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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. 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 ...

  3. Navy offers to escort UN food aid

    Posted Mar 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Navy's historic Indian Ocean deployment that is likely to see it face greater risks. In an unprecedented act, PLA Navy officers offered to ease the EU's escort burden during a monthly meeting in Bahrain this week of international navies involved in fighting pirates plaguing vital Asia-Europe shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa. The EU had not formally requested assistance ...

  4. Navy ready for greater role in global missions

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com The Chinese navy must prepare itself for new challenges and accept a greater role in international peace-keeping missions as the nation's power and influence expand in global affairs, a senior naval officer said yesterday. Vice Admiral Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the navy of the People's Liberation Army, told China National Radio ...

  5. PLA closer to key anti-piracy role

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... effort- another unprecedented move- is moving even more slowly. A number of naval insiders said that while PLA navy officials involved in the anti-piracy fight were keen to do so, there was still ... September, a well-connected scholar and retired PLA navy major general said Beijing had given internal approval for a wider Chinese role, and China's involvement as chair of the Shade meetings ...

  6. Beijing must show navy is for protection only

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's naval might was on show off the port of Qingdao yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the PLA Navy. Some of the foreign observers would not have been overly impressed by the display: the nation's maritime force is less developed and not as well equipped as some western and regional navies. Yet, displays like yesterday's, portrayed by the state media ...

  7. In Med and with might, PLA extends its reach

    Posted Aug 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chinese warships in the Mediterranean, an amphibious assault ship in the Indian Ocean- the PLA navy's anti-piracy mission continues to break new ground. A visit this month ... navies will watch more closely. The 200-metre-long ship, one of the most closely scrutinised in the PLA fleet, carries large helicopters, fast patrol vessels and hovercrafts. It's the sort ...

  8. Hero's welcome for pirate patrol warships

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... for three days. This is the PLA Navy's fourth port call in Hong Kong in the 15 years since the handover. Members of the public snapped up the 6,000 tickets to visit the vessels in less than an hour on Thursday. The warships, which belong to naval escort task force 171, carry some of the most advanced missiles and cannons in the Chinese navy. They have conducted 40 escort missions ...

  9. PLA delays taking lead on piracy

    Posted Jun 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... expansion of China's role in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa by leading co-ordination efforts. Despite Nato, European navies and the US-led Combined Maritime Forces all agreeing ... Awareness and Deconfliction- earlier this month opened with a statement from the chairman, a Nato official, welcoming China's growing role, but PLA delegates were unable to respond with any ...

  10. The piracy challenge

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... As navies battle the scourge of hijackings in the Indian Ocean, Beijing has been slow to join in, writes Michael Richardson Mainland media recently showed some harrowing pictures of Somali ... of state-owned Tianjin Ocean Fishing Corp, will have to negotiate the freedom of the 25 crewmen, 17 of whom are Chinese nationals, by paying a big ransom. The US Navy says there have been at least 95 ...




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