Commander appointed to head elite Beijing military unit

PLA troops carry out a training drill in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

A military unit involved in the suppression of the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 has a new commander, the PLA Daily reported.

Liu Zhenli has taken charge of the 38th Army, the newspaper said.

Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 11:23am

Will new security panel be US or Soviet flavoured?

Xi Jinping is expected to head the new committee and make it a "super agency". Photo: Reuters

The security panel set up by the Communist Party earlier this month bears a similar name to two very different foreign agencies: the US National Security Council (NSC) and the now defunct KGB, whose Russian name translates to the Committee for State Security.

26 Nov 2013 - 7:27pm 3 comments

India to receive Russian-built aircraft carrier, five years late

The INS Vikramaditya, a refurbished Russian-built aircraft carrier formerly called the Admiral Gorshkov, pictured in 2009. Photo: AFP

Russia will on Saturday hand over a refurbished aircraft carrier to India, five years late and vastly over budget, ending a saga that has strained relations between Delhi and its main arms supplier, an official said.

15 Nov 2013 - 6:27pm

US says fighter jets, missiles will stay in Jordan after joint exercises

US officials declined to say how many F-16 jets had been deployed. Photo: AFP

The Pentagon confirmed on Saturday that F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missile interceptors will remain in Jordan after the end of a joint military exercise this month.

16 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm

PLA gun practice disturbs Fanling neighbours

Fanling residents are calling on the People's Liberation Army to stop nighttime military exercises at its San Wai Barracks.

Fanling residents are calling on the People's Liberation Army to stop nighttime military exercises at its San Wai Barracks, saying stepped-up firing practice is keeping them from sleeping.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 2 comments

US Osprey lands on Japanese warship

A US Osprey lands on the Japanese destroyer Hyuga. Photo: AP

A US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:04am

Taiwan calls for continued arms sales amid US-China summit

A US-made F-16 figther jet lands on a highway near southern Tainan city, Taiwan. Photo: AFP

During the meeting in California, the Chinese side had asked the US to end its arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory.

9 Jun 2013 - 4:15pm

US defence chief Chuck Hagel offers Hawaii meeting to ease Asian tensions

Chuck Hagel

The US defence chief Chuck Hagel offered to host a meeting of Southeast Asian defence ministers in Hawaii next year, and at the same time sought to ease China's doubts over the US' military "pivot" to Asia.

2 Jun 2013 - 11:54am 3 comments

PLA joint cyberwarfare drill to show new strength and sophistication

PLA prepares massive drill to show off its new strength and sophistication

The People's Liberation Army will conduct its first joint combat drills involving cyberwarfare, special troops, army aviation and electronic countermeasures units next month to test the integration and co-ordination of its land and air forces, state media reported yesterday.

30 May 2013 - 8:08am 1 comment

Global Times duped by artistic photo of futuristic armed Japanese helicopter

A computer rendition of the Fuujin Attack Helicopter by Ridwan Chandra. Photo: Ridwan Chandra via DeviantART

The Global Times, one of China's most influential newspapers, has yet to retract an embarrassing photo gallery on its website of what it says is a futuristic Japanese military helicopter.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea replaces hawkish defence minister

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un visits military leaders in March. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea has replaced its hawkish armed forces minister after just six months in the job – the latest in a long line of top military reshuffles by supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

The new minister was identified by the Korean Central News Agency on Sunday as Jang Jong-nam, a relatively young and little-known field commander believed to be in his mid-50s.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China's hunger for energy feeds its naval ambitions

Staff of Chinese Embassy to Portugal, Portuguese Chinese and Portuguese navy officers see Chinese navy escort fleet off in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Photo: Xinhua

Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun recently announced the readiness of China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, for its first blue-water trials this year, much sooner than the West imagined.

Commissioned last September, the Liaoning has so far conducted at least 10 sea trials close to the coast, mainly to train its personnel and test the vessel's capabilities.

8 May 2013 - 3:19am 2 comments

US combat ships try to stay afloat amid billions in budget cuts

The US Navy's flagship USS Blue Ridge is in Hong Kong this weekend. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong this weekend plays host to the USS Blue Ridge, flagship of the US Seventh Fleet and one of the navy's oldest vessels. Steaming to Singapore, meanwhile, is its newest - the USS Freedom, the first of the new so-called littoral combat ships to be based there, designed for speed, stealth and shallow water.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

South Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise

South Korean President Lee Mung-bak bows to the nation during a press conference to mark his retirement on Tuesday. Lee warned North Korea has pushed itself further into a corner with its recent nuclear test. Photo: AP

South Korea staged a naval exercise involving US surveillance aircraft on Tuesday, flexing its military muscles at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the North’s third nuclear test.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:01pm

South Korea claims capability to hit North 'anywhere, any time'

A South Korean photo shows the launch of a missile at sea. The South's military has been on heightened alert since Pyongyang threatened to carry out its nuclear test. Photo: AFP

Two days after North Korea's nuclear test, South Korea has touted a cruise missile capable of hitting targets in the North "anywhere, at any time". The defence ministry yesterday gave the media a video presentation of the recently deployed missile being fired from a warship and a submarine.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:47am