China ‘adds destroyers to marine surveillance fleet’

AFP – China has transferred two destroyers and nine other ex-navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet, reports said Monday, as it moves to beef up its position in bitter territorial rows with Japan and other neighbours. Beijing renovated the ships and transferred them to surveillance operations to “alleviate the insufficiency of vessels used to protect maritime interests”, said a […]

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China defense chief says military buildup no threat to the world

(Reuters) – China’s military buildup poses no threat to the world, Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said on Tuesday, in an effort to allay fears among Asian neighbors amid long-running maritime disputes. The United States, Japan and many other Southeast Asian states have frequently expressed worries about China’s double-digit defense spending increases and expanding naval reach, saying Beijing’s plans lack transparency. […]

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China blacks out online information sites to curb alleged Internet rumors of coup

BEIJING — Numerous Web sites remained shut down Sunday as the communist government sought to penalize popular social media sites for circulating rumors of a coup. State-run Xinhua News Agency said Beijing police questioned and admonished an unspecified number of Internet users and detained six people for “fabricating or spreading” online rumors. The government shut down 16 Websites including two […]

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China arrests over coup rumours

BO? Coincidence (B.O.?) The internet rumours have spooked China’s top leadership BBC Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say. The web posts were picked up last week by media outlets around the world, amid uncertainty caused by the ouster of top political […]

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Beijing China Coup rumors?

  Washington Times U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring China’s Internet say that from March 14 to Wednesday bloggers circulated alarming reports of tanks entering Beijing and shots being fired in the city as part of what is said to have been a high-level political battle among party leaders – and even a possible military coup. The Internet discussions included photos posted […]

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