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  1. Japan says air defence flights doubled

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng The number of times Japanese air force planes scrambled to intercept Chinese planes more than doubled year-on-year. Flights to intercept Russian planes rose even more. Japan's Defence Ministry said Air Self-Defence Force jets were scrambled 96 times in the year to March 31 to ward off Chinese planes, the Yomiuri Shimbum reported. Japan said no foreign aircraft ...

  2. In China's defence

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching China's latest defence white paper, aimed at defusing criticism about its lack of transparency, was immediately condemned for not discussing military issues ... Defence Secretary Robert Gates, also went unmentioned. And while Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US Pacific Command, has said that the newly developed DF-21D ballistic missile, dubbed ...

  3. West's criticism of defence budget shows bias against a strong China, say generals

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... defence budget, accusing international critics of its military build-up of being biased. Major General Zhu Heping said the double-digit increase in defence spending, announced yesterday, ... soldiers far behind their Indian counterparts in terms of clothing and equipment. Both generals played down the impact of the surging defence spending on Taiwan ahead of the island's ...

  4. Chen fires salvo over bolstering defences

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... the island's Double Tenth National Day yesterday that the island needs to beef up its defences to deter growing military threats from the mainland. Mr Chen also vowed to pursue reforms and stamp out ... but they have been listed in the normal budget proposed by the Defence Ministry to try to win support from the opposition. Mr Chen warned that the continued opposition boycott- 31 times as of late last ...

  5. US hints at China role in missile defence shield

    Posted Jun 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore Washington yesterday offered Beijing possible involvement in its missile defence plans for East Asia in a bid to ease the mainland's concerns over joint Japan-US efforts. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he was prepared to talk to his mainland counterparts about participation after making similar overtures to Russia in April. 'If ...

  6. Missiles only 7 minutes away, island's Defence Ministry says

    Posted Aug 30th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung The mainland will be able to attack Taiwan in about two years and could rain missiles down on the island in just seven minutes, Taiwan's Defence Ministry warned yesterday. In its 2005 defence white paper, the ministry said the mainland would probably rely on a strategy of intimidation if an attack was launched before or during 2008. 'But between 2008 ...

  7. Taiwan performs well in war games, say defence officials

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... was still able to hold onto 45 per cent of its forces to prevent the mainland from occupying the island, according to the initial result revealed by defence officials. The participation of two ... its defences not just through military means, but also through the efforts of government bureaus and the public. ...

  8. World needs convincing PLA is not a threat

    Posted Jul 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Australia has joined the US-led chorus of concern over mainland China's military buildup. Canberra's latest defence policy paper warns that the pace and scope of the mainland ... improves- a fact acknowledged even by hawks such as former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. And China, with its borders with 15 nations, sits at the heart of a historically dangerous ...

  9. Beijing hits back on arms fears

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing has dismissed a report by Japanese defence experts alleging increased naval activity by China as 'irresponsible'. The report has 'ulterior motives', said the Chinese military. China accused Japan of trying to justify its own coastal defence build-up by saying that China posed a security threat. 'The defence paper plays up ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US regional presence acts as a needed counterweight to China

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am by Manik Mehta

    ... defence secretary Ashton Carter recently outlined at the Asia Society in New York the contours of the US "rebalance strategy" in the Asia-Pacific region. Although the strategy is, ... disinterest in the region could encourage China to intensify its aggressive posturing. With the US defence budget facing drastic cuts, Carter explained, the rebalance would be achieved through ...




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