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China shows off new destroyer as Xi views naval parade

24 Apr 2019

QINGDAO, China China showed off the first of its new generation of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday as President Xi Jinping reviewed a major naval parade through mist and rain to mark 70 years since the founding of China's navy. | Video

China navy chief takes dig at U.S. freedom of navigation patrols

24 Apr 2019

QINGDAO, China Freedom of navigation should not be used to infringe upon the rights of other countries, China's navy chief Shen Jinlong said on Wednesday, taking a dig at the United States and its allies who have sailed close to disputed South China Sea islets.

China wants 'tranquillity', navy chief says ahead of new warships reveal

22 Apr 2019

QINGDAO, China China's navy wants maritime "tranquillity and good order", its chief said on Monday, ahead of a parade to mark its 70th anniversary at which the military is expected to display new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers.

Indian, Australian warships arrive in China for naval parade

21 Apr 2019

QINGDAO, China Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tensions and suspicions.

China to show new warships as Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary

20 Apr 2019

QINGDAO, China China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy's founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle.

China says Silk Road not geopolitical tool, understands concerns

19 Apr 2019

BEIJING China's Belt and Road project is not a "geopolitical tool" or a debt crisis for participating nations, but Beijing welcomes constructive suggestions on how to address concerns over the initiative, the government's top diplomat said on Friday.

China struggles to ease concerns over Silk Road project as summit looms

04 Apr 2019

BEIJING/BRUSSELS China is struggling to ease worries about President Xi Jinping's signature plan to build a new Silk Road as it readies for a major summit in late April, especially among Western nations wary about debt, transparency and Chinese influence.

Don't discriminate against our firms, China's Xi tells New Zealand

01 Apr 2019

BEIJING President Xi Jinping called upon New Zealand on Monday not to discriminate against Chinese companies during a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose country has rejected a bid by Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build a 5G mobile network. | Video

China to prosecute 'lavish spending' former Interpol chief

27 Mar 2019

BEIJING China will prosecute former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for graft after an investigation found he spent "lavish" amounts of state funds, abused his power and refused to follow Communist Party decisions, its anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday.

China says Tibet human rights critics 'bewitched' by Dalai Lama

27 Mar 2019

BEIJING Those who criticise China over human rights in Tibet have been "bewitched" by the Dalai Lama, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, days before the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan spiritual leader's flight into exile in India.

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