Mar 8, 2015

China defends island-building in South China Sea

China’s foreign minister on Sunday defended his government’s controversial policy of reclamation on disputed isles in the South China Sea, which has sparked regional concern, and said Beijing is not seeking to overturn the international order. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to ...

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

Mar 4, 2015

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

China’s central government will increase defense spending at a slower pace than last year as President Xi Jinping overhauls the military and seeks to stamp out the corruption that hinders the country’s combat readiness. The defense budget will rise about 10 percent this year, ...

Feb 10, 2015

China finds sizable natural gas field in South China Sea

China has found more than 100 billion cu. meters of natural gas in the politically volatile South China Sea, according to state media. The natural gas was discovered at the Lingshui 17-2 gas field, 150 kilometers south of China’s southernmost island of Hainan. The ...

Feb 1, 2015

Japan, Russia to hold vice ministerial talks

Senior Japanese diplomats and their Russian counterparts will meet in Moscow on Feb. 12 to lay the groundwork for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to Japan this year, a source said Saturday. The delegations will include vice foreign ministers. The talks, originally scheduled ...