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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila open to allowing PLA Navy to visit its bases, says defence chief

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by ALAN ROBLES AND AGENCIES

    ... in Manila. Bautista's openness to the idea could be interpreted in a number of ways, including as a conciliatory gesture to Beijing. The PLA Navy has made three official ports of call ... Alan Robles in Manila Manila open to allowing PLA ships to visit Manila would not rule out allowing Chinese naval ships to call on the country's bases, including a planned defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1300257/manila-open-allowing-pla-navy-visit-its-bases-says-defence-chief
  2. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTES

    PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com PLA fleets hold rare combined drill China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea ... to protest against the involvement of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in a joint anti-submarine drill with the South Korean navy in the Yellow Sea. Last week's PLA Navy drill ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1246897/pla-navys-three-fleets-meet-south-china-sea-rare-show-force
  3. News - China - MILITARY ACTION

    PLA Navy in live-fire attack drills in East China and South China seas

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Live fire by missile-carrying aircraft in East China and South China seas bare the sabre to neighbours and mark a shift in strategy PLA Navy in ocean ... in territorial disputes with China, according to naval experts. Photos posted on the website of the PLA Navy on Wednesday showed several J-10 fighter jets that had been sent by the East China Sea Fleet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1130517/pla-navy-live-fire-attack-drills-east-china-and-south-china-seas
  4. News - Asia

    China rejects Philippine UN mediation effort

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 11:28pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Beijing said on Tuesday it has rejected the Philippines’ attempt to seek international arbitration over conflicting claims to territory in the South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China’s ambassador to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1154228/china-rejects-philippine-un-mediation-effort
  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    US navy accused of 'harassing' carrier Liaoning in South China Sea incident

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 11:30pm by Cary Huang, AP

    ... Cary Huang and Associated Press Americans were responsible for near-miss at sea with Chinese fleet, according to state newspaper U.S. navy accused of 'harassing' liaoning An official Chinese newspaper yesterday accused the US Navy of harassing a PLA squadron shortly before a near collision that was the most serious sea confrontation between the nations in years. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1382875/us-navy-accused-harassing-carrier-liaoning-south-china-sea-incident
  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... is intended to send a message to China's neighbours. The websites of the PLA Navy, PLA Daily and Xinhua recently carried up-to-date reports on an 11-day patrol and open-ocean training mission led ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Publicity surrounding naval activities in contested waters has been on the rise since the new leadership took over in Beijing P.L.A. adopts higher profile ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1203520/pla-takes-higher-profile-disputed-waters
  7. News - Asia - ANALYSIS: SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Fourteen years earlier the PLA navy had routed the South Vietnamese navy to complete its occupation of the Paracels to the north- islands being built up into a formidable military base. At some ... for military planners in Hanoi. Privately, PLA officials and Chinese scholars talk frankly of potential friction over Vietnam's 25 fortified holdings in the Spratlys- far more than any other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1192472/spratly-islands-dispute-defines-china-vietnam-relations-25-years-after
  8. Hawkish commander heads South Sea Fleet

    Posted Jul 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said. Wang, 59, joined the PLA when he was 18. He has held various positions in the army. In 2002, he took part in the PLA navy's first global diplomacy effort as a deputy commander. He ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com A famously hawkish senior navy commander has been appointed as the political commissar of the South Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy. Vice-Admiral Wang Dengping, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1006357/hawkish-commander-heads-south-sea-fleet
  9. So near, yet so far away for P.L.A. garrison

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... from most of their brothers in arms. While in Hong Kong, the approximately 6,000 PLA soldiers, sailors and airmen are strictly confined to the 18 barracks scattered across the territory. ... in their dorms. The PLA says it tries to keep the troops isolated from the public to prevent their military spirit from becoming contaminated by Hong Kong's capitalist lifestyle. Still, the soldiers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1005767/so-near-yet-so-far-away-pla-garrison
  10. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

    Xi's fishermen visit seen as warning to South China Sea neighbours

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... neighbours. Xi's visit to Tanmen, a fishing village in the city of Qionghai in Hainan, on Monday came a few days after the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet finished a 16-day drill and patrol mission in the South China Sea. The PLA Daily published an interview yesterday with fleet commander Rear Admiral Jiang Weilie who said naval training on the high seas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1211086/xi-jinping-pledges-makes-seas-safer-fishermen

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