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*China published a white paper on national defense on Dec. 27, 2004, the fifth of its kind since 1995.

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An armaments airdrop support exercise (PLA Daily)

Xinjiang Military Area Command marched to the Guibantunggut Desert in full gear in a bid to hone the troops' mobile operation capability (PLA Daily)

China's National Defense in 2004
National Defense in 2004 Opinions 
An officer of the Chinese peacekeeping troops takes a photo before boarding at Beijing Capital International Airport, Dec. 22, 2004. The second batch of peacekeeping forces, for transport and medical care, left for Liberia on that day. According to the United Nations' requirement, they will substitute the first batch of Chinese peacekeeping force whose mission is ending.
UPDATED 09:13, January 05, 2005
Taiwan issue listed as top security concern
China's latest white paper on national defense lists "the vicious rise of the 'Taiwan independence' forces" as one of the factors having major impact on China's security, which experts said is an objective assessment of China's current security situation.
China issues white paper on national defense
China published on Monday a white paper on national defense, reaffirming its determination to crush any "Taiwan independence" attempt at all costs and reassure the world of its pursuit of peaceful development that will pose "no obstacle or threat to any one."
Foreign officers: China's defense sector more transparent
Foreign military attaches in China said Monday that China's issuance of a white paper on defense indicates the country's armed forces are becoming increasingly open and transparent.
  National Defense in 2004  
  • Facts & Figures: China's national defense (13:28, December 27)
  • China to build streamlined military with Chinese characteristics: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • Some Chinese logistical equipment reach internationally advanced standards: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • Six Chinese servicemen died in UN peacekeeping operations: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • China cooperates with others to combat non-traditional security threats: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • China establishes legal system for non-proliferation export control: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • China calls for security assurances for non-nuclear-weapon states: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • China prudent in exporting military products: white paper (13:28, December 27)
  • China's defense industry emphasizes civilian production: white paper (13:29, December 27)
  • China enhances national defense education: white paper (13:29, December 27)
  • China issues white paper on national defense  (13:29, December 27)
  • China's defense white paper elaborates on government security strategy (13:29, December 27)
  • Chinese military to crush any attempt to split Taiwan from China: white paper (13:29, December 27)
  • China makes consistent efforts in arms control (11:12, January 04)
  • Taiwan issue listed as top security concern  (12:18, January 03)
  • Expert: White Paper Taiwan part has six fresh meanings (09:47, December 30)
  • White paper maps military's future (10:07, December 28)
  • Defence document warns separatists (10:14, December 28)
  • Foreign officers say China's defense sector more transparent (10:02, December 28)
  • China to continue to pursue new security concept for world peace (13:27, December 27)
  • Chinese military steps up training for talented soldiers (13:27, December 27)
  • China's increased part of defense expenditure mainly compensatory: military expert (13:27, December 27)
  • Chinese military speeds up informationalization: expert (13:27, December 27)
  • China strengthens building Navy, Air Force, Second Artillery (13:27, December 27)
  • China's defense sector has been more and more open: spokesman (13:28, December 27)
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