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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    China's stealth fighter in flight test

    Posted Nov 01st 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... stealth fighter in January of last year- as President Hu Jintao was meeting then-US defence secretary Robert Gates in Beijing. Military analysts said the new jet's design suggested ... that the "J-31" name often used was incorrect. Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canadian-based Kanwa Asian Defence Monthly, said the flight provided further evidence that Shenyang Aircraft, which has ...

  2. News - China - SECURITY

    China leads a surge in Asian military spending, US report says

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... spending by Asia's major powers increased dramatically over the past decade, according to a study, with China leading the way as its defence budget quadrupled since 2000. Defence spending ... reported on Monday. Asia's arms race still left it trailing US defence spending, but it would ensure the United States would likely stick to its plan to shift the country's strategic ...

  3. News - China

    Panetta arrives in China for defence talks amid tensions

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 08:48pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is in China where he may get a frosty reception from officials unhappy with America’s expanded military presence ... disagreements. This is Panetta’s first trip to China as defence chief, and it is expected to include several historic visits, including meetings with the country’s leaders. Panetta’s stay in China ...

  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    India still wary of military ties with China ahead of joint drills

    Posted Sep 09th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... cool on military ties despite visit Despite progress made during Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie's visit to India last week, analysts say Beijing and New Delhi have a long way ... be behind the projects. "The Sri Lankan visit will be watched closely given the growing warmth and content of China-Sri Lanka relations," said Dr Rajeswari Rajagopalan, a defence analyst ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Behind the smokescreen of Beijing's 2013 defence budget

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of Beijing's 2013 defence budget Yesterday, Beijing announced that it will jack up defence spending by 10.7 per cent this year to 720 billion yuan (HK$897 billion). With tensions in both the East China ... per cent sounds like a big jump, by itself the headline figure is pretty meaningless. On the surface, it looks as if Beijing's increase in defence spending outpaces even the growth ...

  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila signals resolve on defence with news of fighter jet deal

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode greg.torode@scmp.com Manila signals defence resolve with fighter jet deal If last week's move by Manila to challenge Beijing's territorial claims at the United ... a decade is merely the latest in a string of recent acquisitions that are being closely watched in Beijing. Philippine defence officials confirmed yesterday that Manila would this month finalise ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US and Japan's defence moves a test for Beijing

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode Greg Torode wonders how Beijing could ensure Japan doesn't boost its defence spending to compensate for any reduced US presence in the region Chinese puzzle The prospect of increased defence spending by Japan presents a host of challenges for China. In the longer term, they will be strategic and diplomatic, but more immediately it is proving a test for China's ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Australia defence chief says war games with China on the horizon

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 10:11am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the United States as the nations work to ensure stability in the region, Canberra’s defence chief said Thursday. General David Hurley told The Australian newspaper the war games were “on the short-term horizon”. “We’re working our way towards that,” he said. The planned ...

  9. We come in peace: defence minister

    Posted Jun 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore greg. torode@scmp.com Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie yesterday used his first speech at an annual regional security forum to stress China's peaceful ... repeatedly described it in a defensive role while saying China was still far behind US capabilities. Liang spoke for more than 45 minutes before taking questions from a broad audience of defence ...

  10. China's muscle-flexing is a poor defence of its interests

    Posted Jun 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Friends of China should ask it to consider the potentially dangerous repercussions of the nation's increasingly assertive diplomatic and military behaviour. The policy poses real dangers to the peace of Asia, but ultimately the biggest ...




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