Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.
China has developed a formidable domestic arms industry. The HJ-8 antitank missile is an example of an indigenous Chinese design that has seen action across the globe, and had a notable impact on battlefields in Bosnia in the 1990s and Syria today.
Compare this to China, whose defense spending has surged 12.9 percent per year between 1989 and 2011. Even with the Chinese economy slowing, the defense budget was still expected to increase by 7.9 percent in 2016.
If the FC-31 succeeds as an export commodity, then it could greatly multiply the risk to U.S. forces in future wars, said the report.
By all accounts, 2016 was a busy year for China's defense industry as the country continued to carry out its major program aimed at modernizing the People's Liberation Army.
The US defense budget for 2017 includes a section on the US-Taiwanese military exchange program, which China regards as interference in its domestic affairs.
Foreign media reported that China's only aircraft carrier sailed out of Chinese waters toward the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
China's armed forces will carry out secret inspections over the new year holidays, both Western and lunar, to ensure orders against corruption are being followed, Reuters reported on December 22.
PLA Navy ships, Jiangkai II-class frigates Yancheng (FFG 546) and Daqing (FFG 576), and Fuchi-class oiler Tai Hu (AOR 889), arrived in San Diego as part of a routine port visit, Dec. 6-9.
General Zhao Zongqi, commander of the PLA Western Theater Command, visited General Headquarters(GHQ) of the Pakistani Armed Forces on Monday.
The Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Sunday in California, US, that it is neither possible nor strategically necessary to contain China's rise.
From 14th to 18th of November 2016, the Greek Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Centre (MPSOTC), conducted in Kilkis the "Journalist Protection in Conflict Areas Course".
The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team of Britain Royal Air Force expressed their sorrow for the loss of Yu Xu on a social media platform.
From the Zambia Air Force's point of view, there is no doubt that it hopes to procure more advanced equipment like fighters and other types of aircraft, according to Chimese.
Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa was one of the prominent invitees at the 7th Xiangshan Forum, co-hosted by Chinese Association for Military Science and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies.
Joint Russian-Chinese exercise "Naval interaction-2016" exercise is held in a milestone year for the Russian Navy, announced Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov.