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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    China to boost maritime training, says PLA Navy's Jiang Weilie

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... such as Vietnam and the Philippines. Wong said the PLA Navy's successful training posed a real threat to those countries. "Jiang's hidden message is that the navy will fully back up ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com China to boost maritime presence - fleet leader A top People's Liberation Army Navy officer says training on the high seas will become routine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1205148/china-boost-maritime-training-says-pla-navys-jiang-weilie
  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA on course for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers

    Posted Feb 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com As major projects on core technologies for nuclear-powered vessels are approved, experts say developing a suitable, safe engine may take time NAVY ... The shipbuilding giant is also the top contractor of the People's Liberation Army Navy and took charge of the refitting work for China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Military experts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1156614/pla-course-nuclear-powered-aircraft-carriers
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's hunger for energy feeds its naval ambitions

    Posted May 08th 2013, 12:00am by Hooman Peimani

    ... on the carrier in November, the blue-water trials will be a major milestone for the Chinese navy. Symbolically, it will demonstrate China's capability to project its power. This requires building ... this context, aircraft carriers and their battle groups are becoming a necessity for the Chinese navy, which has so far focused mainly on protecting territorial waters and the waters just beyond. China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1232434/chinas-hunger-energy-feeds-its-naval-ambitions
  4. News - China

    Chinese navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier amid Diaoyu tensions

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 08:36pm by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France Presse in Beijing China's first aircraft carrier was handed over on Sunday to the navy of the People's Liberation Army, state press said, amid rising tensions over ... a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported. During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1044996/chinese-navy-takes-delivery-first-aircraft-carrier-amid-diaoyu-tensions
  5. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTES

    PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com PLA fleets hold rare combined drill China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea ... to protest against the involvement of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in a joint anti-submarine drill with the South Korean navy in the Yellow Sea. Last week's PLA Navy drill ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1246897/pla-navys-three-fleets-meet-south-china-sea-rare-show-force
  6. News - China - MILITARY

    China's first aircraft carrier handed over to PLA navy

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Leaders attend ceremony in Dalian but no details on ship's assignment PLA takes charge of first carrier China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the PLA Navy and commissioned in Dalian , Liaoning , yesterday after seven years of refitting. The defence ministry said the carrier, named the Liaoning, would "raise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1047328/chinas-first-aircraft-carrier-handed-over-pla-navy
  7. News - China - MILITARY

    US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... The historic decision of the PLA Navy to join an international armada fighting piracy off Somalia raised international hopes of increased co-operation when it started four years ago. It marked ... reached a significant high-water mark this week with the first joint anti-piracy exercises between the two navies. Both militaries confirmed yesterday that the five-hour exercise took place ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1040196/us-destroyer-and-pla-warship-team-drill
  8. News - China - DEFENCE

    China's first aircraft carrier set for extended sea trials

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... which was handed over to the PLA Navy on Tuesday but which as yet carries no aircraft, would pose no threat to the world, and China's military strategy remains focused on self-defence. ... "Even for the US Navy, it would take two to three years for a new aircraft carrier to develop combat capabilities," Zhang said. "It may take longer for the Chinese navy, which has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1048051/chinas-first-aircraft-carrier-set-extended-sea-trials
  9. News - China - PROFILE

    PLA hawk Ma Xiaotian flying ever higher

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Ma Xioatian, new commander of the PLA’s air force and outspoken as the military’s foreign affairs chief, has been a rising star since his 20s HAWKISH ... and South China seas. General Ma Xiaotian, 63, who handled the PLA's foreign affairs as its deputy chief of general staff for the past five years, is rare among incumbent senior PLA officers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1068931/pla-hawk-ma-xiaotian-flying-ever-higher
  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    Progress slow in developing fighter jets, Major General Zhu Heping says

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com General says weak foundation in sosphicated machinery is among the obstacles facing the PLA in its efforts to upgrade its home-made fighters 'Lack ... the constraints facing the PLA in an interview with the South China Morning Post . He said one key hindrance was the state of the country's machinery industry, even though the PLA had been upgrading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1208114/progress-slow-developing-fighter-jets-major-general-zhu-heping-says

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