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  1. News - China - MOCK DRILLS

    Chinese and US militaries hold joint disaster drills

    Posted Dec 01st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and the US are separated by the Pacific Ocean. Our two militaries joining hands... answers to the aspirations of the two sides," Major Tang Fen, of the People's Liberation Army, said after ... officers from both nations express hopes for closer ties, came amid rising concerns in Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam over Beijing's territorial claims in disputed seas. During the mock ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

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

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

    ... to respond more effectively to aerial threats, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday. Analysts said the report could be seen as a response to Western reports that downplay ... 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 ...

  3. News - China - MILITARY

    Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

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

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Beijing opens up over fleet moves The passage of a People's Liberation Army Navy fleet through waters off Okinawa was reported by mainland state media 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 ...


    Corrections and clarifications, November 28, 2012

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Paul Buck

    ... In yesterday's report, "Xi cements control over PLA with unique background", the word "first" was missing from the concluding sentence of the second paragraph. The sentence should have read: Just one week after taking over as chai ...

  5. News - China

    New PLA chief of staff Fang Fenghui flourishes under president's wing

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

    ... The People's Liberation Army';s new chief of general staff, Fang Fenghui, is a loyal protégé of President Hu Jintao, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission. Fang has been serving ... of the People's Republic. Fang's promotion showed his loyalty had won the trust of Hu, said Antony Wong Dong, president of the International Military Association in Macau. "It's likely ...

  6. News - China - MILITARY EXERCISES

    China shows off naval strength with major maritime exercise

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... part in high-profile maritime drills in the East China Sea to assert Beijing's readiness to use military force to back civilian patrol ships in disputed waters. The joint naval exercise, which involved 11 vessels from the People's Liberation Army's East Sea Fleet, the fisheries administration and the marine surveillance agency, was seen by analysts as an effort ...


    PLA puts military heat on Japan over Diaoyu Islands

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Beijing urges Japan to retract decision to buy disputed Diaoyus PLA steps up military drills to ward off Japan The People's Liberation Army stepped up ... China Sea. In a front-page report, the PLA Daily said the army's navy, air force and strategic missile corps had staged joint military drills in the Yellow Sea and in the Gobi Desert early ...

  8. News - China - AVIATION

    Model of newest fighter jet on display at Zhuhai air show

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... of the show with the People's Liberation Army. Separately, Sina.com quoted Avic vice-president Li Fangyong as saying that his company spent 10 billion yuan (HK$12.2 billion) and several years ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Nation's largest air show in Zhuhai features daily acrobatics displays, but the closest fans will get to newest stealth fighter is a scale model Eyes ...

  9. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA signs preliminary deal for 24 Russian Su-35 jet fighters

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Purchase of 24 Su-35s from Russia could be due to problems in developing suitable technology for China's own J-20, analysts say Jet fighter deal is 'all about the engine' A preliminary deal for the sale of 24 advanced Russian Su-35 jet fighters to the People's Liberation Army indicates the technological hurdles China faces ...




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