Arms trade

US blacklists Myanmar general over North Korea arms deals

Aung San Suu Kyi talks with Major General Thein Htay. Photo: AFP

The United States placed a Myanmar general on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday for arms deals with North Korea that violated a UN Security Council embargo on buying weapons from Pyongyang.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 12:21am

Governments to sign landmark UN treaty regulating global trade in arms

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty signing ceremony. Photo: EPA

Governments were yesterday due to sign the world's first internationally binding agreement to regulate the trade in conventional weapons.

Adopted by the UN in April after a vote of 154 to three, the treaty seeks to control the global trade in arms and ammunition.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

Israel warns Russia of strikes on arms supplies to Syria

A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. Photo: AP

Israel’s defence minister on Tuesday signalled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles.

29 May 2013 - 2:32am

Japan set to sell US-2 plane to India, first sale of hardware used by military

The US-2, a domestically-developed aircraft used by Japan's armed forces

Japan is close to signing an agreement to supply amphibious planes to India, a report said yesterday, in what would be the first sale of hardware used by the military since a weapons export ban was imposed.

28 May 2013 - 3:05am

Asia's arms purchases are small relative to GDP

A big rise in defence spending by China's neighbours could easily be interpreted as an arms race to counter Beijing's military expansion. Photo: AFP

A big rise in defence spending by China's neighbours could easily be interpreted as an arms race to counter Beijing's military expansion. Increased tension over territorial disputes in the East and South China seas and along the frontier with India seemingly support such thinking. Add in the United States' renewed interest in Asia and the impression could readily be given of a region hurtling towards conflict, perhaps even war. The reality is anything but; while in some countries there are doubts and suspicions, what is taking place is modernisation, not sabre-rattling in readiness for hostilities.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Russia plays down uproar over Syria arms sales

ecretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet ain Blach Sea resourt of Sochi. Photo: AFP

Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday he did not understand the international uproar created by Moscow’s continuing weapons co-operation with regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

18 May 2013 - 4:26am

China says UN arms treaty lacks consensus

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, speaks during a meeting on the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN headquarters in New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three.

The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran.

3 Apr 2013 - 6:29pm

UN adopts landmark treaty on global arms trade

The UN General Assembly holds a vote on the arms trade treaty at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first UN treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade yesterday, a goal sought for over a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organised crime.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:49am

Chinese delegates attend India aviation trade show for first time

Single-seater aircraft of the Red Bull Aerobatics team perform at the opening of the five-day Aero India trade show in Bangalore. Photo: EPA

India, the world's leading importer of weaponry, opened one of Asia's biggest aviation trade shows on Wednesday, with Western suppliers eyeing lucrative deals and a Chinese delegation attending for the first time.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

Customs seize HK$2.7m weapons haul bound for India

Customs officers have seized a stash of weapons and suspected fake items worth HK$2.7 million bound for India from a vessel entering Hong Kong from the mainland.

A department spokesman said that officers seized 1,000 pepper sprays, 50 stun guns, 400 knuckle-dusters and 250 extendible batons from a cargo container on Saturday, on a vessel coming to the city from Guangzhou.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

China hits out anew at US bill on Taiwan arms sales, Diaoyus

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

China yesterday reiterated its opposition to provisions in a United States defence bill that allow sales of F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan and acknowledge Japan's administration of the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:57am

Talking points

The Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway opens on Boxing Day. Photo: Xinhua

Boxing Day launch for high-speed railway

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

PLA signs preliminary deal for 24 Russian Su-35 jet fighters

The Su-35 is the most advanced fighter jet that Russia exports. Photo: SCMP

A preliminary deal for the sale of 24 advanced Russian Su-35 jet fighters to the People's Liberation Army indicates the technological hurdles China faces in developing its own J-20, especially in terms of engine technology, military analysts say.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

North Korea accused of smuggling arms to Syria

The Shanghai-owned vessel Xin Yan Tai. Photo: SCMP Pictures

North Korea is suspected of having tried to send missile components to Syria in violation of UN sanctions, but the shipment was intercepted by South Korean authorities, diplomats say.

South Korean officials seized 445 graphite cylinders, which had been declared as lead piping, from a Chinese vessel, the Xin Yan Tai, UN Security Council diplomats said. The incident occurred in May.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Briefs, November 11, 2012

Two killed as Israel retaliates in Gaza

11 Nov 2012 - 6:38am