People's Republic of China

China Parade Draws Putin, But Few Other Major World Leaders

A girl stands with a bouquet of flowers as people wait for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING  — Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low. Beijing says the attendance of 30 overseas leaders fr... more

More Than 10 Countries to Join Massive Chinese Military Parade

Chinese military police marched past the Tian'anmen Square Oct. 1, 2009, during a military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. (Xinhua photo)

BEIJING -- More than 10 countries including Russia will join China for a massive military parade through central Beijing next month commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, Chinese officials said Friday. The parade is widely seen as a public display of the People's Liberation Army's fast-growing capabilities, an... more

Pacific Pivot Makes Modest Gains in Early Years

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People's Liberation Army-Navy guided-missile frigate Yancheng sails close behind May 11, 2015. Conor Minto/Navy

The military facet of the Obama administration's rebalance to the Pacific has provided at least $9 billion more to U.S. Pacific Command over the last four years, although experts have difficulty gauging the initiative's actual success. With more than $1.2 trillion in U.S. trade transiting through the Pacific each year, it's easy to see why the ... more

US 'Troubled' by China Plans to Keep Building on Islands

In this screen capture from U.S. Navy-released video, sailors conduct flight operations aboard a Navy P-8A Poseidon over the South China Sea on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. SCREEN CAPTURE FROM U.S. NAVY-RELEASED VIDEO

WASHINGTON — The United States is troubled by China's plans to keep building on artificial islands in the South China Sea, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel told journalists that the prospect of China militarizing those maritime outposts runs counter to the goal of reducing regional ten... more

Report: China Dispatching Surveillance Vessels Off Hawaii

In this screen capture from U.S. Navy-released video, sailors conduct flight operations aboard a Navy P-8A Poseidon over the South China Sea on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. SCREEN CAPTURE FROM U.S. NAVY-RELEASED VIDEO

China has begun dispatching surveillance vessels off the coast of Hawaii in response to the Navy's monitoring activities of disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to the Taiwan newspaper Want China Times. The purported surveillance comes on the heels of raised tensions between China and the United States late last month. A Navy P-8A... more

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