China boosts defence spending amid military modernisation

By Christian Shepherd and Michael Martina BEIJING, March 5 : China on Monday unveiled its largest rise in defence spending in three years, setting a target of 8.1 percent growth over 2017, fuelling an ambitious military modernisation programme amid rising concerns over its security. The 2018 defence budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion), […]

China Xi’s expansive agenda gets boost with move to end term limits

By Philip Wen and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING, Feb 28 : In clearing the way to serve as Chinese president indefinitely, Xi Jinping has sought to head off speculation over his future and amass even more authority to implement his key political objectives, analysts and sources close to the leadership say. The removal of the […]

China’s military flexes muscles for domestic objective: more funding

By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina BEIJING, Feb 28 : With stealth jets entering service, leaked pictures of new high-tech naval artillery and proud reports of manoeuvres that “dare to shine the sword,” China’s armed forces are putting on a show of power as they lobby for greater defence spending. Although it is the world’s […]

Senior U.S., Chinese officials to meet this week on trade – White House

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Feb 28 : Three of President Donald Trump’s senior economic aides are expected to meet this week with a top Chinese economic official to discuss trade disputes between the United States and China. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Reuters that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and […]

With eye on US, China to revamp top tier of diplomats-sources

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Feb 27 : China is expected to announce a reshuffle of its top diplomats at an annual meeting of parliament in March, aiming to deal with U.S. President Donald Trump’s growing suspicion of Beijing, several sources familiar with the plan said. The sources, including foreign diplomats, told […]

Oil from sunken Iran tanker reached Japan shores -Coast Guard

By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO, Feb 23 : Oil that reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan Coast Guard said on Thursday. Samples of oily matter that washed up on Feb. 8 on the shores of the Okinoerabu and Yoron islands […]