arms trade

U.S. Wary of China, from Los Alamos to Orbit

A letter obtained by Reuters indicates that the Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace and custodian of America’s nuclear arsenal, has been removing Chinese-made data switches from its computer networks in response to...

China’s Arms Exports Flooding Sub-Saharan Africa

As China transitions from being the world’s largest weapons importer to becoming a major producer, the Washington Post examines its role as an exporter of arms to 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. While the exports do...

China Denies Exporting North Korean Missile Vehicles

Japanese media has reported that China shipped vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles to North Korea, which would be in violation of U.N. sanctions. The Chinese government has now denied the claims. From AP:...

China’s Defence, Domestic Security Spending to Grow

A National People’s Congress spokesman has announced a planned 11.2% increase in China’s defence spending to 670 billion yuan (US$106.4 billion) in 2012. Though down slightly from last year’s 12.7% rise, the...

Patriot Missiles Found on Shanghai-Bound Ship

Finnish dock workers have discovered 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles and around 160 tonnes of explosives aboard a British-flagged ship bound for Shanghai. It is unknown where the missiles themselves were to be unloaded:...

Reuters: Lockheed Lobbies Anew for New Taiwan F-16s

Not content with a White House decision to sell Taiwan upgrades to its existing F-16s, Lockheed Martin is equipping congressmen to argue for the sale, long requested by Taipei, of brand new planes. From Reuters: A Lockheed...

Beijing Says Qaddafi Officials Sought Chinese Arms Supplies

The Chinese government has been hesitant to endorse the National Transitional Council since their defeat of Qaddafi’s regime in Libya. And now, documents uncovered by a Canadian journalist in Tripoli reveal that Chinese...

Biden to Meet Hu & Wen on Asia Trip

Joe Biden will visit Beijing during a tour of East Asia later this month, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Vice President Xi Jingping. From WhiteHouse.gov: The Vice President will depart for China, Mongolia, and...

Is China Backing Indian Insurgents?

A string of Chinese spies arrested in India suggests a willingness on the part of Chinese intelligence to covertly undermine peace negotiations between the NSCN-IM and the Indian government.  Read the article in The Diplomat...

How Beijing Won Sri Lanka’s Civil War

The Independent reports on China’s role in last year’s end to the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil Tigers (aka Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam): In defiance of all predictions, the war was brought to...

Chinese Evade U.S. Sanctions on Iran

While an embargo bans companies who sell arms to Iran from conducting business in the U.S., many Chinese companies are skirting the rules to keep the trade routes open. The Wall Street Journal reports: A unit of state-owned...

A Note about the Armoured Vehicles from China to Iran

From Persian2English’s Blog: (the information about the armoured vehicles in this text has been confirmed by multiple sources): Finally, with the arrival of the first shipment of armoured vehicles, China has officially...

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