Russia and China are eyeing a number of joint high-tech projects, ranging from creation of a new long-range passenger plane to joining forces on a satellite navigation system to compete with American GPS and European Galileo.The range of prospects was outlined on Friday by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who met Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Siberian Novosibirsk. Rogozin said Russia would develop cooperation with BRICS members in defiance of any possible Western sanctions.“Our technological partnership should be directed at the countries that are close to us in mentality and which in general constitute an emerging geopolitical force that we could rely on in opposing the monopolar world. Those are BRICS countries first and foremost,” he said.BRICS are an informal group of developing economies comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with a combined economic and political power allowing them to defend their interests in a world dominated by US-led Western countries.
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China is increasing military spending, particularly through “unprecedented” modernization of air force, the Pentagon said in a report. Beijing rebuked the document as “preposterous criticisms of China’s normal defense and military building.”Beijing’s military spending last year exceeded $145 billion, assessed the US Department of Defense on Thursday in its annual report to the Congress. The estimate is more than 20 percent higher than the official Chinese figure.“China has the fiscal strength and political will to support defense spending growth at comparable levels for the foreseeable future,” the report said. “Continued increases will support People’s Liberation Army (PLA) modernization efforts and facilitate China’s move toward a more professional force.”
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Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region sentenced nine people to death on Thursday for “violent terrorism” crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on separatist militants.China has launched a year-long “anti-terrorism” operation, and hundreds of suspects have already been detained.A total of 81 people from Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, were handed sentences for crimes related to involvement in “terrorist organizations” to intentional homicide and arson, state broadcaster CCTV said on a microblog.”Among those, nine people were sentenced to death, and three people were given death sentences with a two-year reprieve,” CCTV said, the latter referring to a sentence that is often commuted to life in prison.
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China is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help resolve a more than five-month-old rebellion in South Sudan that threatens Beijing’s oil investments.The subtle change has been evident in months of faltering peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, where Chinese officials have been in regular contact with Western diplomats to help regional African mediators push for a halt to fighting.Diplomats say the permanent Chinese presence at the Addis Ababa talks and their frequent lobby chats and closed-door consultations with diplomats from the United States, Britain and Norway – the main Western backers of newly independent South Sudan – shows China’s more proactive approach.When a first ceasefire deal was reached on Jan. 23, a month after fighting erupted, a senior Western diplomat said China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Xie Xiaoyan, joined other envoys by giving a speech at the signing that set the tone for Beijing’s involvement.
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China has lodged a diplomatic protest over U.S. remarks on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, issuing a sterner rejection of Washington’s call for it to account for those killed in pro-democracy protests.Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the crackdown, while mainland China authorities sought to whitewash the 1989 event.The White House had honored those who gave their lives in the action to crush the protests and said in a statement that it would always speak out in support of the fundamental rights that the protesters sought.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was “strongly dissatisfied” and “firmly opposed” to the U.S. statement, the official Xinhua news agency said in an English-language report late on Wednesday, adding that it had “lodged solemn representations” with Washington.
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China’s Party-run People’s Daily has criticized the potential US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defense system to South Korea as an attempt to provoke China and Russia.The United States is actually testing the reaction of China, Russia and South Korea through the deployment of THAAD to the Korean peninsula, said associate professor Han Xiandong from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. The Korean peninsula is seen as a buffer zone from the perspective of the Chinese and Russian government, making such deployment very crucial to the national security of Beijing and Moscow, he added.US president Barack Obama is attempting to solidify US leadership in the Asia Pacific region with THAAD. As he said, China, Russia and North Korea are all regional challengers to the United States. THAAD will supposedly keep them under control.
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Vasily Kashin, an analyst at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis for Strategies and Technologies, has said Russia may consider making use of more advanced Chinese military resources, according to ArmyStar, a China-based news website specializing in global military.China has long been an exporter of military technology. With Beijing’s permission, countries including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan and Argentina manufacture and develop a variety of military equipment such as anti-ship missiles, small battleships, tanks, anti-tank missiles, artillery, air defense systems, ground-to-ground missiles, fighter planes, armored personnel carriers, armaments, communication facilities and the Z-11 helicopter.Last but not least, China’s mass exports of military hardware to North Korea are well known. It is safe to conclude that China is the most “lenient” in terms of military exports, since Western countries always attach political conditions to such trade, the report said.
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