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China News Net Report on “Vanguard û 2009A” Military Maneuver

According to China News Net, on October 20, 2009, a joint fire military maneuver of ground and air forces called "Vanguard – 2009A" will be carried out on a tactical training base in the Jinan Military Command. Over 150 foreign military students from more than 70 countries and some military observers from the United Kingdom, Israel, Turkey, and other countries, will be on site watching. Hu Xiubin, the chief director of the exercise and an army Major General for the Jinan Military Region, said that the characteristics highlighted in this maneuver will be “Joint Operations” and “Precise Operations” in combat, which reflect the ideas of joint operations and winnings using the conditions of information technologies.

Eleven military branches from both the army and air forces, armed with over 50 kinds of equipment, will participate in the military maneuver.

Source: China News Net, October 20, 2009

People’s Liberation Army Will Build 10,000-Ton Destroyers

On October 13, 2009, Sichuan News Network published an article about the international concerns caused by the PLA Navy’s plan to build 10,000-ton destroyers. The displacement of the new destroyers will be over 10,000 tons and they will be equipped with a variety of anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft missiles. The main focus of building the new destroyers will be on the development of mobility, stealth and oceangoing combat capability. They will be able to provide protection for all future Chinese aircraft carriers.

The United States is increasingly concerned that China is building aircraft carriers. However, the real threat to the U.S. is the anti-ship missiles that China is developing. These missiles are based on the existing medium-range missiles, with the goal to attack U.S. aircraft carriers.

Source: Sichuan News Network, October 13, 2009

Boxun: The Mystery of Hu Jintao Awarding a Female Professor Who Invented A Secret Weapon

Boxun reported that Hu Jintao recently gave the first merit award to Professor Zhou Bihua of the PLA University of Science and Technology. Professor Zhou’s greatest contribution was her invention of the powerful electromagnetic pulse [Editor’s note: also abbreviated as EMP], a killer in the information age. Millions of watts or even tens of millions of watts of electromagnetic pulses can be launched within one minute, destroying a few kilometers of all military and civilian electronic information, communication network systems and even power grids. It can also make the enemy’s internal chips self-destruct.

It is of course a great threat to the U.S. military, which is heavily dependent on communication networks for commanding a battle remotely. Once mainland China sends troops to take over Taiwan, the U.S. military will have second thoughts before taking any action.

Source: Boxun, October 11, 2009 

Xinhua: The Management Methods on the Journalist Licenses Come into Force on October 15

According to Xinhua, Liu Binjie, the director of the Press and Publication Administration recently signed administrative orders, No. 44, No. 45 and No. 46, announcing “The Management Methods on Journalist’ Licenses” (hereafter referred to as "the new ‘Methods’"); “Supplementary Provisions II regarding ‘The Management Methods on Foreign-Invested Distribution Companies of Books, Newspapers, & Magazines’”; and “Supplementary Provisions regarding ‘The Management Methods on the ‘Sino-Foreign Joint Distribution Companies of Audio-Video Products.’” The two supplementary regulations go into effect on October 1, 2009. The new “Methods” will become effective on October 15, 2009.

The new “Methods” have strengthened surveillance and regulation of journalists’ licenses. The Press and Publication Administration can suspend any journalist’s license if the journalist is under investigation by a relevant authority. 

Source: Xinhua, October 12, 2009 

Study Times: The Plight of China’s Present Petition System

For a long time, China’s political system has had the problems of excessive power concentration, power imbalances, and lack of a power constraint according to an article published on the website of Study Times on October 12, 2009. Just as some scholars put it, “In the decades-long period of time after the founding of new China, the actual operation of China’s politics is the administrative system under the leadership of the Party.”

The communications between the Chinese people and their representatives are loose or superficial, resulting in the great amount of political information being forced into the channel of the petition.

At present the petition system is based on the “Petition Regulations,” a law promulgated by the State Council. The petition office has a low legal hierarchy, little power to control, and poor operation capacity, which means that the petition agencies only operate intermittently.

Source: Study Times, October 12, 2009

Xinhua: The National Day Ceremony Tells the People Only Socialism Can Save China

The article “China Confidence”, written by a “Xinhua Perspective” reporter, was published on the main page of the Xinhua News Agency website on October 8, 2009. Three major points were highlighted in blue within the article:

  • The Grand National Day Ceremony tells the people:  Only socialism can save China; only reform and opening up can develop China, develop socialism, and develop Marxism.
  • The Grand National Day Ceremony tells the world: Chinese people have the confidence and competence to build up our own country, also have the confidence and competence to make our due contribution to the world.
  • The Grand National Day Ceremony inspires the people: Unswervingly walk on the road of socialism with the Chinese characteristics and ultimately rejuvenate the Chinese nation. 

Source: Xinhua, October 8, 2009

Xinhua: China Daily’s International Vision û Conquer the World With Multiple Versions

According to Xinhua on October 8th, 2009, “China Daily – U.S. Version” has become the important source for mainstream American society to get information on China. As early as 1983, the third year of its establishment, “China Daily” started its circulation in the United States. Currently, “China Daily” is preparing to launch its “European version,” “Asian Version,” and multi-language versions so as to enhance its overseas influence.

“Let the world understand China and let China into the world” has been the mission of "China Daily," China’s national daily newspaper in the English language. After nearly 30 years of development, “China Daily” has become the most frequently quoted newspaper by foreign mainstream media. The U.S. White House subscribes to “China Daily” every year. Reading “China Daily” has become part of the White House’s high-level officials’ daily work.

Source: Xinhua, October 8, 2009

Xinhua Report on Chinese Media’s Growth and Development in the Past 60 years

Xinhua published a report on October 8, 2009 summarizing the growth of the Chinese media:


Newspapers  253 print editions with a total circulation of about 2.5 million copies 2000 print editions with a total circulation of over 200 million copies
Radio and
65 People’s Radio Stations with 65 domestic broadcasting  programs Over 2000 radio and television stations with 2436 radio programs and 3199 TV programs, respectively covering 95.96% and 96.95% of China’s total population
 Internet  N/A 338 million Internet users
155 million people surfing the Internet through mobile phones

The greater impact of the media is on people’s spirits. Professor Hu Zhifeng from Communication University of China said, “Media affect people’s perception of society, disseminate ideas on values, intervene in setting social and psychological trends and regulate social relations.”

Source: Xinhua, October 8, 2009