China

China uses foreign forces as excuse for crackdown

Zhou Shifeng sits for his trial at the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in northern China's Tianjin Municipality on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.

BEIJING — In halting televised confessions and emotional courtroom testimony, Chinese lawyers and activists held in a government crackdown have voiced the same ominous message: Shadowy foreign forces are funding, directing and encouraging activities bent on destabilizing China’s government and smearing its reputation. The familiar narrative of a country besieged …

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China says U.S. hyping up its so-called military threat

In this file photo, U.S. Navy personnel raise their national flag during a bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and U.S. Navy, aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing, June 28, 2014.

BEIJING — China’s defence ministry criticized a U.S. report assessing its island-building efforts in the South China Sea, saying it “hyped up” China’s so-called military threat. The U.S. Defence Department’s annual report on China’s military activities had “wilfully distorted China’s national defence policy,” said ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, adding that …

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