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.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 3:19am 2 comments

China's navy takes delivery of 'stealth frigate'

China's navy takes delivery of 'stealth frigate'

The navy has taken delivery of a "stealth frigate" that is expected to bolster the country's maritime defences as it faces territorial disputes. The ship, identified by Xinhua as a Type 056 stealth frigate, was delivered to the navy on Monday afternoon in a ceremony in Shanghai.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Sri Lankan navy saves 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals

Sri Lankan Navy personnel helps one of the rescued youths disembark from a vessel. Photo: AP

One passenger was found dead while many of the 138 plucked from the boat were dehydrated, navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said, adding that the vessel had been adrift for 10 days before it sank yesterday.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:57am

Tokyo maintains a steady course on military spending

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano

Japan is quietly developing an array of "formidable" defensive and offensive military capabilities within easy reach of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, according to an analysis by Jane's Defence Weekly.

23 Jan 2013 - 2:34am