“For those who dare to defy the law, the criminals who engage in violent terrorist activities have to be punished. We can’t tolerate them, we have to hold no punches,” the People’s Daily said in a front-page editorial.  (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Michael Perry)

China Navy Takes Delivery of 1st Aircraft Carrier: Report

Sep. 23, 2012 – 12:28PM   |
China's first aircraft carrier berthed at Dalian port is seen Sept. 5.

China’s first aircraft carrier berthed at Dalian port is seen Sept. 5.   (AFP)

BEIJING — China’s first aircraft carrier was handed over to the navy of the People’s Liberation Army on Sept. 23, state press said, amid rising tensions over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas.

The handover ceremony of the 300-meter (990-foot) ship, a former Soviet carrier called the Varyag, took place in northeast China’s port of Dalian after a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported.

During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow and the navy’s colors on its stern, the short online report said. A ceremony to place the ship into active service would be held sometime in the future, the paper said without elaboration.

China’s defense ministry was unavailable to comment on the ceremony.

The announcement comes at a time of heightened tensions over maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific region, where China’s growing assertiveness has put it on a collision course with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

On Sept. 23, China also postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Japan, due to a noisy territorial dispute with Tokyo over the Diaoyu Islands, known in Japanese as Senkaku. Tensions have also risen this year with Vietnam and the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Beijing confirmed last year it was revamping the old Soviet ship, and has repeatedly insisted the carrier poses no threat to its neighbors and will be used mainly for training and research purposes.

But numerous sea trials of the aircraft carrier — currently only known as “Number 16” — since August 2011 were met with concern from regional powers including Japan and the United States, which called on Beijing to explain why it needed an aircraft carrier.

Construction of the Varyag originally ended with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. China reportedly bought the carrier’s immense armored hull — with no engine, electrics or propeller — from Ukraine in 1998 and began to refit the vessel in Dalian in 2002.

The PLA — the world’s largest active military — is extremely secretive about its defense programs, which benefit from a huge and expanding military budget boosted by the nation’s runaway economic growth. China’s military budget officially reached $106 billion in 2012, an 11.2 percent increase.

According to a report issued by the Pentagon in May, Beijing is pouring money into advanced air defenses, submarines, anti-satellite weapons and anti-ship missiles that could all be used to deny an adversary access to strategic areas, such as the South China Sea. China’s real defense spending amounts to between $120 billion to $180 billion, the report said.