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  1. P.L.A. navy tests the water in drills

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the United States and neighbours who dispute its territorial claims. A PLA Navy fleet is set to conduct training drills in international waters in the western Pacific, a statement posted ... believed the Chinese navy was preparing for another round of naval drills and was closely monitoring their activities. The PLA Navy also sent 10 vessels to the same area for a military drill ...

  2. Beijing will consider US bid for navy visit

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... since the collision between a US Navy spy plane and a PLA jet fighter over the South China Sea in 2001. Despite repeated requests for an explanation, Washington was never given a firm reason. ... Greg Torode China pledged yesterday to consider any request from the US Navy to allow the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier and its escort ships to visit Hong Kong next month. Foreign ...

  3. Guam is showcase for U.S. 'pivot'

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... submarines capable of sustaining speeds beyond 20 knots indefinitely, the recently improved Guam facilities put the coasts of East Asia within easy range. The PLA Navy's submarine base at Yilin ... public display of the US Navy's forward-deployed submarine presence in a decade, according to a little-noticed naval announcement. The vessels represent the leading edge of a repositioning ...

  4. PLA fans: unarmed and maybe dangerous

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the PLA's new-generation stealth fighter, the J-20, taxiing on a runway at high speed, and of its first-known test flight, made during a trip by US Defence Secretary Dr Robert Gates to Beijing ... on the mainland has increased rapidly since Beijing stepped up military modernisation two decades ago, and now they could number in the millions. Almost all are not PLA veterans, but are white-collar ...

  5. PLA's quest for modernity

    Posted Aug 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the mainland's explosive economic growth. Over the past 10 years, the PLA has started to re-equip vigorously and restructure itself, turning a mass, semi-professional, Maoist force into an agile, modern army capable of fighting high-intensity battles against hi-tech adversaries. As the PLA continues to wheel out new-generation fighters, super-quiet nuclear submarines and mobile ...

  6. A double edge to carrier diplomacy

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode greg.torode@scmp.com With anthems, flags and the rare landing of local PLA brass on its flight deck, the Hong Kong visit of the historic USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier ... flew on a US naval transport plane from Chek Lap Kok with other PLA and local officials and US consul general Stephen Young to land on the Vinson as it steamed towards Hong Kong. The local ...

  7. Beijing wary as new US military strategy emerges

    Posted Apr 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... senior PLA officer studying in the US has publicly voiced concerns. Senior Colonel Fan Gaoyue, a resident fellow at the Pacific Forum of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, warned that if the US developed such a concept, the PLA would be forced to develop its own counter in return. 'This cycle is not beneficial to China or the US,' he said in a Pacific Forum exchange ...

  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US Naval Academy investigates rape allegation

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Washington Football players at US naval institution investigated in year-old case Allegation of rape at academy probed Several football players at the United States Naval Academy are under investigation on allegations they raped a female midsh ...

  9. US sub to visit amid ongoing thaw in ties

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode A US nuclear submarine is due to visit Hong Kong early next week- the first such port call by one of the American navy's most sensitive and strategic assets in three ... the ship used last week to bury Osama bin Laden at sea. Monday's visit will come as PLA General Staff chief General Chen Bingde arrives in Washington for a week of meetings with senior ...

  10. Sub visit shows how far Sino-US ties have to go

    Posted May 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... next week. Officers aboard the Hampton and Frank Cable confirmed that no PLA visits had been scheduled during the rest-and-relaxation stop. Washington officials acknowledged continuing sensitivities surrounding submarines, given their stealthy capabilities that include secret penetration of coastlines and intelligence gathering. Senior PLA officials had occasionally been aboard US ...




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