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  1. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

    PLA general plays down scholars' claims that Ryukyu Islands don't belong to Japan

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore and Choi Chi-yuk PLA top-brass says commentary casting doubts on Japan islands ownership is not Beijing's view General plays down Ryukyu claims A top ... nature. The Chinese government on this is very clear," he said. Macau-based PLA-watcher Antony Wong Dong said he was astonished by China's shifting view, and Qi's comment suggested ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1252310/pla-general-plays-down-scholars-ryukyu-islands-claims
  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA review warns 'strategic uncertainties' loom large for China

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai, Teddy Ng

    ... pressures China A PLA think tank yesterday issued a report warning that the nation faces increasing "strategic pressure" for the first time since the 1990s collapse of the communist bloc, ... of the PLA's Academy of Military Sciences, The Strategic Review 2012 says that "big powers have intensified their gaming for regional dominance". According to Xinhua, the review states: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1248585/pla-review-warns-strategic-uncertainties-loom-large-china
  3. News - Asia

    China rejects Philippine UN mediation effort

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

    ... Beijing said on Tuesday it has rejected the Philippines’ attempt to seek international arbitration over conflicting claims to territory in the South China Sea. ...

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

    Armed guards for fishing fleets, says hawkish ex-PLA chief

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 05:01pm by Ernest Kao

    ... China’s current fishing fleets are too “loose and scattered”  alone, they are vulnerable to attacks, says Luo Yuan, a retired major general and vice president of China’s Strategic Culture Promotion Association. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1217496/armed-guards-fishing-fleets-says-hawkish-ex-pla-chief
  5. News - China

    'China threat' seen as factor as PLA budget growth dips

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 'China threat' seen as factor as PLA budget growth dips Beijing announced another double-digit rise in its defence budget yesterday but the pace of growth will be down slightly on last year. ... small countries involved in territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea and show that we are really going to have a peaceful rise PLA representatives at yesterday's opening ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1180587/pla-budget-growth-slows-its-bid-ease-neighbours-fears-analysts-say
  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA trains to fight Asian enemy allied with English-speaking 'third force'

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Scenarios involve fighting Asian enemy allied with America over disputed islands PLA trainsfor combatwith 'thirdforce' It could have been just ... By the time they had figured out that they had to confront a third party, their field command- an early-warning plane- had already been shot down, the PLA Daily reported. Analysts said the inclusion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1142204/pla-trains-fight-asian-enemy-allied-english-speaking-third-force
  7. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA to step up war preparedness as military exercises 'have become a show'

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, promises to forge elite troops as territorial disputes escalate PLA to step up war ... the mouthpiece of the armed forces reported yesterday. The PLA Daily ran an article yesterday highlighting problems found during a military review on Wednesday of three recent drills in Inner Mongolia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1132584/pla-step-war-preparedness-military-exercises-have-become-show
  8. News - China - WAR DRILLS

    PLA carries out defence drills in Shenyang, Jinan and Sansha

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... University of Political Science and Law, said the exercises were to improve the PLA's ability to deal with surprise military strikes, especially from the Japanese military, known for its sneak ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1119355/pla-carries-out-defence-drills-shenyang-jinan-and-sansha
  9. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

    Indian foreign minister heads to Beijing amid flare-up in border dispute

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 05:16pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi Salman Khurshid's trip to Beijing next month, ahead of Li Keqiang's visit to India, follows row over alleged PLA incursion in border dispute ... the lines." The Chinese defence ministry said at a press conference on Thursday that the PLA was "dedicated to maintaining peace" in the border area, denying Indian media reports ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1222919/indian-foreign-minister-visit-china-amid-border-spat
  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

    ... 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 ... in the South China Sea," Wang said. "Xi's visit and the PLA Navy's regular drill and patrol missions on the high seas are also an encouragement to Chinese fishermen to go to our sea ...

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

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