Xi Jinping inspects massive naval parade in South China Sea

China's aluminium exports hit their highest in nine months in March as strong worldwide prices led the world's biggest producer to sell more overseas, despite a growing trade spat with the United States.

All combat systems of the PLA Navy and 10 air echelons joined the parade.

Holding the parade in the South China Sea was strategic move as the waters are a potential combat zone, said Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert. The Chinese government claims a huge swath of territory across the sea, overlapping with claims of the Philippines and Vietnam, among others.

In a foreshadowing of future drills, the Fujian provincial maritime authority on Thursday announced live-fire naval exercises for April 18 in the Taiwan Strait, the first Chinese naval exercise in waters off the self governing island since September 2015.

Taiwan has been self-governed since a bloody civil war ended in 1949. Chongqing, one of China's largest cities, is situated deep in the country's economic heartland and far from the political center of Beijing.

After Trump unveiled another set of planned tariffs last Friday, Xi this week struck a conciliatory note, promising to cut tariffs on cars - a key point of U.S. anger - and other imports, as well as further open up the economy.

An agreement to provide Taiwan with submarine manufacturing technology and the appointment of hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton have also hardened views among anti-American nationalists in China. China responded in kind by proposing its own tariffs.

The just-completed naval drills off Hainan underscored China's growing capabilities in defending its maritime interests and territorial claims, particularly in the disputed South China Sea.

Fears of a trade war have been rumbling since last month as President Donald Trump has threatened a series of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods, sparking tit-for-tat warnings from Beijing.

The forum is the Chinese equivalent of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, involving high-level talks among economic leaders.

But the export outlook is being clouded by an escalating trade dispute with the United States, which could disrupt China's shipments and its supply chains, while a cooling property market may curb China's demand for imported raw materials such as iron ore.

"The mission of building a mighty people's navy has never been more urgent than it is today", Xi said. He also said China would stick to "the path of peaceful development" going forward.

CNN's Steve George and Josh Berlinger contributed to this article.

Related News:



Most liked

Will Ferrell rushed to hospital after flipping his SUV
They also executive produce the CBS All Access series No Activity , which was renewed for a second season in February. Ferrell and other unidentified patients were reportedly transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Father-daughter accused of incest found dead. Their baby is dead, too
The caller then said Steven admitted to killing his wife and her father. She said she believed Steven brainwashed and manipulated Katie.

Why is people afraid of Friday 13th?
Researchers at the University of Miami have established that Friday the 13th has an effect on stock markets around the world. There are a number of theories about the origins of Friday 13th and its association with all things unlucky.

IPL 2018: 3 tactical changes RCB should for the game against KXIP
Yuvraj Singh who looked rusty in the last game scoring 12 off 22 balls must pick up his act and prove that he's isn't done yet. Punjab will find it hard to include Chris Gayle in the playing eleven and team has to gel well against a strong RCB line-up.

Court rules to block Telegram messaging app in Russian Federation
The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecommunications watchdog. He urged Telegram users not to delete or reinstall the application if they experience connectivity issues.

Body found in Ohio in 1981 identified as Arkansas woman
Samantha Snipes and Temple Phipps ended up sitting next to each other by accident on a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. She says it now gives hope to those who are suffering in silence, knowing justice can be found.

Some Android Smartphone Manufacturers Hiding Missed Security Updates
While the smartphones of Sony and Samsung were found to have missed few patches, ZTE and TCL lied about 4 or more updates. And as vendors chalk up security points for non-existent patches, end users are left with a false sense of security.

Arturo Vidal rages at Cristiano Ronaldo penalty during Bayern Munich match
They'll take on their former star, Mohamed Salah, while Edin Dzeko's aerial ability will be a huge threat to Liverpool's defense. The Chilean was taken off before half-time in his side's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Sevilla last night.

Brace yourself, something called "high definition vinyl" is coming
Cutting lathes and nickel-plated stampers to press vinyl are outdated and HD Vinyl will use lasers to etch a better "stamper". The new fundings comes after the Austrain startup Rebeat Innovation filed the initial patent for HD vinyl back in 2016 .

Ban on Sri Reddy lifted with Help from Human Rights Body
The MAA, which filed a police complaint against the actress, has said action against her has been taken as per rules, the NHRC said.

Drake reveals possible Fortnite 'lingo' in his new album
As Kotaku reports , Drake addressed the idea of rapping about Fortnite during a recent call with streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins . During the same session, Drake said he'd give Ninja $5000 if he could lead them to a Duos victory-which he did.

Fortnite servers are dead, in 'emergency maintenance' mode
The game developer is saying that the login issues are directly related to a database error and they are now working a hotfix. Investigating - We're experiencing issues with our account services that may cause login issues.

Jerry Springer television producer charged with killing deaf and partially blind sister
LAPD is urging anyone with additional information to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 805-750-7888. On April 11, 2018, police say, Jill Blackstone "was arrested by Homicide detectives and the Baltimore Police Department".

'I'm Almost Dead,' He Told 911. 6 Hours Later, Body Was Found
Law enforcement looked for the van , but Kyle was dead, stuck between seats in the van , when he was found hours after the calls. A night shift worker at the school also called saying he was with Plush's father in the parking lot.

Chemical arms watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on Russian-made nerve agent
Security Council to convene a meeting to discuss the report, according to a tweet from Britain's mission to the United Nations. A spokesperson from the Russian Embassy in London described Yulia Skripal's statement as "an interesting read".