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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Vendémiaire on ASIA 2018.1 Mission

Google Translation The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate sailed on January 15 from Nouméa, for a three-month mission that will take its crew from Indonesia to South Korea through China or Guam. This deployment aims to strengthen knowledge of sensitive areas of the Western Pacific such as the South China Sea. During the first leg of the mission, the frigate anchored in Waala Bay, Belep Islands, New Caledonia on 16 January. A delegation of the vessel led by the Commander, Commander Alexandre Blonce, went ashore to the Grand Chiefdom to meet the…

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Type 056 Wuhai Commissioned

The commissioning ceremony of the new corvette Wuhai of the PLA Navy was held at a naval port in Dalian, north China’s Liaoning province on Monday. Rear Admiral Lv Baoqiang, political commissar of a naval base under the PLA Northern Theater Command, conferred the ensigns of the PLA and the PLA Navy and the naming certificate on the corvette Wuhai at the ceremony. A grand flag-raising ceremony was later held on the corvette. The Type 056 corvette Wuhai, with good stealth performance and powerful surface attack and air defense capability,…

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Speculation grows over China’s first homemade aircraft carrier

“China can make aircraft carriers of any type,” Hu Wenming, general director of construction of China’s first homemade aircraft carrier said in November, bringing the topic under the spotlight once again after the ship reportedly hit the water in April. Military enthusiasts were thrilled by Hu’s remarks, speculating that China may be building a nuclear-powered carrier equipped with an electromagnetic catapult system for launching fighter jets. The ship, which began construction in 2013, will be China’s first homemade carrier. The country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was rebuilt from a Soviet…

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China, Vietnam wrap up 23rd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

China and Vietnam wrapped up their 23rd joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf on December 3, 2017, and maintained the order and stability in the Beibu Gulf area and common fishing zone. Both sides, by conducting communication verification and joint research and rescue exercises in the joint patrol, further deepened their traditional good-neighbor relationship and promoted healthy and steady development of the two countries’ mil-to-mil relations. China and Vietnam each assigned two naval vessels to participate in the joint patrol and exercise. After arriving at the rally point on the…

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Chinese navy to hold joint patrol with Vietnam

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy will hold a joint patrol with the Vietnamese Navy in the Beibu Gulf in December, a Chinese official said Thursday. The joint patrol, scheduled for the first ten days of the month, will include drills on communication and joint rescue, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said at a regular press conference. Stressing that China places great importance on military relations with Vietnam, Wu said that China is willing to jointly maintain stability and order in the Beibu Gulf and…

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China’s new manned submersible to be used to explore South China Sea

China’s new manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi, or “deep sea warrior,” will be used to explore the biological resources and geological conditions in the South China Sea, a Chinese expert said Tuesday. The submersible has passed a state safety test and is preparing for commissioning, the Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. “Shenhai Yongshi will be used in the South China Sea and help explore the biological and mineral resources in the deep sea,” Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea, told the Global Times…

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China’s aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system

Chinese engineers have developed a new propulsion system for the country’s second home-made aircraft carrier, which could equip the conventionally powered warship with the world’s most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons, according to Chinese military experts. A research team led by the country’s top naval engineer, Ma Weiming, have developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network to replace the older alternating current system for the country’s second domestically-built Type 002 carrier, which could provide more power for its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), Hong Kong-based South China Morning…

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Russian Armed Forces delegation of military archivists met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing

The delegation of military archivists of the Russian Federation Armed Forces held working visit to the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, the Russian delegation met with representatives of the PRC military archives in the International Military Cooperation Office of the PLAC Central Military Council in Beijing. The sides discussed issues of further development of cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum between the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the archival field signed by…

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