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Arms to Taiwan no reason to hold back US-China ties Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday chided China for suspending military ties over US arms sales to Taiwan, saying Beijing's stance "makes little sense". Renewing his call for stronger relations between the Chinese and US militaries, Gates said such a dialogue should not be "held hostage" over the weapons sales. The sales have been going on for decades and Washington has made clear that it does not support independence for Taiwan, Gates said in a speech at a security conference in Singapore. Jun 5, 2010

U.S. appeals to China to restore military ties The United States appealed to China on Saturday to restore military ties despite discord over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and said it was considering options beyond the United Nations to punish North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean ship. U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said China's decision to break off military-to-military contacts between the Pacific powers earlier this year could undercut regional stability. He urged Beijing to accept the "reality" that Washington is committed to arming Taiwan, like it or not. Jun 5, 2010

South Korea to launch its first space rocket The nationOs attention is drawn to KoreaOs first space rocket, which awaits its second launch attempt Wednesday at the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, South Jeolla Province. As the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, known as the Naro-1, failed to put a satellite into orbit in its first attempt last August, observers will be keeping a closer eye on each step of the launching processes. Concern heightened as the launch schedule came close to being altered as preparations were partially delayed Monday. Jun 5, 2010

China uses drones to spot opium fields China has begun using unmanned aircraft to track down illegal poppy crops being grown in the suburbs around its capital as part of a monthlong anti-drug campaign, police said Friday. Beijing police announced the start of the "Eagle Eye 10" campaign at a meeting Thursday, said an officer surnamed Zhang from the drug control department of the city's public security bureau. Like many Chinese officials he declined to give his full name. Police will be using unmanned drones for the first time, along with helicopters, to search out opium fields in Beijing and surrounding Hebei province. Authorities did not release specifics on how much...

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