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Web ‘friends’ could aid enemy, China’s PLA warns

BEIJING (AFP) – Making online friends could play into the hands of the “enemy”, according to China’s People’s Liberation Army, which has said its roughly 2.3 million soldiers will be banned from using social media. The world’s largest military force has notified servicemen and women that it will strictly enforce…

Double-digit rise for China’s military spending

BEIJING (AFP) – China announced a renewed double-digit hike in military spending on Friday after funding slowed last year, but insisted the nearly $92 billion outlay posed no external threat despite concerns abroad. The defence budget will rise 12.7 percent in 2011 to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.7 billion), said Li…

China denies military exercise aimed at US

China denied on Tuesday media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was in response to a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States. The 6-day, live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday in the East China Sea off China’s coast was seen by some…

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