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"It should be pointed out that Japan in recent days sent military aircraft to the waters around the Diaoyu Islands, severely infringing on China's sovereignty and interests," said China's Ministry of Defense Tuesday amid questions why seven of the country's warships passed through international waters just 200 kilometres from the disputed Diaoyu Islands.
The Ministry spokesperson said the ships were returning from a training exercise, having passed along the same route on October 4.
The Communist Party's Global Times newspaper offered a bit more nuance with an article early this morning that ties yesterday's sea drama, which also coincided with the arrival of US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns' arrival in Beijing, to a US-Japan military drill to simulate the recapture of an island scheduled for early November:
China said Wednesday it will keep a close watch on a reportedly planned US-Japan military drill simulating the recapture of an island, amid the China-Japan dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, calling on Tokyo and Washington to do more for regional peace and stability.
Meanwhile, US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns arrived in China late Tuesday for a two-day visit after his trip to Japan.
Safeguarding peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region serves the interests of all relevant parties and any move to deliberately push military or security agendas or strain regional tensions will not help improve security trust in the region, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing.
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Australian Financial Review
-- Managing successfully in the Asian Century The government is expected to release Ken Henry’s much-anticipated white paper on Australia in the Asian Century shortly, which will set out a long-term plan to better integrate Australia with our regional neighbours.
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-- China’s public getting more negative about the world In 2010, 68 percent of Chinese characterized their country’s relationship with the U.S. as one of cooperation, while just 8 percent said it was one of hostility. Now, only 39 percent describe ties in terms of cooperation and 26 percent say they are hostile.
-- China's Yuan Internationalization: Made In Africa, Not Hong Kong First, yuan deposits in Hong Kong have been falling over the last year – with HSBC and Bank of China Hong Kong raising interest rates this month to attract them. Secondly, Bejing has been exceedingly careful in managing free economic engagement and cross-border currency flows between Hong Kong and the mainland...
-- Wealth, Bribes and Lies: Ten Years Of Tracking China's Richest A common question I am asked about the Forbes China Rich List refers to the country’s relatively wild, early-reform days: “What’s it like to work on a list whose members mostly land in jail?”
-- Top China leader to visit Pak, Bangladesh to strengthen ties The Chinese government’s propaganda chief, Li Changchun’s visit to the three countries is being seen as an effort on the CPC’s part to further pave the way for thicker bilateral ties with the three countries.
Inter Press Service
-- China Wants Peace in Africa Chinese officials pointed out that the Asian giant's non-interference policy should not be interpreted as indifference to the continent's peace and security.
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-- Spring Airlines offering free tickets from Shanghai to Japan to boost demand Nationalism and xenophobia are finally good for something, discounts.
The Asahi Shimbun
-- China journalist: Please listen to us freedom lovers China would never submit a territorial issue to an international court. Major powers like the United States traditionally dislike having domestic law infringed upon by an external organization. Moreover, one of the judges at the International Court of Justice is Japanese.
-- The Foxconn Economy: From the State Dept. to China to Your Slideshow Pageviews Over the last few years, Foxconn has become a meal ticket for China Labor Watch and organizations like it. Its reports, in turn, are a page-view goldmine for a myopic media. Along the way, Foxconn has become a means for self-loathing Apple owners to flagellate themselves—and maybe even a knife the U.S. government can twist to destabilize the Chinese Communist Party.
The China Africa Project
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The Global Legal Post
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The Globe and Mail
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The Korea Times
-- S. Korea spurs regional arms race headed by China: CSIS Defense spending in the five Asian countries, meanwhile, totaled $224 billion last year, being poised to overtake that of Europe at the end of this year amid a race to procure state-of-the-art weaponry in Asia, according to the CSIS.
The National Interest
-- China Stops Putting Economics First Those who want to portray Beijing’s policies in a favorable manner have said that these territorial disputes are long-standing ones and that China is just reasserting old claims.
-- Ad for Mandarin-speaking miners draws fire But Hunt wonders if the Chinese companies truly wanted to hire Canadians, when they list Mandarin as a language requirement in their help-wanted ads. "It's a set-up," said Hunt, whose union is considering legal action to stop the introduction of the Chinese workers.
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-- Asian powers open first summit to promote dialogue, cooperation Asia's economic powers, including major oil exporters and importers, opened their first summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Tuesday, aimed at promoting cooperation and dialogue in a range of issues including food security, energy, financing and technology.
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-- William Burns, US deputy secretary of state, will visit Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Myanmar and India.
-- Tension escalates as US envoy arrives
-- New surveillance ship launched
-- Residency rules get revised
-- China's home prices to rise further in Q4
-- Grim global outlook dampens Canton Fair
-- State Council approves nuclear security plan
-- EU agrees on wider Teheran sanctions
-- Zhongkun set to rent Icelandic land for tourism
-- Stability mechanism appeals to investors
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-- Brazil casts a bigger spotlight on China
China Internet Information Center
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-- It’s time for a new era of Chinese enterprises
-- Radical ideas mislead real path of reform
-- Pouring oil on three fires
-- Gwadar cooperation opens up Central Asia to global marketplace
-- Chinese Media Digest - Tuesday, October 16
-- Japan mulls a 'quasi marine force' to cope with China
-- The frontier defense regiment station on Wubalao Island (photos)
-- Face up to temporary tension between China, Japan
-- China bashing: Shame on American politics
-- China wants no trade war with anybody: vice foreign minister
-- Mo controversially enters school textbooks after Nobel win
-- China's growth model shift serves world's interests: expert
-- China urges sincerity from Japan for negotiations over Diaoyu Islands
-- Chinese navy's Diaoyu Islands activities legitimate: defense ministry
-- China's diplomat says putting political label on Chinese investors unfair
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