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  1. PLA Navy ships enter Gulf for the first time

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the 'great historical significance' of the visit. Qiu Yanpeng, task group commander and deputy chief of the PLA Navy's East Sea Fleet, was quoted by Xinhua as saying the visit would help ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Chinese warships are this weekend anchored in Abu Dhabi- the first time the People's Liberation Army Navy has entered the oil-rich Persian Gulf, ...

  2. P.L.A. threat to Taiwan 'bigger than ever'

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of cross-strait conflict. The report also noted that with its modern arms, including more than 1,400 missiles deployed along the southeast mainland coast targeting the island, the PLA's army, navy ... the navy and air force of the People's Liberation Army were already strong enough to impose a blockade on Taiwan. 'Such a blockade can reach as far as the first island chain,' ...

  3. PLA escorts Taiwanese ship in historic mission

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... from the PLA Navy through the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, and the island's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation. Formosa Plastics Marine ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army provided a historic naval escort for a Taiwanese vessel yesterday, in pirate-infested Somali waters. The PLA naval expeditionary force ...

  4. Beijing keen to avoid maritime row with India

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... She also said that China had to co-operate with India over security because the PLA Navy did not want to challenge India's navy in the Indian Ocean. 'PLA Navy forces have been deployed in the South China Sea, where China has territorial disputes with many countries in Southeast Asia, so it's impossible for the Chinese navy to stage a war with the Indian navy ...

  5. 'Taiwan the real reason' US ships sent away

    Posted Dec 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Ng Tze Wei

    ... Ng Tze Wei Taiwan is the main cause behind Beijing's refusal to let another US Navy ship make a port call in Hong Kong, a source close to the situation has said. The Pentagon ... had turned away a US Navy ship from Hong Kong. 'It planned to go through the Taiwan Strait on its way to Hong Kong. Beijing wouldn't allow such a sensitive move during the period ...

  6. China's 'string of pearls' a rich naval bounty

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode When US Navy warships arrive in Hong Kong, they do so for reasons far beyond a little R-and-R for the sailors in Wan Chai or Lan Kwai Fong. Beyond the hard business of running ... at the Pentagon. In short, big navies need friendly ports and bases. It is an equation under greater scrutiny inside and outside China as mainland military analysts and scholars struggle to align ...

  7. Sailing into troubled waters

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the South China Sea, the situation is resonating in Washington, Tokyo, Seoul and other foreign capitals. And the prospect of a nine-hour live-fire exercise by Vietnam's navy today off its ... at stake. In Singapore last week, Liang described the situation as 'generally stable' and issued a 'solemn pledge' that China would work for peace. Within the PLA leadership, ...

  8. Taipei proposes counter-offer on easing of air traffic congestion

    Posted Jul 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the United States when its Seventh Fleet was deployed in the region during the Korean war in the 1950s. 'With the rapid expansion of the PLA's navy and air force in recent years, ...

  9. When opportunity knocks, take it

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... become my hobby. It takes me out of the day-to-day and lets me meet a lot of fascinating people. What first brought you to Asia? I was born in Japan where my father was serving in the US Navy ...

  10. On shaky ground in disputed waters

    Posted Aug 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... has been agreed and that in the Gulf of Tonkin settled, but Beijing has rejected overtures to include the Paracels- some of which it took by force from the South Vietnamese navy in 1974- ... York to tell China's ambassador to the UN, Huang Hua, that 'without prejudice to our legal position on territorial waters our navy would be instructed to stay at a distance of 12 ...




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