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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    New Chinese law steps up military zone security to keep out 'foreign spies posing as tourists'

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:54pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com New law gives PLA greater powers to prevent intrusions into restricted waters and military facilities, whether by innocent fishermen or foreign spies Law ... waters following reports of inadvertent intrusions into restricted zones and concerns about spying. In a report released at a legislative meeting on Friday, the People's Liberation Army ...

  2. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Australian purchase of submarines on agenda of ministerial talks in Tokyo

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:54am by AFP

    ... and volleyball, and drink beer, in a display of unity that will not go unnoticed in Beijing. Philippine naval officials billed the event on the Vietnamese-held Southwest Cay as a chance to show the world there could be harmony in the South China Sea despite overlapping claims to the potentially energy-rich waters. About 40 Philippine navy troops sailed to the island for the day-long event, officials ...

  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA flotilla embarks for US-led naval drills

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 03:42am by Minnie Chan

    ... naval drills A flotilla of Chinese military vessels has set off to take part in United States-led multinational naval exercises in waters off Hawaii. Analysts on the mainland said the move ... to run from June 26 to August 1. The PLA flotilla will join vessels from Singapore, Brunei and a US cruiser in waters off Guam in the middle of the month and then sail to Pearl Harbour ...

  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    China’s army chief kicks off US tour amid frictions in South China Sea

    Posted May 13th 2014, 09:53am by AFP

    ... said. Tensions between China and Vietnam spiked after Beijing said it would relocate a deep-water oil rig to a disputed area of the South China Sea, with Hanoi saying Chinese vessels rammed its patrol ships and turned water cannon on them. China has rejected criticism from Washington over its dispute with Vietnam as “irresponsible” while a US diplomat has voiced concern about “dangerous ...

  5. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    North Korea hurls insults as US, South study finds Pyongyang sent drones

    Posted May 12th 2014, 01:24pm by Reuters

    ... and South Korea in waters near a disputed maritime border. The two Koreas have stepped up their rhetoric in recent weeks, amid signs  that North Korea is preparing to conduct a fourth nuclear test. ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    China, Russia to hold joint naval drill in politically sensitive East China Sea

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 11:29pm by Minnie Chan

    ... the Diaoyu Islands and Ukraine. The Ministry of National Defence yesterday confirmed the Chinese-Russia naval manoeuvres, named Joint Sea-2014, would be staged in waters and air space near Shanghai ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    China’s military vulnerability revealed in search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 12:28pm by Reuters

    ... for a fully operational blue-water navy by 2050- especially if access around Southeast Asia or beyond is needed in times of tension. China is determined to eventually challenge Washington’s ... for wreckage of MH370 have proved important logistical learning curves, he added. Potential blue-water deployments of future air-craft carrier strike groups further complicates China’s logistical ...

  8. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Beijing angered by Obama's stance on disputed Diaoyu Islands

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 09:36am by Teddy Ng, AFP AND REUTERS

    ... and Najib has played down their rival maritime claims. But Malaysian anxieties have grown, particularly after China held naval exercises in disputed waters last year, and the US and Malaysia have ...

  9. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US Navy’s Littoral combat ships ‘may lack speed and capabilities’, audit says

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 10:27pm by BLOOM

    ... and electronic warfare capabilities needed to operate in Asian waters, according to a congressional audit. "Several 7th Fleet officials told us they thought the LCS [Littoral combat ships] ... questioned the cost, mission and survivability in combat of the ship that is designed to operate in shallow coastal waters. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a February memo ...

  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA wants to set tone for military ties with US, analysts say

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 11:16am by Teddy Ng

    ... Beijing's disagreement over US surveillance activities in waters around China, and Washington's demand that Beijing improve transparency over its military budget, will continue to divide ...




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