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February 10, 2017
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Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi



Washington (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said, weeks after receiving a letter of congratulations from the leader of the Asian giant. Beijing has been on tenterhooks waiting for a contact from the billionaire president, who seems set to take a hard line against the Asian giant on a wide range of issues from trade to security. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly attacked Beijing for "stealing" American jobs and has threatened to slap it with massi ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China says both sides will lose from conflict with US
Beijing has played down the prospects of conflict with the United States over the South China Sea in the wake of aggressive rhetoric by Donald Trump's administration, saying both sides would lose. ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korean theme park in China halted amid missile tension
A South Korean conglomerate has been forced by Chinese authorities to suspend a multi-billion-dollar theme park project, as tensions grow over the deployment of a US missile defence system. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
China makes progress on second aircraft carrier
China is advancing through the production of its second aircraft carrier, photos taken at the vessel's construction site in the port city of Dalian reveal. ... more
AEROSPACE
Taiwan to build new jet trainer fleet by 2026 in defence push
Taiwan officials said Tuesday a new generation of locally built jet trainers would be completed by 2026, part of a push to strengthen the defence industry against a growing China threat. ... more
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FLOATING STEEL
Chinese aircraft carrier program to make new advances in 2017
The progress of China's aircraft carrier program continues to move forward into the new year after achieving a number of milestones in 2016. In November 2016 the Soviet-era Liaoning, Beijing's ... more
NUKEWARS
China Boosting Nuclear Capabilities, Narrowing Gap With US, Russia
China is likely to change the rules of the game in the Asian-Pacific region: in the coming years Beijing may narrow the gap with the US in terms of strategic nuclear capabilities, Russian military e ... more
MISSILE NEWS
China to sell new AR-2 missile to foreign countries
China plans to sell its new drone-capable air-to-surface AR-2 missile to foreign customers, according to the country's state-run media. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet
Chinese authorities are investigating a banquet where government officials may have feasted on endangered pangolins, considered the most trafficked mammal on earth, after posts about the meal drew outrage on social media. ... more
EPIDEMICS
At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
At least five patients at a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in China were accidentally infected with HIV, officials said Thursday, as authorities moved to censor online discussion over the incident. ... more
SINO DAILY
China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival
Carrying the golden statue of a revered ancient general, villagers in eastern China dash wildly through waterlogged fields in a mud-spattered celebration of a local rebel adored for stealing from the rich to give to the poor. ... more


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PILLAGING PIRATES
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping, officials said Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Syngenta says profits down as ChemChina takeover looms
Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta said Wednesday that restructuring costs hit 2016 earnings, even as its planned takeover by ChemChina looks set to be completed by the middle of the year. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
China tightens smog data controls amid public anger
China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger. ... more
FARM NEWS
Students brew beer using 5,000-year-old recipe from China
Many college students - if desperate enough, or late enough - aren't above settling for skunked beer, a can that sat out in the sun for too long, for example. But few have tasted the funky notes of a home-brewed jar of suds inspired by ancient Chinese beer-making techniques. ... more

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China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
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China tightens controls on Bitcoin trading platforms
Chinese bitcoin trading platforms risk closure if they breach new controls on the virtual currency, the central bank said Thursday, as authorities step up efforts to curb the flow of money offshore. During a meeting Wednesday with officials from nine Beijing-based bitcoin trading platforms, a People's Bank of China (PBoC) inspection team unveiled a series of restrictions on the digital unit. ... more
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Property and credit booms stablise China growth
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China data and US banks propel equities higher

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Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi
President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said, weeks after receiving a letter of congratulations from the leader of the Asian giant. Beijing has been on tenterhooks waiting for a contact from the billionaire president, who seems set to take a hard line against the Asian giant on a wide range of issues from trade to security. During his cam ... more
Trump tells Turkish, Spanish leaders he backs NATO

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ: sources

China says both sides will lose from conflict with US

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Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

Three new uranium minerals from Utah

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Raytheon, Utilidata to provide cybersecurity for power utilities
Raytheon is collaborating with Utilidata to deliver defense-grade cybersecurity capabilities to power utilities. In a statement announcing the partnership, Raytheon says power utility companies have expressed interest in upgrading their cyber defenses. To deliver this capability, Utilidata is to provide threat detection and response technologies, while Raytheon will supply automation, t ... more
Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
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British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
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Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

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US, Japan conduct test of joint missile
The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Friday' ... more
N. Korea nuclear attack would trigger 'overwhelming response': Mattis

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

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Australia awards competitive ammunition load carrier contracts
Australia's defense ministry has contracted BAE Systems Australia and Sea Box International to competitively develop prototype ammunition load carriers. Under the agreement with Australia's government, each company will design and engineer prototype Unit Load Carriers. Australia's defense minister says the competitive award is critical for building innovation within the country's securi ... more
Army Reserve units getting CROWS gun turrets

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Austria orders Pandur 6x6 armored personnel carriers

Pentagon seeks to rent space in Trump Tower
The Pentagon wants to rent space in Trump Tower in New York for equipment and military personnel accompanying President Donald Trump during his stays there, it confirmed Wednesday. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron are still living in Trump Tower and the real estate tycoon-turned-president plans to make regular visits. US presidents are accompanied around-the-clock by militar ... more
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US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan
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Fatalities soar for Afghan forces as govt loses ground to Taliban

Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

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