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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    First live-fire drill in five years as part of Taiwan's Han Kuang exercises

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... the first in 5 years Taiwan has begun its largest military exercises since 2008, which will today see a live-fire drill on Penghu Island in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. The drill will review ... by various groups in society, including the local media and lawmakers, who have accused the military of neglecting national defence. The live-fire drill, which involves 7,682 servicemen, is aimed ...

  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korea war threat over US military drills

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Kim war threat over military drills North Korea's leader has warned of an "all-out" war against the South while denouncing its ongoing joint military drill with the United States, state media said yesterday. The US and South Korean militaries last Monday began a two-week exercise aimed at testing defences against the communist North, ...

  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    India still wary of military ties with China ahead of joint drills

    Posted Sep 09th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... cool on military ties despite visit Despite progress made during Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie's visit to India last week, analysts say Beijing and New Delhi have a long way to go if they want to build a healthy strategic partnership. Military build-ups, border disputes and a desire by both nations to become a dominant force in Asia would continue to weigh on ties ...

  4. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... to conduct holiday drills in western pacific The People's Liberation Army Navy will conduct drills in the western Pacific Ocean during the Lunar New Year holiday after finishing a regular patrol ... report failed to detail the kind of training drills that will be conducted. But it said the flotilla had staged anti-submarine co-operation drills involving ships and aircraft, anti-piracy drills ...

  5. News - China - MILITARY

    Xi calls on PLA to get combat ready

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... New military chief highlights importance of drills and to be prepared to carry out missions under complicated circumstances The People's Liberation Army Air Force finished a large-scale, 12-day military drill in the Gobi Desert on Friday that chimed with new Central Military Commission (CMC) chief Xi Jinping's emphasis on the strategic importance of such exercises. ...

  6. News - China - MILITARY

    Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... "The high-profile announcement of the drill and Mabus's visit are aimed at telling the world that Beijing and the Pentagon maintain stable military relations despite the dispute over ... yesterday shortly after it occurred, a rare departure from past practice that suggests Beijing is improving its military transparency. At least five warships from the East Sea Fleet passed through ...


    War games fracas strains ties between South Korea and Japan

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... story, citing a Japanese diplomat in Seoul as saying: "It is extremely rude as a host country of a multination military drill." South Korea's defence ministry denied the reports, ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo South Korea refuses to let Japanese ship dock at Busan during four-nation naval drills War games strain Seoul-Tokyo ties South Korea is refusing to allow ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese troops to return to Tinian island 67 years after battle

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Marines' drill sees Japanese soldiers back on island from where US launched atomic bombs Troops return 67 years after battle Japanese troops will finally return ... were eventually launched. Members of Japan's Self-Defence Forces will be setting foot on the island for the first time since that bloody encounter and conduct drills with III Marine ...

  9. News - Asia - TAIWAN

    Taiwan stages live-fire exercises in hotly contested Spratly Island chain

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Taiwan stages live-fire exercises in Spratlys Taiwan's coastguard said yesterday that Taipei had staged a live-fire drill within a hotly contested ... of the Spratly Islands, Wang Chin-wang, chief of the Coast Guard Administration, told parliament. It was Taipei's first live-fire drill in the Spratlys- claimed in whole or part by Taiwan, mainland ...

  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA gives glowing report of 'advanced' early-warning aircraft

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the effectiveness of China's military modernisation effort. The PLA Daily report, which appeared in an inside page, did not identify the aircraft that took part in the drills, but it was accompanied ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Military newspaper rates the performance of the aircraft as an 'historic leap' in what analysts see as a response to doubts expressed by the West ...




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