Liu Xuanzun
Reporter, Beijing
Defense reporter at the Global Times covering weapons and military development.
LATEST STORIES
  • PLA practices cross-sea troop transport with large civilian ferry

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held an integrated military-civilian cross-sea troop maneuvering exercise using a large civilian ferry with a displacement of 45,000 tons, much larger than similar vessels used in previous practices. The move aimed to enhance the troops' transport efficiency in future battlefields, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/17 18:38:39
  • US, Canadian warships presence in Taiwan Straits won't deter China's momentum to maintain natl unity: experts

    The US military may have reportedly for the first time in recent years allied with warships of other countries to transit the Taiwan Straits as it explores ways to flex its military muscles in fresh provocations in the region amid the tense Straits situation. Chinese experts said on Saturday that the reported move showed US incapability to contain China and that its efforts to rally allies to deter China's momentum of growing strength to maintain national unity are futile.

    By Wang Wenwen and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/16 17:32:20
  • China, Russia hold joint naval drill in Sea of Japan, display 'higher level of trust, capability'

    China and Russia on Thursday kicked off a joint naval drill in the Sea of Japan with some of the two countries' most powerful warships, including China's Type 055 large destroyer.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/14 12:47:35
  • Taiwan secessionists stage 'doomsday madness' in seeking foreign support

    Taiwan secessionist authorities continue to seek support, including military ones, from the US to disrupt the national reunification of China, and this proves that the message of the Chinese mainland of a peaceful solution toward Taiwan compatriots and the serious warning to authorities on the island have been ignored, with experts from both sides of the Taiwan Straits said this is "the last madness" of the secessionists before their doomsday, and the hope of a peaceful solution to the Taiwan question is declining sharply.

    By Yang Sheng, Liu Xuanzun and Deng Xiaoci | 2021/10/13 0:50:44
  • US spy ship conducts extensive activities in S.China Sea, 'aims to collect data to support submarine warfare against China'

    A US Navy oceanographic survey ship has been conducting extensive activities in a large area of the South China Sea since late September, which Chinese military experts said aims to collect underwater geographical and hydrological data to support its submarine warfare in the region against China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/11 18:58:01
  • UPDATE: India's unreasonable demands in 13th military talks 'risk new conflict'

    China and India held the 13th round of corps commander-level talks on Sunday, during which India insisted on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Command said in a statement released on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Chen Qingqing | 2021/10/11 7:18:41
  • Tsai's Double Ten speech a political farce

    One day after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Taiwan secessionists and stressed that the Taiwan question will be resolved along with national rejuvenation in his speech on Saturday marking the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen continued to deceive the international community and Taiwanese people by hiding the truth that secessionist authorities on the island are the root cause of cross-Straits tensions.

    By Deng Xiaoci and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/10 21:28:39
  • PLA Air Force academy gets J-10 fighters, trains elite pilots faster

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force aims to train new pilots for fighter jets more quickly and efficiently, after its flight academy took delivery of advanced J-10 fighter jets and started to use them to train pilot cadets.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/10 19:42:24
  • PLA presence around Taiwan 'targets secessionism, foreign forces'

    While the people of the Chinese mainland have been celebrating the October 1 National Day and enjoying the weeklong national holidays, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted massive military actions in the airspace near the island of Taiwan to deter secessionism and foreign forces, especially the US, who support the secessionist authorities in the island, and the latest remarks made by US senior officials and the secessionist Taiwan authorities showed that the tensions are unlikely to ease.

    By Yang Sheng, Liu Xuanzun and Leng Shumei | 2021/10/7 21:56:42
  • Japan's de facto aircraft carrier since WWII raises security concern in region

    By having F-35B stealth fighter jets successfully flying from a modified helicopter destroyer in a recent test, Japan now in de facto has an aircraft carrier in its arsenal, the first since the country brought disaster to the world in World War II, was defeated and vowed not to have aggressive weapons.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/7 19:05:49
  • UPDATE: PLA sends 'record-breaking 56 aircraft near Taiwan island in a single day' in consecutive drills

    For the third time in just four days, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) again broke its record in the number of aircraft dispatched for drills near the island of Taiwan in a single day on Monday, sending a whopping 56 warplanes consisting mainly of fighters and bombers, a day after the US voiced “concern” over the Chinese mainland's military activity near the island, claiming it was provocative.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/4 22:25:15
  • PLA holds record-breaking drill near Taiwan island on National Day, 'routine but significant'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly dispatched a record-breaking number of 38 warplanes, mostly fighters and bombers, near the island of Taiwan for exercise on Friday with activities during both day and night on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Xin | 2021/10/2 11:02:12
  • China reveals ship-borne vertical launch system with quad-pack cell

    China revealed its first type of made-for-export ship-borne vertical launch system at the ongoing Airshow China 2021, held in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province. One of the most attractive features is its capability to hold quad-pack launch cells that can load up to four missiles instead of just one, observers said.

    By Liu Xuanzun in Zhuhai and Deng Xiaoci in Beijing | 2021/9/30 14:41:25
  • PLA Air Force to unveil WZ-7 high-altitude reconnaissance drone at Airshow China

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will for the first time display the WZ-7 high-altitude reconnaissance drone at the Airshow China 2021, to be held in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, from September 28 to October 3, a spokesperson at the PLA Air Force announced on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/24 15:40:30
  • Chinese, Singaporean navies hold joint drills in the South China Sea 'boosting trust and cooperation'

    A far sea training task force of three advanced warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted joint maritime drills with the Republic of Singapore Navy in the South China Sea on Wednesday, a move that, according to experts, boosted the two navies' mutual trust and enhanced the level of military cooperation between both countries.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/23 23:22:23
  • China's J-16D electronic warfare jet to make debut at Airshow China

    The J-16D, the electronic warfare variant of China's J-16 fighter jet, will make its debut at the Airshow China next week. This indicates that the aircraft is in service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and will give it an edge in electromagnetic space with powerful jamming capability, experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/22 18:28:13
  • PLA holds Y-20 aircraft transport mission, landing drills in South China Sea

    In two recent, separate moves in the South China Sea, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched Y-20 large transport aircraft to reefs for troop transport missions, and conducted amphibious landing drills under complex conditions, showing the PLA's capabilities in safeguarding peace and stability in the region, analysts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/9/21 18:26:32
  • Japan's massive drills intend to challenge China's sovereignty militarily

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on Wednesday started nationwide exercises involving all units for the first time in nearly 30 years in an attempt to boost deterrence and strengthen its capabilities. Japanese media said such a massive move is to deal with "China's ramped-up regional assertiveness." But Chinese experts noted that Japan is trying to display its hard power to serve the US Indo-Pacific strategy to contain China militarily.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/15 23:08:53
  • PLA flotilla returns from far sea voyage, breaks island chains

    A naval flotilla belonging to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) that crossed multiple strategic sea lanes near Japan and sailed near US waters since August has reportedly returned to the East China Sea recently, displaying the PLA Navy's strong far sea capabilities that can break the so-called island chains that the US hoped to contain China, observers said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/15 20:30:19
  • PLA's Y-9 transport aircraft makes record-breaking 40 hours flight

    In a recent mission abroad, a Y-9 transport aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) broke several records by taking off and landing in an airfield in a high-elevation plateau region and flying for nearly 40 consecutive hours and more than 10,000 kilometers, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/14 23:11:51
  • Taiwan launches biodefense drills to 'cater to US' lab-leak theory'

    The armed forces on the island of Taiwan practiced on Monday countermeasures for a bioweapons attack in the Han Kuang drill, which is an annual exercise targeting the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), with media on the island saying that since the US is speculating that COVID-19 originates from labs from the Chinese mainland, there's reason for the island to be prepared for a potential biological weapons attack from the PLA.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/14 22:43:39
  • PLA warships reportedly sail near Alaska, 'display of far-sea capabilities or countermeasure against US provocation'

    A website affiliated with the US Defense Department reported on Sunday that a naval flotilla of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), featuring one of China's most powerful warships, recently sailed in international waters near Alaska. However, the report was deleted for unknown reasons on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/14 0:26:25
  • US overreacts on N.Korea's missile tests; China calls for dialogue and engagement

    North Korea conducted successful tests of new type long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, the state media of the country said on Monday, with the US accusing Pyongyang of "threatening" neighbors and the international community. But China urged them to maintain restraint and start talks, to push the political solution progress for the Korean Peninsula issue.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/13 21:43:32
  • Japan hypes suspected Chinese submarine activity 'in attempt to break pacifist constitution'

    The Japanese Defense Ministry on Sunday made a publicity stunt by hyping the recent activities of a submarine, it speculates is from China, close to Japanese territorial waters.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/13 0:06:25
  • Chinese troops start joint anti-terrorism drill in Peace Mission, 'displays capability to safeguard regional peace'

    After setting several new records in transport and mobilization, the Chinese troops participating in the Peace Mission-2021 joint anti-terrorism military exercise started live action drills on Sunday. The drill, involving member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), is being held in Russia from Saturday to September 25.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/12 19:03:45
  • PLA warships sail in waters between Taiwan island, Japan

    A destroyer flotilla of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sailed in the waters between the island of Taiwan and some islands of Japan in the past week. Chinese analysts said the move sent a warning to Japanese right-wing forces and Taiwan secessionists, at a time when the two have been colluding to sabotage peace and stability in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/9 20:40:21
  • PLA on alert amid US' provocative destroyer, carrier activities in South China Sea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command on Wednesday vowed to stay on high alert and safeguard China's sovereignty and security, and protect peace and stability in the South China Sea, after it warned off a US destroyer that trespassed into Chinese sovereign waters in the region on the day, a few days after a US aircraft carrier entered the region for a provocative deployment.

    By Leng Shumei and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/8 19:59:43
  • UK sends 'less-capable' warships to Asia-Pacific, 'no threat to PLA'

    With two offshore patrol vessels setting out from a UK naval base on Tuesday, the country reportedly started to permanently station its warships in the Asia-Pacific region, at a time when the US is rallying its allies to the region in an attempt to confront and contain China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/7 22:24:10
  • China hosts 1st multinational peacekeeping drill amid rising terror risks after US debacle in Afghanistan

    The first multinational peacekeeping live exercise hosted by the Chinese military kicked off in Central China on Monday, with training on subjects including reconnaissance, patrol, armed escort, anti-terrorist attack and battlefield rescue to be held in the coming 10 days.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/6 20:58:52
  • Tank repair vehicle developed from Type 15 light tank makes plateau debut

    A new tank repair vehicle based on the Type 15 light tank has been confirmed in active service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Region after it made its first public appearance in a recent plateau exercise.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/6 1:23:47
  • PLA sends 19 aircraft near Taiwan island in routine drill

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent 19 aircraft, most of them fighter jets and bombers, near the island of Taiwan on Sunday in a move Chinese mainland analysts said was a part of a routine drill, which displayed the unshakable power gap between the PLA and the armed forces on the island despite Taiwan's recent military spending proposal targeting the PLA.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/6 1:11:47
  • US ballistic missile-detection aircraft hold close-in recon on China, provocative move to be closely monitored: observer

    The US military recently dispatched its ballistic missile-detection aircraft for consecutive close-in reconnaissance activities near China, according to reports by a Chinese think tank, with military observers saying on Sunday that the US aircraft attempted to spy on China's ballistic missile tests, but their moves must have been closely monitored by China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/9/5 18:46:04
  • PLA breaks cross-border railway transport record in joint anti-terrorism drills in Russia

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops to participate in the Peace Mission-2021 joint anti-terrorism exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in September are underway to training range in western Russia via railway.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/30 23:13:12
  • PLA on alert, holds drills amid US Taiwan Straits transit of US warships

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) stayed on high alert and closely monitored two US warships as the latter sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Friday, with the PLA also holding multiple military exercises on both sides of the Straits on the same day.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/28 12:54:13
  • PLA holds far sea exercises amid multinational drills targeting China, 'shows capability, determination against provocation'

    With two multinational exercises near and said to be targeting China, including one involving maritime forces from Australia, Japan, India and the US, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent two naval flotillas featuring some of its world-class warships on far sea drills.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/26 20:33:11
  • PLA Tibet Military Command holds large-scale joint drills in plateau region

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command recently organized large-scale joint exercises in a snowy plateau region, in which the troops operated some of the PLA's latest weapons and equipment and practiced multidimensional tactics with the goal of target elimination.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/26 0:17:41
  • China's Type 96B tank features upgrades in International Army Games

    Designated to participate in the International Army Games, China's Type 96B tank came with several new features this year that are expected to help the Chinese team reach good results at the ongoing competition, media reported.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/25 22:44:42
  • PLA holds 100+ drills in all Chinese sea areas in 3 months, 'sets up strategic defense perimeter'

    Amid frequent foreign military provocations from the sea, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held more than a hundred military exercises across all Chinese sea areas over the past three months, with Chinese military experts saying on Tuesday that the PLA has set up a strategic maritime defense perimeter and is prepared for simultaneous battles in multiple directions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/24 21:48:35
  • Type 055 large destroyer enters Sea of Japan, 'sends warning to militarists'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly dispatched a powerful naval flotilla led by a Type 055 large destroyer to the Sea of Japan for the second time this year on Sunday, a move Chinese military experts said on Tuesday will send a warning to Japanese right-wing forces and militarists. The move came after some Japanese senior politicians recently honored World War II war criminals at the Yasukuni Shrine and the country released a defense paper that provoked China on questions involving the island of Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/24 21:48:05
  • China's Mach 30 wind tunnel expected to be completed in 2022, help develop aerospace, hypersonic aircraft

    China's latest, world-leading hypervelocity wind tunnel that can simulate a speed of Mach 30 at high altitude is expected to finish construction in 2022, and will contribute to the country's hypersonic and aerospace aircraft programs. Hypersonic aircraft developed through the technology can reach anywhere in the world within one or two hours, and the technology could also help develop aerospace aircraft that reduces satellite and spacecraft launch costs by 90 percent.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/23 20:09:25
  • China's amendment of the military service law highlights the role of non-commissioned officer, 'key to modernization': expert

    China on Friday updated its military service law with changes on the welfare of military personnel and the system of registration for military service. The amended law is scheduled to be enforced starting October.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/23 1:28:21
  • Taiwan defense authority's special missile budget futile to change status quo, to bring trouble on island: experts

    The defense authority on the island of Taiwan is reportedly proposing a huge special budget for missile manufacturing capabilities with the aim of "coping with threats from the Chinese mainland" amid the fear that the US would give up the island as it did with Afghanistan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/22 20:26:09
  • PLA Rocket Force holds live-fire drills, testing new-type conventional missiles

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force recently conducted live-fire drills in the deserts in Northwest China in which it launched two new-type conventional short-range missiles that accurately hit "hostile" defense nodes despite them being well protected.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/21 15:33:19
  • PLA uses large civilian ferry ship for vehicle transport in cross-sea landing drills for 1st time

    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) amphibious unit recently conducted a series of cross-sea landing drills, in which the troops for the first time used a 10,000 ton-class civilian ferry ship instead of previously used thousands ton-class civilian vessels, with analysts saying on Thursday it could provide a good addition to transporting troops on a large scale in amphibious landing missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/19 20:29:41
  • PLA holds joint live-fire assault drills near Taiwan island in direct response to collusion, provocations by US, secessionists

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday launched joint live-fire assault drills in multiple locations near the island of Taiwan as a direct response to the recent collusion and provocations made by the US and the Taiwan secessionists. Experts said that the exercises practiced a vital part in the future large-scale amphibious landing operations on the island that will see the PLA seize air superiority and control of the sea, and sent a clear and powerful warning to the US and the Taiwan secessionists on the 39th anniversary of the China-US August 17 communiqué, in which the US promised to restrict arms sales to Taiwan but repeatedly broke its promise, and also at a time when the US military has lost credibility after its irresponsible, hasty and embarrassing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/17 20:52:14
  • Chinese venues, teams prepare for Intl Army Games, with 'good results expected'

    Ground, air and naval teams of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) that are scheduled to participate in the annual International Army Games starting on August 22. Venues in Korla, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that will host several contests are eagerly preparing for the event, with Chinese observers saying on Monday that the Chinese teams will exchange valuable experience with their foreign counterparts, and that they will achieve good results with the deployment of advanced new equipment.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/16 21:08:40
  • PLA Air Force accelerates pilot cadet training with advanced trainer jets

    The first group of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fighter jet pilot cadets who trained with advanced trainer jets immediately after training with basic trainer aircraft have graduated from pilot school, highlighting an innovative training approach that can accelerate combat capability generation, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/15 18:29:58
  • PLA's advanced fighters, transport aircraft to debut at Intl Army Games

    Some of China's most advanced military aircraft, including fighter jets and transport aircraft, will make their debuts at the upcoming International Army Games 2021 in Russia, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has announced.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/14 9:23:22
  • China, Russia joint drills conclude with live-fire anti-terrorism operation featuring J-20

    China and Russia on Friday wrapped up the five-day Zapad/Interaction-2021 joint strategic exercises in Northwest China with the live-fire phase featuring some of the most advanced weapons in the world and strong, saturation firepower that analysts said would be overwhelming to any enemy.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/8/13 21:48:27
  • Type 054A frigate good choice to expand PLA naval fleet and boost combat preparedness: experts

    China is reportedly building another batch of Type 054A frigates for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) after it had launched two new ships of this class over the past few months, a move Chinese military observers said on Thursday was aimed at rapidly expanding the country's naval fleet amid the need to boost its combat preparedness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/12 18:44:27
  • Carrier-based fighter jets make breakthroughs in live-fire drills

    Aircraft carrier-based J-15 fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted a series of live-fire missile drills that broke several records, including the number of aircraft sortied and types of weapons fired.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/11 20:03:39
  • J-20 fighter jets highlight China-Russia joint strategic drills opening

    China and Russia launched a large-scale strategic military exercise in Northwest China on Monday, the first joint drill with another country hosted by China since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020,with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatching advanced weapons and equipment, including J-20 stealth fighter jets and Y-20 large transport planes, which were the highlight of the opening ceremony.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/9 21:03:39
  • Media report claiming UK carrier group spots PLA submarines 'not credible'

    A report by a UK media organization recently claimed a UK aircraft carrier strike group that sailed in the South China Sea in late July spotted Chinese nuclear-powered submarines that shadowed it during its voyage, but Chinese military experts said on Monday that the report is not credible, and is aimed at showing off the group's presence and boasting of the its anti-submarine capability.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/9 19:47:29
  • Aircraft carrier Liaoning's latest voyage lays down foundation for enhanced night combat

    During the latest voyage by the aircraft carrier Liaoning, fighter jet pilot instructors from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval Aviation University reportedly received certification to operate on carriers at night, marking the stage that the university can now coach pilot cadets nighttime carrier operations. This means China's aircraft carriers will get night combat-capable pilots faster than before, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/8 21:19:53
  • PLA holds large drills amid military threats

    At a time when the US is holding large-scale military exercises targeting China, and several countries including the UK, Germany and India plan to send or have already sent warships to the South China Sea, China announced it will hold a military exercise from Friday to Tuesday in the South China Sea, setting up a vast navigation restriction zone some observers said resembles a drill conducted last year in which the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly conducted live-fire "aircraft carrier killer" anti-ship ballistic missiles exercises.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/5 21:43:40
  • Mainland vows countermeasures to Biden's 1st Taiwan arms sales

    The Biden administration's first arms sales to the island of Taiwan has received US State Department approval, which observers said was "not surprising" as Biden administration is doggedly playing the "Taiwan card" despite the already straining ties.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Zhang Han | 2021/8/5 20:14:20
  • Russian troops to operate modern PLA equipment for 1st time in joint exercise, 'shows mutual trust'

    Chinese and Russian troops have been eagerly preparing for the upcoming Zapad/Interaction-2021 exercise in China, with the participating Russian servicemen provided with modern weapons and equipment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) for the first time in a move Chinese experts said displays high level of mutual trust and will enhance joint combat capabilities of the two militaries.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/4 21:23:39
  • Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway hosts its first military transport mission

    The newly opened Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region recently hosted its first military transport mission, a move analysts said on Wednesday served as a boost to the capability of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/4 20:32:54
  • China's latest high mobility tactical vehicle enters mass production

    China's latest, third-generation high mobility tactical vehicle has entered mass production, which will meet the needs of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) not only for off-road personnel assault carriers, but also utility mobile platforms for multiple types of weapons including howitzer and rocket, experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/3 20:01:47
  • China, India border meeting creates further optimism

    China and India have wrapped up the 12th round of corps commander level meeting, in which the two sides constructively discussed the resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of border areas, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced on Monday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/3 0:18:59
  • UK, Germany 'seek balance' with warship transits in South China Sea despite US pressure

    As a UK aircraft carrier task force left the South China Sea on Monday after only a week in the region, apparently without making provocative moves on China like UK reports previously claimed, a German warship reportedly set sail for a tour to the Indo-Pacific Region on the same day, eyeing a transit in the South China Sea without confronting China, and a port visit in Shanghai.

    By Wan Lin and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/2 22:08:39
  • PLA planes conduct mock battles in typhoon, 'show all-weather combat readiness'

    As a strong typhoon hit East China's Zhejiang Province last week, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) seized the opportunity for practice and organized warplane mock battles amid heavy thunderstorms and low visibility, in a move analysts said on Monday demonstrated the PLA's all-weather combat readiness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/2 17:53:39
  • PLA flattops, advanced warplanes celebrate China's Army Day

    Displaying the Chinese military's tremendous development achievements to celebrate this year's Army Day on Sunday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army, Navy and Air Force demonstrated their most powerful weapons and equipment including warships and warplanes, with Chinese flattops recently conducting exercises involving the exploration of new operational methods.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/8/1 19:29:53
  • Russia to join military drill in China, 'displays mutual trust, eyes Central Asian security'

    Russia is set to join a military exercise in Northwest China with the theme of jointly safeguarding regional security and stability in August. It will be the first joint drill to be held in China since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, displaying a high level of mutual trust between the two militaries while also eyeing security and stability in Central Asia as the US irresponsibly withdraws troops from Afghanistan, experts said.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/29 20:08:12
  • US warships' Taiwan Straits transit, S.China Sea drill futile to contain China: observers

    The US sent a warship through the Taiwan Straits and held a separate exercise in the South China Sea on Wednesday amid US officials' tours to Asia. Experts said on Thursday that the move is an attempt to contain China not only politically but also militarily, adding that the tactic won't succeed because the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) holds unrivaled advantages on its doorsteps.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/29 12:28:54
  • Youth aviation schools become main source of PLA's naval cadets

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently wrapped up the annual recruitment campaign of vessel-borne pilot cadets for 2021, with more than one-third coming from youth aviation schools, as this development model is reportedly becoming a main recruitment source.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/28 20:49:33
  • PLA debuts latest artillery weapons in plateau exercises

    Two of the latest Chinese artillery weapons recently made their exercise debuts in plateau regions organized by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command and Tibet Military Command, with analysts saying on Wednesday that these weapons are particularly effective on plateaus.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/28 20:39:01
  • PLA stages S.China Sea drills, shows high combat readiness amid UK carrier tour

    China is holding military drills in two navigation restriction areas in the South China Sea region amid news that a UK aircraft carrier task force arrived in Singapore on Monday and is about to enter the South China Sea with the plan of transiting “international waters claimed by China.” Experts said on Tuesday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will stand ready to deal with any improper acts by the UK warships and see their South China Sea tour as a chance for practice.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/27 21:23:43
  • Z-20 choppers continue flood relief work in C.China, show high endurance

    Z-20 helicopters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continued their high-intensity flood relief operations in Xinxiang, Central China's Henan Province over the past few days, displaying endurance that reflects the domestically developed chopper's high level of performance, experts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/26 19:59:44
  • Flood in C. China Henan cities to see turning point after Gongqu Canal breach closing

    The long dike breach along the Gongqu Canal in flood-stricken Xinxiang, Central China's Henan Province, has been closed as of Monday morning, presenting a turning point that will hopefully see the flood discharged in Xinxiang and neighboring cities like Weihui, the Global Times learned from the Henan branch of the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP).

    By Hu Yuwei in Xinxiang and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing | 2021/7/26 13:45:30
  • PLA sea, land and air forces hold cross-sea exercises amid Taiwan secessionist moves

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continued intensive cross-sea exercises featuring sea, land and air forces amid the recent moves by Taiwan's secessionists to collude with external forces.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/25 22:41:41
  • Man-portable HJ-12 anti-tank missile makes PLA debut in Tibet

    China's domestically developed HJ-12 man-portable anti-tank missile, previously known as a made-for-export weapon, is confirmed to be in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), after it made its debut in a recent exercise organized by the PLA Tibet Military Command.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/25 20:04:28
  • Z-20 choppers 'bring agility, versatility' to Henan flood relief

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Friday deployed China's latest Z-20 helicopters in flood relief missions in Central China's Henan Province by conducting aerial surveys and supply deliveries.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/23 22:18:40
  • China's latest military equipment on display at Museum of the CPC

    Models of some of China's latest and most advanced pieces of military equipment, including new light arms, an aircraft carrier task group and a hypersonic missile, are on exhibition at the Museum of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing. The museum opened to the general public last week. Some experts have said that the display showcases the latest development of China's national defense and its significance to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/22 20:23:50
  • Chinese drones provide lifeline network services for flood-stranded residents

    "Folks in Henan! Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicle is here for you." Residents in Mihe county, Central China's Henan Province, whose telecommunications were cut off due to record downpours and floods on Tuesday, regained connection on late Wednesday night with the aid of China's home-produced UAV dispatched to hover above the region.

    By Fan Anqi and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/22 19:36:59
  • UK warships' S.China Sea tour 'threatens China politically more than militarily'

    Despite a COVID-19 outbreak on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the UK on Tuesday reaffirmed that it will sail the carrier task force through the South China Sea in August in a direct challenge to China and announced it will permanently deploy warships to the region. But leading Chinese military experts said on Wednesday that the move threatens China politically more than militarily, and China is capable of dissolving the threat.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/21 23:55:11
  • Could Russia's newly unveiled Checkmate rival China's FC-31 in global market?

    Russia's newly unveiled Checkmate stealth fighter jet seems to have good prospects, and it is expected to be competitive against the US F-35 in the international arms market. It may also affect the export of warplanes made by China like the FC-31, though Chinese military observers say the FC-31 still holds an advantage.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/21 21:15:09
  • PLA holds drills in all major Chinese sea areas amid consecutive US military provocations

    As the US recently launched consecutive military provocations against China, including landing military aircraft on the island of Taiwan and intruding in Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held exercises in all major Chinese sea areas over the past week in moves that military experts said on Tuesday could be seen as countermeasures that displayed the PLA's determination and preparedness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/20 23:25:31
  • PLA increases use of simulators in pilot training, high efficiency reported

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is increasing the use simulators in pilot training, an approach that can significantly reduce cost, increase pilot's training time and practice special scenarios that are hard to replicate with real aircrafts, a recent report said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/20 1:04:37
  • US military aircraft landing on Taiwan a provocation, must not become routine: experts

    Landing a military aircraft in civilian disguise on the island of Taiwan is yet another "salami-slicing" provocation by the US, and it sent a wrong signal to Taiwan secessionists, Chinese mainland analysts said, after the US landed a civilian variant of a warplane on the island on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/19 20:35:48
  • Maker of China's Y-20 large transport plane gives a hint about the aircraft's future engines

    China's Y-20 large transport aircraft is expected to switch to domestically developed engines with a high bypass ratio, according to media reports after the aircraft's maker gave a hint in a cartoon.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/19 2:07:45
  • Magnifying legal Chinese ship presence near US-Australian military drill unreasonable: experts

    Recent coverage by Australian media on the legal presence of surveillance ships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy near ongoing US-Australian military exercises has been unreasonable magnified, particularly when Western countries like the US do the same on China, Chinese experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/18 23:57:56
  • PLA holds beach assault drills after US military aircraft's Taiwan island landing

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army and Navy held joint amphibious landing exercises in waters off East China's Fujian Province on Friday, geographically divided from the island of Taiwan only by the Taiwan Straits, just one day after a second US military aircraft landed on Thursday on the island in less than two months.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/18 20:03:00
  • PLA's first Y-9 medical service aircraft completes missions in Xinjiang and Tibet

    The first Y-9 medical service aircraft of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has completed several missions in plateau regions, including Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/13 22:57:31
  • US attempts to monitor PLA submarines with increased spy ship activities in S.China Sea: think tank report

    A Beijing-based think tank is keeping an eye on an increase in close-range reconnaissance activities this year by US Navy ocean surveillance ships in the South China Sea, saying in a report released on Tuesday that the US is attempting to monitor Chinese submarine activities in the region and provide anti-submarine intelligence support.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/13 22:00:43
  • PLA expels destroyer on South China Sea arbitration anniversary, as US acting like disrupter in the past 5 yrs

    On Monday, which marks the fifth anniversary of the so-called South China Sea arbitration and the so-called award, the US suffered a head-on blow when trying to make provocations in South China Sea, fully exposing the US nature again as the “destroyer of regional stability.”

    By Xu Keyue and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/12 21:38:50
  • PLA fighter bombers practice maritime mine blockade

    Fighter bombers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Aviation Forces recently held training exercises to practice setting up maritime blockades by airdropping sea mines, a tactic that can effectively deter and slow hostile warships, analysts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/12 18:52:36
  • PLA forces expel US destroyer trespassing Chinese territorial waters in South China Sea on 5th anniversary of invalid arbitral ruling

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces expelled a US Navy destroyer that trespassed into Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea on Monday, the day that coincided with the fifth anniversary of the so-called South China Sea Arbitration ruling.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/12 16:02:18
  • PLA holds intensive drills in northwest plateau, tests new weapons, tactics

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army and Air Force recently held intensive exercises in plateau regions in Northwest China and put many newly commissioned weapons and equipment as well as advanced deployment tactics to the test, with analysts saying on Sunday the drills displayed that the new gears are combat-ready and reinforcements can reach the frontline quickly in rapid-reaction missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/11 18:07:40
  • Future AWACS to include multiple platforms: Chinese designers

    A future airborne warning and control system (AWACS) will likely not be one single early warning aircraft, but a cluster of platforms that

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/8 20:45:01
  • China's FC-31 fighter jet prototype completes 'crucial' static testing

    The prototype of China's FC-31 stealth fighter jet that went on public display at its manufacturer's expo park since late June has completed static testing, a development procedure experts said on Wednesday is crucial to examining the aircraft's structural integrity under extreme conditions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/8 0:29:10
  • China's Y-20 cargo aircraft joins 1st helicopter assault drill, celebrates 5th in-service anniversary

    The Y-20 large transport aircraft on Tuesday celebrated its fifth year in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and announced its participation in a live-fire joint exercise for the first time with attack helicopters from the Army of the PLA Xinjiang Military Command.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/6 23:33:03
  • China displays land, sea, air combat robots at expo

    China introduced some of its latest achievements in military intelligent technology by displaying advanced land, sea and air combat robots at an expo in Beijing on Monday, showing the Chinese arms industry's fast development to meet the demands of future warfare, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/5 23:50:01
  • China-Myanmar border city imposes lockdown again after being hit by COVID-19 the 4th time

    Ruili, a city in Southwest China's Yunnan Province bordering Myanmar, announced a level-3 emergency response and imposed a lockdown on Monday after three new domestic COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday.

    By Liu Caiyu and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/5 10:01:18
  • Type 052D destroyer Kaifeng enters PLA naval service, celebrates CPC centennial with drill

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has commissioned the fourth new Type 052D destroyer, the Kaifeng, it was revealed for the first time on Friday in an official statement introducing a recent drill by the ship amid the celebrations of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) centennial.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/4 20:58:39
  • 71 military aircraft celebrate CPC centennial

    A total of 71 top Chinese military aircraft, including an unprecedentedly large formation of J-20 stealth fighter jets and a new type of large helicopter, joined the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday in Beijing by delivering an aerial performance that experts said reflected the Chinese military's adherence to the absolute leadership of the Party and the rapid development of China's aviation industry under the Party's leadership.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/1 12:40:47
  • J-20 jets fly in unprecedentedly large formation at CPC centenary celebration event

    Fifteen J-20 stealth fighter jets soared past Beijing skies in formation during the Communist Party of China's (CPC) centenary celebrations on Thursday, marking the largest number of the country's most advanced warplane displayed to the general public in a single event, with analysts saying that the aircraft has started mass production and demonstrated capability to safeguard the country.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/1 8:01:43
  • New large military chopper debuts at CPC centenary event with CPC flag

    A new type of large military transport helicopter, dubbed by military observers as the Z-8L, made its debut by hanging a flag of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and leading the aerial performance during CPC centenary celebrations on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/7/1 8:00:17
  • China's FC-31 stealth fighter on public display, 'indicates development milestone'

    A prototype of China's FC-31 stealth fighter jet has reportedly gone on public display at its maker's expo park, an indication that the aircraft's development has reached a milestone and entered the next stage, experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/30 21:46:55
  • Reported troop surge can't give India border leverage against China: experts

    India should stop political manipulation and make efforts to realize full disengagement at an early date, as China's will to cherish peace and its military strength are both stronger than India, experts said, after a media report said India had deployed at least 50,000 additional troops to China-India border regions.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/28 23:33:24
  • China eyes new generation of tech-driven helicopters

    After having established a family of helicopter types that has several dozen models, including advanced fourth-generation choppers like the Z-20, China aims to go beyond and design more advanced new choppers. These models would include heavy transport helicopters, next-generation high-speed helicopters and new concept helicopters that would integrate the latest technologies – including artificial intelligence (AI) – into their designs, top Chinese helicopter experts said last week.

    By Ma Jun and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/27 17:50:50
  • China explores water ingestion trial methods for warplanes, enhances all-weather combat capability

    China is reportedly exploring water ingestion trial methods for warplanes, as its aviation industry recently conducted such test for the first time.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/23 21:23:40
  • PLA on alert during US warship's latest Taiwan Straits provocation

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command tracked and monitored a US warship as it sailed through the Taiwan Straits with the aim of stirring up trouble in the region on Tuesday, the command's spokesperson said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/23 13:11:04
  • PLA amphibious assault ship Hainan stages chopper drill, shows confidence in performance

    The Hainan, the first Type 075 amphibious assault ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, recently staged a helicopter aviation drill, and for the first time revealed its interior in a state broadcast report on Tuesday, showing that the warship is rapidly gaining operational capability, and the PLA is confident in its performance, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/22 21:38:39
  • PLA's latest, most advanced warplanes invited to perform at Zhuhai Airshow 2021

    Some of the most advanced warplanes in the fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will be invited to perform at the Zhuhai Airshow 2021, which is scheduled for late September and early October, the exhibition's organizer announced on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/21 20:48:39
  • China publishes record of expelling foreign warplanes, 'warns risky US close-in recons'

    China recently published the flight record of its fighter jets expelling foreign warplanes from the region seen as the South China Sea in May 2020, which is a move that sent a strong signal to the US, as the latter doubled its risky and provocative close-in reconnaissance attempts on China in the region this year compared to last year, Chinese experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/21 0:48:39
  • J-20 stealth fighter in service for 2nd PLA ace force with home developed engines

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has equipped a second ace force with the country's most advanced fighter jet, the J-20, as the unit made its debut with the new warplanes in Northeast China on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/18 18:36:07
  • J-7 fighter's 1st Taiwan drill shows PLA combat preparedness, 'old-fashioned'aircraft can play a role

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent J-7 fighter jets, an older model aircraft in the PLA arsenal, to conduct regular exercises near the island of Taiwan on Thursday, with experts saying on Friday that the drill showed the PLA's high-level of combat preparedness and control over the region, as its less advanced aircraft can also play a role.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/18 17:16:16
  • Record PLA exercise 'warns Taiwan secessionists, US carrier activity'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly dispatched on Tuesday a record-breaking fleet of warplanes to conduct an exercise surrounding the island of Taiwan, with analysts saying on Wednesday that the drill indicated a stronger control over the Taiwan Straits by the PLA, and sent a strong signal to the Taiwan secessionists and their Western supporters following recent provocations, as well as to the activity by a US aircraft carrier near the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/16 20:23:30
  • Newly commissioned PLA destroyer makes exercise debut in South China Sea

    Another Type 052D guided missile destroyer, the Nanning, has entered service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy this year, as it recently made its first public debut in an exercise in the South China Sea, a report shows.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/14 22:08:39
  • PLA deploys AI in mock warplane battles, 'trains both pilots and AIs'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has started to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) as simulated opponents in pilots' aerial combat training so pilots can not only hone their decision-making and combat skills against fast-calculating computers, but the AIs can also learn from each engagement, and have already bested their human opponents on many occasions, according to a new report.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/14 22:07:11
  • PLA Rocket Force practices night DF-26 missile launch

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force recently conducted a series of exercises with the "aircraft carrier killer" DF-26 ballistic missile at night, and while related techniques are challenging, they can bring many advantages on the battlefield, experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/9 23:11:24
  • Upgraded FC-31 top candidate for China's next-generation carrier-based stealth fighter jet: observer

    The FC-31, China's second stealth fighter jet, is a top candidate to become the country's next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet after receiving corresponding upgrades, military observers said on Wednesday, after foreign media outlets posted a photo showing a full-size model of the fighter that was recently spotted on a full-size mock aircraft carrier, allegedly used to evaluate the country's carrier development.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/9 19:35:31
  • PLA conducts amphibious landing drills amid latest US provocation on Taiwan question

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army and Navy recently held joint amphibious landing exercises in Southeast China's coastal regions, with landing ships transporting a large number of armored vehicles, assault units, troops and supplies. Experts said on Tuesday that the drills built a concrete basis for winning possible future battles against Taiwan secessionists, following the latest US provocation by sending a military transport aircraft to the island of Taiwan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/8 20:31:50
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command's advanced howitzers test new tactic in coastal region

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command recently dispatched some of its most advanced artillery pieces to a coastal region and practiced the indirect fire tactic, which analysts said on Monday can reach longer ranges and is more flexible than previous approaches.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/7 20:40:39
  • PLA flotilla wraps up month-long expedition to Sulawesi Sea, West Pacific after joint training with Indonesia

    An expeditionary training flotilla of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted a month-long exercise in the Sulawesi Sea and the West Pacific after crossing the equator from the South China Sea, holding joint drills with Indonesian Navy in the process.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/6 18:55:12
  • China's most advanced lightweight tank Type 15 enters PLA Navy Marine Corps service

    China's independently developed, most advanced lightweight tank, the Type 15, has been commissioned into the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps, latest reports show.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/3 20:37:54
  • Drill by PLA warships in Pacific via Osumi Strait 'indicates far sea capability boost, warning to Japan'

    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla reportedly entered the Pacific Ocean for exercises via the Osumi Strait on Monday, a move experts said on Wednesday was normal and an indication of the increasing far sea operational capability of the PLA Navy.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/2 20:16:07
  • PLA aircraft training in S.China Sea abide by intl law without entering others' airspace

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force reportedly dispatched 16 aircraft comprising strategic transport planes to the South China Sea for routine flight training on Monday, without violating the airspace of other countries. Malaysia's claim of the Chinese aircraft being a "serious threat to national sovereignty and flight safety" does not stand, and neither would China do such a thing, as China is looking to jointly maintain regional peace and stability with the friendly neighbor, Chinese experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/2 13:26:59
  • Self-made recon robot tested for coast patrol, shows PLA's 'grassroots innovation for modernization'

    A reconnaissance robot built by a deputy company commander at a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) coastal defense brigade is reportedly undergoing combat tests and will soon start missions, which reflects the PLA's grassroots-level modernization, analysts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/1 19:11:43
  • China's stealth chopper could be adaptation of Z-20; experts slam 'US copycat' claims

    China appears to be developing a stealth helicopter that analysts said on Monday is difficult to detect on radar, infrared sensors and human sight and hearing, judging from a model of the chopper recently revealed in a television report, with some speculating that it could be a stealthy variant of the Z-20 medium-lift utility chopper.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/31 19:18:39
  • China reveals new self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 'for field air defense tasks'

    China recently revealed a new type of self-propelled, eight-wheeled 35 millimeter anti-aircraft gun equipped with two surface-to-air missiles. Chinese analysts noted that it is a great choice for field air defense tasks.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/30 23:51:31
  • PLA Army practices anti-ship with long-range rockets, anti-tank missiles

    In its recently held live-fire exercises, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army used long-range rocket artillery and anti-tank missiles, traditionally used against ground targets, to hit maritime targets, leading Chinese analysts to say on Sunday that the Army can join the PLA Navy and other military branches in anti-ship missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/30 18:33:39
  • China's Z-20 chopper shows all-weather capability in nighttime drill

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a nighttime exercise with Z-20s, China's latest military utility helicopter, with analysts saying on Thursday that the Z-20 has displayed initial all-weather combat capability, and related tactics and techniques would come in handy in surprise attacks.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/27 20:25:15
  • PLA Xinjiang Military Command gets new anti-aircraft missile, rocket artillery

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command recently received delivery of China's latest field air defense missile system and 122 millimeter (mm) caliber multiple rocket launcher system, with many soldiers seen equipped with night vision goggles.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/26 17:25:05
  • PLA warplanes rain down thousands of munitions in S. China Sea shooting exercise

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced on Monday that it recently conducted a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea, in which warplanes rained down thousands of munitions at maritime targets as the pilots enhanced their sea assault and precision strike capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/24 19:00:30
  • US turns a blind eye to China's signal for defense ministers talk, disregards diplomatic protocol: source

    China sent a friendly signal for talks between Chinese and US defense ministers when US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took up his post, but this was never met with a response, and Austin later requested to meet with another leader in the Central Military Commission, which is an unprofessional and unfriendly act of disregarding diplomatic protocol and international common practice, a Chinese source said on Monday, in response to a recent report claiming China rebuffed Austin's requests for high-level military talks.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/24 16:47:36
  • Accusation of China rebuffing military talks with US 'aims to shift blame'

    Some US officials recently accused China of rebuffing the US Defense Department's requests for high-level military talks amid tensions in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, but it is the US that violated diplomatic etiquette - first by asking for unequal talks, and now by attempting to shift the blame to China, Chinese experts said on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/23 20:36:34
  • New-type self-propelled mortars join PLA Xinjiang Military Command service in plateau region

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command recently held a live-fire exercise with its newly commissioned self-propelled mortars. Analysts said on Sunday that it can provide many tactical advantages in rapid fire support since it's more flexible than larger artillery pieces.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/23 18:08:14
  • PLA fighter bombers cross Taiwan Straits 'middle line,' deter secessionists following US warship transit: analysts

    In a move that Chinese mainland analysts said on Friday created a strong deterrent to Taiwan secessionists who were wrongly encouraged by a US warship transit in the Taiwan Straits two days ago, two Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fighter bombers that excel at anti-ship and land attack reportedly flew across the so-called middle line in the Straits on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/21 16:58:42
  • UPDATE: PLA drives away 'accident-risking' US warship intruding territorial waters in South China Sea

    Two days after monitoring a provocative US warship transit in the Taiwan Straits, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces drove away the same US vessel which intruded Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea on Thursday. as the US move was deemed an act of navigational hegemony and public opinion manipulation that seriously violated China's sovereignty and safety and risked misjudgment and accidents.

    By Liu Xuanzun, Guo Yuandan and Huang Lanlan | 2021/5/20 19:43:39
  • PLA monitors US warship in Taiwan Straits, 'displays control over region'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command tracked and monitored a US warship as it sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday, displaying the PLA's strong capability and confidence in managing and controlling regional situation, analysts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/19 18:53:40
  • Chinese warships cross Miyako Strait 'for escort tasks, not response to 4-country exercise'

    A group of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy warships crossed the Miyako Strait on Sunday, forming a routine escort task force heading toward the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, instead of a response to the joint military drill by Japanese, US, French and Australian troops as some Japanese media reports had speculated, analysts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/18 21:09:08
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