China's Ministry of National Defense says the ongoing navy drills in the South China Sea are scheduled in the annual plan, without targeting any other country. It says regular training is essential to enhance the navy.
Former military leader Guo Boxiong has been expelled from the Communist Party of China for taking bribes. The news was announced by the Party's Central Committee on Thursday. His case will now be handed over to military prosecutors.
Photos of the Chinese embassy destroyed in the deadly truck bomb attack that wrecked Somalia's premier hotel three days ago have been released.
Senior diplomats from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are in Tianjin to discuss issues related to the South China Sea.