Experts said that if Washington continues to flex its military muscles in the South China Sea, it may prompt China to boost its defense buildup there to safeguard its lawful rights.
China said on Friday that it does not intend to pursue militarization of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea and criticized US air and naval patrols in the region.
China on Friday urged relevant parties to be cautious and show restraint to avoid complicating the situation as the United States passed a bill to impose more stringent sanctions on Pyongyang.
President Xi Jinping tours the headquarters of People's Daily newspaper in Beijing on February 19, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]
President Xi Jinping visited three Beijing-based State news organizations - CCTV, Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily - on Friday morning.
President Xi Jinping visits headquarters of major State media in Beijing on Friday morning and sends a greeting on social media platforms.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday exchanged views via phone with new French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on their countries' relations and on international and regional issues of common concern.
The national environmental authority has launched a new plan that targets Beijing, Tianjin and four neighboring cities with tough restrictions in an effort to curb severe smog in the northern region.
More foreigners in different industries in China would be eligible to apply for permanent resident permits, or green cards, in a simpler way.
Any defense deployment on China's territory would be legitimate, Beijing said on Wednesday, responding to reports that China has positioned anti-aircraft missiles on the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.
China's deployment of defense facilities on Yongxing Island -- the largest island in the Xisha Islands group in the South China Sea -- is "nothing new," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
China on Thursday asked the Spanish side to guarantee the legitimate rights of Chinese companies and personnel in Spain.