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Growing Friction With Japan

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September 13, 2005: The Japanese government reported that, last month, a Chinese electronic intelligence aircraft had been spotted off the coast of southern Japan. This growing contact with the Chinese military is encouraging Japanese legislators to increase military spending, and expanding the Japanese ilitary.

September 10, 2005: China sent several warships to a disputed (with Japan) area of the East China Sea. The Chunxiao gas field area is claimed by both nations.

September 9, 2005: An accident in a Taiwanese weapons plant killed three, and injured several others. The weapons plant is run by the military, and the dead and injured were soldiers.

September 7, 2005: On the Taiwanese island of Matsu, just off the Chinese coast, an ammo storage exploded, after a small fire. It was apparently an accident, and there were no injures. But the explosion could be heard all over the island.

September 1, 2005: China's hundred million Internet users are becoming an increasing problems for the government, particularly among the growing number of computer scientists and engineers. Most of these experts were educated overseas, where they pick up ideas the government does not approve of. To solve this problem, the government is rapidly building up its technical graduate schools. Within the next decade, the government expects to have graduate programs for the majority of Chinese students wants to earn PhDs in scientific subjects. The government believes that these technical experts are a military asset, and training these people in China prevents many of them from staying in foreign nations where they received their higher education.

 

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