Navy drills will boost China-U.S.  contacts

Jun 24, 2014

Navy drills will boost China-U.S. contacts

Chinese warships will join U.S.-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant effort by the two powers’ fighting forces to forge connections. Rising giant China and superpower the United States frequently find themselves at loggerheads as Beijing asserts ...

Jun 22, 2014

China insists on direct negotiations to resolve maritime disputes

China believes territorial disputes in the region should be settled through direct talks with the countries concerned, the nation’s top foreign policy official said. “We will never trade our core interests or swallow the bitter fruits that undermine our sovereignty, security and development interests,” ...

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

Jun 20, 2014

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed ...

Top Chinese diplomat to visit Vietnam this week

Jun 17, 2014

Top Chinese diplomat to visit Vietnam this week

A top Chinese diplomat will visit Vietnam this week after China’s deployment of a giant oil rig off Vietnam’s coast in May increased tensions. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh will discuss the oil rig when they ...

Jun 10, 2014

China reports Vietnam to U.N. over ocean oil rig dispute

China took its dispute with Vietnam to the United Nations on Monday, accusing Hanoi of infringing its sovereignty and illegally disrupting a Chinese company’s drilling operation. Wang Min, China’s deputy ambassador, sent a “position paper” on the rig’s operation in the South China Sea ...

China's 2013 defense spending 21% higher than declared: Pentagon

Jun 6, 2014

China's 2013 defense spending 21% higher than declared: Pentagon

China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyberattacks, the Pentagon said Thursday, presenting a far higher figure than Beijing’s official tally. The Pentagon’s estimate, using 2013 prices and exchange ...