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  1. News - Asia - MILITARY

    US declines to join China naval fleet review after Beijing shuns Japan

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 01:49pm by Reuters in Honolulu

    ... in Qingdao The United States is scrapping plans for one of its Navy ships to join a fleet review in China after key ally, Japan, was not invited, US officials said on Thursday, in a move that came just ahead of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip to Japan and China. The United States had been invited to participate in the fleet review – essentially a parade of ships – as part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464597/us-declines-join-china-naval-fleet-review-after-beijing-shuns-japan
  2. News - China - MILITARY

    Chances of war between China and Japan increasing, says ex-PLA officer Luo Yuan

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 06:21pm by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Retired PLA general says China is ready and rejects claims of Japanese combat superiority, although some analysts are not convinced Conflict with Japan 'ever more likely' A retired People's Liberation Army senior officer says a war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely and that China is more than capable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1463201/retired-pla-chief-says-china-capable-defending-itself-against-japan-war
  3. News - Asia - MILITARY

    Top US commanders in Asia question cuts in military spending

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 09:21pm by AP

    ... of hitting not only most of Japan but also Russia and China KIM MIN-SEOK, DEFENCE MINISTRY In prepared testimony, Locklear said budget uncertainties "ultimately reduce our readiness, our ability ... around many of our partners and our allies". Asked about tensions between Japan and China over the disputed Diaoyus Islands- or Senkaku as Japan calls them- Locklear said the potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1457945/top-us-commanders-asia-question-cuts-military-spending
  4. News - China - MILITARY

    China ‘mulls revamping military regions in bid to strengthen attack capability’

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 04:11pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... to a crisis, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Wednesday. The news comes amid rising tensions over Beijing’s territorial claims in the region, with China and Japan squaring off over ... the Japan-US alliance,” the daily quoted one of the officials as saying. Tokyo and Beijing are locked in a simmering territorial row over Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1394857/china-mulls-revamping-military-regions-bid-strengthen-attack-capability
  5. News - China - MILITARY

    Work under way on China's second aircraft carrier at Dalian yard

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 05:42am by Staff Reporters

    ... a so-called blue water navy at a time when tension is running high with neighbours including Japan and the Philippines. In December, the USS Cowpens had to change course to avoid a near collision ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1408728/work-under-way-chinas-second-aircraft-carrier-dalian-yard
  6. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA officials say troops are to prepare for war amid territorial disputes with Japan

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com 'Hard and rigorous' training planned amid territorial tension with Japan, officials declare, but observers rubbish 'loud propaganda' ... annual training directive, amid escalating tensions between China and Japan over territorial disputes in the East China Sea. "In 2013, the goal set for the entire army and the People's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1128164/pla-officials-say-troops-are-prepare-war-amid-territorial-disputes-japan
  7. News - China - MILITARY

    Aircraft carrier Liaoning begins drills in sensitive South China Sea with battle group

    Posted Nov 26th 2013, 11:26pm by Minnie Chan

    ... out drills in the area, parts of which are claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines. Beijing is currently embroiled in a diplomatic row with Japan after Chinese forces set up an air defence zone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1366618/aircraft-carrier-liaoning-begins-drills-sensitive-south-china-sea
  8. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA officials and media tour US aircraft carrier

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 11:41pm by Minnie Chan

    ... sovereignty disputes. There have also been recent calls in the US media for the Obama administration to explicitly support Japan's claim over the disputed East China Sea islands, called ... deck of 4.5 acres. The carrier strike group last month held military exercises with South Korea and Japan off the Korean peninsula. Its appearance in the South China Sea also came after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1350315/pla-officials-and-media-tour-us-aircraft-carrier
  9. News - China - MILITARY

    Shake off old ideas, general warns PLA, in veiled call for political reform

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the US and Japan achieved great military achievements after they successfully set up democratic systems," Ni said. Liu noted the Chinese military had missed out on the last two big ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1287852/shake-old-ideas-general-warns-pla
  10. News - China - MILITARY

    Carrier Liaoning arrives at Qingdao home base

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... province, home to the navy's North Sea Fleet that oversees waters surrounding Japan and the Korean Peninsula, according to state media. The arrival of the vessel, named the Liaoning, appeared ... the Liaoning in Qingdao could also put pressure on Japan, which is engaged in island disputes with Beijing in the East China Sea. "But there is no direct link between the base and the disputes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1160632/carrier-liaoning-arrives-qingdao-home-base

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