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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    The day China entered the nuclear age

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:12am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Fifty years ago, the world woke up to news the nation- then at odds with Moscow and Washington- had detonated its own atomic bomb The day China entered ... in Lop Nur in eastern Xinjiang paved the way for the nation's further development of nuclear weapons and its emergence as a world power, analysts say. China followed up with its first ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    Central Asian nations to conduct terrorism drills with PLA

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 03:04am by Angela Meng

    ... of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, or SCO. The six-nation regional grouping was set up in 1996 to co-operate on security, military, cultural and economic affairs, and its members also include ... Angela Meng angela.meng@scmp.com About 7,000 troops to take part in joint military exercises in Inner Mongolia later this month Central Asian nations, PLA in terrorism drills More than ...

  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA joins Australia and US in elite survival training drill

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 04:39am by Bloomberg

    ... military's presence in the region as part of his so-called rebalance to Asia. The US has strengthened its six-decade alliance with Australia, boosting life-fire exercises and navy visits. Eventually, 2,500 marines will pass through the city of Darwin each year on six-month training deployments. The drills that began yesterday included field training and survival tests in remote inland ...

  4. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US eases arms embargo against Vietnam for South China Sea defence

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 04:24pm by AFP

    ... what he called Vietnam's lack of capacity in the disputed waters and America's own national security interests. "It's useful in trying to deal with the territorial disputes ... in the Southeast Asian nation. "It's an enormous lift psychologically in the relationship between the US and Vietnam. Having that embargo was the thorn in the side of those pushing for closer ...

  5. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US Navy close to using robotic patrol boats as escort vessels

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... of humiliation in the last century. They still talk about this as the rise of China," said Carlisle, who will leave his post this month. "They still talk about this as their great nation ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    China puts on show of force with DF-31B mobile ICBM missile test

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 03:36am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com PLA puts upgraded Dongfeng-31 system through its paces to underscore nuclear strength as US makes military pivot to Asia-Pacific region Show of force with mobile missile test The first flight test of an upgraded mobile intercontinental ballistic missile in the lead-up to National Day aimed to show the world that China was reinforcing its nuclear ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA reshuffle strengthens Xi Jinping's hand in corruption fight

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 05:18am by Angela Meng

    ... general and someone with real combat experience," said Bo Zhiyue, a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore's East Asian Institute. "Liu doesn't have ... into this uncharted territory," the second source said. Xi is poised to streamline and consolidate the CMC. As many as six positions on the CMC could be reshuffled, the sources said; those born before ...

  8. News - World - DEFENCE

    China sends surveillance ship to monitor US naval drill off Guam

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 06:18am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... the right of a nation like that, [or] any nation, to safely and responsibly operate their ships," he said. China has sent its AGI ships to conduct surveillance of foreign naval vessels near its ...

  9. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US navy chief Admiral Jonathan Greenert urges greater ties with Japan

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:02pm by KYODO

    ... that he envisioned an expanded role for Japan in the area of countermine measures, especially in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf where both nations have trade interests. ...

  10. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Canberra weighs multibillion-dollar purchase of fleet of Japanese stealth submarines

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:39pm by Reuters

    ... have since moved rapidly from engine-technology transfer to a full build in Japan, with the goal of replacing by the 2030s Australia's six outdated Collins-class boats with 12 scaled-down ... on defending friendly nations and reversed a decade of military-spending cuts. Selling a fleet of subs would mark the first time since at least the end of the second world war that Japan had sold ...




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