China military officials admit radar lock on Japanese ship, says report

A Chinese frigate, like the one pictured, was accused of locking its radar on a Japanese destroyer earlier this year. Photo: AFP

Senior Chinese military officials have admitted for the first time that a frigate locked its radar on a Japanese destroyer during the two nations’ spat over disputed islands, Kyodo News agency reported on Monday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said it was Japan that was being provocative by sending ships and aircraft near to the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: SCMP

"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

US to launch super spies over Asian skies

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Australian Minister of Defense Stephen Smith and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (From left to right) hold a press conference following meetings as part of AUSMIN in Perth.

The US military will station an advanced radar and place a new, state-of-the-art deep-space telescope in Australia as part of its strategic shift towards Asia, the two countries announced yesterday.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith made the announcement after high-level talks in Perth.

15 Nov 2012 - 6:27am

Radar researcher combines radar images to track subsidence

This image shows the amount by which different buildings on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront move vertically; the red areas indicate the most movement. Image: Daniele Perissin

A Chinese University researcher has found a way to combine snapshots taken from space at different times to show movement under the earth's surface, such as subsidence.

Now Daniele Perissin is in talks with the Hong Kong government about applying his research, which last week won a best-paper award from the scientific journal in which it was published last year.

16 Sep 2012 - 1:35am

Civilian roads, buildings infringe on P.L.A.

Poorly planned construction and urban expansion have eaten into the territory of some important military facilities such as airports and radar stations, not only making the places harder to defend but also threatening the safety of residents, according to an inspection across the mainland that ended on Sunday.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay flight forced to avoid military aircraft

An almost full Cathay flight was ordered to steepen its ascent, apparently to avoid unreported military traffic, as it left Shanghai for Hong Kong at the weekend.

Passengers aboard flight CX365 described the pilot telling them of the possible military flight to explain a sudden increase in speed and a sharp right-hand climbing turn.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pilots ignored air traffic control to avoid collision

A packed Cathay Pacific jet and a Virgin Blue plane were within 19 kilometres of each other over Australia's Northern Territory when their pilots ignored faulty air traffic control instructions and took decisive actions to narrowly avoid a disaster, an official investigation revealed yesterday.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Flight delays grow longer as airport handles more traffic

Hong Kong International Airport may be among the most efficient airports in the world, but with levels of air traffic reaching new highs every year passengers are also enduring longer delays.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

New weather radar delayed by fung shui concerns

Construction of a weather radar to ensure aviation safety is being put on hold because it could affect fung shui.

The Doppler radar station at Tai Lam Chung - which detects changes in wind direction along planes' flight paths - will soon break down, but Tuen Mun District Council has turned down the Observatory's proposal to install a new one on a hill near Brothers Point.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Arroyo must make good on radar systems pledge

A government's priority is to protect the well-being of its people. There is no better test of its commitment than when disaster strikes. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's administration has, in this regard, failed time and again. It did so spectacularly with Tropical Storm Ketsana, again revealing how little it cares for its constituents.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Rockets stop grey skies raining on parade

Hours before the People's Liberation Army showed off its latest kit in Tiananmen Square, its rockets were urgently called upon to stop some unexpected clouds from raining on the parade.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Man caught stealing laser detectors from cars

A man was arrested after a struggle yesterday on suspicion of stealing laser speed gun detectors installed in cars by owners wanting to dodge police speed checks.

He was held after officers from a police taskforce spotted a man acting suspiciously in the car park of Oi Tung Estate, Shau Kei Wan, and later saw him smash a car window and reach inside.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Shum's favourite faces his biggest Sprint Trophy test

Even Scintillation's greatest fan, trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing, admits the old warhorse faces an uphill battle in his third tilt at the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1,000m) on Sunday.

Since the race reverted from a Group One terms race to a Group Three handicap three seasons ago, Scintillation has lined up under top weight and performed brilliantly.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

New HK$3.2b centre to cope with growth in air traffic

A HK$3.2 billion air traffic control centre using state-of-the-art technology is to be built to manage the rapid rise in air traffic in the Pearl River Delta.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

In the path of destruction

MOST OF US batten down the hatches and prepare for the onslaught when a typhoon warning is issued.

But when the warning reaches typhoon signal No3, a team of radar specialists from the Hong Kong Observatory begins its arduous duties.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am