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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PLAN Peace Ark in Papua New Guinea July 12-18

The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace will arrive tomorrow in Port Moresby to provide free medical services from July 12 to 16 to the local community. According to information gathered from the Chinese Embassy, those who are interested in getting free medical service onboard the ship, can contact PNGDF Taurama Military Hospital and Gerehu General Hospital or visit the Ben Moide Club to get their names pre-registered. Pre-registration and the medical services are free of charge. The visiting Chinese navy hospital ship will work closely with the PNG Defence…

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Chinese military ‘closely monitored’ US warships sailing through Taiwan Straits

A US Navy official confirmed that two US warships passed through the Taiwan Straits between Saturday and Sunday. Chinese experts told the Global Times that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had most likely monitored their movements closely. “Two US Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the international waters of the Taiwan Straits on July 7-8 (local time),” Captain Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement on Sunday. “US Navy Ships transit between the South China Sea and East…

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NATO and China resume military staff to staff talks

After a three year pause NATO and China have reconvened military to military staff talks. The 5th iteration of the staff talks were held on 5th of June, in the New NATO HQ in Brussels. NATO and China’s military dialogue has been constant since 2010, with yearly meetings. This dialogue was interrupted in 2016, due to several circumstances, amongst them the reforms in the Chinese armed forces and the terror attacks in Brussels in March, which led to the cancellation of the planned talks that month. After a three hiatus,…

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Pacific fleet to attend two international exercises in summer training season

This summer, the Pacific Fleet is to take part in two international exercises – the Joint Sea-2018 Russian-Chinese naval exercise and the Indra Navy-2018 Russian-Indian exercise. Besides, it is scheduled to hold a number of ship tactical drills, to attend the Naval Parade marking the Navy’s Day, and to take part in the Seaborne Assault contest of the International Army Games 2018 in the People’s Republic of China. The Pacific Fleet held some 10 tactical exercises, more than 50 ship tactical drills and a number of staff trainings during the…

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A small quick step for China’s PLA Navy

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy marked its 69th anniversary on April 23. On the same day, China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 001A, went through its inclining test. It is set to begin its maiden sea trial, demonstrating the growing capabilities of the PLA Navy which is inching closer to its ambitions of building a modern aircraft carrier. Since the 21st century, the development of the PLA Navy’s warships has taken short quick steps, employing gradual innovation and developing smaller groups of transitional types in…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “There have been two minor injuries. This activity poses a true … threat to our airmen.” The United States has formally “demarched” the Chinese government, and requested that the…

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