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  1. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Taiwan defence minister inspects Taiping garrison in disputed Spratlys

    Posted Nov 06th 2014, 03:42am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan minister inspects Spratly garrison Taiwanese Defence Minister Yen Ming inspected Taiping Island in the South China Sea yesterday, ... of the legislature's foreign affairs and defence committee, Yen boarded a military plane for his first visit to Taiping as defence minister, military officials said. "The main purpose of the inspection ...

  2. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    PLA Navy chief visited Paracels, Taiwan's intelligence boss says

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:12am by Minnie Chan

    ... intelligence boss has said. An extended visit by a top-ranking defence chief to the area would be rare and was interpreted in Taiwan as further evidence of Beijing's determination to bolster its ... community," said Lin Chong-pin, a former deputy defence minister of Taiwan. Wu Shih-wen, a former defence minister who patrolled the waters for two decades from the 1960s, said the military presence ...

  3. 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

    ... Minnie Chan and Associated Press Signs of calmer season horizon as Hanoi's defence minister holds high-level talks in Beijing China and Vietnam agree to reforge military links China ... Xinhua quoted Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, as saying to Vietnamese Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh in Beijing. "It's impossible for neighbouring ...

  4. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    From reef to biggest island in Spratlys, and China's not done yet at Fiery Cross

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:37am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Carl Thayer, professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales and a member of the Australian Defence Force Academy. He said there was no strong evidence yet to suggest China was planning ...

  5. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Joint US-Philippine exercises start near disputed South China Sea waters

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:26am by Reuters

    ... calls it Panatag Shoal. The air and marine exercises- known as the Philippine Bilateral Exercises or Phiblex- will focus on maritime security and territorial defence operations as China ...

  6. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    US pledges to monitor South China Sea after Beijing rejects calls to curb its actions

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:39pm by Reuters

    ... Kerry arrived in Sydney for a meeting between Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian officials to discuss increased defence and cybersecurity cooperation. A US proposal for a freeze ... members and China, the official said. Bishop is hosting the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Sydney, where defence and security cooperation is expected to be high ...

  7. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels to 'strengthen maritime law enforcement'

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:00pm by Reuters

    ... surveillance effort, Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida said after talks with Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. The deal represents a shift in the two countries' ties towards defence ... and in the Gulf of Tonkin, which borders both China and Vietnam, according to the Ministry of National Defence. The Japanese support for Vietnam will include radar equipment and the vessels ...

  8. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Philippines to protest to Beijing over shipping activity in South China Sea

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:33pm by AFP

    ... to the tensions between the two of us." Defence spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said yesterday the ships were "hydrological research vessels" capable of mapping the ocean floor, adding ...

  9. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    China plans artificial island in disputed Spratlys chain in South China Sea

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 02:58am by KRISTINE KWOK, Minnie Chan

    ... Kristine Kwok and Minnie Chan The move indicates a shift from defence to offence in the East and South China seas China plans to make disputed reef a vast island China is looking to expand ... long-running sovereignty disputes from a defensive stance to an offensive one, analysts said. They said it was seen as a step to the declaration of an air defence identification zone. The Philippines ...

  10. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Video shows 'Vietnamese boat ramming Chinese ships' in disputed waters

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 09:49am by Minnie Chan

    ... the defence ministry released video of Japanese fighter jets flying close to Chinese military aircraft. China has stepped up efforts to rebut Hanoi's claim it violated Vietnamese territory ...




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