Latest Chinese armed forces News

Jan. 6 committee seeking records on Milley's China calls

Sep. 16, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection said Thursday they have sought records related to calls from Gen. Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer, to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s...

Taiwan drills military as concerns over China grow

Sep. 15, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

JIADONG, Taiwan (AP) — The F-16 screeched across the sky Wednesday before landing on a highway cut through pineapple fields in southwestern Taiwan to refuel quickly and take off again. The Taiwanese military exercise envisioned a Chinese attack taking out the island's...

Book: Top US officer feared Trump could order China strike

Sep. 14, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearful of Donald Trump's actions in his final weeks as president, the United States' top military officer twice called his Chinese counterpart to assure him that the two nations would not suddenly go to war, a senior defense official said Tuesday after the conversations...

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Sep. 12, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China's growing military influence. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the...

India seeks Australian investment in defense industry

Sep. 10, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India sought investment from Australia’s defense industry on Friday as the two countries discussed ways to bolster defense ties and cooperate on maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, where China's military strength and influence have grown. ...

UK carrier commander: Japan visit underscores partnership

Sep. 07, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The commander of the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday that the first port call in Japan by his strike group underscores Britain's aim to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific region and its commitment to further strengthen its partnership with...

UK aircraft carrier visits Japan for drill amid China worry

Sep. 06, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense minister on Monday welcomed the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it made its first Japanese port call, saying the involvement of European nations in the Indo-Pacific region is key to peace and stability as China's military strength and influence...

Japan ministry seeks 2.6% defense hike amid China worries

Aug. 31, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday asked for a 2.6% increase over this year’s record budget as it seeks to further strengthen the country's military in the face of China’s growing assertiveness in the region. The ministry's budget sought 5.48...

China protests US Navy, Coast Guard ships in Taiwan Strait

Aug. 28, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense ministry protested Saturday the passage of a U.S. Navy warship and Coast Guard cutter through the waters between China and Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by China. A statement posted on the ministry's website called the move...

China's Mars rover soldiers on after completing program

Aug. 21, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Zhurong Mars rover is soldiering on after completing its initial program to explore the red planet and search for frozen water that could provide clues as to whether it once supported life. China’s National Space Administration said on its...