China is beefing up spending on high-tech weapons and upgrading combat readiness as it throws its military weight behind territorial claims that have stirred tensions with Japan and Southeast Asian neighbors.
President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is growing into one of the broadest in China’s modern history, snaring dozens of businessmen and government officials and positioning Xi as the country’s most powerful leader in decades.
A Chinese official who was asked to comment on media reports about ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, some of which said he’s being investigated for graft, responded that guilty officials will be punished no matter their rank.
China is probing a one-time aide to Zhou Yongkang for discipline violations, the latest official to be ensnared by corruption investigations surrounding the retired Politburo Standing Committee member.
Comments by the leaders of Japan and the Philippines drawing parallels between China’s growing assertiveness in the region and events in pre-war Europe are “not helpful,” said the commander of U.S. air forces in the Pacific.