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Neighbors worried about China's military, economic might – poll

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 79% of people across the Asia-Pacific region say they are alarmed by China's growing military strength

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

China to hold fresh military drills near Taiwan

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:39 PM

This will be the third set of drills in a month and comes after the recent US approvals of arms sales worth billions to Taiwan, including F-16 fighter jets

CHINA NAVY DRILLS. This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. File photo by AFP

U.S. advances sale of F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The decision to forward Taiwan's request for aircrafts to Congress for approval is 'an important step in support of Taiwan's self-defense efforts'

This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defence Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (L) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill. China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan on May 11 in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said are aimed at the island's "independence forces".   / AFP PHOTO / TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

China takes lead in some military tech, says Pentagon study

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:46 PM

A report entitled 'China Military Power' says because of its 'multifaceted approach to technology acquisition' the People's Liberation Army is 'on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world'

A Chinese J-20 stealth fighter performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Xi Jinping insists that the island be reunified with the mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

2018: Year of China military deployments in South China Sea – U.S. think tank

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In 2018, China entered a new 'phase' in its militarization of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea, says AMTI director Gregory Poling

China plane only refueling in Davao? 'Very obvious lie,' says Trillanes

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Minority senators are eyeing a probe into the issue, but it is uncertain if committees headed by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies will agree to conduct such an inquiry

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

China to hold military drills in Taiwan Strait

Apr 18, 2018 - 12:20 PM

It is the first such exercise in the waterway since 2016, and it coincides with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Swaziland, one of the self-ruled island's few remaining international allies

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan – officials

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The army camp will be built in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous Wakhan Corridor, where witnesses have reported seeing Chinese and Afghan troops on joint patrols

MILITARY BASE? This photograph taken on October 7, 2017 shows Afghan Wakhi nomad families travelling on yaks in the Wakhan Corridor in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Photo by Gohar Abbas/AFP

Taiwan warns Chinese military drills pose 'enormous threat'

Dec 26, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Local media estimate Chinese warplanes have conducted at least 20 drills around Taiwan this year, compared to just 8 in 2016

'ENORMOUS THREAT.' The frequent drills 'have created enormous threat to security in the Taiwan Strait,' says Taiwanese defense minister Feng Shih-kuan. File photo from Wikipedia

China island expansion moves ahead in South China Sea

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

China's new super-dredger, called a 'magical island building machine,' is expected to take China's expansion in the disputed sea a step further

World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The plane, codenamed 'Kunlong,' has flight capabilities that put all of China's island-building projects in the South China Sea well within range

China, ASEAN hold joint naval drills as tensions ease

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The exercise followed meetings between the Chinese and Singaporean defense ministers on the sidelines of the 11th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting in the Philippines in October

This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea. Stringer/AFP

China’s navy targets building bases overseas – Pentagon

Jul 01, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Pentagon cites cases in 2016 of China using its intelligence services and employing other illicit technologies controlled equipment and other materials

DEFENSE BUILD-UP. The Chinese guided missile destroyer PLANS Qingdao joins over 40 other warships from around the world to celebrate the centenary of the Australian Navy in Sydney on October 5, 2013. Photo from Shutterstock

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

China gives P370M in guns, ammunition to PH

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:25 PM

China donates around 3 000 rifles and 6 million pieces of ammunition to help the Philippines with its battle against terrorists in Marawi City

President Rodrigo Duterte, beside him is China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jian Hua, checks the one of the sniper rifles given by the Republic of China as part of their urgent military assistance to the Phiippines during its turnover ceremony at the Clark Airbase in Mabalacat, Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier – media

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Analysts say the ship represents a status symbol for Beijing in a contested region but posed little threat to advanced US carriers

In this file photo, China's aircraft carrier 'Liaoning' sits berthed at the naval base in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province in 2012. File photo by AFP

China defense spending to rise 'around 7%' – official

Mar 04, 2017 - 12:22 PM

2nd UPDATE In particular we need to guard against outside meddling in the disputes says Fu Ying spokeswoman for the National People s Congress

This photo taken on February 27, 2017 shows Chinese military police attending an anti-terrorist oath-taking rally in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. File photo by STR/AFP

China sends aircraft carrier to Pacific drills for first time

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The Chinese navy drills are seen as a show of strength by Beijing at a time of rising tensions with Taiwan and the United States

This file photo taken on an undisclosed date in December 2016 shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Bohai Sea, off China's northeast coast. Stringer/AFP

China's secretive stealth fighter unveiled in flyby debut

Nov 01, 2016 - 1:02 PM

The fighters were not announced on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after a colorful aerobatics show by the People s Liberation Army Air Force

STEALTH. This image taken on January 6, 2011 shows China's new stealth fighter jet, the J-20, the country's first radar-evading combat aircraft, during one of many test runs at the military airbase in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province. Kanwa News/Handout/File/AFP

China extends military wings with new transport plane

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED The announcement comes with tensions mounting over territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighbors in the East and South China seas

This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows China's biggest military transport plane the Y-20 performs at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province. Johannes Eisele/AFP

China says US 'hyping' spy plane intercept

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED The US once again is deliberately hyping this issue says the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry

This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

China raises 2016 defense spending by 7.6%

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:26 PM

3rd UPDATE Beijing is increasing its military heft and asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea raising tensions with its neighbors and with Washington

CHINA'S DEFENSE. Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers salute each other on Tiananmen Square ahead of the Fourth Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, March 2, 2016. File photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

North Korea may be preparing separate missile launch – NHK

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Japan s NHK television citing diplomatic sources it did not identify reports that it has been confirmed that a mobile launch pad in North Korea s eastern coastal area was on the move

2012 LAUNCH. A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 13, 2012 shows a monitor screen image of the launch of the communist country's long-range Unha-3 rocket, which successfully put a satellite into orbit, from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongang Province, North Korea on December 12, 2012. KCNA/EPA

Taiwan military conducts drills amid China tension

Jan 27, 2016 - 2:11 PM

The drills are the first since Tsai Ing wen of the China skeptic Democratic Progressive Party DPP swept to victory in the elections earlier this month

Taiwan Navy officers stand guard on a Naval warships during a military naval drill in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 27, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

China restructures military as Xi eyes 'strong army'

Jan 02, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The changes come as China acts more aggressively in territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea and comes just after Beijing announced on Thursday it is building its second aircraft carrier

MILITARY MIGHT. In this file photo, hundreds of elite police and soldiers attend a send-off ceremony as they prepare for the security during China's 60th anniversary celebration in Beijing on June 23, 2009. Photo by AFP

PH reiterates 'peaceful solution' amid China military video

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The 4 minute 23 second video showcases China’s vast military power as it featured warships submarines fighter jets and aircraft carriers along its claimed waters

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Philippines cheers growing outcry over disputed sea

Jul 19, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Sec Coloma: there are additional voices supporting our move for a peaceful resolution to the debate over the South China Sea West Philippine Sea

TAKING A PEEK. Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, observes operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a flight hosted by the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, flying over the South China Sea, July 18, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Frase

China’s 2015 military strategy, what it means for the PH

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The Philippines must push ASEAN to draft a binding Code of Conduct without Chinese participation

China air force slips past PH, Taiwan for drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Several aircraft from China s People s Liberation Army PLA on March 30 flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines Xinhua reports

In this file photo, 6 J-10 fighter jets on the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force perform in the sky during the China International Aviation Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong province, 11 November 2014. Joy Mu/EPA

Myanmar expresses 'sorrow' for China border deaths

Mar 16, 2015 - 2:08 PM

Myanmar expresses sorrow after a bomb dropped across the border during clashes with rebel forces killed 5 farm workers on Chinese territory

Beijing aircraft carrier returns from South China Sea

Jan 02, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Lianoning returns to its home port after what China calls a successful training mission in the South China Sea

China mulls revamping military regions – Japan report

Jan 01, 2014 - 3:47 PM

China is reportedly planning to revamp military regions to counteract the Japan US alliance amid its row with Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea

Hagel pushes 'pivot' in Asia talks as Syria clash looms

Aug 28, 2013 - 6:57 PM

US officials said Hagel also called for restraint in the disputed South China Sea at a gathering in Brunei of regional defense ministers

HAGEL IN BRUNEI. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel smiles ahead of a meeting with ASEAN Defense Ministers in Bandar Seri Begawan on August 28, 2013. AFP / Dean Kassim

Japan navy unveils biggest warship since WWII

Aug 07, 2013 - 10:13 AM

Japan plans to use the helicopter carrier named Izumo and expected to go into service in 2015 to defend territorial claims following maritime skirmishes with China

FIREWORKS: Japan unveils newest warship, the DDH183 Izumo. AFP Photo

China to buy Russian fighters, subs: state media

Mar 25, 2013 - 3:23 PM

The agreement to buy the 24 Su 35 fighters and four Lada class submarines was signed just before President Xi Jinping s weekend visit to Russia

Chinese military troops stand at attention at the Bayi Building in Beijing on September 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Larry Downing

China parliament opens with growth and graft pledges

Mar 05, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Outgoing premier Wen Jiabao pledged to protect China s territorial integrity as the government laid down another double digit rise in military spending to modernize the world s largest standing army

Delegates stand as the orchestra plays the national anthem during the opening session of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO /GOH CHAI HIN

China defense budget to rise 10.7% in 2013

Mar 05, 2013 - 10:43 AM

China s military spending has triggered concern across Asia and in Washington with experts saying the totals actually spent are substantially higher than those publicly announced

View of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

China legislature declines to reveal defense spending

Mar 04, 2013 - 1:36 PM

It seems China has to explain every year to the outside world why we should strengthen national defense and why we should increase the military budget

View of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

China tests new military transport plane

Jan 27, 2013 - 12:18 PM

A successful test flight of the Y 20 a long range heavy transport jet took place on Saturday January 26 in the northwest of the country

Japan, US fighter planes in joint drill: official

Jan 15, 2013 - 4:34 PM

US and Japanese fighter jets on Tuesday January 15 carried out joint air exercises an official said days after Chinese and Japanese military planes shadowed each other near disputed islands in the East China Sea

Banquets off the menu for China military: state media

Dec 22, 2012 - 12:27 PM

China s high ranking military officers will no longer be treated to receptions featuring liquor and luxury banquets state media reports as the country s new leaders stress austerity to fight corruption

China conducts first landing on aircraft carrier

Nov 25, 2012 - 2:05 PM

The Chinese made J 15 made the successful landing on the Liaoning a former Soviet carrier during recent exercises the defense ministry said in a report Sunday November 25 on the flight tests

China leads rise in Asia military spending

Oct 16, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Military spending by Asia s major powers increased dramatically over the past decade with China leading the way