Category Archives: China defence

China security and defence policy

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4 OCTOBER 2019

Vladimir Putin says Russia is helping China build a missile early warning system

Russia is helping China to build an early warning system to counter missile attacks, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3031639/vladimir-putin-says-russia-helping-china-build-missile-early
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262632957/putin-russia-helps-china-build-missile-warning-system

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

China set to join Arms Trade Treaty that Donald Trump threatened to abandon

Beijing says it wants to join the pact, which regulates the $70 billion cross-border trade in conventional weapons, as soon as possible. The treaty has been ratified by 104 countries but US President Trump has U-turned
https://www.dw.com/en/china-advances-plans-to-join-arms-treaty-spurned-by-trump/a-50619789
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3030769/china-set-join-arms-trade-treaty-donald-trump-threatened

27 AUGUST 2019

China’s navy ‘set to pick J-20 stealth jets for its next generation carriers’

China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3024584/chinas-navy-set-pick-j-20-stealth-jets-its-next-generation

15 AUGUST 2019

China’s new aircraft carrier to pack more jet power than the Liaoning

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier will take 36 fighter planes to sea when it is commissioned, 12 more than its sister ship the Liaoning, according to state media
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3022973/chinas-new-aircraft-carrier-pack-more-jet-power-liaoning

6 AUGUST 2019

Another sea trial for China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier ‘suggests technical problems’

China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier is undergoing another sea trial, straight after four days of testing, suggesting the navy may have identified technical problems that require immediate attention, military observers said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3021707/another-sea-trial-chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier

27 JULY 2019

China deploys J-20 stealth fighter ‘to keep tabs on Taiwan’

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has been officially deployed to the country’s Eastern Theatre Command, suggesting it will be focused on the Taiwan Strait and military activities between Japan and the United States, observers said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3020346/china-deploys-j-20-stealth-fighter-keep-tabs-taiwan

24 JULY 2019

China’s New 2019 Defense White Paper: An Open Strategic Challenge to the United States, But One Which Does Not Have to Lead to Conflict

China’s National Defense in the New Era is a clear and detailed 51-page response to the massive shift in U.S. strategy from a focus on counterterrorism and extremism to competition and possible conflict with China and Russia
https://www.csis.org/analysis/chinas-new-2019-defense-white-paper-open-strategic-challenge-united-states-one-which-does
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-defence-white-paper-emphasises-growing-military-competition-homeland-security
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/201/22/18/1563961538870.html?newsId=89809

2 JULY 2019

Chinese navy tests new Z-20 helicopter for use on its warships

China’s navy is testing a ship-based model of the new Z-20 helicopter for its advanced destroyers, mainland media reported, as it seeks to boost the combat capability of its warships
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3016983/chinese-navy-tests-new-z-20-helicopter-use-its-warships

27 JUNE 2019

Sino-Italian helicopter program established in east China

A Sino-Italian helicopter production program worth 12.8 billion yuan (US$1.86 billion) has been established in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, sources with Pinghu municipal government in Zhejiang said Thursday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/3/215/46/1561632806408.html?newsId=87248

11 JUNE 2019

China’s new high-frequency radar system could spot stealth aircraft from long distances, says creator

China has developed a radar system that could detect stealth fighters from a long distance, its creator has told state media
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3014084/chinas-new-high-frequency-radar-system-could-spot-stealth
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-06/11/content_9527054.htm

29 MAY 2019

China’s ‘New Art of War’ includes stealing cutting-edge technologies

In late-night drinking sessions, when truth often emerges, if you confront Chinese friends about China’s systematic pilfering they will point out that their ancestors invented gunpowder, the compass and paper – and other nations stole those technologies. They also point out that the United States stole technology from Britain; such as the steam engine. So if we Americans did it, we’re being hypocritical in saying the Chinese don’t have a right to do the same thing
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/chinas-new-art-of-war-includes-stealing-cutting-edge-technologies/

21 MAY 2019

China’s Navy Is Growing So Fast Its Running Out of Names For Its Warships

China is running out of provincial capitals to name new destroyers, and it might have to turn to other big domestic cities, which reflects the country’s rapid naval development in recent years, military experts said on Monday
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-navy-growing-so-fast-its-running-out-names-its-warships-58692

17 MAY 2019

Former CIA officer sentenced to 20 years for disclosing state secrets to Chinese for $25G

An ex-CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for revealing military secrets to China and potentially seeking to expose human assets who were once his responsibility
https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-cia-officer-jailed-state-secrets-china
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48319058

13 MAY 2019

South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands

China has announced an expansion of its non-naval presence in the disputed South China Sea with a 161.4 million yuan (US$23.5 million) contract for a coastguard vessel that will patrol the Paracel Islands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3010058/south-china-sea-beijing-announces-us235-million-contract

5 MAY 2019

China-Russia joint naval exercise concludes in Qingdao

A six-day joint naval exercise held by Chinese and Russian navies concluded Saturday in Qingdao east China’s Shandong province
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/38/35/63/1557051931671.html?newsId=81830

3 MAY 2019

Pentagon says China plans to build military bases around the world to protect Belt & Road project

The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released Thursday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/03/pentagon-says-china-plans-build-military-bases-around-world/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/03/china-will-build-string-of-military-bases-around-world-says-pentagon
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-increase-overseas-military-bases-pentagon-report-190503065146243.html

23 APRIL 2019

China puts a damper on navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations as it tries to allay fears over rising strength

A 32-strong Chinese fleet led by Asia’s largest destroyer, the Type 055, joined with 18 foreign warships from 13 countries on Tuesday for a naval parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the PLA navy
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3007383/china-puts-damper-navys-70th-anniversary-celebrations-it-tries
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/85/184/154/1556014274642.html?newsId=80684
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-24/china-flaunts-escalating-military-strength-with-naval-parade/11037724?section=world

7 MARCH 2019

China Opens a New Military Base in Tajikistan

The section where the Chinese facilities are located is strategically important as it overlooks one of the crucial entry points from China into Central Asia and is close to the vital corridor through which the country has a connection with Afghanistan’s heartland. The corridor is particularly important to China due to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
http://georgiatoday.ge/news/14741/China-Opens-a-New-Military-Base-in-Tajikistan

5 MARCH 2019

China hikes defence budget by 7.5 pc to $177.6 billion

China’s defence budget for 2019 has been pegged at 1.19 trillion yuan (about 177.61 billion US dollars), marking an increase of 7.5 per cent over the last year’s figure, despite lower economic growth rate ranging between 6 and 6.5 per cent
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-03/06/content_9441793.htm
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259814024/china-hikes-defence-budget-by-75-pc-to-1776-billion
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2188771/modernising-military-remains-top-priority-china-boosts-defence

31 JANUARY 2019

US plans to detect Chinese missile launches with radar in Japan

Washington is to ask Tokyo to host a Homeland Defence Radar unit that would give it early warning of intercontinental ballistic missile launches by China, Russia and North Korea
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2184110/us-plans-detect-chinese-missile-launches-radar-japan

28 JANUARY 2019

China releases footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 ballistic missile in ‘clear message to the US’

China has revealed footage of its next-generation Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile showing improved stability and accuracy, a move analysts say aims to send a message to the United States about its military strength
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2183972/china-releases-footage-guam-killer-df-26-ballistic-missile-clear
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-01/28/content_9415391.htm

14 JANUARY 2019

Swedish defence agency warns satellite station could be serving Chinese military

A Swedish defence agency has warned that the country is facing a growing security challenge from China, saying one of its satellite stations could be serving the Chinese military
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2182026/swedish-defence-agency-warns-satellite-station-could-be-serving

PLA wants FC-31 fighters on its aircraft carriers

Lighter and more agile than the J-15, the FC-31 may be launched from electromagnetic catapults
http://www.atimes.com/article/pla-wants-fc-31-fighters-on-its-aircraft-carriers/

9 DECEMBER 2018

China sends new naval fleet for escort mission in Red Sea

The 31st fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) set sail on Sunday to undertake escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali, reports cnr.cn
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20181209/220672.html
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/161/127/153/1544350607925.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

US, Chinese defense chiefs hold ‘straightforward’ talks amid tensions

Top US and Chinese defense officials met in Singapore Thursday for a head-to-head meeting which nearly didn’t take place amid growing tensions between the world’s two most powerful countries
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/19/asia/mattis-wei-china-us-singapore-intl/i
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/oct/19/mattis-china-s-military-leader-meet-201/?news-world

6 OCTOBER 2018

China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War

The new force, set up in late 2015, is not part of army, navy, air force, or missile force and is directly under the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, according to a report published this week by the National Defense University
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-strategic-force-gears-space-cyber-war/

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

China’s FTC-2000G versatile aircraft conducts maiden flight

China’s self-developed FTC-2000G versatile aircraft successfully conducted its maiden flight Friday in the city of Anshun in Southwest China’s Guizhou province, according to its developer
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/44/206/131/1538146812854.html?newsId=49451

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

China vows ‘consequences’ over US sanctions on Russian weapons purchase

Washington’s decision to impose sanctions on the Chinese military over their purchase of Russian fighter jets has left Beijing and Moscow fuming. Russia has accused the US of trying to suppress economic competition
https://www.dw.com/en/china-vows-consequences-over-us-sanctions-on-russian-weapons-purchase/a-45592240
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2165256/us-bans-china-wont-dent-arms-deals-russia

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Russian, Chinese Troops Kick off Russia’s Largest Military Exercise Since 1981

Russia has launched what it has called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops joining Chinese soldiers in a show of force condemned by Nato as a rehearsal for large-scale conflict
https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/russian-chinese-troops-kick-off-russias-largest-military-exercise-since-1981/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/11/russia-largest-ever-military-exercise-300000-soldiers-china

29 AUGUST 2018

China, with the world’s largest navy, challenges the US in the Pacific

A modernisation program focused on naval and missile forces has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific in ways the United States and its allies are only beginning to digest
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-shoring-up-its-navy-muscles-into-pacific

28 AUGUST 2018

China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier, ‘Type 001A,’ Reportedly Begins Sea Trials

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier has reportedly begun its final sea trials before commissioning, after which it will take its place as a centerpiece in the country’s growing blue-water navy
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/28/642493101/chinas-newest-aircraft-carrier-type-001a-reportedly-begins-sea-trials?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161567/chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier-final-sea-run

20 AUGUST 2018

China’s secret weapon in a war against America

Today, the evidence continues to mount that the employment of sea mines remains a core tenet of Chinese naval war-fighting doctrine
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-secret-weapon-war-against-america-28977

15 AUGUST 2018

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/309816-china-angered-at-new-us-defense-act-to-assess-content
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3506331

18 JULY 2018

China sets up unmanned weather station in Tibet for help in ‘live-fire conflict’ with India

China has set up an unmanned weather station in Tibet which can be used for military purpose in the event of an armed conflict with India, according to a report
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-sets-up-unmanned-weather-station-in-tibet-for-help-in-live-fire-conflict-with-india-2125400.html

14 JULY 2018

China’s new destroyers: ‘Power, prestige and majesty’

13 JULY 2018

China to send strategic bombers, fighter jets for war games in Russia

China’s air force will send strategic bombers, fighter jets and transport aircraft to take part in war games in Russia this month, as Beijing tries to boost defence ties with Moscow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2155224/china-send-strategic-bombers-fighter-jets-war-games

4 JULY 2018

How North Korean denuclearisation would be good for China’s national security and global standing

Kristian McGuire says that, apart from the military build-up in Northeast Asia to counter the North Korean threat, China’s ambitions of playing a greater global role should motivate it to push Pyongyang towards giving up its nuclear weapons
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2153731/how-north-korean-denuclearisation-would-be

24 JUNE 2018

Chinese shipbuilding boss gave CIA aircraft carrier secrets, reports claim

One of China’s most senior shipbuilding executive has been charged with giving secrets about China’s aircraft carriers to the United States. Sun Bo, 57, is general manager of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)
https://intelnews.org/2018/06/22/01-2343/

16 JUNE 2018

Chinese President Xi urges Navy to boost combat readiness, build aviation forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to further strengthen its combat training and boost its elite forces’ capabilities
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-urges-navy-to-boost-combat-readiness-build-aviation-forces
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2018-06/15/content_8063837.htm

8 JUNE 2018

China hacked US Navy contractor, secured trove of sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare – including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on US submarines by 2020, according to American officials
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hacked-us-navy-contractor-secured-trove-of-sensitive-data-on-submarine-warfare
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149998/china-twice-hacked-us-navy-contractor-and-stole-data

5 JUNE 2018

US arrests Ron Rockwell Hansen for trying to spy for China

A former US intelligence officer has appeared in court in Seattle charged with attempting to spy for China
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/ex-dia-official-charged-beijing-spy-used-chinese-cell-phones/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44364437

30 MAY 2018

China in race to overtake the US in AI warfare

Beijing is pushing hard to integrate artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons – robotic arms capable of thinking and acting at the speed of light
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-in-race-to-overtake-the-us-in-ai-warfare/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=6d3ac2922b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_30_11_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-6d3ac2922b-31591405

5 MARS 2018

China Announces Largest Military Spending Increase In Three Years

China on Monday announced the largest increase in three years to its defense budget, saying it would spend 8.1 percent more than the previous year as the country continues a push to modernize its military and expand its air and naval capabilities
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590845672/china-announces-largest-military-spending-increase-in-three-years
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/05/c_137018039.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1091926.shtml

16 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Falling behind’: US admiral warns of China dominance in hypersonic missile race

Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defences keep pace with North Korea’s fast-growing rocket programme, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133583/falling-behind-us-admiral-warns-china-dominance-hypersonic

28 JANUARY 2018

Is China’s nuclear attack submarine too easy to detect?

After a Chinese nuclear attack submarine was discovered by the Japanese navy while submerged near disputed islands in the East China Sea, military experts say it could be too easy to detect
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2130870/chinas-nuclear-attack-submarine-too-easy-detect

9 JANUARY 2018

China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

China on Tuesday denied as “unnecessary” speculation reports that it was planning to build a military base at Jiwani in Pakistan’s Balochistan province close to the strategic Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/china-denies-plans-to-set-up-military-base-in-pakistan-1.2154410

4 JANUARY 2018

China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

China started building its third aircraft carrier – with a hi-tech launch system – at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2126883/china-has-started-building-its-third-aircraft-carrier

24 DECEMBER 2017

China’s first domestic large amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

China’s first home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 takes off at the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. AG600, code named « Kunlong », completed its maiden flight on Sunday. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-12/25/content_7881967.htm
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/24/maiden-flight-of-amphibious-plane
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42471045

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

The new CMC membership is stacked with Xi’s favoured generals. While the two CMC deputies — Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia — share a long history with Xi, the remaining members either served in the former Nanjing Military Region, which encompassed Xi’s former Fujian and Zhejiang strongholds, or have been groomed for higher office since Xi assumed the CMC leadership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/22/chinas-new-military-leaders/

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

A detente between China and South Korea may be good news for the Korean economy and a necessary step towards resolving the North Korea issue, but at the same time it threatens to degrade regional security for years to come
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2120452/china-wins-its-war-against-south-koreas-us-thaad-missile
http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-seoul-reset-doesnt-hurt-us-south-korea-ties/

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

The end game of China’s arms export strategy

Is China’s arms export strategy really a success story? The first question is to establish whether there has been dramatic growth in China’s arms exports, emulating the success of its broader commercial exports. While the picture is not equivocal, there are signs that something is indeed happening
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/27/the-end-game-of-chinas-arms-export-strategy/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

25 JULY 2017

Chinese military sets up hi-tech weapons research agency modelled on US body

China’s military has set up a new department modelled on the ­Pentagon’s hi-tech research agency to develop state-of-the-art weapons such as stealth ­aircraft and electromagnetic ­cannons
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2104070/chinese-military-sets-hi-tech-weapons-research-agency

24 JULY 2017

Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane over East China Sea: US officials

A pair of armed Chinese fighter jets flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the East China Sea on Sunday afternoon, with the hazardous Chinese behavior nearly causing a « collision, » two U.S. officials told
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/24/2-chinese-fighter-jets-buzz-us-navy-spy-plane-in-east-china-sea.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/24/529559/Chinese-jets-intercept-US-surveillance-plane

19 JULY 2017

Is This the Future of Chinese Submarine Power?

There are hints that China might pursue foreign basing for its submarine force
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-future-chinese-submarine-power-21229

18 JULY 2017

China dares India. Says ready for all-out confrontation

China on Tuesday again told India to withdraw its troops from the disputed border at Doklam as a Chinese newspaper warned that Beijing was battle ready and not afraid to go to war with India in an “all-out confrontation”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/china-dares-india-says-ready-for-all-out-confrontation-1.2060997
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/178/96/199/1500390938750.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/doklam-standoff-china-india-sikkim-border-standoff-pla-beijing/1/1004522.html

16 JULY 2017

What is China’s military strength?

Despite being the largest Army, it is not the most modern force in the world considering the budget it allocates for defence. In 2017, Chinese defence budget allocation was $152 billion. Here is Global Fire Power data on China’s military prowess
http://indianexpress.com/article/what-is/what-is-chinas-military-strength-4748691/

11  JULY 2017

China dispatches military personnel to Djibouti base

China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People’s Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant’s first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China’s armed forces
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_DJIBOUTI_MILITARY_BASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-11-09-42-57
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/239/143/253/1499783231536.html

28 JUNE 2017

China launches Asia’s biggest, most advanced warship, giving PLA greater reach

Beijing launched what it calls the most advanced and largest warship in Asia on Wednesday, billing it as a major step forward in the modernisation of its navy, according to the official military newspaper
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100335/china-launches-its-best-and-biggest-warship-push-build
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40426832
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-06/28/content_7656051.htm

27 JUNE 2017

China makes a formal protest after accusing Indian border guards of crossing from Sikkim state into its Tibetan territory

China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India’s northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said, complicating an already difficult relationship http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4641894/China-accuses-Indian-border-guards-crossing-territory.html#ixzz4lEMktQ17
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/geza9H7vcWsvfDXxc6wg9O/China-accuses-Indian-troops-of-crossing-boundary-in-Sikkim.html

23 JUNE 2017

US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/us-defense-contractor-caught-with-16500-in-luggage-is-charged-with-spying-for-china
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/kevin-mallory-arrested-spying-china.html

16 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s PLA garrison no longer just symbolic, top brass say

The People’s Liberation Army has signalled that its Hong Kong garrison is no longer just a sovereign symbol but a combat-ready force that could demonstrate China’s military might
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098721/hong-kongs-pla-garrison-no-longer-just-symbolic-top

7 JUNE 2017

Threat for India as China plans to establish its military base in Pakistan: Pentagone report

China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interest abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253500457/threat-for-india-as-china-plans-to-establish-its-military-base-in-pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/07/china-to-set-up-military-bases-in-pakistan-pentagon-report
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-slams-pentagon-report-on-overseas-military-bases-2012830.html

27 MAY 2017

US says China carried out ‘unsafe’ intercept of surveillance plane

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, US officials told
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-says-china-carried-unsafe-intercept-surveillance-plane/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095921/two-chinese-jets-unsafe-intercept-us-navy-aircraft

19 MAY 2017

Chinese fighter jets intercept US ‘sniffer’ plane over disputed territory

A pair of incidents involving fighter jets from China, Japan and the US over the East China seas has escalated an already tense situation. Several nations have claims of sovereignty over parts of the region
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-fighter-jets-intercept-us-sniffer-plane-over-disputed-territory/a-38897597
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095015/us-critic

2 MAY 2017

China demands ‘immediate’ halt to US missile shield in South Korea

China called Tuesday (May 2) for the immediate suspension of a controversial missile defence system hours after Washington confirmed the shield was now operational in South Korea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-demands-immediate-halt-to-us-missile-shield-in-south-korea-8811534
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045050.shtml

26 APRIL 2017

China launches its first home-built aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought secondhand from Ukraine, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/26/china-launches-second-aircraft-carrier-that-is-first-built-at-home
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2090723/china-launches-first-domestically-built-aircraft
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170426_16/

18 APRIL 2017

China reshuffles 84 corps-level military units

China announced Tuesday a military reshuffle with 84 corps-level units newly adjusted or established, a move hailed by President Xi Jinping as another major step in strengthening the country’s armed forces
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170418/3175.html

29 MARCH 2017

China building navy’s biggest amphibious assault vessel, sources say

China has started building a new generation of large amphibious assault vessels that will strengthen the navy as it plays a more dominant role in projecting the nation’s power overseas, military sources said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2083109/china-building-navys-biggest-amphibious-assault-vessel

10 MARCH 2017

China’s second aircraft carrier in shape as navy sets ambitious goals

The building of China’s second aircraft carrier is in good shape as the hull blocks have been joined in the dock, said a senior navy offcial
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/10/content_15583798.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0310/c90000-9188666.html

7 MARCH 2017

China warns of ‘consequences’ over deployment of U.S. antimissile system

China warned Tuesday of “consequences” for South Korea and the United States over the deployment of a U.S. antimissile system, raising regional tension and posing a challenge to the Trump administration
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-warns-of-consequences-over-deployment-of-us-anti-missile-system/2017/03/07/dd5ca494-0319-11e7-a391-651727e77fc0_story.html?utm_term=.24810b96c1df
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/deploys-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170307101521273.html

4 MARCH 2017

China raises military budget by 7pc amid slower economic growth

China will increase its defence budget by about 7 per cent this year, the smallest boost since 2010, a move which analysts said reflected the nation’s continuing economic slowdown
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2076111/china-raises-military-budget-7pc-amid-slower-economic
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-says-defense-spending-increase-slow/

27 FEBRUARY 2017

China needs to ramp up defence spending amid overhaul of military, say Chinese analysts

Chinese military experts say Beijing needs to resume double-digit increases in defence spending in the coming year to meet the increasing challenges facing the nation’s military at home and abroad
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2074356/china-needs-ramp-defence-spending-amid-overhaul

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China boosts arms exports by 74pc, while cutting reliance on outside providers, report finds

China has become less dependent on arms import over the past five years due to increased military capabilities at home, while boosting its own exports by 74 per cent, according to a report released on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2072465/china-boosts-arms-exports-74pc-while-cutting-reliance

China’s Military Capabilities 2017

People’s Liberation Army (Chinese army), Chinese air force, Chinese ladn forces, Chinese navy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHHuwHgmQ68

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s Strategic Support Force: A Force for Innovation?

The new PLA branch might be China’s key to leapfrogging the United States on military technology
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/chinas-strategic-support-force-a-force-for-innovation/

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s military progress challenges Western dominance, says IISS

 Chinese military technology is reaching « near-parity » with the West, a new report from the London-based think tank IISS has found. Western dominance in advanced military systems can no longer be taken for granted
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-military-progress-challenges-western-dominance-says-iiss/a-37552817

7 FEBRUARY 2017

China slams base in South Korea for US destroyer

Beijing voiced its firm opposition on Tuesday to the possible deployment of the United States’ most advanced warship to waters off the Korean peninsula
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-slams-base-south-korea-destroyer-38836

1 FEBRUARY 2017

China tested new missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads: report

China reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry multiple nuclear warheads last month, amid heightened anxiety over ties with the United States
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2067267/china-tested-new-missile-capable-carrying-multiple
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701311050213051-china-tests-missile-ten-warheads/
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-tests-missile-10-warheads/

11 JANUARY 2017

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

China on Wednesday issued a white paper on policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation, which also clarified the nation’s stance on issues of regional concern
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/11/c_135974121.htm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-issues-white-paper-warns-small-and-medium-sized-countries/3430786.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2017-01/11/c_135973695_2.htm

28 DECEMBER 2016

China’s military in 2016: Missiles, intelligence and the South China Sea

China’s military advanced along several fronts in 2016 in its concerted program to develop new asymmetric and conventional warfare capabilities while continuing to challenge the United States for military control of key waterways in Asia
http://www.atimes.com/chinas-military-2016-missiles-intelligence-scs/

14 DECEMBER 2016

America’s F-35 fighter jet vs China’s J-20: which is better, cheaper, stealthier?

Although few details are known about China’s most advanced fighter under development, it is assumed it will cost much less than its US equivalent
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2054492/americas-f-35-fighter-jet-vs-chinas-j-20-which-better

17 NOVEMBER 2016

China says its aircraft carrier is combat-ready — here’s how it stacks up to other world powers’

Almost two decades after buying the hull from Ukraine in 1998, China has finally declared its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, ready for combat
http://uk.businessinsider.com/china-liaoning-aircraft-carrier-vs-nimitz-kuznetsov-2016-11?r=US&IR=T/#the-liaonings-particulars-and-capabilities-sound-impressive-2

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Is China’s latest space mission a step towards PLA tracking of nuclear submarines?

Chinese scientists are working on a space-based device that could track gravitational ripples produced by submerged submarines
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2028686/chinas-latest-space-mission-step-towards-pla-tracking

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160912_20/
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-09/12/content_7254045.htm

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighbouring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-closer-military-ties-myanmar
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2016/09-10/225992.shtml

29 AUGUST 2016

China Air Force spokesperson: 3rd-generation surface-to-air missile ready for combat

The PLA Air Force’s « Hero Battalion », which assigned to a missile division with the air force of the Central Theater Command and created the precedent of hitting enemy aircraft like the U-2 ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft with surface-to-air missile in the world, has formed combat capability after employing the 3rd-generation surface-to-air missiles independently developed by China
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-08/29/content_7230831.htm

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

 New Delhi’s decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/arms-race-threaten-india-china-border/

24 JULY 2016

South China Sea air strips’ main role is ‘to defend Hainan nuclear submarine base’

The real reason for China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea is to provide a ring of protection for its fleet of advanced nuclear submarines based on the southern tip of Hainan Island, experts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1993754/south-china-sea-air-strips-main-role-defend-hainan

8 JULY 2016

China and Russia criticise THAAD missile defence system as destabilising region

China and Russia blasted Seoul and Washington on Friday over their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, which analysts said would trigger a new round of an arms race in northeast Asia and push China closer to the North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1987103/china-and-russia-criticise-thaad-missile-defence-system
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/08/content_15460127.html

6 JULY 2016

China extends military wings with new home-grown transport plane Y-20

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force put its newest home-grown military transport aircraft, the Yun-20, into service yesterday – extending Beijing’s ability to deploy its forces around the world as it pursues a greater global role
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1986128/china-extends-military-wings-new-home-grown-transport
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-07/06/content_7138086.htm
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-extends-military-wings-with-new-transport-plane-1.1858281

28 JUNE 2016

Is China militarising space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1982526/china-militarising-space-experts-say-new-junk-collector

27 JUNE 2016

Russia and China to produce heavy helicopter

Under the agreement between Russia and China, the Russian helicopters will provide technologies and also develop a technical proposal and separate systems of the new vehicle on a contract basis, Tass reports
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/95234

18 JUNE 2016

How China’s navy rapidly modernized to rival the US’s

A recent report from the US Congressional Research Service details how China’s navy, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has undergone a stunning modernization push that puts it near parity with the US
http://uk.businessinsider.com/how-china-has-modernized-their-navy-2016-6?r=US&IR=T

15 JUNE 2016

For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class spy ship entered Japanese territorial waters on Wednesday, according to Japan’s defense ministry. The move is the first of its kind since 2004, when a Chinese nuclear submarine entered Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial sea near Sakishima Islands, in Okinawa prefecture
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_37/

2 MAY 2016

The dangers presented by China’s hypersonic weapons build-up

Back just three years ago, in February of 2013, a high-ranking US naval official remarked that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was preparing to wage, if called upon, what he called “a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea …”
http://atimes.com/2016/05/the-dangers-presented-by-chinas-hypersonic-weapons-build-up/

26 APRIL 2016

China, Indonesia to boost security ties despite South China Sea spat

Chinese and Indonesian officials pledged to boost security ties, marine cooperation and infrastructure investment, state media reported on Tuesday, after a diplomatic spat over what Indonesia called a breach of its sovereignty by the Chinese coastguard.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-indonesia-to-boost/2734410.html

26 APRIL 2016

China, Indonesia to boost security ties despite South China Sea spat

Chinese and Indonesian officials pledged to boost security ties, marine cooperation and infrastructure investment, state media reported on Tuesday, after a diplomatic spat over what Indonesia called a breach of its sovereignty by the Chinese coastguard.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-indonesia-to-boost/2734410.html

4 APRIL 2016

Another ‘Great Game’: Why China’s PLA is jostling for position with the world’s armed forces in tiny Djibouti

Four months ago that China has signed an agreement with Djibouti for the installation by the end of 2017 of a “naval logistics” base to accommodate up to 10,000 soldiers and serve to secure Beijing’s considerable and growing interests in the wider region
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/1933505/another-great-game-why-chinas-pla-jostling-position-worlds-armed

7 MARCH 2016

China’s second aircraft carrier to be equipped with J-15, military expert says

China’s domestically produced J-15 carrier-based fighter will be deployed on the country’s second aircraft carrier, said military expert Yin Zhuo in a recent interview
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0307/c90000-9026443.html

5 MARCH 2016

China announces 7.6-pct defense budget rise, lowest in six years

China on Saturday announced the country’s lowest defense budget increase in six years in the wake of rising economic headwinds and last year’s massive drawdown of service people
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-03/05/content_15394979.html

13 FEBRUARY 2016

China FM: THAAD in S.Korea could target China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he opposes the use of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160213_19.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

China’s new 5 military regions officially established

China on Monday officially established five military regions to replace the seven military regions that existed previously at a ceremony in Beijing. The five new military regions are: Eastern, Western, Southern , Northern and Central Military Regions
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201602010029.aspx
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/its-official-chinas-military-has-5-new-theater-commands/

20 JANUARY 2016

China to Get Russia’s Lethal Su-35 Fighter This Year

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/china-get-russias-lethal-su-35-fighter-year-14968

5 JANUARY 2016

China Launches a New High-Tech Spy Ship

Neptune, the newly unveiled Type 815 surveillance vessel, is the latest addition to Beijing’s growing fleet—which has been deployed far and wide in recent years
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/05/china-launches-a-new-high-tech-spy-ship.html

31 DECEMBER 2015

Its now official: China is building 2nd aircraft carrier with domestic technology

Ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun told reporters at a news conference that the 50,000-ton vessel is being built in the northern port of Dalian
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-building-second-aircraft-carrier-with-domestic-technology/

29 DECEMBER 2015

China’s armed drones appear built from stolen data from US cyber intrusions

The Caihong-4, or CH-4, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a testament to the remarkable success of China’s military in copying vital high-technology weapons that currently are considered among the most cutting edge arms systems used in modern combat operations for both ground strikes and intelligence-gathering
http://atimes.com/2015/12/chinas-armed-drones-appear-built-from-stolen-data-from-us-cyber-intrusions/

28 DECEMBER 2015

China legalises overseas counter-terrorism operations in controversial new anti-terror laws

China legalises overseas counter-terror operations by its military, according to the details of a controversial new law, as it tries to tie violence linked to mainly Muslim Xinjiang into global concerns about extremism
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-29/china-legalises-overseas-counterterrorism-operations-in-controversial-new-antiterror-laws/1530470
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-itself-right-mount-anti-terror-ops-abroad

1 DECEMBER 2015

China Is Building The World’s Second Stealth Air Force

Prototype « 2017 » is the eighth J-20 stealth fighter, its most noticeable exterior improvement is a redesigned cockpit canopy. The ceremony surrounding its November 24, 2015 maiden flight (note brightly dressed civilians in the background) suggests that the J-20 project has hit a major milestone, with LRIP likely to start next year
http://www.popsci.com/2017-prototype-heralds-end-an-era-for-j-20-fighter-jet-testing-start-another-era

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Xi urges breakthroughs in military structural reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged breakthroughs in reform of the country’s armed forces by 2020, vowing to reorganize the current military administration structure and military command system
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2015-11/26/content_6787761.htm

China confirms deal with Russia on Su-35 fighter jets

« The Su-35 fighter jet project is one of the areas in which China and Russia are willing to cooperate, » said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian in response to a question about the US$2-billion deal
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-11/26/content_15350642.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/pla-daily-commentary/2015-11/20/content_6777658.htm

15 OCTOBER 2015

Chinese admiral in Iran calls for closer defence ties

China wants to strengthen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral said Thursday, three months after Tehran sealed a deal with world powers over its nuclear programme.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinese-admiral-iran-calls-closer-defence-ties-082033177.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Sino-Russia co-engineered heavy helicopter debuts in China

A heavy-lift helicopter jointly developed by China and Russia made its debut in China on Wednesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150909000141

19 AUGUST 2015

China’s DF-41 long-range nuclear missile ‘closer to operational’

The People’s Liberation Army tested the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile, which can carry multiple warheads, on August 6, US website The Washington Free Beacon reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed US defence officials
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1850988/chinas-df-41-long-range-nuclear-missile-closer

5 AUGUST 2015

Xi promotes biggest batch of officers to full general

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted his biggest batch of military and armed police officers to full general, in a bid to consolidate his power base and boost morale amid an anti-corruption crackdown in the military, say analysts http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xi-promotes-biggest-batch-officers-full-general#sthash.FWQRcpcq.dpuf
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/china-military-news/2015-08/04/content_6614295.htm