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Taiwan Military Developed Jammer against the Beidou Satellite Positioning System

Based on Taiwanese media reports, well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that the Taiwanese military revealed its anti-Beidou system, which is a suite of jammers to fight against the Mainland’s satellite position system. The Mainland Beidou system is China’s replica of the U.S. GPS system, with some improvements. The Beidou system can significantly improve the precision of China’s missiles that are aimed at Taiwan. It is expected that the Mainland military will complete the next phase by the year 2020. The Taiwanese anti-Beidou equipment includes a jammer for individual soldiers, a satellite jammer for vehicles, and a radar-based anti-satellite system. The new equipment can also send “bail” signals that are designed to fool enemy missiles with fake targets. These new systems have been deployed to various military locations across the island to improve the success rate.

Source: Sina, March 13, 2017
http://dailynews.sina.com/bg/news/int/int/chinesedaily/20170313/07097769746.html

FT Chinese: SWIFT Cut off All Ties between North Korea and the Global Financial System

Financial Times Chinese recently reported that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the world’s core settlement network for inter-bank transactions, announced it will remove the membership of the last four North Korean banks that remained in its network. A recent United Nations report indicated that SWIFT had been allowing the four banks not under UN sanction to use its network. The UN report described how North Korea bypassed the international sanctions with help from organizations like SWIFT. SWIFT, headquartered in Brussels, explained that its latest decision had nothing to do with UN sanctions. It was merely the result of the four banks missing the qualifications required for their SWIFT membership. The Belgium authorities withdrew the permission necessary to maintain the four banks’ membership. However, some experts expressed their belief that this new development will only force North Korea to explore other “creative” ways to get into the international financial system via underground ties. The UN report mentioned that some Chinese global companies and organizations provided most of the financial connections North Korea has been using to its advantage.

Source: FT Chinese, March 17, 2017
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001071819

BBC Chinese: China Plans to Build Monitoring Station on Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal)

BBC Chinese recently reported that China announced a plan to start the preparation work for constructing an environmental monitoring station on Huangyan Island, also known as Scarborough Shoal. China occupied Huangyan Island in 2012 and prohibited the Philippines’ fishermen from entering the region. However, China started to allow fishing after the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China last year. China’s new announcement indicated the intent to start the construction in 2017. The Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to comment on this latest announcement. Last month one of the Philippines’ ministers said that Chinese President XI Jinping promised not to do construction work on the island, but China later said that the comment was “confusing.” In the meantime, two U.S. senators, namely Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin, proposed a new sanction to ban the issuance of U.S. visas to the Chinese citizens who are related to island construction. China expressed its “anger” and described the two senators as “arrogant and ignorant.”

Source: BBC Chinese, March 17, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-39305610

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Shows Its Muscle with Allies in the East China Sea

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that several frigates from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force joined the U.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier battle group, which has been conducting the U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The Japanese participation lasted four days. It is very rare for Japanese military vessels to join forces with U.S. aircraft in the East China Sea. Apparently, Japan is gaming its luck to threaten China again. According to Japanese media, this joint exercise was a temporary arrangement instead of a planned event. Japan just completed a joint exercise with the U.S. Navy near Guam. The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force also had a joint exercise with the U.S. Marines at the same time. To add to the picture, the U.S. invited the Philippine Defense Secretary on-board the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier a few days back. All these happened a week before the new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will start his trip to visit China, Japan, and South Korea.

Source: Sina, March 11, 2017
http://dailynews.sina.com/bg/news/int/int/chinesedaily/20170311/09597767293.html

Deployment of China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Alarmed India

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that the Chinese Air Force officially deployed the fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-20, along with a new set of cutting edge aircraft models, including the Y-20 strategic airlifter and the H-6K strategic boomer. The latest deployments placed significant pressure on China’s neighbor India, who is eagerly pressing Russia to transfer its fifth-generation fighter technology. According to Russian media, India expressed a willingness to co-develop the technology with multi-billion dollar investments. It seems India learned a lesson from the failure of its domestic production of the Russian Su-30MKI fighter, which demonstrated India’s inability to manufacture a fourth-generation (the equivalent of China’s third-generation) fighter jet. The new Indian fighter jet will be built based on the Russian T-50 platform. Russia is India’s largest military supplier, providing 70 percent of India’s stock.

Source: Sina, March 10, 2017
http://mil.news.sina.com.cn/jssd/2017-03-10/doc-ifychhus0374155.shtml

Sankei: Kim Jong-nam’s Son Arrived in the U.S.

Multiple Chinese news sources (such as Duowei and China.com) republished a report from the major Japanese newspaper Sankei on the whereabouts of Kim Han-sol, who is the son of Kim Jong-nam. Kim Jong-nam, who was recently murdered in Malaysia, is the brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Sankei reported that, according to a representative of the South Korean Abductees Family Association, Kim Han-sol has arrived the United States. The report indicated that Kim Han-sol started from Macau and stopped in Indonesia before coming to the United States. Earlier, he posted his passport online and confirmed his father had been murdered. He also said he was with his mother and sister. Unconfirmed reports suggested that the organization that offered protection to Kim Han-sol obtained significant help from the government of the Netherlands. However, the spokesperson of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to comment on this matter.

Sources:
Duowei, March 9, 2017
http://global.dwnews.com/news/2017-03-09/59804636.html
China.com, March 10, 2017
http://m.china.com/data/thread/1011/2789/54/93/4_1.html
Sankei (in Japanese), March 10, 2017
http://www.sankei.com/world/news/170310/wor1703100002-n1.html

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