All about the armed forces – China’s latest political and current affairs news


A summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for July 26, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.

There has been a lot of reporting on China’s military capabilities and plans this week. Here are some reports worth noting:

  • A report on a July 25th meeting at which Xi Jinping called for all-out efforts to further push the military reform has been the top story on English- and Chinese-language central state media for two days.
  • In the South China Sea, China is speeding up underwater drone tests to track the location of foreign submarines, according to the South China Morning Post.
  • An Australian ABC report reports that a Chinese spy ship was spotted off the Queensland coast inside Australia’s exclusive economic zone. The vessel did not enter Australia’s territorial waters.
  • Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm, released recent satellite imagery, which apparently shows that China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti is “bigger and more secure than previously thought,” and includes a large underground area.
  • The New York Times reports (paywall) that on July 26, China and Russian warships held a joint naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, which, according to both countries’ commanders, was not “aimed at any country.”
  • Swarajyamag says that in the ongoing China-India-Bhutan border dispute, while China enjoys a military advantage, India might still have a chance to embarrass China in a limited military conflict along the border due to its operational superiority.