China's record-breaking air defense zone incursion of 28 aircraft on Tuesday followed a rebuke by the G7, likely pushed by President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Qi Fabao, one of five Chinese soldiers injured or killed in last summer's border clash with the Indian Army, spoke at a ceremony honoring the country's war dead on Thursday.
The People's Liberation Army has released images from a series of military exercises this week, following the high-profile visit to Taiwan by three U.S. senators on Sunday.
The state-run Global Times also reported that the rocket force was training with DF-26 "carrier killer" ballistic missiles. According to the South China Morning Post, the DF-26 missiles can travel up to 2,485 miles and can be used as a nuclear strike or as a traditional ground strike.
The military exercise, which took place on an unspecified date, was released on Monday following the whirlwind visit to Taipei by three sitting U.S. senators.
Communist Party newspaper the "Global Times" accused Japan of "acting hostile toward China."
Guests and hotel staff were treated to an impromptu air show as J-16s and J-10 fighter jets flew by their balconies above the beach.
The brigade in eastern China held combat drills lasting eight hours, expending several thousand rounds of ammunition, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Reports in foreign media outlets were creating "hype" around China's next-generation stealth bomber, which has yet to be officially revealed, said Communist Party newspaper the Global Times.
The intense live-fire drills took place several days before a U.S. Navy destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation around China-controlled islands in the South China Sea.
The People's Liberation Army may be preparing for an air show as part of the Communist Party's 100th anniversary celebrations in Beijing this summer.
Chinese military aircraft flew around 380 sorties into Taiwan's defensive airspace in 2020, but the People's Liberation Army Air Force managed over a quarter of that figure last month alone.
The Shandong carrier group's combat drills in the South China Sea come on the back of the Liaoning carrier group's recent departure from the area.
Defense officials in Taipei skirted around the topic when asked about satellite images showing warships from Taiwan and Japan tracking a Chinese military vessel.
A local official confirmed reports about the helicopter collision on Monday, but divulged no information about the nature of the crash or the personnel involved.
Satellite images captured an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer inside the Chinese carrier group's formation as the flotilla completed its South China Sea deployment and returned to its homeport.
A radio intercept revealed that Taiwan's air force issued a warning to a Chinese aircraft flying at an altitude of just 100 feet above the sea.
Taiwan is reportedly looking for an upgrade to its Cold War-era early warning system, which it purchased from the United States two decades ago at the cost of over $1 billion.
Taiwan's defense ministry reported nine Chinese warplanes in its air defense identification zone on Tuesday, bringing the total number of sorties in April to 96 so far.
It comes amid a wave of discussion about a U.S. Navy photograph showing two destroyer commanders casually observing a Chinese carrier.
The radio correspondence was recorded on Tuesday as four Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan's air defensive identification zone—the fourth day in April Taipei has reported similar activities.
A spokesperson for the Chinese navy said similar exercises would occur on a "regular basis," while Taiwan's defense ministry said it had a handle on all developments in the skies and seas around the island.
Analysts in Beijing and Taipei said the Chinese military's pincer movement around Taiwan on Monday was the PLA's way of showing it could isolate the island in the event of a conflict.
The audio clip, reportedly of an exchange between military pilots from Taiwan and China, is said to have taken place on Monday as 10 People's Liberation Army warplanes flew around Taiwan.
The People's Liberation Army sent at least 11 warplanes into the skies around Taiwan on Monday, with Taipei logging 10 aircraft and Tokyo reporting two—one of which performed maneuvers off Taiwan's east coast.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, Taiwan's newly appointed defense minister, stressed the difference between China's capability to launch an attack and its ability to occupy the island nation of 23.5 people.
The simultaneous military drills were announced ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's visits to Japan and South Korea this week.
A new report issued by Taiwan's defense ministry on Wednesday said the country's air force had adjusted the way it was responding to Chinese warplane incursions in order to account for fuel costs.