April 16, 2014

Rumors of major military purge, Zhou Yongkang's
fate swirl in Beijing

With rumors of an imminent and major political purge in the air, China's senior military circles may be targeted for collateral damage in a new round of internal strife. For the first time in several decades, a former member of the CCP's Politburo Standing Committee is on the verge of being declared the enemy of the Party and state. Zhou Yongkang will undoubtedly face charges soon, as hundreds of his proteges, relatives and associates have been investigated or arrested. (FULL STORY)

Zhou Yongkang.
Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama's Asian tour
There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like atmosphere that has engulfed bilateral ties since late 2012. Last week, Hu Deping, son of late general secretary Hu Yaobang, held a private meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Earlier this week in Beijing, Vice-Premier and Politburo member Wang Yang met a Japanese business delegation led by former speaker of the Japanese Diet Yohei Kono.

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   NTD.TV
U.S. Pacific Fleet commander blasts China for 'increasingly assertive behavior' region-wide
General: U.S. can wipe out Chinese troops on Japanese islands without even landing there

PLA general blisters rank and file for inadequate loyalty to Xi, CCP

China, ironically, hosts nuclear governance meeting in Beijing
British embassy gets smart in circumventing Chinese cyber censors
China reportedly summons N. Korean ambassador, issues rare warnings

New N. Korean official on National Defense Commission said to be new head of missile program
SEOUL — Cho Chun-Ryong who recently joined in North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission is believed to be in charge of the country's missile development programs, South Korean government sources said.
China's regime rocked by discovery of huge underground weapons arsenal
S. Korea reviewing threat of drone-delivered biochemical attacks from the North
China blasts very idea of taking control of nation's military away from the Communist Party

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