31st Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Visits Australia

June 4, 2019 – The 31st Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), the guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964), arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the morning of June 3, local time, for a five-day friendly visit to Australia. At about 10 a.m., local time, three naval vessels from the PLA Navy fleet with China-Australia national flags hanging on top of the main masts sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney under the guidance…

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Launching Ceremony 1500 T MPV for PMSA

May 22, 2019 – Launching ceremony of 1500 Tons state of the art Maritime Patrol Vessel being built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Maritime Patrol vessel is a multi-mission vessel with steel hull and aluminum super structure having length of 95 m & breadth of 12.2 m and can achieve maximum speed up to 26 knots. The ship has been built in technical…

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China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise

A total of 13 naval vessels from China and Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, steam in formation in the waters off Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, during the maritime maneuver phase of the China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise on April 26, 2019. The three-day joint naval exercise, which concluded on April 27, focused on such subjects as formation maneuver, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), joint search and rescue and other 5 operations. Photos by Pu Haiyang.

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Admiral Gorshkov Transits Suez Canal Enroute to China

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, a detachment of ships and ships to support the Northern Fleet as part of the frigate Admiral of the Soviet Fleet Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics ship Elbrus and the rescue tug Nikolay Chiker completed the transfer from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea through the Suez Canal. The passage of the Northern Fleet detachment along the canal took several hours, during which the main task was to ensure the safe maneuvering of the frigate and support vessels in conditions of intensive navigation. During…

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Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

March 15, 2019 – Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, pleaded guilty today in the District of Utah in connection with his attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24, 2019. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney John Huber for the District of Utah and Special Agent in Charge Paul Haertel of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office announced the charges. Hansen retired…

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US Warships’ “Futile Geopolitical Provocation” in Taiwan Straits

January 28, 2019 – The US Pacific fleet’s guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and USNS Walter S. Diehl transited through the Taiwan Straits on Thursday. This is the first time that US warships passed through the Taiwan Straits this year, and the third action of such kind since October. Such high frequency has been rare in recent years. The purpose of US warships is to flex their geopolitical muscle. The US on Thursday claimed that the transit “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” but such “beautiful”…

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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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