The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has started a combat drill in the open sea of the West Pacific Ocean.
Hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an indirect reference to China in an effort to justify his country's rising defense budget.
China on Thursday said the training by its military vessels and jets in the west Pacific is routine.
China has lodged solemn representations to the United States for selling anti-submarine aircraft to Taiwan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday.
The Chinese army will do its best to provide relief assistance to Pakistan over its 7.7-magnitude earthquake, said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng on Thursday.
Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang met with Mark Welsh, the chief of staff of the US Air Force, on Thursday.
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