China's Eastern Military Command says it has carried out long-range firing in precision strikes at specific areas in the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait as part of planned exercises.
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said the United States will maintain its presence in Asia but Washington understands the need to prevent conflict.
A joint statement by the so-called Quad bloc made no mention of China or Russia, but listed a range of activities that Beijing has regularly been accused of in the region and touched upon the Ukraine conflict.
The new rules aim to improve efficiency in the supervision of military equipment purchase contracts and ensure good quality equipment is delivered to the army, Xinhua news agency reports.
Beijing will spend $210 billion on defence amid high government debt and coronavirus as ruling Communist Party sees economic growth of "over 6 percent" this year.
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