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China may depart from its declared stand of a “no-first-use” policy. The Chinese military will consider launching a preemptive nuclear strike if the country finds itself faced with a critical situation in a war with another nuclear state.
China's Qingdao Port has signed an agreement with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to build and operate a wharf on Burma's western coastline from which China will send its crude oil brought from Africa and the Middle East via an inland pipeline to Yunnan Province.
India plans to reduce its security forces by 25% in Kashmir to ease conditions for people in one of the world's most militarized areas.
A 130-year-long territorial dispute between China and Tajikistan settled, China to increase land mass by 1,000 sq km.
China is scheduled to have a deep space monitoring network in 2016 to support the country's future space missions. The network will consist of two monitoring stations in China, in Kashgar and Jiamusi, and one in South America.
China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter. Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily has reported that Shaanxi acting provincial governor Zhao Zhengyong said China has "succeeded in the test flight of a prototype aircraft that can fly through the atmospheric layer."
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