Latest Chinese armed forces News

Taiwan navy holds drill amid China tensions

May. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's navy held a major live-fire exercise Wednesday off the island's east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes. The drills are part of annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

May. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Admiral: US hasn't stepped up sea patrols to confront China

May. 15, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — A top U.S. admiral said Wednesday the Navy has not stepped up maritime patrols to challenge China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea but is maintaining a "consistent" presence in the disputed waters. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, addressing an...

US-China relations near new low amid trade battle

May. 11, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China have gone through rough patches before. The American public recoiled — and the U.S. government imposed sanctions — after the People's Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square...

Taiwan breaks ground on submarine shipyard to counter China

May. 9, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke ground Thursday on a shipyard to produce submarines to counter China's growing military threat. The self-governing island's President Tsai Ing-wen presided over a ceremony in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, saying submarines were an effective way to deter a foe...

Pentagon: Chinese carrier likely to join naval fleet in 2019

May. 2, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is likely to enter into service this year, marking another advance in Beijing's ability to project influence well beyond its shores, the Pentagon said Thursday in an updated assessment of Chinese military power. The report to Congress...

China and Russia to hold joint navy drills next week

Apr. 25, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that it will hold joint naval drills with Russia next week, in another sign that the countries' militaries are growing closer in the face of shared opposition to U.S. military dominance. The "Joint Sea 2019" drills will be held off the northern port city of Qingdao,...

China's Xi urges closer naval ties amid regional tensions

Apr. 23, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

QINGDAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged closer ties among the world's navies on Tuesday, amid tensions over China's rapid expansion of its naval forces and forceful assertions of territorial claims in the South China Sea. Xi's remarks came in an address to foreign naval officers attending...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Apr. 22, 2019 1:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

China sentences military veterans for protesting

Apr. 19, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese courts announced multiple-year prison sentences Friday for more than three dozen military veterans who protested over the lack of benefits, saying the former soldiers had disrupted social order in a bid to further their own interests. The announcements from the courts in the eastern...