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China Launches Its First Home-Built Clone Of An Aircraft Carrier

China has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier—a clone of the Russian Kuznetsov class carrier Beijing obtained through a dizzying transfer scheme executed nearly two decades ago. Via: Tyler Rogoway                  Since then, China restored the rusting hulk of that carrier, known originally as Riga, into its first operational carrier, the Liaoning (CV-16). Deeply refurbishing a carrier that many thought was unsalvageable gave China ...

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China Deploys Floating Nuclear Power Plant to South China Sea

A nuclear power plant on the sea would ensure a continuous supply of water as coolant — a necessity for any reactor. China’s motive for building the nuclear reactors is clear: to exert its dominance and influence throughout the area. Via:  Debalina Ghoshal  In April 2016, reports began coming in that China has plans to build floating nuclear power plants in the South ...

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The Chinese Approach to Radical Islam

There are roughly 22 million Muslims living in China today. The dominant Muslim minority group is the Uyghurs, a Sunni population who speak a Turkish dialect and live in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, home to 10 million Chinese Muslims. Via: jcpa.org Unlike other Muslim groups, Uyghurs have demanded their independence and have sought to establish a separate political and religious ...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping To Meet With President Trump In Florida

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump will meet for the first time on April 6-7 at the latter’s Florida resort, China’s foreign ministry announced Thursday. Via: cnbc.com The future relationship between the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 economies has been uncertain following the election of Trump, who accused China during his campaign of unfair trade practices and ...

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Chinese Muslims are banned from having ‘abnormal’ beards or wearing veils

New rules announced on March 29 ban beards and veils in the Chinese province The move is part of new ‘Regulations on Extremisation of Xinjiang province’  Xinjiang province in northern China is home to 10 million Chinese Muslims This month an ISIS video featuring Chinese children vowed to ‘shed blood’ Via: dailymail.co.uk China has announced that it is implementing new measures ...

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China overtakes US and France as Germany’s biggest trading partner

China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday. Via: reuters  German imports from and exports to China rose to 170 billion euros ($180 billion) last year, Federal Statistics Office figures reviewed by Reuters showed. The development is likely to ...

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China Sails Warships Near Senkaku Islands

Three Chinese warships sailed near the contested Senkaku Islands Monday, in a rare move apparently sending a message to the U.S. just two days after President Trump’s defense secretary visited Japan and vowed to defend the islands. Via: foxnews.com The ships sailed within Japan’s territorial waters some 12 nautical miles off the islands in the East China Sea, roughly 140 miles northeast of Taiwan, a ...

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Trump’s hardline on China to help counter a “belligerent” Beijing

Amid increasingly tense Sino-U.S. ties, John Bolton, a former American ambassador to the U.N. and a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, has called for a closer U.S. military relationship with Taiwan to help counter a “belligerent” Beijing. Via: .japantimes.co.jp In a commentary published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal likely to stoke anger in China, Bolton said Washington “could enhance ...

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China installs weapons systems on artificial islands

China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported, citing new satellite imagery. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said its findings, made available first to Reuters on Wednesday, come ...

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China Warns US on Taiwan Leader’s Planned Transit

China on Wednesday accused Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of seeking to use a planned transit stop in the U.S. to score diplomatic points, amid Chinese rancor over an unprecedented phone call between Tsai and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Asked at a briefing whether China has asked the U.S. to cancel the stop planned for next month, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu ...

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