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  • Jul 28, 2014
  • Updated: 11:04pm


South China Sea strategic complexities sharpen into focus

Correction: In the 11th paragraph, the story referred to the US Navy's Submarine Group Seven as "Hawaii-based", according to an Indonesian online report. The group is in fact based in Yokosuka, Japan.


Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 8:30pm

Jakarta's submarine buy raises stakes in build-up

Indonesia's recent US$1.1 billion move to buy three diesel-electric submarines from South Korea highlights the growing complexities beneath the waves of East Asia as the region's undersea build-up continues apace.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Aquanauts take one giant step for China

The second dive to 5,000 metres will begin at 1.30am, July 26. China Central Television will have a live broadcast.

Please don't watch.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sub visit shows how far Sino-US ties have to go

If the visit of nuclear-powered submarine USS Hampton to Hong Kong this week symbolises the thaw in Sino-US military ties, it also shows just how far the fledgling relationship still has to go.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

US sub to visit amid ongoing thaw in ties

A US nuclear submarine is due to visit Hong Kong early next week - the first such port call by one of the American navy's most sensitive and strategic assets in three years.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Japan's submarine plan raises arms race fears

Military analysts warned against a stepped-up submarine-building race in Asian waters, after Japan said it was planning to expand its submarine fleet for the first time in 34 years to counter China's naval build-up in the East and South China seas.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Neighbours fear China has produced stealth submarine

Has China finally produced a stealth submarine? The latest product of a PLA naval shipyard in Wuhan has the country's neighbours wondering. Sketchy photos of a new conventionally powered submarine - the third generation produced since 1994 - appeared on private Chinese websites three weeks ago and raised few eyebrows initially.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Naval sub-plot

Gare Loch on Scotland's North Atlantic Coast is a long way from the South China Sea. Yet, in the frigid depths of its outer reaches, events are unfolding that serve to illuminate several challenges facing China and East Asia.

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Submarine plants flag on the ocean floor

A Chinese submarine planted a national flag deep on the floor of the South China Sea during a test dive last month to reinforce China's territorial claim, the boat's designer said yesterday.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

PLA navy will reach wide, US predicts

An assessment of the People's Liberation Army Navy inadvertently released by the US Office of Naval Intelligence suggests the mainland will build a naval force over the next 10 to 15 years that is equipped for operations 'well beyond its traditional operating areas around Taiwan and the South China Sea', Jane's Defence Weekly reported.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am