Construction of warship for Pakistan underway

January 2, 2019 (Google Translation) – China recently started construction of an export version of one of its advanced warships and will deliver it to Pakistan as part of a major arms deal, according to China State Shipbuilding Corp, a large State-owned defense contractor. It said the ship is a version of the Chinese Navy’s most advanced guided missile frigate, without specifying its type. In late December it said the ship is under construction at its Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, noting it will be equipped with modern detection and weapon…

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UK and allies reveal global scale of Chinese cyber campaign

December 20, 2018 – Along with its allies, the UK has announced that a group known as APT 10 acted on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security to carry out a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the US. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) assesses with the highest level of probability that the group widely known as APT 10 is responsible for this sustained cyber campaign focused on large-scale service providers. The group almost certainly continues to target a…

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Anti-ship Missiles Offered for Sale by China

December 25, 2018 – China is promoting an ultrafast anti-ship ballistic missile, said to be the first of its kind in the international market, to buyers seeking a reliable and affordable deterrence against threats from the sea. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the nation’s largest maker of missiles, has brought the CM-401 supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile to market, saying it is capable of making rapid, precision strikes against medium-sized or large vessels, or against land targets. It said the weapon uses a “near-space trajectory”, which means it flies between…

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If US Warship “Illegally” Violates Chinese Territorial Waters Again, Bump Against It States “Expert”

December 10, 2018 – In a discussion on the topic of What Lies ahead for the South China Sea Issue and the Taiwan Question on December 8, Dai Xu, president of China’s Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, suggested that if a US warship illegally enters into Chinese territorial waters again, two Chinese warships should be sent, one to stop it and the other to bump against and sink it, adding, “In China’s territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to run amok.” Dai said he believes that both the…

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Chinese military monitors, warns US warship

November 30, 2018 – Chinese military monitored a US warship that entered Chinese territorial waters without permission and warned it to leave on Monday, a spokesman said on Friday. Navy and Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command will continue to watch closely Chinese waters and air to prevent any incident that may harm China’s national security and to safeguard national sovereignty, senior colonel Li Huamin, spokesman of the command, said in a statement. On Monday, USS Chancellorsville entered the territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in…

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Vietnam opposes China’s illegal observatory move

November 9, 2018 – China’s recent move to put into use observatories, that were built on structures it illegally constructed and renovated in the Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago, seriously violates Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, said spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng. Hằng was responding to queries on Việt Nam’s response to China beginning to operate observatories on several structures in the Trường Sa archipelago at a foreign ministry press conference in Hà Nội yesterday. “Việt Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence…

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China starts building 2nd littoral mission ship for Malaysia

October 23, 2018 (Google Translation) – China on Tuesday started building the second littoral mission ship (LMS) for Malaysia in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. The new LMS is contracted by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Co. and is being built at its Shuangliu base in Wuhan. The first ship China made for Malaysia entered the building phase on July 31 this year. According to the contract, China will design and build four LMS for the Royal Malaysian Navy. These ships will be used for…

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Trial flight soon for new type of Chinese stealth bomber

October 10, 2018 – The trial flight of China’s new-generation stealth bomber Hong-20 may take place soon, military experts said on Tuesday after China’s official television station confirmed the name of the bomber. Disclosing the new bomber is a potential deterrence, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday. “Usually the development of equipment and weaponry of the People’s Liberation Army is highly confidential,”he said. Revealing the bomber name before trials shows the Chinese aviation industry is gaining more confidence, said Shanghai-based news site…

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China’s Protest on USS Decatur Passage in International Waters

October 3, 2018 – China voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Tuesday to a US warship’s intrusion into the waters of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Tuesday the USS Decatur guided missile destroyer arbitrarily entered waters on Sunday off China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. He noted that a Chinese Navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with international law and warned the US vessel off. China has indisputable sovereignty over the…

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New Chinese Amphibian Conducts High-Speed Taxiing Trials

October 2, 2018 – China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, on Monday completed its first taxiing at high speed on the water, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd (CAIGA). The test at a speed of 145 kilometers per hour was carried out in the city of Jingmen of central China’s Hubei Province. CAIGA, headquartered in the southern province of Guangdong, said that the AG600, codenamed Kunlong, was in stable condition and functioned normally during the test. Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600…

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Chinese Tracking Ship Yuanwang-3 Deploys to the Pacific

October 2, 2018 – Chinese space tracking ship the Yuanwang-3 departed Tuesday to carry out four maritime space monitoring and communication missions for the BeiDou-3 and other satellites. The missions will be conducted in the Pacific Ocean. On Aug. 7, the Yuanwang-3 returned to port and finished its last mission, maritime space monitoring and communication for BeiDou-2 and other satellites. The vessel prepared itself in terms of equipment maintenance and emergency response. As the second-generation space tracking ship of the Yuanwang series, Yuanwang-3 entered service in the mid-1990s. The Yuanwang-1…

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Countries Cautioned on Actions in South China Sea

September 18, 2018 – China on Monday urged countries outside the region to behave with caution and refrain from activities that undermine regional peace and stability, after Japan conducted its first ever peacetime submarine drill in the South China Sea. “The situation in the South China Sea has cooled down and is improving,” Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said at a regular news conference in Beijing. On Monday, The Japan Times quoted the Japanese Defense Ministry as saying that the submarine Kuroshio, along with the Kaga helicopter destroyer and…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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China announces military exchange, cooperation plans

August 31, 2018 – China’s Ministry of National Defense Thursday announced military exchange and cooperation plans with multiple countries and organizations. China will hold maritime military exercises with ASEAN countries in October in the waters off the city of Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province, said spokesperson Wu Qian, adding that China and the 10 ASEAN countries will all participate in the exercises. Wu noted that the exercises mainly include the application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea and maritime search and rescue operations. China will also strengthen military…

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