Military

Chinese Type 094A strategic nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines like the one pictured here are part of the People’s Liberation Army’s enhanced military capabilities. Image: Weibo

US urges China nuclear talks on its rising capabilities alongside Russia’s

Push follows Biden administration’s release of Nuclear Posture Review reflecting its desire for ‘integrated deterrence’ approach.

2 Nov 2022 - 8:30AM
The USS Higgins conducting a routine Taiwan Strait transit in September. The guided-missile destroyer is forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations. Photo: US Navy

China military response ‘irresponsible’ after Pelosi in Taiwan: US commander

‘That’s not the way that countries that want to be leaders within the world should behave’, says US 7th Fleet Vice-Admiral Karl Thomas.

15 Oct 2022 - 10:34PM
Amphibious armoured vehicles under the Eastern Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army taking part in an assault wave formation training exercise in Zhangzhou, Fujian province. Photo: cnsphoto via Reuters.

Has China’s show of force over Taiwan revealed a well-coordinated military?

Beijing has touted PLA forces’ close cooperation, accompanied by evidence of smoother logistics involving army long-range artillery and missile units.

23 Aug 2022 - 6:39AM
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has been carrying out the war games and exercises since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei this month. Photo: Xinhua)

Limited impact from military drills around Taiwan, US business group says

American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taiwan survey shows 77 per cent of respondants had not been significantly affected by recent Chinese military drills, which followed Nancy Pelosi’s visit earlier this month.

19 Aug 2022 - 1:41PM
People viewing a news broadcast at a train station in Seoul, South Korea, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks after his country tested two cruise missiles on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Next North Korea nuclear test could lead US to deploy ‘assets’: allies

Joint statement from Washington and Seoul also describing expanded military drills points to closer bilateral ties as US-China relations languish.

18 Aug 2022 - 4:33AM
Pedestrians wait at an intersection near a screen showing footage of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft during an evening news programme in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

China vows military operations around Taiwan in response to Pelosi visit

Joint naval and air force exercises under way skirting island’s coastline and airspace to its north, southwest and southeast, says PLA spokesman for Eastern Theatre Command.

3 Aug 2022 - 3:28PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping on an inspection tour of People’s Liberation Army officers in Xinjiang on Friday. Xi has introduced military reforms meant to enhance the PLA’s combat readiness. Photo: Xinhua

‘Surprising shortfalls’ in China military show lack of readiness: US analysts

Centralised PLA logistics system ‘something of a soft underbelly’ that could hamper battlefield effectiveness, say Pentagon experts.

20 Jul 2022 - 5:16AM
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles speaks in Washington on Monday. Image: Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Time to boost US-Australia security efforts in Indo-Pacific, says deputy PM

‘We can’t afford to stand still’ amid Beijing’s military build-up and ‘force or coercion’ to advance territorial claims, No 2 Canberra official warns.

12 Jul 2022 - 11:10PM
The Pentagon says it remains confident it can deliver hypersonic weapons in the next few years. Photo: Shutterstock Images

US hypersonic missile fails in test in latest setback for project

The US is struggling to catch up with countries such as China, Russia and North Korea which have all been testing high-speed weapons.

1 Jul 2022 - 2:42PM
A worker tends to car batteries at a factory for Xinwangda Electric Vehicle Battery Co. in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. China dominates global production of advanced batteries. Photo: STR/AFP

US fixing industrial labour shortfall and China supply dependency: Pentagon

Senior defence official tells top government panel on China policy that gap between open positions and available workers estimated to stand at 2.1 million by 2030.

10 Jun 2022 - 11:01PM
China is expanding its fleet of Y-20s. Photo: AP

Serbia airlift highlights key role of China’s military workhorse

Six of the transport planes, reportedly carrying missiles, took part in a multi-day, long-range mission that showcased the PLA’s growing logistical capability.

24 Apr 2022 - 8:13PM
AI-powered drones are expected to play a bigger role in combat. Credit: China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre

Chinese AI team claims big win in battle to teach dogfights to drones

System developed in Sichuan cuts ‘training’ time by learning 5,000 times faster than US counterpart.

30 Jan 2022 - 11:30PM
Beijing issued its first white paper on export controls on Wednesday, pledging more engagement to shape “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” global export controls. Photo: AP

China to ‘set limits to arms exports’ in face of US tech war ‘double standards’

Beijing issued its first white paper on export controls on Wednesday, a month after 12 more Chinese companies were placed on the United States’ export blacklist.

30 Dec 2021 - 12:18AM
An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters

China urged to boost ‘all possible’ global trade bonds in face of US pressure

Chongyang Institution for Financial Studies report comes ahead of second US-EU dialogue on China, which is expected to cover a wide range of issues.

3 Dec 2021 - 5:00PM
A Japanese vessel conducts a joint training exercise with the US Coast Guard cutter Munro (left) in the East China Sea on August 26. Photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force

US Coast Guard expands presence in Pacific to counter ‘bad actors in region’

‘Having ships on the sea matters. Having the enforcement capacity and capability matters,’ US admiral tells maritime security conference in Hawaii.

10 Sep 2021 - 10:20PM
A hypersonic missile launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. File photo: US Navy/AFP

US scraps futuristic gun plans, eyes missiles to keep up with China

The Navy spent over a decade developing the electromagnetic rail gun that fires projectiles at up to seven times the speed of sound using electricity.

1 Jul 2021 - 8:59PM
Taiwan’s Air Force Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets inside a hangar at a military base in Penghu island, Taiwan in September 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE

US touts Taiwan ‘porcupine’ strategy to thwart Chinese threat

‘We are also taking steps to make sure that Taiwan is able to defend itself,’ said Jonathan Fritz, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for China, Mongolia and Taiwan coordination.

18 Jun 2021 - 7:54AM
Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade on October 1, 2019, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. Photo: AP

‘China’s nuclear threat to US grows – mainly in risk of mishap’

Testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission includes ways a skirmish, perhaps over Taiwan, could spin out of control.

11 Jun 2021 - 6:18AM
The US Coast Guard cutter Adak patrols near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Photo: AFP

US plan to sell boat used after 9/11 attacks to Indonesia slammed by campaigners

The 110-foot cutter Adak rescued people after the September 11 terror attacks and was deployed to Iraq. Activists cited Indonesia’s terrorism troubles as a reason for not selling the boat but experts said Jakarta may be better off without retrofitted vessels from the US.

29 Apr 2021 - 6:24PM
A Taiwanese fighter jet shadows a PLA bomber over the Taiwan Strait in 2020. Photo: Handout

Was China’s military modernisation driven by its ‘humiliation’ in 1996?

Deliberate disruption to America’s GPS is thought to be the reason the PLA ‘lost’ two missiles during a test-firing 25 years ago, and Beijing was determined to never let it happen again.

17 Apr 2021 - 8:00PM