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Table of Contents for China

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1) Uneasiness of Russia, China With NATO To Increase in Coming Days
Article by Sultan Mohammed Zakaria: E0nlargement of NATO: Offering
Stability Or Threat?
2) Xinhua Article on Indian President Patil's Visit, PRC-India Relations
(International Observation) column article by Xinhua reporter Wu Qiang:
"China-India Relations Have Entered the Stage of Maturing and Stable
Development"
3) 1st Ld: Flags at Half-Mast in China for Mudslide Victims
Xinhua: "1st Ld: Flags at Half-Mast in China for Mudslide Victims"
4) Taiwan Legislative Yuan 13 August 2010
5) PLA North Sea Fleet Air Force Completes 1st Drill With New-Model
Fighter
Article by Yu Libin and Si Yanwen: North Sea Fleet Air Arm Regiment
Conducts Difficult and Rigorous Combat Exercises -- New Fighter Completes
First Multi-Tar get Attack Combat Exercises
6) Hu jintao Meets National Foreign Aid Conferees; Wen Gives Important
Speech
Unattributed report: "National Foreign Aid Conference Held in Beijing; Hu
Jintao Meets Representatives to the Conference; Wen Jiabao Gives an
Important Speech"
7) Lanzhou MR Enhances Warfare Training, Actual Combat Level of Commanders
Report by Hu Jianlin and Ma Sancheng: Improvement in Actual Combat
Effectiveness During Exercises -- The Lanzhou Military Region Organizes
Division, Brigade, and Regiment Commanders for Training
8) Air Show To Celebrate Hundred's Anniversary Of Russia's Aviation
9) Lanzhou MR's Xinjiang-Based Command Post Conducts Mobile Operation in
Gobi
Report by Zhou Xiaojuan and contributing reporter Cao Chuanbiao: Military
Vehicles Galloped on Taklimakan -- A Command Post Commander of the Air
Force in Lanzhou Military Region Marches More than 1,00 0 Kilometers for
Maneuver Operations Drill
10) Vice President Xi Jinping Meets Zimbabwe President Mugabe in Beijing
13 Aug
By reporter Xiong Zhengyan: "Vice President Xi Jinping Meets Zimbabwe
President Mugabe"
11) Jinan MR Division Uses Varied Tactics in Urban Warfare Tactical
Training
Report by Rong Meng and contributing reporter Li Guanghui: Field
Operation Division Conducts Exercises To Sabotage Urban Areas in Multiple
Ways -- Diversified Special Combat Elements Are Applied to the Tactical
Training of a Division of Jinan Military Region
12) Peaceful Development Urged Ahead of China's 65th Anniversary of
Victory in War Against Japan
Xinhua: "Peaceful Development Urged Ahead of China's 65th Anniversary of
Victory in War Against Japan"
13) Business Groups Battle for Prime Taipei Property
Unattributed article from the "Business" page: "Bus iness Groups Battle
for Prime Taipei Property"
14) Xi Jinping Meets With Lao President Choummaly Sayasone in Vientiane
By reporters Wu Liming and Li Qing: "Xi Jinping Meets With Choummaly
Sayasone, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's
Revolutionary Party and President of the State"
15) Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Aug.

14
Xinhua: "Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Aug. 14"
16) Liu Yandong Attends Activities on Achievements in Quality Education
Unattributed report: "While Attending Activities of High School Affiliated
to Renmin University of China Demonstrating Achievements in Quality
Education, Liu Yandong Stresses Carrying Out Quality Education Profoundly
and Promoting All-Round Development of Students"
17) Chinese Vice Premier Urges Cooperation With Other Developing Countries
Xinhua: "Chinese Vi ce Premier Urges Cooperation With Other Developing
Countries"
18) Chinese Vice Premier Cautions Against More Rain-Triggered Disasters
Xinhua: "Chinese Vice Premier Cautions Against More Rain-Triggered
Disasters"
19) Paper Examines Possibility of Iran's Hegemony in the Middle East
Commentary by Mojtaba Bahrami entitled "Two sides of Iran's coin in the
regional hegemony"
20) China, Switzerland Mark 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties
Xinhua: "China, Switzerland Mark 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties"
21) Kim Jong Il Received Outpatient Treatment in Pyongyang in July:
'Source'
By Yasunobu Jonouchi in Seoul: North Korea: General Secretary Kim Jong
Ils Receiving Outpatient Treatment Last Month Spurs Rumors About His
Health Concerns
22) Renmin Ribao Overseas Edition Cites PRC Experts on Significance of
ECFA
"Speci al report" by staff reporter Wang Zhao: "Signing of the Agreements
Is a Mere Start of Cooperation"
23) General Political Department of PLA Issues Circular on Disaster Relief
Work
Report by Li Xuanliang: "The General Political Department of the PLA
Issues a Circular Among the Units of the PLA and the People's Armed Police
Force Urging Them To Conscientiously Implement Chairman Hu's Important
Instructions on Implementing the Political Work in a Thoroughgoing Manner
During the Course of Carrying out the Work of Rushing To Deal With
Emergencies and Providing Disaster Relief"
24) US Moves in Northeast, Southeast Asia Pose 'Threat' to PRC
Updated version: adding Urgent tag, rewriting Subject line; Xinhua: "U.S.
Show of Force in Asian Waters a Threat To China: Magazine"
25) Taiwan KMT News 13-14 Aug 10
26) China Mulling Visits By Individual Tourists To Ta iwan: Official
By Chen Shun-hsieh and Lilian Wu
27) Wu Bangguo 13 Aug Meets with Swiss President Leuthard
Report by Reporter Rong Yan: "Wu Bangguo Meets With Swiss Federation
President and Economic Minister Doris Leuthard"
28) Israel Economy News 8-14 Aug 10
The following are highlights of economic reports carried by the Israeli
media between 8 and 14 August.

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29) Leaders Say US Help to Nation in Hour of Crisis Insufficient
Unattributed report: "Foreign Policy Has Flopped; Friend Countries Have
Distanced Because of US: Politicians' Reaction to Holbrooke's Statement"
30) Senior Chinese Leader Calls To Deepen Cultural System Reform
Xi nhua: "Senior Chinese Leader Calls To Deepen Cultural System Reform"
31) Xinhua 'China Exclusive': One Week On, Life Goes on in
Mudslide-Leveled NW China County
Xinhua "China Exclusive": "One Week On, Life Goes on in Mudslide-Leveled
NW China County"
32) Senior Kmt Official In U.S.

To Rally Expat Support
By Jorge Liu and Flor Wang
33) China Grants Funds to Zimbabwe for Implementing Developmental Projects
Report by Caesar Zvayi: "China Unveils Aid Package"
34) Report of PRC Foreign Aid Over Past 60 Years
By reporter Wang Xi: "Offer Help Sincerely, Jointly Seek Development --
Roundup of China's Foreign Aid Work of 60 Years"
35) Kazakhstan Trade Surplus Quadruples in First Half
Xinhua: "Kazakhstan Trade Surplus Quadruples in First Half"
36) Kosovo Government, Opposition Diff er Over Wisdom of Pursuing New UN
Resolution
Report by Besnik Krasniqi: "Replacing Resolution 1244, Mission Impossible
at Security Council"
37) GPD Calls on Military, Armed Police Units To Do Well in Rescue Work
By reporter Li Xuanliang: "General Political Department Calls on All
Military and Armed Police Troops To Do a More Solid and More Effective Job
in the Political Work of Disaster Rescue and Relief"
38) China Wants To Boost Mutual Investment With Chile: Ambassador
Xinhua: "China Wants To Boost Mutual Investment With Chile: Ambassador"
39) PLA Commander on 'Defensive' Nature of PRC Nuclear Arsenal
Updated version: adding Urgent tag, rewriting Subject line; Xinhua:
"Senior PLA Commander Spells Out Defensive Nature of China's Nuclear
Arsenal"
40) Floods, Landslides Leave 11 Dead, 60 Missing in SW China
Xinhua: "Floods, Landsli des Leave 11 Dead, 60 Missing in SW China"
41) Xinhua 'Urgent': Death Toll From China Mudslide Rises to 1,239; 505
Still Missing
Xinhua "Urgent": "Death Toll From China Mudslide Rises To 1,239; 505 Still
Missing"
42) Chinese Premier Urges Greater Efforts To Aid Foreign Countries
Xinhua: "Chinese Premier Urges Greater Efforts To Aid Foreign Countries"
43) (Shanghai Expo)1st Ld-Writethru: Expo Garden To Suspend Entertainment
Sunday for National Mourning
Xinhua: "(Shanghai Expo)1st Ld-Writethru: Expo Garden To Suspend
Entertainment Sunday for National Mourning"
44) Shanghai Expo Welcomes 40 Millionth Visitor as Mercury Soars
Xinhua: "Shanghai Expo Welcomes 40 Millionth Visitor as Mercury Soars"
45) Chinese Students Conducive To Cross-strait Peace: President
By Garfie Li, Emmanuelle Tzeng and Flor Wang
46) Hui Liangyu Addressed Closing Ceremony of China-Africa Agriculture
Forum
Unattributed report: "Speaking at the Closing Ceremony of a China-Africa
Agriculture Forum, Hui Liangyu Stresses That It Is Necessary To Deepen
Agricultural Cooperation, Consolidate Sino-African Friendship, and Promote
Common Development"
47) Garlic Prices Triple In Taiwan
By Yang Shu-min and Fanny Liu
48) Landslides Leave 38 Missing, 4,000 Stranded in SW China
Xinhua: "Landslides Leave 38 Missing, 4,000 Stranded in SW China"
49) Chinese Company Exhibits Engineering, Road Building Equipment in
Cambodia
Report by Moul Sambat: "Equipment for Construction, Road Building of
Chinese Company Are Coming to Cambodian Market"
50) Xinhua 'Interview': Japan Should Be Grateful for Chinese People's
Fostering of Lost War Children: Association Head
Xinhua " ;Interview": "Japan Should Be Grateful for Chinese People's
Fostering of Lost War Children: Association Head"
51) European Right-Wing Politicians Visit Yasukuni Shrine
Xinhua: "European Right-Wing Politicians Visit Yasukuni Shrine"
52) DPRK Red Cross Says South Korean Priest To Return Home on 20 Aug
Xinhua: "South Korean Priest To Return Home on Aug.

20: DPRK Red Cross"
53) 24th Pyongyang Int'l Invitational Table Tennis Tournament Held
54) UN Humanitarian Chief Lauds PRC for Continued Efforts To Aid Mudslides
Victims
Xinhua: "UN Humanitarian Chief Lauds Chinese Gov't for Continued Efforts
To Aid Mudslides Victims"
55) China Donates Additional RMB 50 Million for Flood-Hit People
Report by Kaswar Klasra: China donates additional relief aid
56) Gas Leak From China Chemical Plant Fells 5, Mo re Than 2,000 Evacuated
Xinhua: "Gas Leak From E.China Chemical Plant Fells 5, More Than 2,000
Evacuated"
57) Further on China, Switzerland Agreeing To Start FTA Talks
Xinhua: "1st Ld-Writethru: China, Switzerland Agree To Start FTA Talks"
58) PRC Civilian Airports Total 173 As At July 2010
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59) Talk Of The Day -- Three More Judges Suspended
By Flor Wang
60) Source Says UN 'Expected' To Announce Details of New DPRK Sanctions in
Late Aug
Updated version: Adding tags and rewording headline; Yonhap headline:
"U.N.

Expected to Announce Details of New N. Korea Sanctions Late This
Month: Sources"
61) (Shanghai Expo) Expo Garden To Suspend Entertainment Sunday for
National Mourning
Xinhua: " (Shanghai Expo) Expo Garden To Suspend Entertainment Sunday for
National Mourning"
62) Air Quality of Major Chinese Cities -- Aug.

14
Xinhua: "Air Quality of Major Chinese Cities -- Aug. 14"
63) School Term Postponed for Mudslide-Flattened NW China County
Xinhua: "School Term Postponed for Mudslide-Flattened NW China County"
64) Htc Foray Into China Not Expected To Deliver Quick Payoff
65) Chinese Construction Company Sacks 1,200 Country Workers
Unattributed report: "Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Project: Construction Company
Sacks 1200 Pakistanis Under Excuse of Flood"
66) China's Electricity Consumption up in July
Xinhua: "China's Electricity Consumption up in July"
67) Xinhua 'Interview': China's Assistance Benefits Whole Society of
Cambodia: Cambodian DPM
Xinhua "Interview": "C hina's Assistance Benefits Whole Society of
Cambodia: Cambodian DPM"
68) Xinhua 'China Exclusive': ASEAN Benefits From China's Fast And
'Inclusive' Economic Growth: Experts
Xinhua "China Exclusive": "ASEAN Benefits From China's Fast And
'Inclusive' Economic Growth: Experts"
69) Taiwan Government Faces Challenges After Ecfa: Scholars
By Chris Wang
70) Weekly China Briefing 13 August 2010
The "Weekly China Briefing" is issued by the Centre for Chinese Studies at
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
71) United Daily News: Historical Epics On Sun Yat-sen
By Y.F.

Low
72) President Obama Congratulates ROK on Anniversary of Liberation From
Japanese Rule
Yonhap headline: "Obama Congratulates Korea on Anniversary of Liberation
From Japanese Rule" by Hwang Doo-hyong
73) Xinhua Insight: China Tap s Nuclear Technology To Secure Food Supply
Xinhua: "Xinhua Insight: China Taps Nuclear Technology To Secure Food
Supply"
74) 2nd Ld-Writethru: China To Hold National Mourning for Mudslide Victims
Xinhua: "2nd Ld-Writethru: China To Hold National Mourning for Mudslide
Victims"
75) Chen Vows To Fix Troubled Public TV Channel
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Chen Vows To Fix Troubled
Public TV Channel"
76) Reuters Carries PLA Article Criticizing US Military Exercises Around
China
Unattributed Report: "British Media Says the Chinese Military Warns the
United States: If Someone Hurts Me, I Must Hurt Him"
77) U.N.

Expected to Announce Details of New N. Korea Sanctions Late This
Month: Sources
78) 1st Ld-Writethru: 32 Missing in Landslides in SW China's Wenchuan
Xinhua: "1st Ld-Writethru: 32 Missing in Landslides in SW China's
Wenchuan"
79) Inspected Products Found To Bear Misleading Information
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Inspected Products Found To
Bear Misleading Information"
80) 9 Legislators Skip Parliamentarian Meeting To Shop in Japan
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "9 Legislators Skip
Parliamentarian Meeting To Shop in Japan"
81) Premier Vows To Return Science Park Land
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Premier Vows To Return
Science Park Land"
82) Taiwan Political Issues 13 August 2010
83) Xinhua Insight: Experts Call for Solutions To Get China-ASEAN
Transport Network Back on Track
Xinhua: "Xinhua Insight: Experts Call for Solutions To Get China-ASEAN
Transport Network Back on Track"
84) OPCW Dir ector-General Offers Condolences To China Over Deadly
Mudslides
Xinhua: "OPCW Director-General Offers Condolences To China Over Deadly
Mudslides"
85) Rainstorms Hit China's Northeast as South Bathes in Heat
Xinhua: "Rainstorms Hit China's Northeast as South Bathes in Heat"
86) China Economic News in Brief: Trade, Ship Sales, New Air Route
Xinhua: "China Economic News in Brief: Trade, Ship Sales, New Air Route"
87) Xinhua, China Mobile Set Up Joitn Venture to Build Internet Search
Engine
By reporter Liu Juhua: "Xinhua News Agency and China Mobile Sign Agreement
on Setting Up International Communication Company of New Media in Search
Engine"
88) China Approves More Inter-City Rail Projects
Xinhua: "China Approves More Inter-City Rail Projects"
89) China To Enhance Prevention Amid Threats of Cardiovascular Diseases
Xinhua: "China To Enhance Prevention Amid Threats of Cardiovascular
Diseases"
90) US Defense Secretary Ties Ch'o'nan Sinking to DPRK's Succession Plan
Updated version: "UPDATES with minor changes throughout;" Yonhap headline:
"Ch'o'nan [Cheonan]'s sinking is part of N.

Korea's succession scenario:
Gates" by Hwang Doo-hyong
91) Chinese Vice President Meets Zimbabwe's President on Stronger Ties
Xinhua: "Chinese Vice President Meets Zimbabwe's President on Stronger
Ties"
92) China's Grain Prices To Remain Stable Despite Rising International
Wheat Prices: NDRC
Xinhua: "China's Grain Prices To Remain Stable Despite Rising
International Wheat Prices: NDRC"
93) US Defense Secretary Warns of 'More' DPRK Provocations
Unattributed article: "Gates Warns of More N.Korean Provocations"
94) IHS Gl obal Insight Says ROK To 'Surpass' Japan in Average Income by
2031
Unattributed article: "'Korea to Surpass Japan in Avg.

Income By 2031'"
95) China, Qatar Vow To Boost Military Cooperation
"China, Qatar Vow To Boost Military Cooperation" -- KUNA Headline
96) DPP's Tsai Ing-Wen Announces Plan To Benefit Children
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "DPP's Tsai Ing-Wen Announces
Plan To Benefit Children"
97) Ma Slammed for UN Bid Decision
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Ma Slammed for UN Bid
Decision"
98) Tourism Bureau Mulls Raising Chinese Quota
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Tourism Bureau Mulls Raising
Chinese Quota"
99) Stronger Yen May Lift Auto, Retail Shares
100) 1st Ld-Writethru: China To Mourn Mudslide Vic tims
Xinhua: "1st Ld-Writethru: China To Mourn Mudslide Victims"
101) Hau, Chinese Tourism Director Pledge Cooperation
Unattributed article from the "Taiwan" page: "Hau, Chinese Tourism
Director Pledge Cooperation"
102) Hague To Defend Embassy Network Against Budget Cuts
"Hague To Defend Embassy Network Against Budget Cuts" -- KUNA Headline
103) High Import Costs Hit Trade Figures
104) ROK Editorial Urges All Koreans To Unite To Achieve Prosperity,
Reunification
Editorial: "Democracy, Freedom, Advancement And Reunification"
105) DPP Threatens Boycott Over Referendum
Unattributed article from the "Front" page: "DPP Threatens Boycott Over
Referendum"
106) Xi Jinping Meets Visiting UN Progam on AIDS Executive Director Michel
Sidibe
By reporter Liao Lei: &q uot;Vice President Xi Jinping Meets UNAIDS
Executive Director Sidibe"
107) Xinhua 'Urgent': China To Mourn Mudslide Victims
Xinhua "Urgent": "China To Mourn Mudslide Victims"
108) Solomon Islanders unhappy with 'increasing number of Chinese
businesses'

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Uneasiness of Russia, China With NATO To Increase in Coming Days
Article by Sultan Mohammed Zakaria: E0nlargement of NATO: Offering
Stability Or Threat? - The Daily Star Online
Saturday August 14, 2010 05:58:07 GMT
NORTH Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the predominant military
alliance of the world.

After the Second World War, major countries of
Western Europe seeking a general line of defence against the so-called
Soviet aggression and the expansion of communisms formed the US-led
military alliance in 1949 for ensuring their collective security.

Starting
from only 12 member countries, the Alliance is now enjoying the membership
of 28 states. One of the fundamental principles of the North Atlantic
Treaty (under which the Alliance formed) is: "an armed attack against one
or more of them (member countries) in Europe or North America shall be
considered an attack against them all" (Article 5).

Critics of the
Alliance often argue that with the demise of the Soviet Union and the end
of the Cold War era, the relevance of NATO has far gone; yet its existence
and even the continual expansion only serves the United States' hegemonic
role in Europe and elsewhere on earth. Although, it is normally
hypothesized that NATO's self-designation as an institution for upholding
peace and security in Europe and its proven willingness to use force for
conflict management and conflict prevention in areas outside NATO membe r
states have played a major role in bringing about the currently existing
benign security environment in Europe.However, there was an existence of
some dissent voices within Europe too.

After I989, with mounting
pressure-particularly from France-for an 'Europeanist' (rather than
'Atlanticist') approach to European security, and with deepening
disagreements over the Yugoslavia crisis, the transatlantic security
partnership looked for a while to be on its last legs.

France began to
speak of European defence cooperation outside NATO 'in more far-reaching
terms than ever before'. Nonetheless, the Alliance did not cede to any
criticisms and continues growing.Under the article 10 of the Washington
Treaty the alliance remains open to new members which states: "The Parties
may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State...."
Accordingly, in January 1994, NATO committed itself to a gradual process
of enlargement, and in 1999, it admitted three new members: Pol and,
Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

At present Montenegro, Macedonia and
Bosnia-Herzegovina are in the pipeline to be members under the Membership
Action Plan of NATO approved in 1999 Washington summit.Proponents of
NATO's today's relevance and the plan of its expansion argue that the
presence of nuclear arsenals; the global proliferation of nuclear,
biological, and chemical weapons; the spread of advanced weapon
technologies, and terrorism in general are the driving factors for the
Alliance's prolonging existence.

Moreover, from the perspective of
improving regional security and advancing democracy in the former
communist states in central and southern Europe, the NATO enlargement
process has had the desired effect to many.It is also presented as a
strong argument, to those who align NATO and Russian Federation's security
concern in the same line, that NATO's motivations for enlargement stem not
from a perceived Russian threat but from a desire to reintegrate Europe
and t o establish an incentive structure for the former communist states
of Europe to encourage them to undertake internal reforms that will lead
to a more democratic and secure continent.In addition, in countries whose
history of conflict with Russia pre-dates World War II, security concerns
are well magnified.

Although perceptions of a potential Russian threat in
the near or mid-term exist only perhaps in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
(which lost their sovereignty altogether and were forcibly annexed to the
USSR for over four decades) or in Ukraine, general concern about the
long-term prospects of the transition going on in Russia, and nervousness
over the unpredictability of the Russian evolution are shared by all the
former communist states.Many of this group exert that these fear factors
are coupled with the triumph of Communists and ultranationalists forces in
the 1995 Russian elections, which brings into question the widespread
hopes for a more peaceful post-Cold War world .

The Communists' strength
is especially worrisome as in their election campaign they proclaimed the
"restoration of the union state (i.e., the Soviet Union), our historic
fatherland," as their goal.Also, it is often posed that the
'renationalization' of defence and security in post-Cold War Europe must
be prevented and that membership of alliances can halt the slide in this
direction.

Another very implied argument hyped by the United States
directed to its Europe allies exists. Regarding the much talked-about
ballistic missile defense bases in Poland and the Czech Republic, the
United States managed to convince NATO that China's intercontinental
ballistic missiles may pose a threat to NATO members' territory. These
facilities would not only be directed at Russia, according to multiple
military sources within NATO countries.

On several occasions, the United
States has replaced China with North Korea as the potential target of
missiles from East European bases. In f act, the bases are related to the
fact that NATO views China as a potential threat and an unstable factor
that directly influences its security.

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Besides, China's rising military,
political and economic prowess in central Asia and Afghanistan is also in
conflict with NATO's frontline strategies in the region. A series of
reports published in the United States have claimed that 90 percent of the
weapons used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan are from
China.Contradicting with this proposition, there are some strongest views
and opinions against the NATO's enlargement idea too. They pose question
that without a clear and convincing military danger what rationale could
there be for the complex and expensive organizations like NATO - which the
West had maintained during the Cold War?

Russia is the fieriest one of
this category who always questions NATO's existence, expansions and its
roles. NATO's "encroachment" into Slavic-inhabited areas has concerned
Russians as t hey feel that they have special rights in these countries or
perceives that in terms of "civilizational conflict".

Russian elites
across the political spectrum have been largely united in viewing NATO
enlargement as non-beneficial to Russia. On April 3rd 2008, the day after
NATO alliance took a step toward embracing two former Soviet republics,
Ukraine and Georgia, the then Russian President Vladimir Putin called the
further expansion of NATO toward Russia's frontiers a "direct threat" to
its national security.One of the belligerent arguments against NATO's
enlargement is that it is meant to serve only the hegemony of the United
States who, simultaneously, does not want to loosen its grip over Europe
and want to supplement its global military network with such a formidable
military alliance to maintain its global military supremacy.

As such, NATO
gives the United States a means of influencing the security evolution in
Europe and enhancing the U.S. ability to project power to other areas
important to the U.S. national interests, such as the Middle East.Besides,
NATO has intentionally blurred the line dividing members and non-members.
The basic, treaty-stipulated distinction between the U.S.

commitment to
"alliance members" and the U.S. commitment to "close partners" remains.
Because of NATO's transformation, the United States now may be seen as
having extended an implicit security guarantee to many non-member states.
On July 30, 2010 a military exercise combining a total of 26 countries and
two international organizations, including the United States, France,
Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, India, Italy, Germany, Japan,
Mongolia and Britain was conducted in the Angkor Sentinel that involved
about 1,000 troops.

Such kinds of exercises were also conducted in 2007 in
K haan Quest in Mongolia, in Shanti Doot in Bangladesh in 2008 and Garuda
Shield in Indonesia in 2009.

The critics termed this informal a lliance as
the "Asian NATO".Some presented a skeptic and more interesting view that
through U.S. domination of NATO, the new members will be pushed to
accelerate the "free market reforms" and increase the opportunities for
Western multinational corporations.

One of the supplementing arguments is
that the new members of NATO in East Europe will have to increase their
military spending to be on the same footing with their Western partners
and that the US's arms manufacturers are the biggest supporters of NATO
expansion thus will be the principle economic beneficiaries.

The president
of the U.S. Committee to Expand NATO, Bruce Jackson, is also the director
of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world's best weapons maker. Proponents
of this argument scoff that entering NATO means buying U.S. weapons. The
potential market for fighter jets alone is $10 billion as evidenced that
Hungary will increase its military spending by 35 percent, Poland 20
percent, and the Czech Republic by similar percentages which will only
increase the profit margin of US's arms dealers.Furthermore, in recent
times, a shift in the strategic direction of the US foreign policy towards
Asia irks the regional giant China.

The recent decision of carrying out a
US-led joint military exercise with South Korea once a month throughout
the year sparked a controversy and tensions as China perceives the
maneuvering as a threat to its national security and a provocation to its
interests.

The Taiwan News (a Taiwanese newspaper) reported on 28th July
2010 that Chinese media and its scholars view the event as a process of
establishing another "NATO" in Asia to contain China. They present the
ongoing high-profile naval exercise with South Korea as evidence and
perceived it as an intrusion in the South China Sea affairs.

Although
China views NATO's expansion as its secondary interests, in the 1998 White
Paper, prepared by Chinese Government which outlines the gener al
intention of its own national interests, it states "the enlargement of
military blocs and the strengthening of military alliances" have added
"factors of instability to international security"Europe's defence and
security requirements are still not entirely clear.

Not only is the nature
of any military threat to Europe and its interests difficult to predict,
but the shape and size of Europe are changing fundamentally, as are
Europe's relations with the United States, in defence and in other areas.
Many cross-cutting issues surround within the debate. The issues being
painted on this already messy canvas are difficult and divisive. Should
NATO continue to be enlarged? Or should first priority be given to
incorporating Russia in a cooperative European security system?

Will NATO
be contained within Europe or will it go beyond Afghanistan? The existence
of the biggest military network (US bases) are destined to face enmity of
other regional or sub-regional powers at anytime in near future. It will
be an interesting proposition for other NATO members to join and entertain
any US adventurisms like Afghanistan in future.

Uneasiness of Russia and
China with NATO will also be increasing in the coming years. And the
allegation of arming Iraqi rebels and Afghan Talibans with Chinese
weaponry gives the whole thing a new dimension.

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Xinhua Article on Indian President Patil's Visit, PRC-India Relations
(International Observation) column article by Xinhua reporter Wu Qiang:
"China-India Relations Have Entered the Stage of Maturing and Stable
Development" - Xinhua Domestic Service
Saturday August 14, 2010 23:32:00 GMT
Devisingh Patil is scheduled to begin her state visit to China today, 26
May.

This will be another important high-level visit between the two
countries following Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to India in
2006 and Indian Prime Minister Singh's official visit to China in 2008.
This shows the two countries' mutual trust is growing stronger and the two
countries' bilateral relations are maturing and stabilizing.

Deep-Going Partnership

The visit made at a time when China and India mark the 60th anniversary of
the establishment of diplomatic relations is the turning point where the
two countries will from now on enhance their mutual trust, understanding
and cooperation.

During her visit, Patil will have talks with Chinese leaders on broadening
and deepening the two countries' strategic partnership, visit the Shanghai
World Expo, attend the forum of the two countries' entrepreneurs, and
attend the ceremony to mark the completion of a Buddhist temple with
Indian style in Loyang (in Henan).

When Xinhua interviewed her before her departure for China, she said:
China is India's largest neighbor; the two countries share a long history
of cultural exchange; and developing friendly and cooperative relations
with China is one of India's diplomatic priorities.

President Hu Jintao's
visit to India in 2006 was an important landmark trip, duri ng which the
two sides expressed many good intentions and drew up the "ten strategies"
meant for broadening and deepening the two countries' strategic
partnership.

The Common Outlooks for the 21st Century, which the two countries signed
when Indian Prime Minister Singh was visiting China in 2008, laid the
foundation for the two countries' cooperation in handling global issues.

Patil said: Both India and China are developing countries.

Both countries
are working hard to promote economic development and social progress. So
the two countries can exchange views and learn from one another in many
areas.

The two countries' economic relations and trade are developing
rapidly. The cooperation carried out within the multilateral framework in
recent years has been fruitful.

Historical Origins of Friendship

China and India maintained friendly contacts for a long time in history.
The Great Buddhist Master Xuan Zhuang in China's Tang dynasty made a l ong
journey to India for Buddhist scriptures. The Da Tang Xiyu Ji (Stories of
the West in the Great Tang Dynasty ) is still a book that Chinese and
foreign scholars refer to in their works.

The many Indian high monks who
propagated Buddhism in China significantly influenced the two countries'
cultures. Indian writer Tagore and Dr Kotnis the physician who assisted
China during China's War of Resistance Against Japan in the last century
are Indian figures that Chinese people respect.

China and India also have built a robust foundation for exchange in
humanity areas.

Indian movies, music and dances are favorites of the
Chinese people, and Chinese foods are favorites of the Indian people.

Sino-Indian relations had a golden period in the 1950s. Then, the two
countries' relations sank owing to various reasons. In 1988, Indira
Gandhi, who was Indian president at that time, visited China.

During her
visit, she and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping reached the consensus that the
two countries should rebuild their friendly and cooperative relations. In
1991, Chinese Premier Li Peng visited India.

That was the first visit a
Chinese premier paid to India in 31 years. Since then the development of
the two countries' relations has returned to normal.

As a whole, Sino-Indian relations have been developing in a healthy manner
in the past 20 years.

During this period, the two countries have built a
mechanism for political consultations on the border issue and held many
rounds of border talks. The governments of the two countries agree that,
before the two sides are able to settle t he border issue, the two sides
should work hard to maintain border areas' peace and tranquility.

The two
sides agree to settle the border issue through peaceful and friendly
talks. The armed forces of the two countries also maintain regular
communication to increase their mutual trust.

One civilian official working for the Indian Army told this reporter that
In dia's military authorities now encourage officers and men to study
Chinese, and that he was teaching Chinese to officers and men of the
Indian border troops.

He said the situation along the Indian-Chinese
border areas is very stable and certain media's reports that exaggerate
the situation do not tally with facts.

Broad Prospects for Cooperation

China and India share many commonalities. Both countries have long and
shinning civilizations; both are large, populous countries; and both are
emerging developing countries. This determines the situation where the two
countries have identical or similar interests and concerns.

An Indian friend told this reporter that, since the Chinese and Indian
populations account for one-third of the world's total population,
cooperation between the two countries will create a huge market for their
cooperation.

He said that if the two countries tighten up their
coordination and cooperation in the realms of international finan cial and
trade negotiations, the two countries not only can safeguard their
interests, but also can make the world's economic order even more
democratic.

Sino-Indian economic and trade cooperation has been developing rapidly in
the past several years.

The volume of bilateral trade is expected to reach
$60 billion this year. Chinese enterprises are playing an important role
in building India's infrastructure projects and they have captured
relatively large markets in such industries as power, telecommunications
and steel.

The two countries' economies are strongly supplementary to one
another.

In recent years, the two countries have been carrying out fruitful
cooperation within the frameworks of "BRIC," "fundamental four" and the
G-20; in handling financial crisis and climate change; in promoting a
multipolar world; in democratizing international relations; and in
safeguarding the rights and interests of the vast majority of developing
countri es.

Sino-Indian coordination and cooperation at the UN Climate
Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, which elicited worldwide
attention, can be said as an example of two developing powers within a
multilateral framework.

Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan maintained that China and India are
now facing an unusual opportunity for developing their relations.

Today,
Chinese and Indian leaders are approaching the two countries' relations
from a strategic level and with long-term visions, the two sides have
built a strategic partnership oriented toward the 21st century, the two
countries' relations are developing in all areas, the two countries'
common interests have grown, and their bilateral relations have become
more mature.

The development of Sino-Indian relations not only benefits
the two peoples and but also is in the interest of international peace and
development. No matter whether or not the two countries' relations will
fluctuate in the future, the two count ries' good neighborliness,
friendship, and cooperation for mutual benefits have become an
irreversible general trend that the two peoples aspire.

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1st Ld: Flags at Half-Mast in China for Mudslide Victims
Xinhua: "1st Ld: Flags at Half-Mast in China for Mudslide Victims" -
Xinhua
Saturday August 14, 2010 22:12:08 GMT
BEIJING, Aug.

15 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people gathered at the
Tian'anmen Square in centr al Beijing early Sunday morning to watch a
national flag hoisted to full height and then lowered to half-mast,
mourning victims of a massive mudslide in northwest China's Zhouqu County
one week ago.

A flag at half-mast is also seen at Xinhuamen, the main entrance of
Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Communist Party of China and the
central government, as part of the one-day national mourning.The State
Council announced Saturday that Chinese flags across the country and at
overseas embassies and consulates would be lowered to half-mast Sunday to
mourn the victims of the devastating mudslide.Public entertainment will be
suspended Sunday in a show of mourning, said the announcement by the State
Council, China's cabinet.The mudslide hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture in southern Gansu Province, on Aug.

8, leaving 1,239
people dead and 505 missing.Soon after Sunday midnight, front pages of
Chinese websites turned to black and white, in a show of mou rning.Public
recreational activities, such as movies, karaoke, and on-line
entertainment including games and music are set to be suspended Sunday,
according to an urgent circular issued by the Ministry of Culture.Mourning
ceremonies will also be held Sunday in Zhouqu County and Lanzhou, capital
city of Gansu.

A silent tribute will be observed at 10 a.m..Sunday is the
seventh day since the mudslide occurred and, according to some Chinese
traditions, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning
period.Large-scale national displays of mourning are rare in China.China
observed a three-day national mourning period after the 2008 Sichuan
earthquake, and a one-day national mourning after the Yushu quake on April
14 this year.On both occasions, the national flag was lowered to half-mast
and all public entertainment was suspended.(Description of Source: Beijing
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Taiwan Legislative Yuan 13 August 2010 - Taiwan -- OSC Summary
Saturday August 14, 2010 22:44:18 GMT
-- According to this Tzu-yu Shih-pao report by Shih Hsiao-kuang and Yen
Juo-chin, as the Legislative Yuan is to hold the second extra session to
review the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) next week, the
KMT proposed to hold the session for two weeks to also review a number of
other controversial bills.

The report claims that the KMT-proposed list
include a draft amendment to the National Health Insurance, a draft
revision to the Pu blic Officials Election and Recall Law, three draft
bills on allowing students from the mainland to study in Taiwan, a draft
amendment to the Statute Governing Courtesy Treatment for Retired Heads of
State, and so on.

According to the report, Legislative Speaker Wang
Jin-pyng suggested in a ruling and opposition negotiation meeting not to
include bills that are unlikely to pass in the session.

However, according
to Lin Yi-shih, director of the KMT's Central Policy Committee, the KMT
has included all of the bills on its priority list for the session.

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Lin
said the KMT caucus will discuss the matter with Wang on 13 August, and
the ruling and opposition will hold talks on 16 August. It is reported
that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has vowed to block the bills
on allowing mainland students to study in Taiwan. The DPP also claimed
that the KMT's proposal to amend the Statute Governing Courtesy Treatment
for Retired Heads of State was directed at Chen Shui-bian.

ht tp://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/aug/13/today-fo2-2.htm
http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/aug/13/today-fo2-2.htm "DPP Says
Only Main Body of ECFA Should Be Reviewed in Extra Session"

-- According to this Chung-yang T'ung-hsun-she (Central News Agency, CNA)
report by Ho Meng-k'ui, the DPP caucus stated on 12 August that the
legislative extra session should be as simple as possible and that the DPP
proposed to review only the main body of the ECFA.

According to the
report, the opposition party maintained that the four supplement bills
should be handled separately in the next session. It is reported that the
KMT proposed a few days ago to also review in the extra session a
cross-Strait agreement on intellectual property rights and the ECFA
related amendments to the Patent Law, Trade Mark Law, Customs Imports
Tariff Act, and Plant Variety and Plant Seed Act.

DPP caucus whip Ker
Chien-ming said the KMT has taken the extra session as a normal session an
d has shown no respect for the Legislative Yuan. According to the report,
Ker also said that the DPP will propose in the extra session to hold a
referendum on the ECFA.

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"Legislative Yuan To Hold Extra Session Next Week To Review ECFA"

-- According to this CNA report by Chou Yung-chieh, the KMT has proposed
to hold the second legislative extra session from 16 to 31 August to
review the ECFA, four ECFA related amendments, and a number of other major
bills.

The report claims that the DPP caucus reiterated that the ECFA
should be reviewed item-by-item. According to the report, the DPP also
urged the government to release an English version of the agreement for
the legislature to review, and the party claimed that they wanted to make
sure the English version of the agreement, which will be sent to the WTO,
meets the interests of Taiwan people.

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"Cross-Strait Agreement Watch (CSAW): Article 11 of ECFA Unconstitutional"

-- According to this Tzu-yu Shih-pao report by Ch'en Hui-p'ing, the CSAW
issued a statement on 11 August, saying the consultative and legislative
process of the ECFA violated the constitutional establishment and Article
11 of the agreement must be removed because it is unconstitutional.

The
report claims that the CSAW urged the Legislative Yuan to revise the
agreement or to ask for a constitutional interpretation from the Grand
Justice. According to the report , Huang Kuo-chang, a researcher at the
Academia Sinica, said the cross-Strait economic cooperation committee to
be established under Article 11 of the ECFA would handle issues that
involve public authorities.

Therefore, according to Huang, the article is
unconstitutional and should be removed.

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PLA North Sea Fleet Air Force Completes 1st Drill With New-Model Fighter
Article by Yu Libin and Si Yanwen: North Sea Fleet Air Arm Regiment
Conducts Difficult and Rigorous Combat Exercises -- New Fighter Comple tes
First Multi-Target Attack Combat Exercises - Jiefangjun Bao Online
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:40:28 GMT
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People's Liberation Army (PLA), reporting on a wide range of military
affairs.

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Hu jintao Meets National Foreign Aid Conferees; Wen Gives Important Speech
Unattributed report: "National Foreign Aid Conference Held in Beijing; Hu
Jintao Meets Representatives to the Conference; Wen Jiabao Gives an
Important Speech" - Xinhua Domestic Service
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:40:28 GMT
Prior to the conference, Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central
Committee, president of the state, and chairman of the Central Military
Commission; and Wen Jiabao, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC
Central Committee Political Bureau and premier of the State Council, met
with all representatives to the conference.

At 0900 (local time) on 13 August, when Hu Jintao and other central
leading comrades arrived at the Golden Hall in the Great Hall of the
People, they received warm applause from the representatives to the
conference.

In delight, Hu Jintao and others shook hands with and extended
greetings to the representatives; as well as had pictures taken with them.

Attending the meeting were also Wang Qishan, Ling Jihu a, Li Jianguo, Ma
Kai, Dai Bingguo, and Qian Yunlu.

Wen Jiabao attended and spoke at the conference.

He said: New China has
gone through an extraordinary course and scored world-acclaimed
achievements in six decades of the foreign aid work.

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Massive industrial
and agricultural projects and major infrastructure built with Chinese aid,
as well as voluminous application technologies provided by China, have
enhanced aid-recipient countries' ability of self-development; large
numbers of schools, hospitals, and other projects related to people's
livelihood built with Chinese aid have enriched and improved local
people's life; various managerial and technical personnel that China
trained for developing countries have accumulated precious human resources
for aid-recipient countries; and with superb skills and good ethics,
Chinese medical teams have won high praises from local people of the
aid-recipient countries.

Wen Jiabao said: A host of experiences in New China's si x decades of
foreign aid work deserves to be summarized and carried forward earnestly.
Such experiences, simply put, mean successfully pioneering the
distinctively Chinese pattern of helping foreign countries in their
development.

The profound connotations of such experiences are: mutual
respect and equal treatment, mutual benefit and common development,
assistance within the capability and with credibility, and diverse forms
and emphasis on actual results.

Wen Jiabao emphasized: The brilliant achievements in foreign aid work over
the past six decades should be attributed to generations after generations
of foreign aid workers' diligent labor and selfless sacrifice.

History,
the motherland and its people, and the peoples of aid-recipient countries
will never forget the vast number of foreign aid workers' prominent
contributions to the cause of peace and development of mankind!

In his speech, Wen Jiabao gave an incisive analysis of the current
situation in forei gn aid work. He pointed out: As the world today is
undergoing a large-scale development, transformation, and readjustment
never seen before, it is necessary to base on the overall strategic height
in thoroughly understanding the opportunities and challenges facing
China's foreign aid work under the new situation, as well as the
importance and urgency of strengthening and improving foreign aid work.

It
is necessary to always proceed from China's basic national condition in
persistently doing our best and within our capability, mapping out unified
plans with due consideration for all concerned to serve the national
situation, and further strengthening and improving foreign aid work to
better serve the overall domestic and international situations.

Wen Jiabao said emphatically: To ensure a good job in foreign aid work
under the new situation, it is necessary to, first, concentrate efforts on
optimizing foreign aid structure.

Aid should tilt toward the least
developed cou ntries and inland and island developing countries. It is
necessary to further promote projects related to people's livelihood, such
as hospitals, schools, water supply for living, and clean energy, which
are urgently needed by aid-recipient cou ntries and welcomed by local
people, and which benefit vast areas.

It is necessary to reasonably
arrange the scale and ratios of assistance gratis, interest-free loans,
and preferential loans in order to increase the results of utilizing funds
as a whole.

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It is necessary to actively encourage innovation in the
patterns of foreign aid on the basis of consolidating conventional
patterns of foreign.

Second, it is necessary to concentrate efforts on
improving the quality of foreign aid. It is necessary to uphold scientific
proof in selecting good projects and step up the feasibility study. It is
necessary to standardize operational procedures of projects to ensure
fair, reasonable, and transparent bidding procedures.

It is necessary to
im plement the dynamic classified management of enterprises on foreign aid
projects and concentrate efforts on training a batch of high quality
specialized backbone enterprises. It is necessary to establish long-term
effective mechanisms for internal auditing and external supervision. It is
necessary to improve the system of investigating responsibility for the
safety of quality, and strictly investigate and punish acts of illegally
transferring contracts on or subcontracting foreign aid projects.

Third,
it is necessary to concentrate efforts on enhancing aid-recipient
countries' ability of self-development. It is necessary to encourage and
support Chinese enterprises to invest in aid-recipient countries and help
them develop their national industries, create jobs, and improve benefits
for the people.

In investing in foreign countries, it is necessary to
respect their laws and regulations and customs and habits, uphold fair
competition, protect the ecology and environment, fulf ill the social
responsibilities; and get along well with local people.

It is necessary to
continue to open the market wider to aid-recipient countries and reduce or
exempt tariffs or introduce other measures to create the conditions for
underdeveloped countries to export various products to China. It is
necessary to increase cooperation with aid-recipient countries in
agriculture and build agricultural demonstration centers on a suitable
scale to teach farming experience and train technical personnel, thereby
enabling aid-recipient countries to benefit from agricultural cooperation.
It is necessary to broaden areas of human resource training for
aid-recipient countries, enhance the relevance of training projects, and
improve training results.

Fourth, it is necessary to concentrate efforts
on improving the system and mechanism and accelerate the building of
dynamic, efficient, and more open system and mechanism of aid to foreign
countries.

It is necessary to further straighte n out the management
system of foreign aid; improve the operating mechanism of foreign aid, in
which decision-making, implementation, and supervision restrict but
coordinate with each other; bring into full play the enthusiasm of local
governments and private sectors in supporting the development of the
undertaking of foreign aid; increase aid-recipient countries'
participation in decision-making, implementation, evaluation, and
late-stage management of foreign aid projects; and promote international
exchanges and cooperation in an actively and yet prudent manner.

Wen Jiabao pointed out: Foreign aid is complex systems engineering work,
which requires pragmatic work and close cooperation of all local
governments and relevant departments in order to enhance the
implementation and logistics ability in foreign aid in all areas.

It is
necessary to speed up the legislation on foreign aid to facilitate the
institutionalization, standardization, and codification of foreign ai d
work. In light of the needs in the development of the undertaking of
foreign aid, it is necessary to constantly replenish managerial personnel
and step up training of talented personnel, striving to bring up a
contingent of high-quality foreign aid personnel, who are politically
qualified, professionally competent, quick in response, and good at
fighting tough campaigns.

It is ne cessary to show concerns for foreign
aid personnel politically, support them in work, and care about their
livelihood. It is necessary to take measures to effectively protect
foreign aid enterprises' lawful rights and interests and personnel's
personal safety.

It is necessary to strengthen and improve the propaganda
on foreign aid work; and boost various social circles' sense of approval
and participation in foreign aid work.

Wang Qishan, member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and vice
premier of the State Council, attended and gave a summing-up speech at the
conference.

State Councilor Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.

In the summing-up speech, Wang Qishan said: It is necessary to diligently
study and thoroughly understand the spirit of Premier Wen Jiabao's speech,
unify thinking, obtain a clear understanding of the situation, clarify the
tasks, and pay close attention to their implementation.

In particular, it
is necessary to pay close attention to registering and authorizing foreign
aid projects to ensure "unity in five aspects," namely, safety, quality,
function, construction period, and cost, thereby accomplishing the tasks
and striving to open up a new situation in foreign aid work.

Representatives of the Ministries of Commerce, Foreign affairs, and
Finance; Shanghai Municipality; Commerce Office of the Chinese Embassy in
Cambodia; and China Railway Construction Corporation; and other units gave
speeches at the conference.

Officials in charge of foreign aid work in the people's governments of all
provinces, au tonomous regions, municipalities directly under the central
government, and cities specially designated in the stage plan, and the
Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps; principal responsible
officials of local commerce departments; principal leaders of relevant
central and state organs; officials of the relevant units of the Army;
envoys and commercial attaches of some embassies stationed abroad; and
officials of central enterprises in charge of foreign aid projects
attended the conference.

Representatives of the relevant departments of
the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference National Committee also attended the conference on invitation.

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Lanzhou MR Enhances Warfare Training, Actual Combat Level of Commanders
Report by Hu Jianlin and Ma Sancheng: Improvement in Actual Combat
Effectiveness During Exercises -- The Lanzhou Military Region Organizes
Division, Brigade, and Regiment Commanders for Training - Jiefangjun Bao
Online
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:30:25 GMT
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Air Show To Celebrate Hundred's Anniversary Of Russia's Aviation -
ITAR-TASS
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:43:00 GMT
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PETERSBURG, August 15 (Itar-Tass) -- St. Petersburg renews the air
shows, which used to be very popular in the city in the early XX
century.An air show devoted to the hundred's anniversary of Russia' s
aviation and the Aviation Day will be organised on Sunday.

The show will
be part of the international air show InterAeroCom which is on
now.Aerobatics group RUS and members of the Neva aero club will take part
in the show.In the beginning of the XX century, Russian 'fliers'
demonstrated their skills on Farmans and Newpors.Exactly 100 years
earlier, Russia's aviation started, when foreign-made jets were bought.
Two flying schools were founded in Gatchina /near St. Petersburg/ and in
Sevastopol /in Crimea/.(Description of Source: Moscow ITAR-TASS in English
-- Main government information agency)

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Lanzhou MR's Xinjiang-Based Command Post Conducts Mobile Operation in Gobi
Report by Zhou Xiaojuan and contributing reporter Cao Chuanbiao: Military
Vehicles Galloped on Taklimakan -- A Command Post Commander of the Air
Force in Lanzhou Military Region Marches More than 1,000 Kilometers for
Maneuver Operations Drill - Jiefangjun Bao Online
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:34:26 GMT
Force in Sinkiang organized communications, chemical defense, and police
logistic sub-units to enter the vast desert and important frontiers for
training on coordination, tactics, and support, and the whole route was
longer than 1,100 kilometers.

In the evening, the wind howled and the sand wreaked havoc on the
Taklimakan Desert.

The visibility on the ground was less than 50 meters,
and more than 20 large special vehicles of the command post wound toward
the frontier. The reporter could only see through the vehicle window the
shimmering light given by the tail lights of the vehicles ahead. Moreover,
there were even deserts, mountain roads, "S"-turns, and frequent
electromagnetic interference along the marching route, which made the
exercise more difficult."An airport has been attacked by the 'enemy' with
chemical matterials; order the che mical warfare soldiers to do
reconnaissance, inspection, washing, and disinfection as soon as
possible!" As the commander gave the order, the reporter found that a mass
of yellow fog was spreading.

Dozens of chemical warfare soldiers put on
protective clothing and drove new-type chemical warfare vehicles and
reconnaissance vehicles for detection of radiation, spraying, cleaning,
and disinfection.It was stated that the command post practiced more than
10 important subjects repeatedly in this exercise in accordance with the
new outline (for military training) and actively explored the capacities
of maneuver operations in special field environments.(Description of
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Vice President Xi Jinping Meets Zimbabwe President Mugabe in Beijing 13
Aug
By reporter Xiong Zhengyan: "Vice President Xi Jinping Meets Zimbabwe
President Mugabe" - Xinhua Domestic Service
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:13:19 GMT
Xi Jinping welcomed Mugabe to attend the Zimbabwe National Pavilion Day at
the Shanghai World Expo.

He said: Your Excellency Mr. President have
conducted a very fruitful meeting with President Hu Jintao and reached a
wide range of consensus on further deepening the two countries'
traditional friendship and cooperation in various fields. We believe that
this will st rongly promote the development of the two countries'
relations. Xi Jinping said: Your Excellency Mr.

President are an African
national liberation movement leader the Chinese people are familiar with
and is also an old friend of the Chinese people. You have built friendship
with several generations of Chinese leaders and made positive
contributions to promoting the two countries' cooperation and developing
China-Zimbabwe friendship. The Chinese side appreciates this.

Xi Jinping pointed out: Since the establishment of China-Zimbabwe
diplomatic ties, the two countries' relations have developed smoothly and
cooperation in various fields has achieved fruitful results.

China thanks
Zimbabwe for firmly pursuing the one-China policy, and supports Zimbabwe
in exploring a development path suitable for its national conditions. Xi
Jinping said: China treasures the two countries' traditional friendship,
attaches importance to developing relations with Zimbabwe, is willing to
work with Zimbabwe to actively implement the important consensus reached
between President Hu Jintao and Your Excellency Mr. President on
developing relations, to further boost cooperation in various fields on
the basis of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, and common
development, broaden pragmatic contacts, enhance coordination and
cooperation under the China-Africa cooperation framework, promote common
development, and further create welfare for the peoples of the two
countries.

Mugabe highly commented on the Shanghai World Expo for providing a
valuable opportunity for Zimbabwe and other African countries to exhibit
their achievements.

He happily recalled the good results of his first
visit to China in the 1970s.

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He said: In comparison with the past, huge
changes have taken in today's China, but the Chinese people's feeling for
Zimbabwe still remains unchanged. Zimbabwe has witnessed the support and
help China has provided for African countries, including Zimbabwe .
Zimbabwe thanks China for this and hopes to further beef up friendly
cooperation with China in the fields of agriculture and finance and
promote Zimbabwe-China relations toward comprehensive development.

(Description of Source: Beijing Xinhua Domestic Service in Chinese --
China's official news service (New China News Agency))

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Jinan MR Division Uses Varied Tactics in Urban Warfare Tactical Training
Report by Rong Meng and contributing reporter Li Guanghui: Field
Operation Division Conducts Exercises To Sabotage Urban Areas in Multiple
Ways -- Diversified Special Combat Elements Are Applied to the Tactical
Training of a D ivision of Jinan Military Region - Jiefangjun Bao Online
Saturday August 14, 2010 21:56:34 GMT
rallied for an exercise in sabotage of urban areas." -- photo by Liu
Yunbing

An exercise carried out by a division of Jinan Military Region recently
greatly widened the reporter's view: there was no common large-scale field
attack, and the whole division was divided into small groups to launch a
surprise attack on an incomplete and broken district.The reporter watched
in the blazing sun as an armored infantry squad of this division entered a
bullet-riddled high building and the antiaircraft machine-gunner on an
armored vehicle guided the helicopter to launch missiles to destroy the
"enemy's" firing point in the building; several soldiers climbed onto the
building top with ropes and quickly annihilated the remaining "enemy"; a
wire cable bridged two contiguous buildings and the infantry arriving in
combat vehicles became "flying soldiers": they approached the blind side
of "enemy's" firing position quietly along the wire cable and launched a
short-range attack...(ellipsis as received) The armored troops galloping
across the vast plain in the past thus became the backbone for assaulting
fortified positions in urban areas.The special combat-oriented training
has made a lot of improvements through such exercises among broken
walls:New proposals for tactical training have appeared, including the
"battalion strike group" and "company strike group." These troops
integrated multiple support forces, including sappers and chemical
defense, and integrated multiple attack forces such as assault troops and
firing troops, and were divided into small groups for flexible and
independent operations.

Both attack and defense are available.Armored
infantry can now cooperate with aviation, tanks, and artillery more
closely. The armored infantry used helicopters for landing and assault and
always appeared around the "enemy's" defense points.

They used global
positioning systems and individual communication equipment as the "eyes"
of the artillery and the aviators. The air-defense forces became the
"bodyguard" of armored infantry, in place of the former independent
operations. They were divided into many small groups and incorporated into
different operation groups to conduct fire interception from the air.The
special combat-oriented tactical training developed a series of excellent
soldiers for special battlefield operations.

During the exercise, the rate
of excellence for precision strikes by a single artillery piece was 10
percentage points higher than the rate required in the outlines: the
excellent shooter on the armored vehicle aimed five times more per minute
than the past, and firing targets in the window within 100 meters
increased to six targe ts from the original five.

When night fell,
officers and soldiers did reconnaissance by skillfully operating the
night-training equipment, and the tanks and artillery carried out
precision firing with night-vision equipment so as to annihilate every
"enemy" in the darkness.

(Description of Source: Beijing Jiefangjun Bao Online in Chinese --
Website of daily newspaper of the Central Military Commission of the
People's Liberation Army (PLA), reporting on a wide range of military
affairs.

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Peaceful Development Urged Ahead of China's 65th Anniversary of Victory in
W ar Against Japan
Xinhua: "Peaceful Development Urged Ahead of China's 65th Anniversary of
Victory in War Against Japan" - Xinhua
Saturday August 14, 2010 17:12:40 GMT
BEIJING, Aug.

14 (Xinhua) -- Xinhua News Agency on Saturday published a
commentator's article to mark the 65th anniversary of China's victory in
the "War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression".

The article said the victory would continue to inspire the Chinese people
to unite and work hard for the nation's peaceful development to benefit
the entire human race."A country like China, which aims at peaceful
development and the promotion of peace and harmony in the world, will make
more contributions to the good fortune of the whole human race," said the
commentator's article.Having suffered wars and having gone through various
difficulties, China is now standing up in the east of th e world with
sustained economic growth and social prosperity, it said.While stressing
development as the "most essential task," the editorial urged the Chinese
people to unite under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)
in order to carry forward the hard-working spirit and determination shown