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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    China's first aircraft carrier handed over to PLA navy

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

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Leaders attend ceremony in Dalian but no details on ship's assignment PLA takes charge of first carrier China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the PLA Navy and commissioned in Dalian, Liaoning, yesterday after seven years of refitting. The defence ministry said the carrier, named the Liaoning, would "raise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1047328/chinas-first-aircraft-carrier-handed-over-pla-navy
  2. Comment - Blogs

    PLA navy sea strut a heads-up for next month's Japan-US military drill

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 08:59am by John Kennedy

    ... urges sincerity from Japan for negotiations over Diaoyu Islands  --  Chinese navy's Diaoyu Islands activities legitimate: defense ministry  --  China's diplomat says putting political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1063003/pla-navy-sea-strut-heads-next-months-japan-us-military-drill
  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    PLA holds navy-air force joint exercise as Diaoyu tensions rise

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHIYUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Report of PLA exercise 'sends signal to Japan' A joint navy-air force exercise to practise an amphibious assault and landing was held earlier this month by the People's Liberation Army's Nanjing Military Command, the PLA Daily reported yesterday, amid rising tension between China and Japan over territorial claims to the Diaoyu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1022973/pla-holds-navy-air-force-joint-exercise-diaoyu-tensions-rise
  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    China's first aircraft carrier set for extended sea trials

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... which was handed over to the PLA Navy on Tuesday but which as yet carries no aircraft, would pose no threat to the world, and China's military strategy remains focused on self-defence. ... "Even for the US Navy, it would take two to three years for a new aircraft carrier to develop combat capabilities," Zhang said. "It may take longer for the Chinese navy, which has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1048051/chinas-first-aircraft-carrier-set-extended-sea-trials
  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    Generals promoted in top-level PLA reshuffle

    Posted Oct 27th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Defence ministry confirms series of promotions, involving all but one of the top posts in military Navy chief last man standing in PLA reshuffle A reshuffle at the top of the People's Liberation Army has seen all major positions, with the exception of PLA Navy commander, filled with new appointees, the Ministry of National Defence said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1070687/generals-promoted-top-level-pla-reshuffle
  6. News - China - MILITARY

    Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

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

    ... the Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan, a US ally." PLA Navy commander Admiral Wu Shengli told Mabus that the PLA Navy was keen on cementing bilateral ties with the US Navy, the PLA Daily ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1093362/beijing-opens-over-naval-manoeuvres
  7. PLA joins forces with rival navies for piracy patrols

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The Chinese navy plans to co-operate with its counterparts from India and Japan during escort missions this year in the pirate-infested waters ... of Asia's top military powers, had formally co-operated with each other in the anti-piracy mission, with the navy of People's Liberation Army (PLAN) likely to play a leading role. 'The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993501/pla-joins-forces-rival-navies-piracy-patrols
  8. Sea row 'chance to foster new ties'

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Law, said if Taiping and other islets controlled by Taiwan were invaded by other countries, the PLA Navy 'would absolutely send fleets to protect Taiwan's interests'. 'In maritime issues, Beijing and Taipei share common interests, so the PLA Navy would eagerly co-operate with the Taiwan navy to safeguard our territory,' Ni said. However, when tension ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002849/sea-row-chance-foster-new-ties
  9. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA aircraft carrier gets hull number, suggesting it's ready for action

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... of the carrier. The report said that while most PLA Navy ships had three-digit hull numbers, there were two training ships that carried two-digit numbers- No 81 Zhenghe and No 82 Shichang. Antony Wong Dong, a Macau-based PLA watcher, said the carrier's numbering suggested the navy may go with a new naming system for its carriers. "The vessel could possibly be named 'Hubei ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1029039/pla-aircraft-carrier-gets-hull-number-suggesting-its-ready-action
  10. News - China - BILATERAL TIES

    Chinese warships cross waters near Japan's Okinawa islands

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng, AFP

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Seven PLA Navy vessels spotted near Okinawa islands in apparent show of might, but defence ministry says they crossed the waters legally Chinese ... the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan. Mainland analysts said the PLA Navy's move was an intentional demonstration of Beijing's dismay at the international support Tokyo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1062731/chinese-warships-cross-waters-near-japans-okinawa-islands

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