Latest Chinese armed forces News

1 year in US prison for Chinese student for military photos

Feb. 5, 2019 3:47 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese student has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally taking photos of a U.S. military installation in the Florida Keys. A federal judge imposed the sentence Tuesday on 20-year-old Zhao Qianli. Authorities say he took photos in September...

Japan PM vows to step up China ties but bolster defense

Jan. 28, 2019 2:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday he will further expand his country's already improving ties with China but said Japan still needs to bolster its defense capability as far as space amid concern about Chinese military activity and uncertainty over North Korea's...

US intelligence warns of 'ever more diverse' threats

Jan. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's efforts to expand its influence and China's modernizing military are among the "ever more diverse" threats facing the U.S., according to a major intelligence report released Tuesday. The National Intelligence Strategy report, issued every four years, also singles out such...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EST

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...

Top US Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontations

Jan. 18, 2019 9:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top officer said he urged China to follow international rules at sea to avoid confrontations and insisted Friday that ships should be able to pass safely though disputed areas of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told...

US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

Jan. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the...

Top US Navy officer to visit China amid heightened tensions

Jan. 11, 2019 11:35 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top officer will visit China starting Sunday amid increasing frictions in the South China Sea and other tensions underscoring their rivalry for dominance in Asia. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will meet with his counterpart Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and leaders...

Chinese warships make friendship visit to Cambodia

Jan. 9, 2019 7:05 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Three Chinese warships arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening already close ties between the two nations. Cambodian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Chhum Socheat said the ships carrying nearly 700 crew members docked at the port of Sihanoukville on...

China officer says island fortification driven by threats

Jan. 9, 2019 5:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China may further fortify man-made islands in the South China Sea depending on threats faced by the outposts, a Chinese naval officer said Wednesday. Navy academy researcher Senior Capt. Zhang Junshe repeated China's stance that it has the legal right to take whatever measures it deems...

Taiwan announces new-look military drills to counter China

Jan. 9, 2019 12:50 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's military on Wednesday announced a series of newly designed large-scale military drills for this year aimed at countering China's renewed threat to use force to gain control over the island. While Taiwan's armed forces regularly hold such exercises, this year's drills are...