China dominates Pentagon chief's first India visit

Asia Pacific / Politics Mar 20, 2021

China dominates Pentagon chief's first India visit

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin praised India's growing ties with "like-minded partners" as he held talks in New Delhi on Saturday that were expected to be dominated by shared alarm about China. India is a vital U.S. partner in the Asia-Pacific region and Austin's two-day trip ...

China defense spending gets mild boost amid economic caution

Asia Pacific Mar 6, 2021

China defense spending gets mild boost amid economic caution

China's 2021 defense spending will rise 6.8% from 2020, up slightly from last year's increase and broadly tracking the government's modest growth forecast, as the world's second-largest economy emerges from the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. Premier Li Keqiang pledged that efforts to strengthen the ...