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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MEDIA DIGEST

    Chuck Hagel's visit to Liaoning carrier spurs media talk on PLA transparency

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by Teddy Ng

    ... on PLA transparency US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's invitation to board the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, sparked discussions on whether China should open its military ... showed that the PLA is moving towards transparency. An editorial in the Global Times, published under the auspices of the official People's Daily, argued that ordinary Chinese citizens ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Building trust as PLA Navy expands its role

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Building trust as the navy evolves The People's Liberation Army Navy was little noticed internationally before it joined the coalition protecting sea lanes in the Gulf of Aden from Somali pirates in 2008. China's naval modernisati ...

  3. News - China

    Chinese navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier amid Diaoyu tensions

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 08:36pm by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported. During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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. ... never had experience with an aircraft carrier before." Dr Fang Bing , associate professor at the PLA's National Defence University, said the carrier would undergo a series of sea ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    China's first aircraft carrier could be named 'Liaoning' after province

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis News reported that the former Varyag was unlikely to be named after a famous person. The paper went on to quote unidentified ... Institute, said yesterday that "the name of the carrier is likely to be chosen from either provinces or words signifying magnificence or bravery". Macau-based PLA watcher Antony Wong Dong ...

  7. News - China

    PLA names captain of its first aircraft carrier

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Naval veteran's first act as chief is to attend vessel's commissioning ceremony in Dalian Captain of first aircraft carrier named Senior Captain Zhang Zheng was named captain of the nation's first aircraft ...

  8. News - China - DEFENCE

    Xi Jinping sends signal to neighbours with high-profile tour of Liaoning aircraft carrier

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 12:00am by CARY HUANG; TEDDY NG

    ... strategic weapon," Yue said. "China needs to further improve this weapon and should not be complacent with its recent [naval] advancement Yue Gang, a retired PLA colonel The Soviet-built Liaoning, which was handed over to the PLA Navy last September after 10 years of retrofitting by a state-owned company, is the showpiece of China's effort to build a "blue-water" navy ...

  9. News - China - SINO-US TIES

    Chuck Hagel kicks off China visit with rare glimpse of Liaoning aircraft carrier

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 05:29pm by Teddy Ng

    ... anxious over its stance on territorial disputes. Beijing has not hit back at Hagel's comments and the PLA Daily said yesterday that his visit would help remove obstacles to improving ...

  10. News - China

    China needs three aircraft carriers, writes naval researcher

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:51am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie,chan@scmp.com Unease over reports PLA building more ships an overreaction, naval analyst says 'Three aircraft carriers needed' China should have at least three ... overseas that the PLA would be able to deploy three carriers by 2020, one in the East China Sea and two in the South China Sea. "It's impossible for China to complete the construction ...




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