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  1. PLA joins forces with rival navies for piracy patrols

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The Chinese navy plans to co-operate with its counterparts from India and Japan during escort missions this year in the pirate-infested waters ... of Asia's top military powers, had formally co-operated with each other in the anti-piracy mission, with the navy of People's Liberation Army (PLAN) likely to play a leading role. 'The ...

  2. PLA Navy gains experience with key live-fire drill

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Choi Chi-yuk The PLA Navy's first live-fire drill in the Gulf of Aden has highlighted the ongoing importance of its historic anti-piracy deployment to the Indian Ocean, military analysts say. A Z-9 helicopter took off from the frigate Wenzhou on Sunday and fired on three moving targets over 30 minutes, the PLA Daily said. Gary Li, a PLA watcher ...

  3. News - China - Flight MH370

    China cancels 20-nation navy parade because of hunt for Malaysian airliner

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 04:08am by Minnie Chan, AFP

    ... Minnie Chan and Agencies China scraps navy parade amid jet hunt China has cancelled a multinational naval parade to mark the 65th anniversary of the PLA Navy later this month because of the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. PLA Navy spokesman Liang Yang announced the cancellation yesterday, according to a statement by the navy. The statement said the long ...

  4. PLA Navy sends warship to safeguard Libya evacuees

    Posted Feb 26th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan A PLA Navy frigate is heading towards the Libyan coast on an unprecedented mission to protect Chinese citizens in a conflict zone. The missile frigate Xuzhou ... mission highlights both the growing confidence and reach of the navy as well as a new effort to better protect the spiralling numbers of mainlanders based overseas. Scholars and PLA analysts ...

  5. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA's drills may help Shinzo Abe's cause to lift ban on army, expert says

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:21am by Minnie Chan, KRISTINE KWOK

    ... drumbeat" of military exercises in the region. "This is a natural evolution for the PLA Navy... You should expect more exercises, and frankly, more complex exercises," he told reporters ... Minnie Chan and Kristine Kwok Increased tension may give Japanese PM more support to lift ban on army PLA's drills 'may help Abe's cause' China's massive ...

  6. PLA navy repels pirates with grenades, bullets

    Posted Sep 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The PLA navy has displayed a fresh appetite to confront pirates plaguing vital sea lanes off the Horn of Africa, breaking up recent attacks on shipping with stun grenades ... of fast-moving pirate skiffs attempted to attack a convoy of 21 commercial ships under PLA escort. The incident comes in a high-profile week for China's rapidly modernising navy, with ships fresh ...

  7. PLA navy will reach wide, US predicts

    Posted Jan 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... report said the overall size of the PLA's navy might remain relatively steady as Beijing put emphasis on quality over quantity. It expected future naval fleets to 'include one or more ... levelling off'. The PLA would add approximately 10 modern submarines to the force, the report said. It said preparing for possible armed conflict over Taiwan would remain the navy's top ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. Exercises show PLA navy's new strength

    Posted Apr 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent PLA navy warships are this weekend exercising southeast of Japan's strategic offshore islands- part of a recent series of Chinese naval war games in East Asia unprecedented in their reach and scope. After two decades of double-digit annual increases in military spending, the PLA is rapidly proving it is capable of things once seen as only ...

  10. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Signs of easing tensions as China and Vietnam agree to reforge military links

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:09am by Minnie Chan, AP

    ... of the People's Liberation Army Navy, spent a week inspecting those construction projects and observed a joint drill by the navy and air force off Fiery Cross Reef, known as Yongshu in China, which the Philippines also claims. Shanghai-based military commentator Ni Lexiong said Thanh wanted to determine the PLA's real intentions over the territorial disputes. "The Vietnamese military needs ...




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