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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Defence chiefs offers India assurance on China's growing South Asia ties

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo Minister indirectly addresses Delhi's fears about Beijing's circle of influence in it backyard Defence chief seeks to reassure India on ties in region Defence Minister Liang Guanglie says Beijing's increasingly close ties in South Asia are aimed at ensuring regional "security and stability" and are not intended to harm any ...

  2. US defence strategy in Korea has time on its side

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Richard Halloran When US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta was in Hawaii last week, he was asked why the US still has troops in South Korea when North Korea's conventional forces are in a miserable condition, South Korea's soldiers are fully capable of defending their own country and US forces are experiencing serious budget restrictions. Panetta said US forces, which have been ...

  3. Transparency required on defence spending

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it could not have come at a better time for Communist Party leaders- just before they revealed a big rise in the defence budget. China has lost no time after a period of belt-tightening following ... the question is how robust these forces need to be and how much the nation should be prepared to spend. Though the rise in the defence budget is large, the ratio of military spending to GDP is still ...

  4. Missile shield may be Seoul's best defence

    Posted Jun 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... South Korea has every right to defend itself against North Korea. If this involves deploying a missile defence system, as the South is considering, it is an understandable outcome given ... and the US fit that bill. The idea has yet to clear policy and budgetary hurdles. But officials in Seoul say China has already objected. US-led missile defence in the region irks Beijing. ...

  5. Mid-space missile test marks milestone for defence strategy

    Posted Jan 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... known, and it had no defence system. It was also unable to make any emergency manoeuvres. Monday's test was anything but straightforward. The defence system had to identify the location ... bottle. Missile interception is like shooting ducks,' Xu said. 'Monday's announcement marked a milestone in China's active defence strategy. Mid-course missile interception ...

  6. Taiwan softens its defence policy in new sign of warming ties

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan would drop the terms 'active defence' and 'pre-emptive strike' from its defence policy, the island's military said yesterday in yet another sign of fast-improving cross-strait relations. 'Pre-emptive strike' and 'active defence' - meaning Taiwan would attack key mainland military bases first if armed ...

  7. Defence Ministry denies troop levels will be halved

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The Defence Ministry yesterday denied a widely circulated report that it would cut 700,000 soldiers in the next three years, but military insiders believe the reasoning behind ... denial by the Defence Ministry shows that it has caught the attention of the authorities. The ministry denied the speculations. 'All the discussions and conclusions [about military reform] ...

  8. Defence Ministry praises armed forces for relief operation

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The Defence Ministry has given the armed forces a pat on the back for their 'rapid, highly efficient and orderly' response to the earthquake. Speaking at an Asean+3 ... the Defence Ministry was able to check on the scale of the disaster via the Chengdu Military Region- one of eight mainland army divisions- 12 minutes after the quake occurred, and the air force ...

  9. Australia backs Japan's defence plan

    Posted Oct 01st 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Australia has thrown its support behind Japan's bid to build a missile defence system in response to perceived threats from North Korea. The backing came during talks in Tokyo between Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill and his Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Ishiba. They signed an agreement to increase contact between military officials and allow for joint exercises. ...

  10. Navy's father and ex-chief of defence dies

    Posted Jul 07th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Former defence minister Zhang Aiping died of an undisclosed illness in Beijing on Saturday. He was 93 years old. Zhang, who was appointed defence chief in 1980, was best known for his work ... of the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence. He was promoted to defence minister and vice-premier in 1980. ...




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