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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:02pm by AFP

    ... officer at the defence ministry was quoted as saying. The paper said the operation has attracted interest from the United States, which has been using the sophisticated high-altitude Global Hawk ... capacity for weapons research and manufacturing had greatly increased, “which has boosted its military deterrent and posed a grave threat to Taiwan”. The United States is Taiwan’s main ally. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military
  2. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Japan's military shift is 'what an ally should naturally do', defence minister says

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by AFP, KYODO

    ... Abe's cabinet on July 1 would bolster Tokyo's alliance with the United States, opening the way to new forms of military co-operation between the two allies. "We believe this will dramatically deepen our ties with the United States," Onodera said. Japan's decision to reinterpret its pacifist constitution has provoked anger at home as well as among its neighbours, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552940/japans-military-shift-what-ally-should-naturally-do-defence-minister-says
  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    US urges Beijing, Asean states to agree freeze on rival actions in South China Sea

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:53am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Beijing, Asean states should agree voluntary restraint in South China Sea, it says US urges freeze on maritime rivalries The United States wants China and rival countries to voluntarily halt actions aggravating territorial disputes in the South China Sea. US deputy assistant secretary of state Michael Fuchs said no country was solely responsible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553033/us-urges-beijing-asean-states-agree-freeze-rival-actions-south-china-sea
  4. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Japanese government sued by 75-year-old citizen over military expansion plans

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 05:13pm by AFP

    ... be able to come to the aid of allies – primarily the United States – if they come under attack from a common enemy, even if Japan is not the object of the attack. The dramatic shift comes amid ... of a country that is not sufficiently penitent for its actions in the second world war. However, Australia and the United States, which has long encouraged Japan to take on more of a role in a very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552010/citizen-files-lawsuit-against-japanese-government-over-military-expansion
  5. News - World - DEFENCE

    US decision to stop procuring antipersonnel mines hailed, but bolder steps urged

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:54am by Reuters

    ... procuring mines hailed Arms-control groups welcomed the United States' decision to stop making and buying anti-personnel landmines, describing it as a small yet significant step forward. T he United States announced its decision on Friday at a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Convention. Human Rights Watch said Washington ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1542530/us-decision-stop-procuring-antipersonnel-mines-hailed-bolder-steps-urged
  6. News - World - DEFENCE

    US missile defence system hits target in test for first time since 2008

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:08pm by Reuters

    ... the importance of testing and said Sunday's successful intercept kept the United States on target to increase its interceptor inventory to 44 from 30 by 2017. Northrop Grumman integrated data from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539057/us-missile-defence-system-hits-target-test-first-time-2008
  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA flotilla embarks for US-led naval drills

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

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com PLA still keen to cooperate and learn from American military, despite strained relations with Washington, say mainland analysts Flotilla embarks for US-led 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1529558/pla-flotilla-embarks-us-led-naval-drills
  8. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Australian purchase of submarines on agenda of ministerial talks in Tokyo

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

    ... by the United States, with Beijing ever-more willing to use its might to push territorial and maritime claims. A rash of confrontations in the South China Sea has set off ripples of disquiet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1528118/australian-purchase-submarines-agenda-ministerial-talks-tokyo
  9. News - China - DEFENCE

    Commander appointed to head elite Beijing military unit

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:23am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... Sijia Jiang sijia.jiang@scmp.com Veteran of war with Vietnam to head 38th Army which took part in the suppression of the pro-democracy protests in the capital in 1989 A military unit ... The unit forms part of the Beijing Military Command, charged with safeguarding the capital, and is considered one of the best trained and equipped forces in the military. Liu is a military veteran ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1447641/commander-appointed-head-elite-beijing-military-unit
  10. 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

    ... in its entirety. The United States, anxious about Beijing’s growing military might in the strategic area, has suggested China engaged in intimidation of its neighbours and America has bolstered ... territory”. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and other nations are deeply concerned about “aggressive” Chinese action in the South China Sea. “We want to see a code of conduct ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1511135/chinas-army-chief-kicks-us-tour-amid-frictions-south-china-sea

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