CHINA: Japan's War Plans and Chinese Submarines
November 10, 2004: The Japanese navy says a Chinese submerged nuclear submarine was detected 300 kilometers southwest of Okinawa, near the Sakishima islands (which are occupied by Japan, but claimed by China and Taiwan.) The navy is tracking the sub, and has not tried to force it to surface.
November 9, 2004: China is officially angry at recently publicized Japanese military plans on ho to deal with potential Chinese military threats to Japan. The Japanese plans were the usual stuff any military staff does, but someone in the Japanese military leaking the latest version of these contingency plans is sending a message, and the Chinese responded with howls of outrage.
November 8, 2004: China has sentenced two British spies to fifteen years in prison. One of them, a Hong Kong official, did it for money (about $600,000) in 2001. The other one was a member of British intelligence.
November 5, 2004: Japan reported that a Chinese submarine rescue ship and an ocean going tug were spotted south of Japan and are being tracked by Japanese naval forces. China has not said what the two ships are doing there or where they are going.
November 4, 2004: For the first time, China is openly offering for sale surface-to-surface missiles. That occurred this week at the fifth annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (at Zhuhai, in southern China. The missile on display was the B611, a compact, solid fuel missile with a range of 150 kilometers. China has made quiet deals to sell missiles in the past (to customers like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.) Doing so openly, at a trade show, is another matter however. Most other nations are trying to restrict the spread of ballistic missiles and ballistic missile technology.
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