Chinese Satellite Test Draws Sharp Protest From Other Nations
By Marc Kaufman and Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, January 18, 2007; 4:54 PM
The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more
than 500 miles in space last week, an apparent test of anti-satellite technology that raised concerns about a
possible arms race in space and drew sharp protests from other space-faring nations.
The satellite-destroying test is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation, and experts
say it dramatically illustrates Chinese capabilities in space and their willingness to face the certainty of broad
"The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of
cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," National Security Council spokesman
Gordon Johndroe said today. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to
A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier
battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned.
The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing's communist-ruled military.
The submarine encounter with the USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships also is an embarrassment to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon,
who is engaged in an ambitious military exchange program with China aimed at improving relations between the two nations' militaries.
According to the defense officials, the Chinese Song-class diesel-powered attack submarine shadowed the Kitty Hawk undetected and surfaced within five miles of the carrier Oct. 26.
The surfaced submarine was spotted by a routine surveillance flight by one of the carrier group's planes.
The Kitty Hawk battle group includes an attack submarine and anti-submarine helicopters that are charged with protecting the warships from submarine attack.
The Kitty Hawk and several other warships were deployed in ocean waters near Okinawa at the time, as part of a routine fall deployment program.
The officials said Chinese submarines rarely have operated in deep water far from Chinese shores or shadowed U.S. vessels.
1949 The People's Liberation Army invaded and occupied Uygur.
1950 The PLA participated in the Korean War on the N. Korean side.
1951 The PLA invaded and occupied Tibet.
1959 The Sino-Indian border conflict over Kashmir.
1969 The PLA and the Far East Soviet Army exchanged fire over the Damanskii Island.
1971 Beijing unilaterally declared its sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands,
which has belonged to Japan as a part of its inherent territories.
1979 The PLA invaded Vietnam (the Sino-Vietnam War). Beijing called it "Punitive War."
1992 Beijing established the "Territorial Waters Law,"
by which the PRC unilaterally declared its sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and the Palacel Islands.
1995 The PLN occupied the Mischief Reef, which had historically belonged to the Philippines.
1996 The PLA threatened Taiwan by launching missiles in the Taiwan straits.
1997 Beijing unilaterally declared its sovereignty over the Scarborough Reef,
which has historically belonged to the Philippines.
2000 A PLN fleet cruised around the Japanese Islands. The fleet ignored Tokyo's protest and conducted
an underwater oil field exploration in the near waters of the Senkaku Islands.
China Leaps Forward
Feb. 6, 2006 issue - American businessman Edwin deSteiguer Snead went to China seeking a future for nuclear energy. He's pretty sure he found it. On a recent bitterly cold day, Snead took a ride out to a military zone northwest of Beijing, not far from one of the most well-known sections of China's Great Wall. In the spartan lobby of an unassuming concrete office building that contains the control center of a nuclear reactor, Snead studied a model of the reactor, housed in a hillside at the site. Nuclear scientist Chang Wei pointed at the model, which looked like a basement furnace split down the middle, and explained how the design—including 27,000 balls of uranium wrapped in layers of super-strong silicon carbide, ceramic material and graphite—makes it physically impossible for the reactor to do anything but shut down if something goes wrong; the dangerous uranium would be trapped inside the spheres, which have a melting point much higher than the temperature inside the reactor could ever reach.
"So let me see if I can describe it in Texas English," said Snead, 76, an entrepreneur who hopes to build a nuclear power plant on 55 acres in Texas. "There's no way it can explode or melt?"
Chang nodded in the affirmative. She went on to explain how the design requires only a fraction of the control-room staff a more conventional reactor would need. Snead, apparently impressed, exclaimed that this newfangled Chinese technology may be the key to assuaging the nuclear fears of Americans. He wants to go back and sell the idea to Texas A&M University or another school willing to back a research center. "I think the Americans will be buying nuclear plants from China within five years," he said.
Chinese Defense Minister Gives Speech About WAR plans against the United States
America was originally discovered by the ancestors of the yellow race,
but Columbus gave credit to the white race. We the descendents of
the Chinese nation are entitled to the possession of the land!
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The biggest threat to US peace does not come from the middle east. The biggest threat comes from China.
China enjoys it's rewards with the US's Favored Nation Trade Status. This means simply that trade and commerce
between the US and China is an open door. Billions of dollars pour into China's reserves through the US's gluttony
of cheap Chinese made sundries of the types sold in stores such as Wal-Mart, Kmart and the like.
Regardless of US consumer spending habits, the fact is the fact: China is making most of it's money from the US
because if it's trade status. To learn more regarding China's trade status, read here. I'll continue.
Chinese Build Up Armed Forces, Forge Ties With Russia: Report
U.S. warns China may rely more on force against Japan, neighbors
11:01am Wednesday, July 20
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday that China's rapidly growing military power may lead its leaders to resort more to force against Japan and other neighboring nations to secure territorial interests and energy resources.
In an annual report to Congress on China's military capabilities, the Pentagon said China is advancing a military build-up and modernization beyond its interests over Taiwan to put regional military balances ''at risk'' and become a long-termcredible
threat to other countries in the region. (Kyodo News)
WASHINGTON - China's growing political power and influence on the world economy has many people
in North America concerned, polling suggests. Substantial numbers of people in Canada and
the United States worry that China's emergence is a threat to world peace and worry about China's
impact on the economy in their own countries.
China in talks to buy our uranium
Dennis Shanahan, Political editor
June 04, 2005
AUSTRALIA is negotiating conditions to export uranium to China for the first time as
nuclear power moves on to the Howard Government's political agenda.
The federal Government has been holding talks with Beijing for weeks on a regime of
nuclear safeguards that could kick-start a lucrative uranium export trade to China.
Although nuclear energy is banned in Australia, the issue is being hotly debated within
government ranks as it develops a post-Kyoto environmental policy.
China's Defense Spending Risks Balance, Rumsfeld Says
SINGAPORE - China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds
of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security,
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday.
New Chinese submarine base in Indonesia
The report added that “China…is looking not only to build a blue-water navy to control the sealanes,
but also to develop undersea mines and missile capabilities to deter the potential disruption of its energy supplies from potential threats,
including the US Navy, especially in the case of a conflict with Taiwan.”
EU Parliament Opposes End to Arms Embargo on China