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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    US weighs military options for Syria, says Hagel

    Posted Aug 24th 2013, 03:08pm by Agence France-Presse on board a US military aircraft

    ... President Barack Obama opts for military action against Syria, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday. Amid calls for military intervention after the Syrian regime carried out ... of another American military intervention in the Middle East. “The president has asked the Defence Department for options. Like always, the Defence Department is prepared and has been prepared ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - Asia - INDIA

    India to receive Russian-built aircraft carrier, five years late

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 06:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Delhi

    ... “Indian Defence Minister AK Antony will commission INS Vikramaditya on Saturday. There will be some ships that will escort the Vikramaditya back to its port in India,” Navy spokesman PVS Satish told reporters. The induction of the Vikramaditya, originally built as the Admiral Gorshkov and commissioned in 1987, is intended to shore-up India’s defence capabilities as it seeks to counter ...

  4. News - China - SINO-US TIES

    Xi Jinping urges US defence chief Chuck Hagel to work on closer military ties with China

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:41pm by Teddy Ng, Reuters, Bloomberg

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing and Agencies teddy.ng@scmp.com Co-operation is crucial to conflict resolution, president tells US defence chief Chuck Hagel Xi calls for closer US military ties President Xi Jinping set the tone for developing military ties between China and the United States during talks with US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, saying the two militaries should "properly ...

  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss ways to avoid military stand-offs in talks in China

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 03:21am by Minnie Chan

    ... "Hagel will be the top American defence official to pay a visit to Beijing since the latest military encounter between Chinese and US navies in the South China Sea," Shi said. "The ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Chuck Hagel to seek risk reduction in China talks Chuck Hagel's first visit to China as US defence secretary will focus on reducing the risk ...

  6. News - Asia - INDIA

    India, Russia beef up ties with new defence deals

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 06:03pm by AFP

    ... military equipment that accounts for 70 per cent of its arms supplies. “Russia is a key partner in our efforts to modernise our armed forces and enhance our defence preparedness,” Singh said after ... was “substantial and constructive”. “We agreed to deepen ties in the areas of military and defence sectors,” he said. The Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund, and the State Bank ...


    China boosts defence budget by 12.2pc after warning military will respond if provoked

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 10:27am by Minnie Chan, Teddy Ng

    ... announced double-digit growth in national defence spending. The government will spend 808.23 billion yuan (HK$1.022 trillion) on the military this fiscal year, according to the budget presented ... [steps] should be taken when we see foreign aircraft entering the air defence zone." Lieutenant General Zhuang Kezhu, deputy commander of the Beijing Military Command, said China needed ...

  8. News - China - DEFENCE

    Big defence spender US has no right to criticise China military budget, says admiral

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 12:52pm by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com A top military official and member of China’s top consultative body says the United States has no right to criticise China’s defence spending as America’s ... defence – support Yin’s claim that China’s military spending, as a percentage of GDP, has been declining. However the World Bank data shows it is at the level that Yin says is appropriate ...

  9. News - China - MILITARY

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

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

    ... missile unit, the major daily said citing senior Chinese military officials and other sources. The planned revamp would mark a shift from the current defence-oriented military that relies mainly ... Agence France-Presse Japanese newspaper report comes amid rising tensions in region China is considering reorganising its seven military regions into five in a bid to respond more swiftly ...

  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    China confident of no military conflict over air defence zones

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 06:27am by Minnie Chan, AFP

    ... not likely over new air zone Beijing is confident regional tensions will stabilise without military conflict after neighbouring countries and the United States have had time to adjust to its air defence identification zone, Chinese analysts said. The Ministry of National Defence's creation of the zone over most of the East China Sea two weeks ago has drawn a mix of criticism, ...




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