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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Lexiong said the navy had also sent more ships to the disputed Diaoyu Islands, also claimed by Japan, which calls them the Senkakus, since Xi Jinping became chairman of the Central Military ... in sea disputes The People's Liberation Army has stepped up publicity of its military activities in the South China Sea since the change of leadership last month, a move analysts say ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Planned joint maritime security exercise shows Asean can lead

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 06:35pm by MARK VALENCIA

    ... Asean centrality in security architecture for the region. Asean, formed in 1967 as a pro-West capitalist bulwark against the spread of communism, emphasising enhanced economic co-operation, ... a talk shop. Some predict that US-China rivalry will dominate regional political affairs, increase instability and erode the grouping's political and security centrality. Cracks are already ...

  3. Military movement 'just an exercise'

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Top security officials yesterday moved to reassure the Hong Kong public that a movement of People's Liberation Army military hardware through ... diplomacy belong to the central government. The PLA in Hong Kong has a duty to protect the safety of Hongkongers.' Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung echoed Lee's comments. ...

  4. News - China

    Beijing considering new South China Sea air defence zone, says Japanese report

    Posted Jan 31st 2014, 10:30pm by AFP

    ... unnamed sources, including from the Chinese government. The draft was submitted to senior Chinese military officials by May last year, the respected daily said. Beijing claims the South China Sea ... said it would not comply, and, in what was seen as a challenge to Beijing, promptly flew military planes through it. The zone covers disputed Tokyo-controlled islands – known as the Senkakus ...

  5. News - China

    Filipinos back Manila's move to confront China over South China Sea

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:49pm by Raissa Robles

    ... one that is based on respecting the rule of law and pursuing a peaceful settlement of disputes, strongly resonates with the Filipino people". Partly commissioned by the Philippine ... the trust survey was part of the pollster's regular survey and had not been commissioned by the Philippine government. The survey results came as China condemned US Pacific Air Force commander ...

  6. PLA ready to sign up Hong Kong recruits

    Posted Jun 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... units in the city before being sent to other areas. In an interview with the Hong Kong Commercial Daily published yesterday, Chen, a member of the Central Military Commission, said he would ... such as how the mainland's military service law can be applied in the special administrative region, have to be cleared before Hongkongers can sign up. Xu Guangyu, a retired People's ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    US navy accused of 'harassing' carrier Liaoning in South China Sea incident

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 11:30pm by Cary Huang, AP

    ... from confrontation. Analysts said the stand-off underscored the increased tensions in the region between the two militaries. "This is one more example of the growing rivalry between China, a fast-rising maritime power, and the United States, the dominant naval power in the Pacific region since the second world war," said Ni Lexiong, an expert in military and maritime affairs ...

  8. Merits of the right to serve

    Posted Jun 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for residents. But as Hong Kong and the mainland move ever closer, authorities have to take into account the changing environment. PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde, a member of the Central Military ... the military life have that chance. There is nothing in the Basic Law which precludes signing up, but there are vexing issues that stand in the way. A senior People's Liberation Army ...

  9. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan's all-volunteer military could leave garrisons short

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com All-volunteer military could leave garrisons short As tensions mount in the disputed South China Sea, Taiwan might find it has no garrisons ... introduction of an all-volunteer military, which had made it difficult to recruit servicemen for posting on Pratas Island and on Taiping Island, the largest in the Spratly archipelago. "Last year, ...


    Major development plan for Woody Island unveiled

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... not merely military purposes," said Li Jie, a Beijing-based military expert. "Both the central and local governments want to develop ecotourism in Sansha, but now they just have one coastal ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Major development for Woody Island Beijing will spend more than 10 billion yuan (HK$12.3 billion) to upgrade military and civilian infrastructure at its ...




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