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  1. News - Asia

    China rejects Philippine UN mediation effort

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 11:28pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Beijing said on Tuesday it has rejected the Philippines’ attempt to seek international arbitration over conflicting claims to territory in the South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China’s ambassador to ...

  2. News - China

    Chinese navy takes delivery of new stealth frigate

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 05:44pm by AFP

    ... Navy commander Wu Shengli emphasised the importance of mastering its equipment and capabilities amid ongoing maritime disputes, according to a front-page article on Tuesday in the PLA Daily ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China’s navy has taken delivery of a new type of stealth frigate that is expected to bolster the country’s maritime defences amid territorial disputes, ...

  3. News - China

    'China threat' seen as factor as PLA budget growth dips

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Military Command, said the army preferred a bigger increase. "But of course we submit to the needs of our country and take care of the whole situation," he said. Former PLA Navy political ... that we are really going to have a peaceful rise PLA representatives at yesterday's opening of the NPC session said they could accept the slowdown but hoped the government would continue ...


    Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Fourteen years earlier the PLA navy had routed the South Vietnamese navy to complete its occupation of the Paracels to the north- islands being built up into a formidable military base. At some ... for military planners in Hanoi. Privately, PLA officials and Chinese scholars talk frankly of potential friction over Vietnam's 25 fortified holdings in the Spratlys- far more than any other ...

  5. News - China - DIAOYU ISLANDS

    Chinese warships to become common feature around Diaoyus

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in the western Pacific. A front-page report in yesterday's People's Liberation Army Daily said four warships from the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet had passed Yonaguni and Iriomote islands ... time that PLA Navy ships have patrolled waters near the Diaoyus since the Japanese government bought three of the disputed islands in September. On October 16, the North Sea Fleet sent seven ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    There's good reason for China's bluster

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... and has long kept strategic bombers. In the longer term, the fate of Taiwan could tilt the strategic balance back in its favour, providing the PLA navy with a strategic hub it can only now dream ...

  7. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Japan accuses Beijing of sending surveillance vessels to Diaoyus

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... hesitation," the PLA Daily quoted Mao Guojie, a commander, as saying. "As a navy soldier, I can sacrifice my blood and life to protect the waters of the nation." Tokyo has stepped up military ...

  8. News - China - SECURITY

    China to consolidate maritime security agencies under one body

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Logistics Department, said the restructuring could reduce the risks of a military face-off between China and other countries' navies. "The army is distanced from conducting regular patrols around the ocean," he said. There are currently 17 agencies, including the Foreign Ministry and the PLA, responsible for managing the sea. Domestic critics have been pressing Beijing ...


    Xi's fishermen visit seen as warning to South China Sea neighbours

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... neighbours. Xi's visit to Tanmen, a fishing village in the city of Qionghai in Hainan, on Monday came a few days after the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet finished a 16-day drill and patrol mission in the South China Sea. The PLA Daily published an interview yesterday with fleet commander Rear Admiral Jiang Weilie who said naval training on the high seas ...


    PLA general plays down scholars' claims that Ryukyu Islands don't belong to Japan

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore and Choi Chi-yuk PLA top-brass says commentary casting doubts on Japan islands ownership is not Beijing's view General plays down Ryukyu claims A top ... nature. The Chinese government on this is very clear," he said. Macau-based PLA-watcher Antony Wong Dong said he was astonished by China's shifting view, and Qi's comment suggested ...




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