A central issue in the current presidential campaign season in the United States is how to deal with China.
"There is no international water within the South [China] Sea." So stated the official news outlets of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, the People's Daily and its subsidiary the Global Times on Monday.
The lead article the Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Tuesday contained an alarming call for a declaration of war against Vietnam and Philippines, two nations that in recent weeks launched the loudest protests against China's sweeping maritime sovereignty claims over the South China Sea.
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks provided China's official media with ample reason to celebrate what it called America's "moribund decline." The state-controlled press issued a thorough condemnation of America for what it said was U.S. culpability for causing the attacks.
Chinas government on Tuesday issued a 13,000-word statement called "Chinas Peaceful Development White Paper," six years after Beijing issued its first similar statement. The purpose was to "respond to the worlds concerns" about Chinas rise as a military and economic power.
China's spectacular military modernization has moved at a dizzying pace in the last two decades, and one constant demand from the United States is for the Chinese military to increase "transparency" and disclose its strategic intentions and defense goals.
China is giving its biggest, state-owned rare earths miner and producer a monopoly for the northern part of the country in reforms aimed at bringing the strategically important sector that's crucial to advanced manufacturing under tighter control.
Stealth design not from U.S. plane
An official Chinese newspaper on Tuesday dismissed a report that the country used technology taken from a downed U.S. airplane in its own stealth fighter program.