Signals Intelligence

State Oceanic Administration plans drone patrols for coastal areas

One of China's unmanned aerial vehicles. Photo: SCMP

The civilian maritime authority has announced plans to set up a series of bases, from which it will conduct drone-surveillance flights along the Pacific coast of China.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 4:11am

PLA ships seen testing drones in Pacific Ocean

Japan says more Chinese naval ships have been seen near Okinawa, with some staging drills involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to carry missiles and conduct surveillance that analysts say is crucial for China to expand its maritime power.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Liaoning sends drones over East China Sea

Chinese marine authorities began drone patrols for the first time over water and islands in the East China Sea close to North Korea last week.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Old jets converted into cruise missiles could hit US ships

The People's Liberation Army has turned more than 1,000 retired second-generation Jian-5 fighters into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or cruise missiles that could be used to target US aircraft carriers in a cross-strait conflict, according to a mainland military magazine.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Further talks on snooping law ruled out

The government will not hold any more consultations over legislation covering covert surveillance operations, the security minister said last night.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

There's danger in the air

The master strategist Sun Tzu once said: 'Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.' Those words might well endorse that supremely elusive flying eye with the lethal stare, the drone.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Talks aim at averting military incidents

United States and Chinese military officials held talks in Shanghai yesterday aimed at avoiding incidents at sea or in international air space, such as the mid-air collision between US and Chinese planes off Hainan Island last year.

The three days of talks, which began on Wednesday, cover the conduct of forces on the high seas and in international air space.

12 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

China bars visit by US warship and plane

China has refused permission for a US warship and military aircraft to stop over in Hong Kong in apparent retaliation for the mid-air collision between an American spy plane and Chinese fighter last month.

30 May 2001 - 12:00am

Beijing rejects plea to fly out spy plane

China yesterday denounced the resumption of spy flights by the United States and said the American plane stranded on Hainan Island could not leave by air.

The Pentagon said spy flights had resumed on Monday, with an RC-135 aircraft undertaking a mission off northeastern China.

9 May 2001 - 12:00am

China should learn from Japan's costly mistake

Given China's behaviour during the US spy-plane saga, it is clear that its leaders have not heeded the lessons of history.

On December 7, 1941, just before 8am, Japanese aircraft, Mitsubishi bombers and zeroes, carried out a sneak attack on the United States' military base at Pearl Harbour, destroying many American ships and killing many American servicemen.

29 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Envoys describe tarmac drama of crew 'completing check-list' as troops barked orders outside

The US air crew held off Chinese soldiers for 15 minutes after their plane was forced to land on Hainan Island, apparently gaining extra time to destroy data and equipment, senior US diplomats said yesterday.

The soldiers, who had surrounded the EP-3E Aries II spy plane yelling orders to the 24 crew, took over the aircraft without a fight, they said.

14 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

'We know China does not like these activities but, frankly, they are going to have to live with them'

Electronic surveillance of China's coast by US spy planes is continuing unaffected by the Hainan Island incident, according to intelligence sources.

13 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Deal struck after 11 days of trans-Pacific haggling

April 1: A US EP-3E Aries II navy patrol aircraft on a 'routine surveillance' mission over the South China Sea is involved in a mid-air collision with a Chinese F-8 fighter. The US plane makes an emergency landing on Hainan Island without permission. China and the United States blame the incident on each other.

12 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Steps outlined to resolve issue

The text of Ambassador Joseph W. Prueher's letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Tang Jiaxuan.

Dear Mr Minister:

On behalf of the United States Government, I now outline steps to resolve this issue.

12 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Truck move could be 'political'

The presence of military trucks near the stranded EP-3 spy plane on Hainan Island could be a political gesture by Chinese leaders designed to put pressure on Washington to give a formal apology, a Chinese scholar has suggested.

11 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

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