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China Closer to Deploying Anti-Carrier Missile

Dec. 28, 2010 - Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said that he believes China has achieved "initial operational capability" for its Dong Feng 21D "carrier killer" missile. The device was designed to sink an aircraft carrier.
The DF 21D's uniqueness is in its ability to hit a powerfully defended moving target with pinpoint precision — a capability U.S. naval planners are scrambling to deal with.
It could take China a decade or so to fully implement the complex system. It includes air defense systems, submarines, advanced ballistic missile systems, and a network of satellites. Once deployed, it could be a game-changer in the Asian security environment. U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have ruled the waves there since the end of World War II.
Source: Fox

Experts: Mystery contrail was from Chinese missile

Nov. 19, 2010 - On Nov. 8 Southern Californians witnessed mysterious contrails of a projectile soaring into the skies some 30 miles off the coast. The event was recorded by a KCBS television crew. Government response was that the trail was caused by aircraft, but there is no record of aircraft in the area at the time.

According to Joseph Farah's G2 Intellegence Report, two military experts who have examined the television video believe the event was the launching of a missile, probably from a submerged Chinese nuclear submarine close to America's coastline.

They further suggest... that the timing of the alleged Chinese missile shot coincided with an increasing confrontation between the U.S.and China, and was likely meant to send a message to Washington.
The timing was ominous because at that time President Obama was abroad trying to lessen concern by China about our country's out-of-control deficit in spending. It is also disturbing that the US did not detect the presence of a submarine so close to our country.
Source: WorldNetDaily
U.S. warned people to avoid mystery missile zone - WorldNetDaily

Chinese soldiers headed to Middle East?

Jan. 12, 2010 - Growing trade between China and Iran in energy and other commodities may lead to increased military cooperation and even establishment of military bases in the Middle East.
That would come at a time when the West is considering increased sanctions against Iran, and Israel is threatening open military attack on Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities.
Source: World Net Daily

China proves to be an aggressive foe in cyberspace

Nov. 11, 2009 - Although Chinese authorities deny the facts, Chinese cyber-attacks have succeeded in hacking into a vast array of U.S. government computer systems.
"This is the way they plan to thwart U.S. supremacy in any potential conflict we get into with them," said Robert K. Knake, a Council on Foreign Relations fellow. "They believe they can deter us through cyber warfare."
A senior Air Force official said that he believes China has stolen at least 10 to 20 terabytes of data from U.S. government networks!
Source:Washington Post

Global Crisis Makes US More Dependent on China than Ever

Nov. 11, 2009 - While America has been weakened by the worldwide financial crisis, China is gaining strength financially and militarily. Since 1990, U.S. gross domestic product growth has been 61% while China's growth has been 536%!
The scientists at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, China, had plenty to celebrate: They had developed a supercomputer that could perform more than a quadrillion calculations per second.
Source:Spiegel Online

China's Communists Get Religion

Mar. 2, 2009 - 10,000 new Christians are registering everyday in China. China's Communist Party is even changing its strict athiestic orientation.
When China's Communist Party members met recently at the National Congress in Beijing, President Hu Jintao did something that had never been done before. He added the word "religion" to the Communist Party constitution.
Source: CBN

Bush again speaks out on human rights in China

Aug. 9, 2008 - In his weekly radio address, this time from Bejing China, President Bush criticised China's record of human rights.
It was the fourth time in as many days that Bush had raised the sensitive issue of China's human rights record in public despite a pledge not to politicise his visit to the Olympics.
Earlier this week Chinese officials had a negative reaction to President Bush's comments, saying he should not interfere in China's internal affairs.
Source: AFP
Authorities Banish House Church Pastor From Beijing Prior To Games- Compass Direct

China arrives on world stage with smashing bash to open XXIX Summer Games

August 8, 2008 - Read details of stunning openning ceremony at the Olympics in Bejing. Here are some highlights:
- The first event in China's amazing new "Birds Nest" National Stadium
- 91,000 spectators inside the stadium
- Viewed by an estimated 4 billion people worldwide
- Stunning displays of pyrotechnics
- The largest, most expensive show in Olympics history
- The show distilled 5,000 years of Chinese history (without reference to Chairman Mao)
- 15,000 performers
Source: Yahoo

China's economy to become world's biggest in 2035

July 8, 2008 - A report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace projects that China's economy will overtake that of the United States by 2035. Their growth is driven by domestic demand more than exports, and will continue at this pace well into the 21st century.

China earthquake: 18,000 remain buried

May 13, 2008
Source: Telegraph - UK

Thousands dead in Chinese quake

May 12, 2008 - The China quake toll is now at least 10,000
Source: BBC

Thousands Dead After Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Central China

May 12, 2008 - A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in China has destroyed 80 percent of the buildings in Beichuan county in Sichuan province. At least 7,600 people have died and the number may rise dramatically. Another 10,000 people were believed to be hurt. The earthquake shook skyscrapers more than 900 miles away in Beijing and was felt as far away as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand.
The earthquake comes less than three months before the start of the Beijing Summer Olympics, when China hopes to use to showcase its rise in the world.
Source: Fox
Sichuan quake death toll rises to 7,651 - Xinhua

China modernising nuclear weapons arsenal

May 8, 2008 -According to Bates Gill, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research, Institute, China is in the process of updating its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Emphasis is on the use of submarines and missiles that can deliver multiple warheads.

China's existing nuclear arsenal (between 100 and 200 warheads) is the smallest of the five big powers - United States, Russia, Britain, France and China.

The Daily Telegraph disclosed last week that China is constructing a secret nuclear submarine base to bolster its capabilities in the Pacific.
Source: Telegraph - EU

China Hikes Military Budget 17.6%

Mar. 5, 2008 - A day after the Pentagon released an annual assessment of China's military power, China announced a 17.6% increase in its military budget (US$57.22-Billion). This marks the 19th year in a row that China has allocated a double-digit increase for military spending. They have the most active cruise and ballistic missile development in the world.
U.S. officials also say China has developed a capacity to wage cyber-espionage on a huge scale, in addition to showing it can fight in outer space after it shot down one of its old satellites with a missile last summer.
Source:National Post
ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2008
US issues warning as China boosts military - Telegraph UK
China premier warns against Taiwan referendum - Reuters India

China's weapons exceed self-defence needs: US military

Jan. 31, 2008 - U.S. Admiral Timothy Keating, the head of the US armed forces in the Asia-Pacific, says that it is troubling that China's new weapons are apparently able to go far beyond their stated goal to "to protect those things that are ours". Their military buildup could keep the US from protecting Taiwan against a Chinese take-over.
A year ago, China used a ballistic missile to destroy a Chinese weather satellite in low Earth orbit, causing worries in Washington that Beijing could disrupt US military satellites in a regional conflict.
In another recent incident, a Chinese submarine surfaced near a US aircraft carrier before being detected.
Source: AFP

Chinese Factory Set to Become World's Largest Bible Producer

Dec. 10, 2007 - China has only one authorized Christian publisher in China, and it is celebrating the printing of 50 million Bibles this week. Amity Printing, a joint venture between Chinese Christian charity and the United Bible Societies, plans to move to a larger factory near Nanjing next year and to become the world’s single-biggest producer of Bibles! In China, an officially-atheist country, Bibles are not on sale in public bookshops, but they are distributed through the official church in private, such as in stalls set up for people attending Sunday services.
Source: Fox

China summons U.S. envoy over Dalai Lama award

Oct. 18, 2007 - China had a strong negative reaction to the awarding of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush. They summoned the U.S. Ambassador to complain.
"The move of the United States is a blatant interference in China's internal affairs, hurts the feelings of the Chinese people and has gravely undermined relations between China and the United States," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a news conference.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online.)

'Star Wars' missile test heralds new arms race in space

Jan. 19, 2007 - The Chinese used a ballistic missile to destroy one of their aging weather satellites in space. This is the first space test of such offensive military technology by any nation in more than 20 years. US officials were alarmed and angry. The event will cause fear of a new arms race in space.
The test comes amid increasing fears within the Bush Administration over potentially hostile nations and terrorist groups acquiring technology to destroy crucial US space systems on which the country — and particularly its military — heavily depends.
Source: TimesOnLine (UK)

Red China Attains Global Control of Ports

Mar. 27, 2006 - The Chinese-owned firm Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. has become the world's biggest port owner and cargo terminal operator. China has continued to gain control of ports in strategic positions that could support military or economic actions against the United States.
Some of Hutchison's ports lie near key sea lines of communication, such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the eastern coast of the United States. Of the eight international regions with choke points labeled by the Department of Defense as "U.S. lifelines and transit regions," Hutchison has ports in six.
Source: NewsMax

Commercial photos show Chinese nuke buildup

Feb. 16, 2006 - Commercial satellite photos reveal that China has a secret underwater submarine tunnel and several other hidden facilities where they are engaged in a large military buildup of strategic (nuclear) weapons. The reason for their secrecy is not clear.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a trip to China in October that Beijing was sending "mixed signals" by building up forces in secret and without explaining their purpose.
Source: The Washington Times (Story no longer online.)

SARS could be Chinese bio-weapon: Russian expert

Apr. 11, 2003 - According to a top Russian medical expert, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) might be a biological weapon developed by China. Professor Sergei Kolesnikov says that SARS is a hybrid of two viruses, which can only be produced in laboratory conditions, and when the first outbreaks occured, in two southern districts of China, authorities kept it a secret.
Source:Times of India (Story no longer online.)

China readies for future U.S. fight

Mar. 27, 2003 - The War in Iraq is causing Chinese leaders to see the U.S. actions as unilateralism. Some even call it "neo-imperialism." The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership believes some form of confrontation with the U.S. could come earlier than expected.
Chinese strategists think particularly if the U.S. can score a relatively quick victory over Baghdad, it will soon turn to Asia -- and begin efforts to "tame" China.
They think that the U.S. will take on their ally, North Korea, as early as this summer.

Bush Urges Jiang To Respect Religion
Jan. 20, 2002 - En route to China, President Bush expressed hope that President Jiang, " would understand the important role of religion in an individual's life." He said, "I can tell you that in my last visit with President Jiang I shared with him my faith. I talked to him on very personal terms about my Christian beliefs."
This is President Bush's second visit to China in five months. This trip comes on the date of the 30th anniversary of President Nixon's history-making visit to China. There are many differences between the U.S. and China, but both leaders are open to dialogue and unity against terrorism.
Also: Bush puts stress on human rights - Feb. 21- BBC (Story no longer online.)

China a Terrorist Threat to U.S., Dissident Wu Warns
Jan. 26, 2002 - Chinese dissident Harry Wu calls China a "state terrorist country." They supported Osama bin Laden, cheered the attack on the World Trade Center, and plans to attack the United States with nuclear weapons by the year 2015.
China means to destroy the West, according to the leading dissident Wu, the soft-spoken but determined anti-communist who has served years in Chinese prisons.
Source: NewsMax

China Moves Troops to Diffuse Indian War Threat
Dec. 29, 2001 - While India and Pakistan build up forces for a possible war between them, China is moving troops along the Sino-Indian border to discourage the outbreak of violence.
India claims two fundamentalist groups based in Kashmir are responsible for a foiled attack on its parliamentary building. Pakistan has assured full cooperation and asked for evidence.
Source:Paknews.com (Story no longer online.)

Russia, China Working on Cyber Warfare -US Official
June 21, 2001 - Russia and China appear to be developing computer-based tools with the potential to do long-lasting harm to the U.S. economy. See the article in our Cyberwar section.

China And Turkmenistan Fail To Sponsor U.N. Religious Sites Resolution
June 11, 2001 - Reporters get vague answers from these two countries about their future plans for protecting religious sites.
Source: CBN (Story no longer online.)

Beijing illegally bought circuits
May 24, 2001 - by Bill Gertz
The federal government is investigating the illegal sale of thousands of radiation-protected computer chips to a Chinese company that will use them in missiles and satellites.
Source: The Washington Times (Story no longer online.)

China anger at US visits
May 22, 2001 - See the summary in our "Wars and Rumors of Wars" section.
US reception of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and planned reception of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama have cause angry reaction from China.
Source: BBC

Fertile Crescent Devastated
May 21, 2001 - Study of NASA satellite pictures taken in 1992 and 2000 show that the wetlands of the Fertile Crescent, considered by many as the cradle of civilization, have nearly disappeared in recent years. This has been the result of more than 30 dams that have been built on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the last 40 years, and especially since the Gulf War. A U.N. study shows that what was once the southern Iraqi marshland at the heart of the Fertile Crescent is now a salt-encrusted wasteland.
Source: Discovery- Earth Alert
See also:Is the Way of the Kings of the East Prepared? - by George Whitten

China vents fury at Bush
Apr. 27, 2001 - US-Chinese relations have deteriorated during recent months.over a variety of issues: the US spy plane, American sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, visas for Taiwanese leaders and US detainees in China.
Now Chinese officials have reacted in anger at President Bush's comments to a US television network, that the use of military force was "certainly an option" if China ever invaded Taiwan.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in reply that the US president was heading down "a dangerous road" and warned the comments "undermined peace and stability".
Source: BBC

Bush Talks Tough With China
Apr. 13, 2001 - Following the release of the 24 crewmembers of the spy plane in China, President Bush spoke directly about the detention of the crew, and about China's record on human rights, religious freedom and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
"The kind of incident we have just been through does not advance a constructive relationship between our countries."
President Bush does still endorse the process of increasing trade with China, but some congressmen are trying to overturn last year's law that paves the way for China to gain permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
Source: Fox

Crew heading home after 11 days
Apr. 12, 2001 - All members of the spy plane crew were flown to Guam, then on to Hawaii where they will have debreifings. They should be home with their families by Easter.
Meanwhile, China claimed victory.
“The United States finally apologizes!” the Beijing Morning Post proclaimed Thursday. Some Chinese expressed private irritation that Beijing hadn’t exacted a bigger penalty, but there were no public protests, which the government has discouraged.
However, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show, said that it was not an apology and that the letter’s intentions and tone were clear.
The fate of the spy plane has not yet been decided.
Source: MSNBC (Story no longer online.)

Language secures release of U.S. spy plane crew
Apr. 11, 2001 - President Bush has broken the stalemate with China by saying "we are very sorry" for the loss of the Chinese pilot's life , and for landing our plane on Chinese soil without permission.
The Chinese compromised their demands somewhat, accepting the wording, and announcing that they will release the 24 crewmen promptly.
Source CNN

Spy plane row- Full Coverage - BBC

China's President Jiamg Zemin - Time

Spy plane row escalates -
Apr. 4, 2001 - Apparently ignoring President Bush's strong speech, calling for the immediate release of the U.S. crew and spy plane, Chinese President Jiang Zemin demanded an apology from the U.S. for the incident.
The BBC Beijing correspondent says that, with each passing hour, the US air crew look increasingly like hostages and the potential grows for serious long-term damage to Sino-American relations.
Source: BBC
See also:
CNN Full Coverage
Jiang demands U.S. apology for plane collision - CNN

China’s leader: U.S. fully responsible
Apr. 3, 2001 - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao claimed that the U.S. was responsible for the in-flight accident, and that they have the right to conduct their own investigation, including a search of the U.S. reconaissance plane. It is not known how much of the secret information and equipment the crew was able to destroy before landing on the Chinese island of Hainan. American representatives are to be allowed to speak with the 24 crew members tonight, but there is no word about the timing of their release.

China holds 24 U.S. Crew Members after Midair Collision
China holds US spy plane crew - BBC
US ambassador demands to see air crew - South China Morning Post
Apr. 2, 2001 - A Chinese military jet collided with a U.S. Navy EP-2 spy plane yesterday over international waters near China. The Chinese plane crashed, but crew members apparently survived. The U.S. plane suffered minor damage and was forced to land at Lingshui on Hainan Island.
The Chinese claimed the U.S. plane rammed their plane, while U.S. Admiral Dennis Blair said it was China's fault for being too aggressive. "It's not a normal practice to play bumper cars in the air," he said.
It appears that the Chinese intend to hold the crew members while they conduct negotiations with the U.S.
This morning, 3 U.S. warships are headed toward the island, showing that the U.S. takes the matter very seriously. If the Chinese detain the crew or the plane it would be a violation of international law.
Inside the US spy plane - BBC
CNN Full Coverage- U.S./ China

China places second missile base near Taiwan
Mar. 15, 2001 - A U.S. spy satellite has detected a second short-range missile base within striking distance of Taiwan.
The missile base, detected in spy-satellite photographs, is located several miles northeast of Xianyou and some 135 miles from Taiwan. Nearly 100 CSS-7 short-range ballistic missiles and mobile launchers are deployed there.
Source: Washington Times (Story no longer online.)

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