First white pa­per is­sued on mil­i­tary’s di­rec­tion

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Bei­jing is­sued its first white pa­per on mil­i­tary strat­egy, giv­ing de­tails of the di­rec­tion of its mil­i­tary buildup. For the first time, the pa­per noted that “some off­shore neigh­bors take provoca­tive ac­tions and re­in­force their mil­i­tary pres­ence on China’s reefs and is­lands that they have il­le­gally oc­cu­pied”.

Ac­cord­ingly, the pa­per said the navy of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army will “grad­u­ally shift its fo­cus from ‘off­shore wa­ters de­fense’ to a com­bi­na­tion of ‘off­shore wa­ters de­fense’ and ‘ open seas pro­tec­tion’”.

The pa­per high­lighted fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sian armed forces, say­ing the PLA will foster a com­pre­hen­sive, di­verse and sus­tain­able frame­work to pro­mote mil­i­tary re­la­tions. (Photo 3)

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Gi­ant panda Basi is cel­e­brat­ing her 35th birth­day — the equiv­a­lent of over 100 years in hu­man age — and is the old­est panda on the Chi­nese main­land. The nor­mal panda life ex­pectancy is 12 years. Basi is at a zoo in eastern China’s Fu­jian prov­ince where a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties will be held un­til Novem­ber to cel­e­brate her birth­day.

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