More than 100 horses have arrived in Wuhan for the equestrian and modern pentathlon events of the Military World Games, which begin on Friday. Photo: Handout

Xi Jinping to open Military World Games in China as PLA goes on charm offensive

  • Soldiers from 140 countries are expected to take part in 10-day sporting event in Wuhan, Hubei province
  • It coincides with the Xiangshan Forum, where Beijing may seek to reinforce its position on issues like the South China Sea and US arms sales to Taiwan
Topic |   China military

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More than 100 horses have arrived in Wuhan for the equestrian and modern pentathlon events of the Military World Games, which begin on Friday. Photo: Handout
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Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA

Why don’t Manila and Beijing have closer military ties, despite Duterte’s ‘pivot to China’?

  • China has attempted to entice the Philippines into closer security ties since Duterte became president in 2016
  • But stand-offs over the South China Sea and a defence treaty with the US are among the reasons the Philippine army has carefully ignored its overtures
Topic |   The Philippines

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Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA
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