China has told retired military officers to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found "irregularities", state media said Sunday, as Beijing steps up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess.
China will improve military training to reach "combat standard", state media said on Thursday, as President Xi Jinping steps up efforts to modernise the armed forces in the face of bubbling territorial disputes.
In a major strategic shift, China has for the first time decided to spend more from its USD 132 billion defence budget to upgrade Navy and Air Force amid deepening conflict with Japan, South China Sea dispute and US military push into Asia-Pacific.
China announced its biggest rise in military spending in three years on Wednesday, a strong signal from President Xi Jinping that Beijing is not about to back away from its growing assertiveness in Asia, especially in disputed waters.
The United States is optimistic about military exchanges with China and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top US military officer said on Saturday, playing down tension between the world`s two biggest economies.
China will significantly increase its defence budget and spend USD 148 billion on its military this year, second only to the US, a surge driven by escalation in tensions with its neighbours over longstanding territorial disputes, according to a media report.
China`s Defence Ministry urged international vigilance of Japan`s military plans after it unveiled an interim report calling for strengthened armed forces, including the possible acquisition of the ability to hit enemy bases.
India and China are fuelling mutual suspicion by their ongoing military build-up, even though neither of them currently appear to seek to overturn the strategic balance on their borders, US spy chief said.