China, U.S. stress good manners in avoiding aerial incidents

Oct 26, 2015

China, U.S. stress good manners in avoiding aerial incidents

In the sometimes-testy rivalry between Washington and Beijing, good manners count. A recent amendment to a U.S.-China accord on safe encounters between their military pilots calls for keeping a secure distance, communicating clearly and keeping a lid on rude body language. “Military air crew ...

Jun 13, 2015

Beijing ponders drones for Senkaku surveillance duty

The Chinese military is weighing the regular use of unmanned aircraft to monitor the East China Sea, a move that may exacerbate tensions with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, a Chinese document on Beijing’s use of drones showed Friday. The document, compiled in October, ...

May 9, 2015

China reserves right to create air zone over South China Sea

China says it reserves the right to establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea, a move that would raise tensions in a region racked by territorial disputes. “China is entitled to set up ADIZs,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said ...

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, ...

SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

Nov 29, 2014

SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, has urged the early start of a “crisis management” mechanism with China amid conflicting claims with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands off Taiwan. Relations between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have ...