First Type 055 Commissioned

January 12, 2020 – Nanchang, China’s first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer, was commissioned in the People’s Liberation Army Navy on Sunday morning in the port city of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province. The 10,000 tonne-class destroyer officially debuted at the multinational naval parade in celebration of the Chinese navy’s 70th founding anniversary on April 23, 2019. Launched on June 28,…

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China delivers first littoral mission ship to Malaysia

January 20, 2020 – China’s shipbuilding giant has delivered the first of four littoral mission ships (LMS) to the Royal Malaysian Navy, marking the high-level military cooperation between China and Malaysia, analysts said on Wednesday. The Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, under the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, delivered the ship, named Keris, to the Royal Malaysian Navy on Tuesday at a…

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Year-end review of Chinese People’s Liberation Army

Jan. 16 (Photo/81.cn) A formation of Chinese naval ships consisting of four advanced warships under the PLA Southern Theater Command’s South China Sea Fleet set sail for deepwater exercises with the PLA’s Air Force, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force. The four vessels participating in the drill included the Type 052D guided missile destroyer Hefei, the Type 054A guided missile…

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Viet Nam Stresses Settlement of Maritime Disputes by Peaceful Measures

December 11, 2019 – Phạm Hải Anh, Việt Nam’s representative to the United Nations, on Tuesday affirmed Việt Nam’s consistent stance that all disputes should be settled with peaceful measures, in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Speaking at a plenary meeting on oceans and the law of the sea of…

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Army must ensure safety at sea

Party General Secretary and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng (centre), Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (left) and Minister of Defence Ngô Xuân Lịch at the Sunday meeting of the Central Military Commission held in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo December 2, 2019 — The army must always be prepared to ensure the safety of the country’s sea-based economic activities and safeguard the sovereignty,…

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Taiwan Announces Taiwan Strait Passage by HMS Enterprise

December 7, 2019 – The Ministry of National Defense said today (7) that a British survey ship sailed from south to north through the Taiwan Strait. The National Army used joint ISR in accordance with regulations to strictly grasp the dynamics of China’s surrounding sea and airspace and maintain regional peace and stability. There is no abnormality during this period,…

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Saudis Chinese counterpart conduct Exercise Blue Sword 2019 in Jeddah

November 17, 2019 – The Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah, and its counterpart of the Chinese People’s Navy carried out today a mixed naval exercise titled “Blue Sword 2019”, in the presence of the Commander of the Western Fleet Vice Admiral Faleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Faleh and…

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China Donates Five Patrol Craft to Ecuador

Statement from Chinese Embassy in Ecuador On October 31, 2019, my handover of the unpaid military aid material to Ecuador was held at the Coast Guard Command Square in the southern base of the Guayaquil Naval. Ambassador Chen Guoyou signed a handover certificate with Ecuadorian Defense Minister Osvaldo Harlem. The commander-in-chief of the Allied Commander Lieutenant General Lala, the commander…

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U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Military Style Inflatable Boats and Evinrude Military Outboard Motors to China

November 1, 2019 – Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida announce the return of an indictment today of four individuals, including two Chinese nationals, an active-duty United States Navy officer, and his wife, on charges relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully smuggle military-style inflatable boats, with Evinrude MFE…

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Spokesperson answers query on Chinese ships’ exit from Vietnamese waters

October 25, 2019 – Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng on Friday once again stressed Việt Nam’s request that relevant parties not repeat violations of the country’s waters while answering reporters’ question regarding a group of Chinese ships’ withdrawal from Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Responding to a question about the Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi…

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China and Thailand Sign shipbuilding Agreement for Type 071E LPD

September 11, 2019 – China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and the Royal Thai Navy held the signing ceremony of the shipbuilding agreement on exporting Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) in Beijing on Sept 9. This is the first time for China to export abroad amphibious transport dock, or dock landing ship, and also marks a major achievement between China…

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China confirms wreck site of battleship from First Sino-Japanese War

September 2, 2019 – Chinese archeologists said Monday they have confirmed the wreck site of a Chinese battleship sunk in the Yellow Sea by the invading Japanese fleet in 1894. An archaeological team has also retrieved more than 150 shipwrecked relics from the Dingyuan Battleship, the flagship vessel of the Beiyang Fleet of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) sunk in the…

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Foreign scholars condemn China’s bullying behaviour in East Sea

August 31, 2019 – China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar. Tension escalated since the Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels returned to Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier this month. China’s behaviour had…

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China Escalates Coercion Against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

August 26, 2019 – The Department of Defense is greatly concerned by China’s continued efforts to violate the rules-based international order throughout the Indo-Pacific. Recently, China resumed its coercive interference in Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), directly contradicting Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe’s pledge at the Shangri-La Dialogue that China would “stick…

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