Landmark decision sees China join Arctic Council as an observer

Chinese researchers test salt levels in Arctic ice. Photo: Xinhua

China's diplomats have won a long-running cold war with the country's marine officials over the Arctic. For years they debated whether China should join the Arctic Council as an observer, giving up all possible claims and rights in the increasingly sensitive and important region.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 6:12am

Sai Kung shark may have been dangerous newcomer to Hong Kong

Dr Andy Cornish. Photo: Thomas Yau

The Sai Kung shark featured in a video that grabbed attention online last week is believed to be a more dangerous species that originally thought, and one that has never before been reported in Hong Kong waters.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

P.L.A. navy tests the water in drills

The navy plans to conduct regular annual exercises in the western Pacific - a move that military experts see as China flexing its military muscle to the United States and neighbours who dispute its territorial claims.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

PLA briefed on port roles

The Marine Department is briefing PLA naval commanders on day-to-day port operations. Although the department has assigned an official to be its liaison officer with the PLA, all communication goes through the Security Bureau.

The PLA Navy has seven craft, consisting of escort ships, landing craft and patrol vessels.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Marine fleet overhaul

POLICE want to overhaul marine fleet operations ahead of moves aimed at forging closer ties with the Chinese Navy.

Six launches, among the largest in the 165-strong fleet, have been earmarked for immediate release - probably to the Customs and Excise Department - but these are likely to be replaced by a number of smaller, cheaper inshore patrol craft.

21 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Shortage in marine police force

THE marine police force is suffering a staff shortage of about 200 officers despite a recent restructuring of manpower levels, renewal of the fleet and the introduction of new technology.

1 Mar 1993 - 12:00am