China’s Xi Preps for Star Wars

China's President Xi urges greater military use of space
China's President Xi Jinping

(Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others.

Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan

Beijing launches first naval exercises since declaring ADIZ
Chinese naval fleet / AP

China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.

U.S. Sees Divisions Within Chinese Politburo Leadership Over Economic Reform

Pro-Market communists pitted against go-slow ideologues
Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping / AP

U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported divisions emerging within the secretive Chinese communist leadership over economic reforms, as leaders appear split between those favoring more capitalist-oriented change and more ideological advocates backing tight government control over the economy.

West Criticizes, China Defends Human Rights Record at U.N.

Xi Jinping / AP

GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Western countries accused China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi Jinping became president.