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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from wsj.com and written by MARK HELPRIN) — Last week, pirates attacked and executed four Americans in the Indian Ocean. We and the Europeans have endured literally thousands of attacks by the Somali pirates without taking the initiative against their vulnerable boats and bases even once. Such paralysis is but [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from Xinhua) — A senior space technology expert in China said the country’s global satellite navigation system, which is composed of more than 30 satellites, is expected to be in place by 2020.
China would launch 12 to 14 satellites during the early part of the 12th Five-Year (2011-2015) Program, said [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from peopledaily.com.cn) — Chang’e-3 lunar probe has entered the prototype development stage, and it will be launched in 2013 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on a mission to achieve a soft landing on the moon’s surface, said Ye Peijian, chief scientist of deep space exploration at the China Academy [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from peopledaily.com.cn) — A subsidiary of China’s biggest plane maker yesterday announced the acquisition of the world’s second-largest general aircraft maker – the first time a Chinese company has acquired a plane maker from a developed country.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from AP) — Tens of thousands of Chinese workers are scrambling to escape the chaos in Libya, highlighting the risks taken by Chinese businesses piling into unstable African countries in search of oil, gas and other resources.
Beijing is taking unprecedented steps to aid with the evacuation, sending charter flights and [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from Xinhua) — As China opens the annual sessions of its top political advisory body and top legislature this week, the whole world is poring over the two Chinese events that also bear global significance.
At the focus of the glaring international spotlight are China’s economic restructuring, economic growth, peaceful development [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from wsj.com and written by YVONNE LEE) — China Railway Construction Corp. said it has suspended all of its projects in Libya due to the unrest in the country.
The Shanghai-and Hong Kong-listed contracting company said in a statement Tuesday that almost all of its employees that had been working in [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from hudson-ny.org and written by Anna Mahjar-Barducci) — China has been deploying thousands of soldiers in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area in northern Pakistan, and a region historically contested by Pakistan, India and its inhabitants.
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A first for the Chinese navy.

We’re used to seeing the U.S. Navy pull American citizens out of warzones. Now, China’s navy is doing the same thing — sending a ship to snag its people out of Libya, as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.

China has redeployed the 4,000 ton missile frigate Xuzhou from its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden to assist in the evacuation of its nationals from Libya. It’s the “the first ever dispatch” of a Chinese navy vessel to run a “non-combatant evacuation,” China SignPost’s Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson note.

The move underlines the growth in Chinese naval power, Collins and Erickson write. And with a number of Chinese workers employed in potentially unstable countries around the world, the evacuation likely serves as a dress rehearsal for future crises.

China has already evacuated some 12,000 of its 30,000 nationals in Libya, flying some to nearby Egypt and placing others on chartered passenger lines. Pressure for a swift exit has grown as the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) reported attacks against its oil facilities in Libya, though the company’s 391 employees are reportedly unharmed.

China joins a number of countries who’ve sent military ships or aircraft to evacuate their citizens from the growing violence in Libya. Britain’s Royal Navy has sent a destroyer to Libya to remove British oil workers currently stranded in the country. South Korea has also diverted a warship from its nearby anti-piracy mission to assist in the evacuation of its citizens.

In Tripoli today, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi made an appearance in the city’s Green Square, giving a defiant speech amidst a supportive crowd.

“I am in the middle of the people,” he said. “We will fight … we will defeat them if they want … we will defeat any foreign aggression.”

His comments follow a rambling, incoherent speech made by phone on Libyan state TV yesterday in which Gadhafi blamed the uprising on al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden lacing young peoples’ Nescafe with drugs.

Despite the welcome Gadahfi received for his speech and the government-issued talking points given to prayer leaders demanding quiet, protesters left Friday prayers today and marched on the capital and were met with random gunfire from the Libyan security forces awaiting them.

Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, has already fallen to anti-government forces. A number of former army officers who have defected from the Gadhafi regime pledged to send forces to help oust the government from power. The Wall Street Journal quoted a Libyan army colonel and defector in Benghazi: “We will not stop until we liberate the whole country.”

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Japanese Military Keeps Eye on China

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Analysts say Japan is slowly raising the capabilities of its forces to respond to a more assertive China and to emerge from the shadow of the United States.
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Chinese air force transporters the have flown 751 evacuees from Libya to Khartoum, Sudan, arriving there early Wednesday morning, according to the information office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from sify.com) — China on Tuesday formally began the construction of two state-of-the-art fast attack missile crafts for the Pakistan Navy in addition to several naval frigates it is building for its close strategic partner.
The keel-laying ceremony of Fast Attack Craft FAC(M) of Pakistan Navy was held at Xinggang Shipyard [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from dailymail.co.uk) — Two mystery investors ‘were number one traders in all financial companies that collapsed or are now financially supported by the U.S. government’
Terrorists and other ‘financial enemies’ were likely responsible for the near collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008, a new Pentagon report has concluded.
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from usgs.gov) — In light of recent attention and international developments, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed its first review of China’s rare-earth industry.  This report provides information about the production, consumption, and reserves of China’s rare earth elements (REEs) and China’s policies and regulations regarding the production and [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from DNA and written by Suman Sharma) — In an indication of Beijing’s strengthening ties with Islamabad, Pakistan is constructing a colony of about 20 buildings for Chinese workers in Chattar area of occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad district.
The construction, confirmation of which comes ahead of prime minister Manmohan Singh’s Beijing visit [...]
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Chinese threat looms large from china-defense-mashup.com

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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from dailypioneer.com and written by Ashok K Mehta) — AK Antony should issue an operational directive for the defence forces to prepare and equip for a two-and-a-half front war.
Recently one of the television channels reported that Defence Minister AK Antony had asked the armed forces to be prepared for a [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from adelaidenow.com.au and written by ) — AUSTRALIA and the US have issued a blunt warning to China to come clean on its military ambitions.
At the Australian international air show and RAAF 90th birthday party at Victoria’s Avalon airport yesterday, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and the US Pacific Air Command [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from universe.byu.edu and written by Lok Yi Chan) — A New York Times’ Washington and Pentagon correspondent discussed the rise of China, speaking during a lecture on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Bumiller, veteran journalist for the New York Times, spoke in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. Her speech was titled [...]
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2011-03-02 (China Military News cited from thenews.com.pk) — With warships and missiles, Russia is flexing its muscles in the Far East in a bid to defend its position as an Asian power against China’s growing might.
China’s rise has forced Russia’s leaders to turn their gaze eastward and reassess decades of Soviet-era planning for a land [...]
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China’s Most Secret Weapon: The Messenger Pigeon

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Though the world’s attention has recently been focused on the unveiling of China’s first ever stealth fighter jet, the Chinese militaryhas been busy investing in another type of furtive flyer — the humble messenger pigeon
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