Maritime dispute

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.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 8:08am 1 comment

PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

Photo: Xinhua

China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea as regional tensions over territorial disputes mount.

The combined drill was carried out in southern waters by warships, submarines and the naval air force from the People's Liberation Army's North Sea, East Sea and South Sea fleets, national broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday.

27 May 2013 - 4:48am 1 comment

Former envoy Lauro Baja tells Taiwan to 'remember who its friends are'

Lauro Baja. Photo: AP

A former top Philippines diplomat has urged Taiwan to "remember who its friends are", in comments that appear to suggest Taiwan is ungrateful for Manila's longstanding support for its political autonomy.

17 May 2013 - 4:49am 8 comments

Taiwan curbs on the Philippines 'to cost HK$2.3b'

Dozens of New Party members shout anti-Philippine slogans in front of the Philippine trade office in Tapei, Taiwan. Photo: EPA

The sanctions slapped on the Philippines by Taiwan in the escalating row over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman are expected to cost Manila an estimated NT$9 billion (HK$2.33 billion) in lost revenue a year, according to Taiwanese officials.

17 May 2013 - 6:53am 2 comments

Taiwanese naval drill stokes tension with the Philippines

Taiwan Navy's two Kuang Hua VI missle boats taking part in a military drill held off Taiwan's southern coast. Photo: EPA

Taiwan staged a naval drill near the northern Philippines yesterday after rejecting an apology by Manila and snubbing its special envoy following the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

17 May 2013 - 10:47am 1 comment

An apology by the Philippines is only the first step

Philippine special envoy Amadeo Perez (centre) reads a statement of apology at Taoyuan International Airport. Photo: AFP

Complicated disputes can require pragmatic solutions. This has been forgotten by the Philippines in the fallout from the killing by its coastguard of a Taiwanese fisherman. Much is at stake economically, so skirting muddied waters is an inadequate response. Manila has to show remorse.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am

Taipei slaps sanctions on Manila after weak apology

Premier of Taiwan Jiang Yi-huah accuses Manila of "insincerity" over its apology. Photo: AFP

Taipei stepped up its diplomatic reprisals against Manila yesterday in protest at the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last week.

16 May 2013 - 9:03am 12 comments

Killing of fisherman leads to inquiry call by Taiwan

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taipei expressed its "grave concern" to Manila yesterday after a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by armed men aboard a Philippine vessel. The incident in waters 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of Taiwan came as the Philippine navy intensified its patrols after Beijing reportedly sent one of its largest fishing fleets to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

10 May 2013 - 5:10am 1 comment