People's Republic of China

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

Analysts: Air-Sea Battle Concept Has Risks in Possible China Conflict

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin maneuvers alongside Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Pecos to conduct a replenishment-at-sea during Valiant Shield 2014. Declan Barnes/Navy

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- While the United States may welcome China's peaceful rise, last week's Valiant Shield exercise over the western Pacific Ocean plainly showed that Washington is hedging its bets on the "peaceful" part. The U.S. military training brought 18,000 U.S. service members together to fight a sophisticated enemy trying to... more

China: New Carrier Needs Time to Be Combat Ready

This May 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruising for a test on the sea.

The People's Liberation Army navy marked the second anniversary of the commissioning of the aircraft carrier CNS Liaoning on Thursday, but experts said more time is needed to hone its combat readiness. The CNS Liaoning, a refitted Soviet-era carrier, was commissioned in Dalian, Liaoning province, on Sept 25, 2012. The ship has engaged in resea... more

China Deploys Armed Drone to Multinational Drills

BEIJING  — China's air force said it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills on Tuesday, underscoring the country's rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. The drone, which wasn't identified by type, carried out a successful mission in which it destroyed a mock enemy command vehicle with a missile, the offi... more

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