A Chinese nuclear submarine takes part in the naval parade on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

China begins joint naval drills with six Southeast Asian nations

  • Exercise shows Beijing is keen to boost its influence in region amid growing US activity, analyst says
  • Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam ‘and others’ will take part in drills off coast of Qingdao, PLA Navy commander says
Topic |   China military

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A Chinese nuclear submarine takes part in the naval parade on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
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China says the French frigate Vendémiaire illegally entered Chinese waters during a passage through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. Photo: Edward Wong

China withdraws PLA Navy anniversary invitation to French warship after Taiwan Strait trip

  • Source says Beijing feels US egged France into making contentious passage and China had expected its guests to understand sensitivities over the waterway
Topic |   Taiwan

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China says the French frigate Vendémiaire illegally entered Chinese waters during a passage through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. Photo: Edward Wong
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