Chinese student detained for spying in Taiwan
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Taiwan detains Chinese student in unusual suspected spying case / Reuters
Taiwan authorities today detained a Chinese student on suspicion of involvement in an espionage case. The man, who was described as 29-year-old Zhou Hongxu from China’s Liaoning Province, was taken into custody on suspicion of violating national security laws, according to a judge and spokesman for the Taipei District Court. Zhou will be held for at least two months while the case is investigated. No further details have been made available.
China stealth jet enters service, navy building ‘first class’ fleet / Reuters
In January, the Chinese military transported its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41, through the streets of the northeastern city of Daqing, allowing it to be photographed. It also tested the Dongfeng-5C, a missile capable of carrying 10 nuclear warheads. On Wednesday, the South China Morning Post published images of China’s soon-to-be-launched Type 055 destroyer, asking if the “powerful new navy behemoth” might be able to “outclass America’s warships.” Yesterday, Chinese state television’s military channel confirmed that the new generation J-20 stealth fighter has entered into service. However, Reuters noted that it was not clear whether the new jet could “match the radar-evading properties” of new American stealth aircraft. Another new Chinese jet, the J-31, is still being developed and is expected to enter service around 2020.
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