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US vice-president Mike Pence addresses the Hudson Institute on the administration’s policy towards China in Washington, DC. Photograph: JIm Watson/AFP/Getty Images

China has accused US vice-president Mike Pence of making slanderous, baseless accusations after he said Beijing was trying to sway the US midterm elec(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

Pre-flight propeller inspection: a US navy EP-3 aircraft had to take evasive action to avoid crashing into a Chinese fighter jet that suddenly pulled up in front of the American plane in contested skies above the East China Sea on Sunday, the Pentagon said.

Regional tensions over China’s sovereignty claims over most of the surrounding oceans have increased after two fighters “buzzed” a US EP-3 surveillanc(...)

 A US  EP-3 spy plane flying over an unknown location. Two Chinese J-11 fighter jets carried out what the Pentagon described as an “unsafe” interception of a US EP-3 spy plane in international airspace over the South China Sea. Photograph: EPA/US department of defence

Two Chinese J-11 fighter jets carried out what the Pentagon described as an “unsafe” interception of a US EP-3 spy plane in international airspace ov(...)

A Chinese military helicopter flies off the deck of Singapore’s navy missile frigate during a joint exercise by the Singaporean and Chinese navies in the South China Sea yesterday. Photograph: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via AP

Amid ongoing regional tensions in the South China Sea, China’s cabinet, the State Council, has issued a policy document which expands the role of i(...)

The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)