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China test fires long range missile Dongfeng-31B

Dongfeng-Missiles

China test fired a new variant in its Dongfeng-31 missile range on September 25

Dongfeng-31A

It is a 10,000 km long range missile that is capable of targeting Europe and the West Coast of USA. It can strike with three warheads, including nuclear warheads.

Dongfeng-31B

This is latest variant, and an advanced form of Dongfeng-31A. This is also a long range missile with a reach of 10,000 km. However, it can carry multiple nuclear warheads, unlike Dongfeng-31A which is restricted to three.

 Dongfeng-41

China is also working on developing a Dongfeng-41 missile. Dongfeng-41 is expected to have a range of 12,000 km which will enable it to target all the parts of USA.

Taiwan rejects Chinese merger plan

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, had called for Taiwan’s merger with mainland China and formation of a ‘one country, two systems’ government. The Taiwanese Government’s Mainland Affairs Council has, however, rejected the plan.

Taiwan was a part of China till the Civil War of 1949, when it split from the mainland and opted for its own form of government. Taiwan is a self governed democracy. The Chinese, however, still consider Taiwan a part of China and have stopped it from exercising its sovereignty in the international arena. Significantly, Taiwan is a major buyer of arms from USA

Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) begins in Hong Kong

OCLPOn September 27, 2014, Pro Democracy protests in Hong Kong against a ruling imposing restrictions on the city’s Chief Executive Official were brought forward to follows the student protests calling for greater political freedom. The Central in OCLP refers to the business district in Hong Kong, where the protests were to be held. The demands of the non-violent protests are universal suffrage in Hong Kong and that the impending elections in 2017 and 2020 be held according to international standards. The elections in question are for the Chief Executive position and Legislative Council seats.

The protest was conceived to be an act of civil disobedience by the organizers. Hong Kong citizens, unlike those of mainland China have the right to free speech and right to protest. The ruling of the National People’s Congress that triggered the protests said that candidates for the 2017 Chief Executive elections would be nominated only by a Committee which consisted mostly of pro Beijing members.

The protests were met with repression from the police officials. The Police are believed to have arrested 78 people since the student demonstrations began. There have been reports saying that the police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the protestors. At least 26 people are believed to have been hospitalized; some police officials were also injured.

Business groups, multiple Chinese and Hong Kong government officials, and pro Beijing lobbies have condemned the protests. The Chinese government has also accused foreign elements of meddling in its affairs and encouraging separatist sentiments.

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