China signals no SChina Sea backdown as foreign minister goes to US

By Ben Blanchard and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Feb 22 : China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from US deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said today, striking a combative tone ahead of a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the United States this week. The United States last week accused […]

Obama: China knows it cannot sustain export-driven growth model

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 22 : US President Barack Obama today said China recognized it could not sustain an export-driven growth model indefinitely but that it would take time to change. Speaking to state governors at the White House, Obama urged them to press the US Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact […]

China signals no S China Sea backdown as foreign minister goes to US

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Feb 22 : China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from US deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said today, striking a combative tone ahead of a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the United States this week. The United States last week accused China of raising […]

China weapons exports surge over past five years -report

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING, Feb 22 : China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years, a military think tank said today, as the world’s third-largest weapons exporter pours capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry. In 2011 to 2015, China’s arms imports fell 25 per cent compared with the previous […]

Australia says China “challenged” S.China Sea missile report

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Feb 18 : China has “challenged” reports that it deployed advanced surface-to-air missiles to a disputed island in the South China Sea, but any militarisation would be a concern, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said today. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the missile batteries had been set up on Woody Island in […]

China’s business jet market slowing as economy weakens

By Rujun Shen and Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE, Feb 18 : Chinese demand for business jets is slowing as its economy weakens, with customers looking to diversify from large aircraft, industry executives said at the Singapore Airshow. China’s business jet fleet grew 6 percent in 2015, the slowest in the past 10 years, according to data […]