December 13, 2016                                                                    Issue No. 7
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The SITC team will be on winter break from December 23 to January 4. Watch for the next issue of China D-Tech Watch in early January 2017. Happy holidays to all. 

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UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Along with a large-scale nuclear and conventional arms buildup, China is upgrading its military doctrine to include guidance focusing on rapid military power projection, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. The People's Liberation Army recently issued new guidance calling for the use of what is calling "rapid force projection." "This is intended to hasten the transition from regional defense to full area operations," said one Pentagon official familiar with reports of the new military guidance.


Projects in the plan include: deployment of new generation information network technology, establishment and application of Beidou, and creation of a network-information civil-military deep integration development system.


The Science and Technology Daily of China published an article titled Conjecture on China's Strategic Bomber Performance on December 4, saying that China's Air Force Commander Ma Xiaotian revealed that China is developing next-generation long-range bombers at an open day activity on September 1, confirming the "legendary" "H-20" bomber.
PLA Air Force Commander Ma Xiaotian confirms the development of China's H-20 bomber, setting off wide discussions about the new bomber's specifications and future performance.

China is ready to launch its new ­J-11D fighter after it failed to acquire Russian engines on schedule and was forced to develop its own technology, military observers said. The progress included advances in home-grown turbofan technology and radar systems, and showed that Beijing was no longer reliant on Russian engines for its new generation of fighters, analysts said.


Astronaut Jing Haipeng praised China's progress in engineering and technology for space travel on Wednesday as the crew of the Shenzhou-11 mission made their first public appearance since returning to Earth.

The missions were selected from a road map for a long-term space science program and will delve into some of the most fundamental questions such as the formation and evolution of the universe, the formation and evolution of the solar system, and the study of exoplanets and potential extra-terrestrial life. The unveiled missions are a space-weather observatory mission in collaboration with the European Space Agency, a global water cycle observation mission, the Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Thermosphere mission, the Einstein Probe, and the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory.

A 180-day "survival experiment" is near its end mid-week. Four Chinese volunteers--three men and one woman--have been living inside a sealed space capsule in south China's Shenzhen City. An objective of the space simulation is to test technologies that could support China's deep-space exploration projects. The effort is evaluating how food, water, and oxygen can be used and recycled under controlled conditions. More than a dozen Chinese and overseas institutions are involved in the experiment, including the Astronaut Center of China, Harvard University, and the German Aerospace Center.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp plans to build a global real-time communications satellite network by 2020, a senior company executive said. Sun Weigang, chief engineer at the State-owned space giant, said the Hongyan satellite system will be composed of 60 small satellites operating in low orbits and 20 ground stations around the world. The system will provide a wide range of civilian services such as ground data collection and exchange, ship identification and tracking, mobile broadcasting as well as navigation signal enhancement, he said.

China on Saturday successfully launched the first of its new generation of geostationary weather satellites, Fengyun-4A, marking a national record 20th space launch for 2016. The 5,400kg FY-4A is the experimental first spacecraft in a new series of meteorological satellites. Fengyun-4 satellites will carry four main instruments for enhanced imaging, vertical atmospheric sounding, lightning mapping and space environment monitoring. Orbiting at an altitude of 35,786 kilometres, the satellites will provide high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution observations of China and surrounding areas, improving weather forecast and monitoring.

Video footage from Chinese broadcaster China Central Television posted on Chinese online forums around 20 November shows what appears to be a new torpedo-carrying missile being test-fired from a land-based inclined containerised launcher: an indication that the People's Liberation Army Navy is seeking to further enhance its anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

A non-toxic propulsion system developed by Chinese scientists will enable satellites to carry more payload and save on satellite launching costs, the system's developer said Tuesday. The ammonium dinitramide technology used in the system proved successful when it was tested in the Shijian-17 satellite sent into space last month, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said in a statement.


A news report on Chinese state television provided a rare look inside one of the submarines of the Chinese Navy. The Kilo-class submarine was purchased from Russia during the 1990s and is the tip of Beijing's spear in its disputes with neighbors.


China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund has dropped its takeover bid for chip equipment maker Aixtron after the United States blocked the deal on security grounds, throwing the German company's future into doubt. The crux of the issue for Aixtron is that it makes devices which produce crystalline layers based on gallium nitride that are used as semiconductors in weapons systems.

China's Ministry of Commerce criticized the United States yesterday for thwarting a Chinese investment fund's proposed acquisition of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron. "The US, in the name of national security, frequently departs from market and commercial principles to interfere with normal business activity," ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said at a briefing. The deal fully conformed "with international business practices and market principles and shouldn't have been subjected to political interference," Shen said.

The third China-US ministerial dialogue on fighting cyber crimes was held here Wednesday. The dialogue was co-chaired by China's State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Calling the current China-US cooperation in cyber security a link between past and future, Guo proposed that the two sides press on in using the dialogue mechanism as the main channel for communication in tackling cyber security issues, give prompt and effective response to the requests from the other side, and constructively manage their differences.


China should "significantly" increase military spending and build more nuclear weapons as a response to US President-elect Donald Trump, an editorial in the nationalistic Global Times newspaper said on Thursday. China should "build more strategic nuclear arms and accelerate the deployment of the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile" to protect its interests, should Trump attempt to corner the country in an "unacceptable way", it said.


The PLA Army and China Mobile agreed to seven areas of cooperation: joint construction and sharing of information infrastructure, security of emergency communication, command dispatches, "smart" barracks, utilization of information systems and resource development, information security, and training of information technology talent.