Archive for August 17th, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chinese Military Buildup “closely watched”

Taiwan is watching China’s military buildup closely, the BBC quotes the ministry of defense in Taipei. The ministry’s spokesman, Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖), emphasized on Tuesday that China had never renounced the option of attacking Taiwan. However, the ministry had a clear picture of the status of military exercises and military development in China and therefore asked the Taiwanese people to “put their minds at rest” (请国人安心).

America’s defense department issued a report on Monday saying that while cross-strait relations had improved, but the military buildup on the Chinese side had continued.

Also according to the BBC (quoting Sankei Shimbun), the Japanese government has decided to include increased cooperation with the U.S., concerning  surveillance of Chinese submarine capabilities and threats arising from Chinese military presence in the East China Sea, into the existing Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation of 1978 (针对中国在东海的军事威胁,提升日本监视中国潜水艇能力的防卫合作方针).

In 1996, in the Japan-U.S. Joint Statement (日美共同宣言), U.S. president Bill Clinton and  Japanese prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto stated that since the end of the Cold War, the possibility of global armed conflict had receded, and that it was extremely important for the stability and prosperity of the region that China played a positive and constructive role, and, in this context, stressed the interest of both countries in furthering cooperation with China.

According to the BBC report, Tokyo and Washington consider China’s submarines the strongest obstacles for American aircraft carriers. A specific declaration on cooperation is said to be scheduled for vice-ministerial discussions this fall.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blocked and Unblocked in China

Just as the statistics for this blog suggested, WordPress is currently available in China, according to Adam Cathcart‘s observations.

With the possible exception of mylaowai.com.

More about the Chinese internet censorship status, (no) Muslims in Beijing, and Heavy Metal »

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Blocked again, June 2, 2009
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