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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea delays rocket launch as eyes turn to North

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 02:15pm by Bloomberg

    ... the North’s program is cover for missile development. “North Korea may want to restore its national pride after the failed launch,” Baek Seung Joo, who studies the Pyongyang regime’s military at the Korea Institute of Defence Analyses in Seoul, said yesterday by telephone. “If South Korea succeeds with the Naro rocket, the North’s technology will look weak in comparison.” Kim Jong-un’s ...

  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea allowed longer-range missiles

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... military provocations by North Korea," Chun said yesterday. The extension will bring not only the whole of North Korea within reach of Seoul's rockets, but also parts of China and Japan. ... or damage the equivalent of several dozen soccer stadiums at one time, said Shin Won-sik, a Seoul Defence Ministry official. There was no immediate comment from the US State Department, ...

  3. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Smog? It bolsters military defence, says Chinese nationalist newspaper

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:08pm by Chris Luo

    ... to the country's military defence strategy. Smog, it argued, could thwart missile attacks and hamper hostile reconnaissance. “Smog may affect people’s health and daily lives … but on the battlefield, it can serve as a defensive advantage in military operations,” said an article on the website of  Global Times, a nationalist newspaper affiliated to the Communist Party’s mouthpiece the People’s ...

  4. News - China - CORRUPTION

    'Corruption probe' general helps pen defence book

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... allegations of corruption, has penned a preface for a military book, according to the official website of the ministry of national defence yesterday. General Xu Caihou, a former vice-chairman ... Defence University, a top university for military education in China. The incident marks Xu's first appearance in the public eye since early March, when he was conspicuously absent from ...


    Taiwan has missile that can reach mainland, ex-defence chief says

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, wrote that the military successfully developed the missile back in 2008, The Liberty Times reported yesterday. The defence ministry in Taipei responded ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Ex-defence minister alleges existence of medium-range weapon in the island's arsenal Taiwan has missile 'that can hit mainland' Taiwan has ...

  6. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Russia gets cosy again in cold war port

    Posted Mar 10th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... defence minister this week confirmed expanding plans for a significant military presence for some time to come. Russian technicians will soon be helping Vietnam prepare the base ... to be sustained," said Professor Carl Thayer, of the Australian Defence Force Academy, who has studied the Vietnamese military for four decades. Whether the Russians will ever attempt to keep offensive ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    Chinese general urges calm amid regional tensions in US visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... China military ties show 'maturity' PLA deputy chief of general staff Cai Yingting stressed during a visit to Washington the importance of trust and credibility between the Chinese and American militaries for developing a stable relationship. Cai made the comments at a meeting on Friday with Admiral James Winnefeld, the No 2 officer in the US armed forces. Analysts saw ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Gleanings from China's defence budget

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Gleanings from defence budget China's defence budgets and white papers usually prompt questions about transparency, which begs the question of how much foreign analysts ... latest defence white paper, is undergoing profound changes as the US adjusts its Asia-Pacific security strategy. That said, the document issued by the Ministry of National Defence does represent ...


    Taiwan to test defences with live-fire drill in strait

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Taiwan will test defences with live-fire drill in strait Taiwan yesterday unveiled plans for its biggest live-fire military exercise since 2008, aimed at reviewing the island's defence capability against a simulated mainland invasion. The operation will take place on April 17 on the Penghu Islands in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. ...

  10. News - Asia - ARMED FORCES

    US combat ships try to stay afloat amid billions in budget cuts

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... of being contained by the US and by American allies and partners relying on Washington as a counter-balance to China's military rise. The USS Freedom heads from San Diego to Singapore amid ...




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