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America planning big new arms sales to Taiwan despite China’s concerns


The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing. The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, the … Continue reading

America’s chief strategist: ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’


The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East. Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of … Continue reading

China says war with US becoming practical reality


War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said. The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America’s new administration. They communicated a view from inside the Central … Continue reading

China ‘deploys long-range nuclear-capable missiles’ in response to Donald Trump’s ‘aggression’


China has moved long-range missiles to the Russian border from where they could reach the USA, apparently in response to President Donald Trump’s “aggression”, unconfirmed reports say. The missiles, which can carry ten nuclear warheads up to 8,700 miles, have reportedly been moved to Heilongjiang province in north-east China. A leading English language newspaper in the communist … Continue reading

Chinese aircraft carrier can sail into Indian Ocean at will, says top US commander


In a direct assessment of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in waters off the coast of India, Admiral Harry Harris Jr., the Commander of the United States Pacific Command has said, “I believe India should be concerned about the increased Chinese influence. If you believe there is only a finite amount of influence … Continue reading

China opposes call for nuclear weapons boost by Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin


China on Friday opposed the call for a nuclear weapons boost by Russia and the US. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump had called for enhancing nuclear weapons capabilities, Efe news reported.”China stands for and advocates the full prohibition and destruction of nuclear weapons,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said … Continue reading

China seizes US Navy underwater drone in international waters of South China Sea


The Pentagon says a Chinese warship has seized a US Navy underwater drone collecting unclassified data in international waters in the South China Sea. The incident has prompted a formal démarche from the United States and a demand for its return. It is the first such seizure in recent memory and took took place on … Continue reading

China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call


China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new administration, according to the officials. It marks the second time Beijing flew bombers … Continue reading

Philippines, US halt plans on joint South China Sea patrols


Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday that he told the U.S. military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold, the first concrete break in defence cooperation after months of increasingly strident comments by the country’s new president. Lorenzana also said that 107 … Continue reading

China launches Tiangong-2 Space Lab


Engineers have begun injecting propellant into the Long march-2F T2 rocket that will carry the Tiangong-2 into space, reports China’s State news agency Xinhua, quoting Wu Ping, the deputy director of the manned space engineering office. Once launched into space, the Tiangong-2 is scheduled to manoeuvre itself into an orbit about 380 kilometres above the Earth … Continue reading

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China


The Japanese government said on Wednesday it is ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China. On Tuesday, Japan agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, … Continue reading

Vietnam is moving rocket launchers into the disputed South China Sea


Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into … Continue reading

China must be stopped from blocking supply in the South China Sea


Australia and other countries are currently pushing for freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, in response to China’s aggression and illegal claims in the region. For the immediate future, these countries should have a permanent presence in this area to ensure freedom of navigation for international trade vessels and local fishermen. The … Continue reading

China may establish air defence zone over South China Sea after losing court ruling


China said Wednesday it has the right to set up an air defence zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters. Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister, told a press conference in Beijing that China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the … Continue reading

Taiwanese warship accidentally fires missile towards China


A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile towards China, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate. The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III missile flew about 45 miles before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwanese navy … Continue reading

China threatens to impose air defence identification zone in South China Sea


China is preparing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in … Continue reading

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US


The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative. Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but … Continue reading

China is setting the stage for war in the South China Sea


All any nation needs to go to war is a good provocation, and China is no exception. With its sweeping territorial claims, island-building, militarisation, patriotic fervour, and prickly rhetoric, Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea. It might even be counting on it. Consider the nation’s man-made, militarised … Continue reading

Russia reports that thousands of Chinese troops are to enter ISIS war


The Kremlin have announced that China are to send 5,000 of its most elite military forces into the Levant War Zone to help Russia in the fight against ISIS, which has left the Obama administration and the Pentagon “horrified”. The “Siberian Tiger” Special Forces and “Night Tiger” Special Forces Units were given authorisation to be deployed by China’s People’s Congress … Continue reading

China denies US aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong, no reason given


Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a US consulate official says, a rejection that comes amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea. The Chinese Foreign Ministry told the US on Thursday night the visit by the USS John C. Stennis would not be allowed, said … Continue reading

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols


The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of “militarising” a region which is locked in territorial disputes. In a show of strength, US defence secretary Ashton Carter also announced that 275 troops and five A-10 ground attack aircraft currently … Continue reading

To deal with China, it should be strangulation, not bloodshed


There is a lot of feverish flag waving and sabre rattling by rival local nations and by the world’s hegemon, the United States, about the islands that China has created and built airstrips on and dredged safe anchorages for. But there are other ways to visualise the outcome of resistance to China’s false claims in … Continue reading

Indonesia will defend against China in the South China Sea using F-16 fighter jets


Indonesia will deploy U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to the Natuna islands to ward off “thieves”, the defence minister said less than two weeks after Chinese coast guard vessels clashed with an Indonesian boat in the area. The move is part of a military buildup on islands overlooking the South China Sea that will see a … Continue reading

Japan eyes air superiority over China in talks with western defence contractors


Japan has opened talks with Western defence contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyo’s strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defence companies including Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Ltd come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental … Continue reading

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China in the South China Sea


The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea. The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is … Continue reading

U.S. says it is open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China


The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade … Continue reading

China’s top science and technology awards secretly given to military technology


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on war.163.com gave the news of Xiang Libin winning China’s top annual science and technology award, even though official Chinese media reported that nobody had won it. The news of the win came from the Initiative Foundation of … Continue reading

Civilian companies doing research and development for Chinese military to save money on defence budget


Shenzhen Economic Daily says in its report that more than 100 Shenzhen enterprises have participated in, or are involved in, production for the Chinese military. The report says that, to facilitate private enterprises contributing to military production, Shenzhen Huachuang Science and Technology Innovation Achievements Transfer Centre held a symposium on the way for private enterprises … Continue reading

China will get newest 40N6E missiles in 2017 with a range of 380 km


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on mil.huanqiu.com says a Russian air defence system supplier has revealed that it will begin to deliver its newest S-400 systems with 40N6E air defence missiles in 2017 but refuses to reveal the quantity of delivery. According to other … Continue reading

South China Sea: China creates facts, builds ground to serve them.


It was 1829 and a young nation seeking to protect key sea lanes dispatched a commodore to remote islets and reefs, “over which the sea broke.” He found safe anchorage and went on to report if a hostile power should occupy them, national interests would be in “deadly peril”; and that “nothing but absolute naval … Continue reading

China says airports in South China Sea are not capable of defending against attack by US aircraft carrier groups


The following is based on a translation of an article on a Chinese news site: Chinese military commentator Du Songtao says that China’s airport on Fiery Cross Reef, with an area of 23,000 square meters and a runway 3,125 meters long, can accommodate the simultaneous operation of 8-10 Boeing 737 airliners for civil purposes, including … Continue reading

Japan’s master plan to destroy the Chinese navy in battle


It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy. The plan itself, detailed by Reuters, makes a tremendous amount of good sense: “Tokyo is responding by stringing a line of anti-ship, anti-aircraft missile batteries along … Continue reading

China may be building a tunnel under the South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of an article on a Chinese news site: An article on war.163.com says that China is digging a tunnel and storage cave deep undersea. According to media report, due to the depth and the thick mud layer, Asia’s largest hydraulic dredge is used to dig out 160,000 cubic … Continue reading

Japan signs off biggest ever defence budget as tensions rise with China over Senkaku Islands


Tokyo approves 5.05tn yen on defence spending to counter growing Chinese influence in the region. Japan has approved its biggest ever defence budget, as it attempts to counter an increasingly assertive China and push through an unpopular move to relocate a US military base on Okinawa. The cabinet on Thursday approved plans to spend 5.05tn … Continue reading

China conducts training of H-6K bombers 1,000 km outside first island chain


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Beijing Morning Post says in its report that Shen Jinke, spokesman of the Chinese air force, announced the news that China’s H-6K bombers and various types of fighter/bombers and early warning aircraft conducted training more than 1,000 km outside the first island … Continue reading

China buys Russian Su-35 fighter jets to patrol South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in mil.huanqiu.com says that China had a long and hard discussion with Russia for 7 years for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, until it entered into a contract of purchase of 24 Su-35s for US$2 billion. The … Continue reading

Chinese submarine in first-degree combat readiness in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in people.com.cn says that a real war may break out between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea, as Chinese submarine no. 372 has recently received a first-degree combat readiness order on its way back from … Continue reading

Chinese navy silently obtains access to important ports around the world


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) navy has been making great efforts to obtain access to ports abroad so that it may become a true blue water navy. Its most important recent achievement is the … Continue reading

Changes in China’s J-31 fighter jet are meant to appeal to export market


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinanews.com reports on changes to the Chinese J-31 fighter jet model displayed at the Dubai Airshow. The major ones are the change of the trapezoid tail into perpendicular sweepback one, the integrated cabin cover, the change in the structure of … Continue reading

China surpasses U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese military forum mil.huanqiu.com says that according China surpasses the U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities. The report says that China’s Kuaizhou/Fei Tian dual-use mobile launch system and the surveillance satellite constellation consisting of 138 satellites point to the … Continue reading

China’s new stealth material superior to that used on F-35


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com interviewed Professor Jiang Jianhua, a member of the research team in China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, that has developed the anti-stealth radar material for the J-20 aircraft. Prof. Jiang said that most previous stealth … Continue reading

China surpasses U.S. in anti-satellite weapons


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Military forum mil.huanqiu.com gave a report that China tested the interception of an ICBM in outer space by a DN-3 (Dong Neng-3) missile. However, U.S. defence department officials regard the DN-3 missile mainly as an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. The report … Continue reading

China’s DF-21D missiles ‘can to kill an entire aircraft carrier battle group’


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: War.163.com says in its report that according to the 82nd issue of the The Observer magazine, a certain DF-21D brigade has recently conducted an unprecedented live ammunition drill of a volley of dozens DF-21D missiles. The DF-21D reportedly can to … Continue reading

China’s YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile ‘a threat’ to US navy


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com says that a report to US Congress assesses a Chinese submarine-launched missile known as the YJ-18 as being a threat to the US. It notes that the missile accelerates to supersonic speed just before hitting its target, making … Continue reading

China and Japan report fighter jet confrontations in East China Sea ADIZ


The following is based in part on a translation of a report in Chinese Media: China’s PLA Daily says in a report on China’s East Sea Fleet, “A foreign fighter jet entered China’s East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). “A fighter jet of a certain Chinese east air division took off urgently, flew … Continue reading

China deployed J-11BH aircraft to deal with US patrol near artificial islands in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese from pro-China Hong Kong media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily said in its report early today that the Chinese military have published a set of photos showing that it has deployed J-11BH heavy fighters at an airport on Yongxing Island in the South China … Continue reading

Russia will sell China 4 battalions of S-400 air defence missiles


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com said in its report that according to a report by Russia’s state run sputniknews.com, the chief executive of the Russian state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport told reporters that his company will supply S-400 air defence systems to China according … Continue reading

Vietnam says it will not take sides between China and U.S.


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com cites Taiwan’s Central News Agency as saying that Vietnamese Defence Minister Phùng Quang Thanh said that Vietnam attached great importance to its cooperation relations with the U.S. and China, and will not take … Continue reading

China test flies Z-11WB reconnaissance helicopter


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.qq.com says that China’s Z-11WB armed helicopter conducted its successful first test flight recently. It is a ground attack, reconnaissance and anti-terrorism light armed helicopter developed on the basis of China’s homegrown AC311 helicopter, to be delivered … Continue reading

China to merge aircraft engine producers to make top aircraft engines


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to a China Times’ report carried on mil.huanqiu.com, in order to pool all resources for the production of aircraft engines that must catch up with the products of world advanced aircraft engine producers such as CFM international by 2020, … Continue reading

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