People's Republic of China

US Admiral Says China 'Creating a Great Wall of Sand' in Sea

Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr. testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing to consider his nomination to be Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. (Department of Defense photo)

CANBERRA, Australia — China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. Admiral Harry Harris Jr. told a naval conference in Australia that competing territorial claims by several nations in th... more

Study: China Has Grown to World's 3rd-Biggest Arms Exporter

In this Nov. 21, 2010, file photo, Pakistan Air Force personnel sit in front of their JF-17 jet fighter at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, southern coast of Guangdong province, China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

BEIJING  — China has overtaken Germany to become the world's third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent share remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says. China's share of the global arms market rose 143 percent from 2010 to 2014, a period during which the total volume of glob... more

Official Says China to Boost Military Budget by 10 Percent

Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING  — China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The increase to about $145 billion in spending would mark the fifth year in a row of double-digit increases despite the c... more

Historians: China Twists History to Justify Military Buildup

The Chinese destroyer, Haikou (DD 171), was among the ships participating in the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise earliert his year. (Source: Defense Department)

China has increased its defense spending dramatically in the last decade to $131 billion this year, according to its official statements, placing it second only to the United States in military funding. With a jump of more than 12 percent from 2013, many of its neighbors are unsettled by the buildup, particularly in light of China’s claims of s... more

China to Indict Former General on Bribery Charges

Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist Party's powerful Central Military Commission, has admitted to allegations that he took "especially huge amounts" of bribes. (AP photo)

BEIJING -- Chinese prosecutors will indict the military's former No. 2 official on bribery charges in an indication of the Communist Party's determination to fight corruption at all levels, state media said Tuesday. Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist Party's powerful Central Military Commission, has admitted to allegation... more

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