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Meeting between China and the US is not only about avoiding doomsday, but a show of joint leadership that can bring a troubled world to a better place.
If the US needed millions of dollars to shoot down a couple of hobbyist balloons, a trillion-dollar military budget is not enough to fight China.
Western military fabulists now warn that China may be expanding naval bases around the world faster than you can count aloud.
PLA’s most advanced carrier is shown metres from usual berthing place in satellite images, and it appears to launch object in unverified video.
Simulated war game shows new US stealth bomber may fall foul of missiles using the ‘Qian Xuesen trajectory’.
PLA Daily says Beijing is determined to protect border security after Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army announces seizure of crossing point along China’s frontier with the Southeast Asian country.
China has urged Myanmar to guarantee border safety and stability as the junta loses ground to armed rebel groups since clashes broke out in October.
China’s hi-tech, low-cost drones are increasingly popular in the Middle East, but aligning systems with dominant Western weaponry and balancing regional ties present challenges, observers say.
Far-right former TV pundit campaigned on severing relations with Beijing, but he won with backing from ex-president who warned against doing so.
The patrols are likely to irk China, which has warned the Philippines against activities with the US that it says could stoke regional tensions.
Aman Youyi-2023 exercises held in Guangdong province aim to further deepen ‘mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation’, according to Chinese state media.
Improved military-to-military dialogue, coordination on fentanyl and meeting of minds on AI singled out as noteworthy takeaways from Apec discussion.
Observers say renewed communication channels between PLA and US military cannot fix fundamental disagreements on issues such as military conduct in South China Sea.
Beijing has not had a defence minister since Li Shangfu was removed from the post in October for unknown reasons.
The Chinese leader indicated Beijing is not preparing for an invasion of the island, a US official said after the meeting in California.
President Joe Biden mentions counter-narcotics, artificial intelligence and climate change as issues to be addressed jointly; Xi Jinping cites ‘grave’ economic problems, including ‘protectionism’.
Mohamed Muizzu, who takes office on Friday, has vowed to expel Indian troops but does not want to redraw regional balance by bringing in Chinese forces instead.
Washington is hoping the meeting between the two leaders will lead to some crisis management safeguards such as a reconnected hotline.
Though a Nasa patent proposes a similar system, it remains on paper only with no prototype yet seen.
US President Joe Biden has spoken with the sultan of Oman after he was briefed about a Chinese plan to build a military facility in the Middle Eastern country.
Potential dangers of AI expected to be major focus of Wednesday’s much-awaited bilateral meeting on margins of Apec summit in San Francisco.
Washington and Beijing say the Chinese and American presidents will sit down at Apec forum for ‘in-depth’ discussion of ‘major issues’.
General Zhang Youxia became the most senior PLA figure to visit since Russia was sanctioned over its invasion of Ukraine.
Shandong and escort vessels spotted off northern Taiwan and ‘we have deployed appropriate forces to respond’, island’s defence ministry says, without offering details.
The Russian leader’s comments were made during a visit by General Zhang Youxia, China’s No 2 military official and vice-chair of the Central Military Commission.
The visit by the August 1st Aerobatics Team will help showcase the multi-role fighters, which Egypt is reported to be interested in buying.
Chinese and Omani officials discussed the matter last month, the US president was told, amid efforts by Beijing to deepen ties in the Middle East.