A military parade in Beijing celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo: Xinhua

‘Sharp knife’ units in focus as Chinese military prepares for the future

Small, highly skilled units are the backbone of the battlefield, PLA Daily says, citing lessons drawn from ‘regional wars’.

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Are China’s integrated arms systems a match for South Korean rivals?

As Seoul prepares to snatch Beijing’s fourth-place ranking in global weapons sales, China is switching its focus to a high-value approach.

As Seoul prepares to snatch Beijing’s fourth-place ranking in global weapons sales, China is switching its focus to a high-value approach.

3 Dec 2022 - 8:00PM

Too fast nuclear build-up by China would worry neighbours: analysts

Latest Pentagon report on Chinese military says PLA is on track to quadruple number of nuclear warheads by 2035.

Latest Pentagon report on Chinese military says PLA is on track to quadruple number of nuclear warheads by 2035.

3 Dec 2022 - 9:00AM

China’s ‘Flying Shark’ a ‘cousin’ of Russian warplanes, new documentary reveals

The J-15, Beijing’s only carrier-based fighter jet, is descended from the Soviet-designed Sukhoi Su-27 and shares traits with American planes, state broadcaster says.

The J-15, Beijing’s only carrier-based fighter jet, is descended from the Soviet-designed Sukhoi Su-27 and shares traits with American planes, state broadcaster says.

2 Dec 2022 - 8:00AM

Taiwan, US working on ‘solutions’ to reported delays in arms shipments

Taipei said it has a ‘mechanism’ to deal with delays, after a report said the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted billions of dollars worth of US arms sales.

Taipei said it has a ‘mechanism’ to deal with delays, after a report said the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted billions of dollars worth of US arms sales.

30 Nov 2022 - 10:00AM

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Military vehicles carrying DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Square in October 2019 during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People’s Republic of China. Photo: Reuters

China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, US military warns

A new Pentagon report says China is on track to having nearly 4 times the number of warheads by 2035, speedily closing the gap with the US.

30 Nov 2022 - 2:53AM

China says it warned US warship from Spratly Islands in South China Sea

PLA says USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser entered waters off archipelago, evidence of American ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea.

PLA says USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser entered waters off archipelago, evidence of American ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea.

29 Nov 2022 - 7:46PM

China’s Type 075 amphibious assault ships ready for combat: PLA Navy

It is believed the ships, which can carry 30 helicopters and 1,000 marines, would play vital role in potential military campaign against Taiwan.

It is believed the ships, which can carry 30 helicopters and 1,000 marines, would play vital role in potential military campaign against Taiwan.

29 Nov 2022 - 9:00AM

How a Chinese aerospace giant rethought aircraft design to create the Y-20

Avic pooled the minds of its many subsidiaries to develop the country’s biggest plane of its kind.

Avic pooled the minds of its many subsidiaries to develop the country’s biggest plane of its kind.

29 Nov 2022 - 2:49AM

China’s world-class production lines speed up jet fighter deliveries

A military insider says the increase in J-20 production is aimed at balancing increasing US deployment of fifth-generation stealth jet fighters in the region.

A military insider says the increase in J-20 production is aimed at balancing increasing US deployment of fifth-generation stealth jet fighters in the region.

27 Nov 2022 - 6:00AM

China has unveiled new short-range air defence systems that target drones

Arms makers showed several systems at this month’s Zhuhai air show, including the Type 625E that combines a Gatling-style gun and missiles on a tactical truck.

Arms makers showed several systems at this month’s Zhuhai air show, including the Type 625E that combines a Gatling-style gun and missiles on a tactical truck.

26 Nov 2022 - 12:00PM

‘Great nation diplomacy’: China renews military exchanges with Asian neighbours

After pandemic suspension, China pledges to restart military drills with Indonesia, and send a navy delegation to Bangladesh’s national celebrations.

After pandemic suspension, China pledges to restart military drills with Indonesia, and send a navy delegation to Bangladesh’s national celebrations.

25 Nov 2022 - 4:05PM

Chinese J-15 naval fighter jets look set to ditch Russian engines

New J-15 shipborne jet clearly equipped with Chinese-made WS-10 engines, CCTV report shows.

New J-15 shipborne jet clearly equipped with Chinese-made WS-10 engines, CCTV report shows.

24 Nov 2022 - 10:30PM

Chinese, US defence chiefs agree to improve dialogue but stand firm on Taiwan

Wei Fenghe and Lloyd Austin discuss concerns over the island, the war in Ukraine and North Korea in talks on sidelines of security gathering.

Wei Fenghe and Lloyd Austin discuss concerns over the island, the war in Ukraine and North Korea in talks on sidelines of security gathering.

23 Nov 2022 - 8:55AM

Explainer | What is China’s Joint Operation Command Centre and who’s in charge?

China’s centralised military headquarters, the Joint Operation Command Centre, sits at the top of the PLA’s combat chain of command.

China’s centralised military headquarters, the Joint Operation Command Centre, sits at the top of the PLA’s combat chain of command.

22 Nov 2022 - 7:00PM

China, Cambodia look to boost military ties along with expanded naval base

Cambodia’s prime minister thanked China’s defence chief for helping to upgrade its own armed forces, and hopes for further military cooperation.

Cambodia’s prime minister thanked China’s defence chief for helping to upgrade its own armed forces, and hopes for further military cooperation.

21 Nov 2022 - 9:30PM

China ‘open’ to defence ministers’ talks with US during Asean security forum

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin will both be in Cambodia for an Asean security meeting.

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin will both be in Cambodia for an Asean security meeting.

20 Nov 2022 - 10:00PM

Is the US Navy’s ageing fleet opening the window for a PLA attack on Taiwan?

The US fleet will decline in strength and power as older vessels are retired and new ones take time to go into service, reports warn.

The US fleet will decline in strength and power as older vessels are retired and new ones take time to go into service, reports warn.

20 Nov 2022 - 9:00PM

Xi-Biden talks in Bali will not ease South China Sea tensions, analysts say

Expect more restraint, but antagonising behaviour will continue, researcher at Rand Corporation says.

Expect more restraint, but antagonising behaviour will continue, researcher at Rand Corporation says.

20 Nov 2022 - 6:00AM

China, US defence ministers tipped to cross paths at Asean security talks

Wei will meet regional counterparts to discuss international events and potential cooperation as China vies with the US for influence.

Wei will meet regional counterparts to discuss international events and potential cooperation as China vies with the US for influence.

19 Nov 2022 - 10:00PM