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February 01, 2015
China 2015 military drills to focus on 'winning local wars'
Beijing (AFP) Jan 29, 2015
China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said Thursday, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been tasked with improving its ability to "win battles" by President Xi Jinping, its commander-in-chief, who has also pushed a high-profile campaign to root out corruption in the world's biggest military. "The PLA will firmly uphold the criteria of improving fighting ... read more
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China media vows punishment for dissenting Tibetan officials
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