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Top Commander: China ‘Eroding’ U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.”

China says the USS Hopper, center in this 2009 file photo, was involved in a close encounter near a Chinese island in the South China Sea this week. File photo by Michael A. Lantron/U.S. Navy/UPI

China Says ‘Happy New Year’ to Taiwan with Menacing Military Video

China sent Taiwan a Lunar New Year video this week that included footage of Chinese warplanes and the badge of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force juxtaposed with the tallest skyscraper in Taipei. The Taiwanese responded with their own video of military exercises, making it clear they are prepared to fight for their freedom if necessary.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers participate in a ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall on the second annual national day of remembrance to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre in Nanjing on December 13, 2017. Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping …

China Increases Naval Patrols Around Taiwan to Challenge U.S. Navy

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has greatly increased its presence in the Taiwan Strait, part of the greater South China Sea, in response to the growing number of freedom of navigation operations by the U.S. Navy, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

UNSPECIFIED, CHINA - FEBRUARY UNDATED: Landing ships of the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet drill in mid-February, 2017 in China. 10 landing ships of the PLA South Sea Fleet practise formation movement, formation defense, live fire of naval gun, joint search and rescue, simulated replenishment, air cushion getting …

China Forces Civilians to Conduct Air Raid Drills in Major Cities

Chinese citizens in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major population hubs throughout the country spent the weekend observing Nationwide National Defense Education Day, forced to practice air raid drills to know how to react to a military invasion.

Students practice a protective stance Saturday during an air defense drill in Beijing. Photo:IC

China Eyes Belt and Road Expansion, Military Base in Pakistan

China appears to be attempting to capitalize on tensions between the United States and Pakistan, reportedly planning to build an overseas military base in the country and expand infrastructure projects as part of the larger One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.

China's President Xi Jinping (C) arrives to speak on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city …

China Cracks Down on Corrupt Officials Throwing ‘Hedonistic’ Parties

China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the top anti-corruption agency in a government desperate to portray itself as dedicated to rooting out corruption, announced a new crusade against “hedonism and extravagance” on Monday. The idea is to prevent officials from using lavish parties, padded travel expenses, and other perks as a means of concealing graft.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Vows to Build ‘World-Class Military’ by 2050

Speaking at China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, President Xi Jinping vowed to continue modernizing and expanding its armed forces, with the goal of completing modernization by 2035 and achieving a “world-class military by 2050 that can fight and win wars across all theaters.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Having bested his rivals, Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins …

China to Cut Army in Half to Under One Million Troops

The Chinese state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported Wednesday that the nation’s military will reduce its army to under one million troops in an effort to do away with “the old military structure.”

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015

China Boosts Jet Drills, Ramping Up Combat Readiness

The crash of a fighter jet in eastern China on Wednesday will almost certainly be followed by similar accidents as the ­People’s Liberation Army ramps up training to improve combat readiness, military analysts said.

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: (CHINA OUT) Chinese military jets fly over the city during a rehearsal ahead of the September 3 military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo …

Chinese Military Lures Recruits with Rap Music Video

A new recruitment video for China’s People’s Liberation Army is a marked departure from past productions, which China Daily characterized as more staid affairs, with “orchestral melodies” and lyrics “carefully worded to avoid being too aggressive.”

Chinese Military Lures Recruits with Rap Music Video