Two Tibetans set themselves on fire on Monday, adding to a string of self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule in the troubled region, according to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and various media reports.
China plans to boost its official defence budget by 11.2 per cent this year as Beijing is balancing the modernisation of its armed forces against the need to keep military spending in line with economic development.
China remained quiet Tuesday as a recently leaked video of a Chinese general's candid remarks -- apparently made at a corporate event in March -- on sensitive spying cases continued to draw international attention.
One day after the top American military officer declared that China "has arrived as a world power," his Chinese counterpart Monday played down the capabilities of the 3 million strong People's Liberation Army while criticizing the role of U.S. armed forces in the Asia Pacific region.
"Aircraft carriers are tools of imperialism, and they're like sitting ducks waiting to be shot," a senior Beijing official told a group of overseas visitors. "China will never build an aircraft carrier."
The Tibetan government-in-exile this week announced that Lobsang Sangay has been elected "Kalon Tripa," or Tibetan Prime Minister, but the very office Sangay will hold appears set to change dramatically.
More than 200 former fighters and other members of the Maoist People's Liberation Army -- including minors -- were discharged from a Maoist camp Thursday in line with Nepal's ongoing peace process, officials said.
China on Monday began withdrawing the first batch of 40,000 troops from three provinces hit by the massive May 12 earthquake, as authorities shift their focus away from rescue and toward reconstruction
His eyes nearly in tears from the crush of fellow travelers at Guangzhou's train station, Hong Tao said things were much better on Sunday, after days of waiting for a train to his home in Hubei province.
Shaun Horrocks, features designer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, had heard about the highway planned on Mt. Everest and decided it may be his last chance to see landscapes that may change within a year. The Chinese government has been planning the $19.7 million project, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua, to facilitate the journey of the Olympic torch to the world's highest peak ahead of the Games. The project would turn the 108-kilometer (67-mile) rough road linking Tingri County at the foot of Everest to the Everest base camp into a blacktop highway, Xinhua has reported.
China will open its borders to a host of international visitors next year for the Olympic Games, but it may be strife within the country that causes the greatest security worries, human rights groups say.
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is undergoing a radical restructuring and modernization to better prepare itself for a "military option" against Taiwan -- and in particular, the possibility of taking on the mighty U.S. forces.
China's generals have stepped up efforts to seek approval from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership for more funds and "faster war preparation" in response to moves by Taipei to secure sophisticated weapons from the United States.
Chinese generals have joined the campaign to vilify Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, a signal that Beijing is mobilizing more resources, including military means, to thwart Chen's alleged "creeping independence" crusade.