An unnamed official with the Ministry of National Defense unveiled the military's upcoming exercise in the South China Sea is "a regular one conducted by the Chinese navy in accordance with its annual plan".
At least 43 people including eight security personnel were killed, over 40 injured and scores of others went missing in flash flood triggered by heavy rains in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province on Sunday, local media and officials said.
Improved relations between China and the Philippines are in sight through deeper people-to-people engagement, according to former Philippine president Fidel Ramos, who has urged the countries' leaders to meet soon.
China will not bully other countries and hopes that its sovereignty and security are respected, one of China's former top diplomats told an influential US think tank, as President Xi Jinping also pledged to safeguard national interests.
China will not resume negotiations with the Philippines about disputes in the South China Sea if the discussions are based on the ruling of an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, according to sources.