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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA review warns 'strategic uncertainties' loom large for China

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

    ... Rising competition among major powers in the Asia-Pacific region poses biggest challenge since collapse of communist bloc in 1990s, report says A PLA think tank yesterday issued a report ... centre" for "geopolitical, economic and military competition". Released by the Centre for National Defence Policy (CNDP), a part of the PLA's Academy of Military Sciences, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1248585/pla-review-warns-strategic-uncertainties-loom-large-china
  4. 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
  5. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

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

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

    ... Armed guards should be positioned on fishing boats in the South China Sea, says a former high-ranking Chinese military officer. China’s current fishing fleets were too “loose and scattered” - alone and too vulnerable to attacks, said Luo Yuan, a retired m ...

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

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

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

    ... that we are really going to have a peaceful rise PLA representatives at yesterday's opening of the NPC session said they could accept the slowdown but hoped the government would continue ... Military Command, said the army preferred a bigger increase. "But of course we submit to the needs of our country and take care of the whole situation," he said. Former PLA Navy political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1180587/pla-budget-growth-slows-its-bid-ease-neighbours-fears-analysts-say
  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 - DIAOYU ISLANDS

    Chinese warships to become common feature around Diaoyus

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

    ... in the western Pacific. A front-page report in yesterday's People's Liberation Army Daily said four warships from the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet had passed Yonaguni and Iriomote islands ... after completing a drill in the western Pacific that started on November 28. Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted the Japanese defence ministry on Monday as saying that the four PLA warships ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1103256/chinese-warships-become-common-feature-around-diaoyus
  10. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

    Japan may allow jets to fire warning shots at Chinese aircraft

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

    ... "air-defence identification zone", including the PLA Air Force's Y-8 multi-role cargo planes and other intelligence-gathering aircraft, had increased since Japan bought three of the disputed ... a Japanese defence ministry official as saying. Professor Liu Jiangyong , an international relations expert at Tsinghua University, said the warning shots would not worry the PLA. "Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1124161/japan-may-allow-jets-fire-warning-shots-chinese-aircraft

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