The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, writes Pieter du Toit.
The Chinese military confronted a British warship in the South China Sea after it sailed close to Chinese-occupied territories, challenging a controversial Chinese claim.
However, everything is not always as it appears with the Chinese military.
The disputed South China Sea has been in focus at a regional summit in Laos, the first such gathering since an international court said Beijing's artificial island building programme there was "illegal".
China's navy has fired dozens of missiles and torpedoes during exercises in the East China Sea that come amid heightened maritime tensions in the region.
A landmark international tribunal ruling on the South China Sea threatens to sharpen the differences between the United States and China
The US is the only power strong enough to stop Beijing in the South China Sea — or in space.
China's air force has landed long-range military aircraft on an island in the disputed South China Sea, a move that is believed to be the first of its kind and is likely to fuel further concerns about Beijing's intentions in the region.
The Philippines has released photos to back its claims that China had secretly begun work to cement control over a crucial shoal in the hotly-contested South China Sea.
There has been a firestorm of criticism in China's state-run media and on its tightly censored internet since an international tribunal ruled against the Asian giant's vast claims in the South China Sea.
China warns of "conflicts and confrontation" in the South China Sea as it angrily rejects an international tribunal's verdict that its claims to most of the strategically vital waterway has no legal basis.
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