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China holds live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait

China holds live-fire drills in Taiwan StraitChina held live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday but Taipei dismissed the exercises as “routine” after expected large-scale naval manoeuvres failed to materialise. Beijing had announced the drills last week, further ramping up tensions following stark warnings against any independence moves by the self-ruled island which China sees as its sovereign territory. Vessels had been told to avoid a certain area off the Chinese mainland’s coast, triggering speculation that a flotilla spearheaded by China’s sole aircraft carrier would take part in the exercise.



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China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China Sea

China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China SeaPresident Xi Jinping presided over the Chinese navy’s largest-ever military display on Thursday, state media reported, the country’s latest show of force in the disputed South China Sea. State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha before sailing to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and watching the procession, which involved more than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets, and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines. Xi told the assembled troops that China’s need for a world-leading naval force “has never been more pressing than today” and urged them to devote their unswerving loyalty to the party, before watching through binoculars four J-15 fighter jets take off from the Liaoning, China’s sole operational aircraft carrier.



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Former China political star who sought to ‘usurp’ Xi Jinping admits to graft

Former China political star who sought to ‘usurp’ Xi Jinping admits to graftA former Chinese political high-flyer who was once tipped for leadership before being accused of seeking to 'usurp' Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has pleaded guilty to accepting huge bribes. Sun Zhengcai's fall from grace saw seen him being named as a co-conspirator who sought to topple the president by the chairman of China's securities regulator last October. Sun was a former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, and a member of the Communist Party's elite 25-member Politburo. He was also seen as a candidate to be elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee, several officials who represent the apex of political power in China. However, he is now the latest senior official be ensnared in a wide-ranging corruption clampdown launched by Mr Xi when he assumed power five years ago. Sun Zhengcai's bribery trial opened on Thursday Credit: Ng Han Guan/AP On the first day of his bribery trial on Thursday, Sun was accused of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others and illegally accepting money, according to the Weibo account of the No.1 Intermediate People's Court in the northern city of Tianjin. Sun and his alleged associates were also charged with accepting money and goods worth 170 million yuan (£19 million) in return for providing help to unspecified organisations and individuals with engineering contracts, business operations and other matters. Sun pleaded guilty and "expressed penitence", the court said, adding that it would make a ruling at a later date.  Mr Xi’s drive against graft has been criticised for lacking transparency and is seen by some as a means to sideline opponents.



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After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China Sea

After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China SeaBy Karen Lema ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (Reuters) – In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency. The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the U.S. military called routine training in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, headed for a port call in the Philippines, a defense treaty ally. “We have seen Chinese ships around us,” Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, told a small group of reporters on board the three-decade-old carrier.



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US carrier sails in disputed sea as China shows own force

US carrier sails in disputed sea as China shows own forceABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (AP) — — As fighter jets streaked overhead, a U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the South China Sea on Tuesday in the latest display of America's military might after China built a string of islands with military facilities to assert its claims in the strategic waters, sparking regional alarm.



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Taiwan warships drop anchor in Nicaragua amid sinking ties with China

Taiwan warships drop anchor in Nicaragua amid sinking ties with ChinaA Taiwanese naval “Friendship Flotilla” of warships dropped anchor in Nicaragua on Monday just weeks after China urged Taiwan’s dwindling diplomatic allies to ditch the self-ruled island in favor of Beijing. Three ships, carrying around 800 crew, arrived in El Salvador on Friday and will visit other allies in Central America, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, part of “one China”, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring what it considers to be a wayward province under Chinese control.



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Vanuatu and China deny holding military base talks

Vanuatu and China deny holding military base talksVanuatu and China on Tuesday denied a media report that Beijing wanted to establish a permanent military presence in the Pacific island nation. Australia’s Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, earlier on Tuesday reported that preliminary discussions to locate a full military base on Vanuatu had been held. The prospect of a Chinese military outpost so close to Australia has been discussed at the highest levels in Canberra and Washington, Fairfax said.



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China says conflict with Taiwan ‘more probable’ after US agrees to help Taipei build submarines

China says conflict with Taiwan ‘more probable’ after US agrees to help Taipei build submarinesA conflict between China and Taiwan is becoming "more probable" after Donald Trump agreed to help Taipei build its own submarines, Chinese media said. The US gave the go ahead for defence contractors to help Taiwan build an indigenous fleet after repeated appeals from Taiwan for help to bolster its defences against an increasingly assertive China. The decision has prompted Chinese officials to warn the US against playing the 'Taiwan card' amid an escalating trade war between the two countries. Taiwan first sought help from the US to build submarines in 1969, but Washington and European nations were reluctant to assist Taiwan in building a 12-boat fleet because of Chinese objections.  George W Bush's administration said it would help Taiwan acquire diesel electric submarines, but after little progress, Taipei launched a plan to manufacture its own submarines last year. The office of Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen thanked the US for its recent decision, while the defence ministry described the go ahead as a “breakthrough.” Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) get ready for the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base  Credit: Reuters However, media and officials in China – which considers Taiwan a renegade province which will be reunited with the mainland – expressed anger at US interference in Taiwan. The nationalist Global Times newspaper said: "The mainland needs to continue to prepare for a possible military clash across the Straits.  "A military showdown with Taiwan is becoming more probable and may take place sooner rather than later." Liu Jieyi, the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said "some Americans indeed intend to play the Taiwan card". "This will not only harm the entire Chinese people, but harm rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots," he said, according to Xiamen TV. At a glance | The One China policy Taiwan's former defence minister, Andrew Yang, told The Telegraph the ruling was “a very important first step” in a process that could take at least ten years. He said there was little surprise in Taipei over China’s negative reaction. “Beijing is always protesting US support for Taiwan in terms of providing defensive articles, particularly with regards to submarines. Submarines are more sensitive,” he said. Michael Tsai, another former defence minister, said: “China is expanding its very aggressive military activity around the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea.  "Taiwan needs to strengthen its self defence capability, including submarines, to deter China from taking further aggressive military action in this area." Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stand on the Liaoning aircraft carrier as it sails into Hong Kong, china, on Friday, July 7, 2017.  Credit: Bloomberg However, the decision has not been universally welcomed in Taiwan, where there are concerns that it could provoke Beijing amid its worsening trade spat with the US. “This is the right decision at the wrong time,” said Dr Ching Chang, a former naval officer and now a research fellow at the Society for Strategic Studies. “Given the present awful situation in cross-Strait relation and US-Sino interactions regarding commercial disputes it is very hard for us to see it as a blessing and not a curse,” he said. US-China Relations | What US presidents have said on Taiwan Jason Hsu, a leading member of the Kuomintang opposition party said the decision was further sign of the US “flexing its muscles to China” amid growing tensions over trade. “This is a double-edged sword," he said.  "We do need the technology. However, at this particular time I think it would be like swallowing an unknown medicine without knowing its consequences or side-effects."   Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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Full Navarro: Trump's tariff threats are not a 'negotiating tactic' with China

Full Navarro: Trump's tariff threats are not a 'negotiating tactic' with ChinaIn an exclusive interview with Peter Navarro, Director of the White House National Trade Council, talks to Chuck Todd about President Trump’s tariff threats.



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America vs. China in South China Sea: Aircraft Carrier Face-Off Now In the Cards?

America vs. China in South China Sea: Aircraft Carrier Face-Off Now In the Cards?China’s only aircraft carrier in service, the Liaoning, is now in the South China Sea for a six-day drill that began on Thursday, state papers have confirmed. Reuters has also reported that the Liaoning strike group has sailed into waters close to the southern province of Hainan, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, as seen in a satellite image. Observers believe these vessels may be from the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s three major fleets, as Beijing wants a variety of vessels from different naval command regions to sail with the Liaoning to hone their inter-fleet interoperability.



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