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Chinese Navy

Operational aircraft carrier a few years away: admiral

China’s navy is using its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, for training and testing and will decide on an operational carrier to commission for the fleet after a few years evaluation, admiral Wu Shengli said on Thursday.

Friday, 13 September, 2013, 9:45pm

PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

The People's Liberation Army has stepped up publicity of its military activities in the South China Sea since the change of leadership last month, a move analysts say is intended to send a message to China's neighbours.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 3 comments

PLA Navy amphibious task force reaches Malaysia 'to defend South China sea'

A fully equipped PLA amphibious task force has reached China's southernmost claimed possession in the South China Sea in an unprecedented show of force that is raising eyebrows across the region.

27 Mar 2013 - 10:31am 6 comments

Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

The 25th anniversary this past week of the naval clash between China and Vietnam in the Spratly Islands is not merely cause to reflect on history; it speaks to one of the more disturbing contingencies in the South China Sea now exercising minds in the region.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

China to consolidate maritime security agencies under one body

The National Oceanic Administration (NOA), which already oversees marine surveillance, will also take over the Public Security Ministry's coastguard patrols, the Agriculture Ministry's fisheries patrols and the General Administration of Customs' anti-smuggling efforts.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Japan accuses Beijing of sending surveillance vessels to Diaoyus

Japan's coastguard said four Chinese maritime surveillance ships had been spotted on Sunday in waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am 7 comments

Beijing on back foot in radar row with Japan, analysts say

"The drawbacks for China are that it sets this new leadership in the world's eyes as hawkish, hard-line troublemakers," said Kerry Brown, a professor of Chinese politics at the University of Sydney. "If Xi travels around the globe preaching peaceful rise and all the rest of it, China's actions run the risk of undermining this and creating an environment where there is a lack of trust."

8 Feb 2013 - 4:57am 3 comments

Qing dynasty naval defeat 'a warning' for PLA

At a sea-power workshop at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law late last year, PLA representatives and naval experts said they were worried that the problems and failures of the Beiyang Fleet would recur in today's naval modernisation, unless China learned from that painful chapter in its history.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

There's good reason for China's bluster

Our recent story outlining the strategic and historical context behind the statements from outgoing President Hu Jintao that China must "build itself into a maritime power" made interesting reading for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in the region.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am 3 comments

As China's navy grows, end of Deng's dictum of keeping a low profile?

When American historian Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote his 1890 tome The Influence of Sea Power on History, 1660-1783, he could hardly have imagined that it would be influencing the leaders of distant China some 120 years later.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

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