Liu Xuanzun
Reporter, Beijing
Defense reporter at the Global Times covering weapons and military development.
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  • China's Y-20 large transport aircraft expected to generate more variants

    China's Y-20 large transport aircraft is expected to generate more variants and get more powerful engines after a series of successful development and mission deployments since its first flight a decade ago, experts said on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/27 19:52:09
  • PLA Navy's 7th Type 055 large destroyer Zunyi makes public debut after commissioning

    The Zunyi, the seventh Type 055 10,000 ton-class destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, recently made its first public appearance after entering service, with analysts saying on Saturday the powerful warship is expected to become combat-ready within this year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/21 16:13:11
  • PLA air defense missile unit tests quick deployment with Y-20 transport aircraft for 1st time

    A top surface-to-air missile unit of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently took part in a systematic confrontational exercise, in which it for the first time tested its quick deployment capability by flying with Y-20 large transport aircraft. This method will significantly enhance China's air defense flexibility, analysts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/18 22:01:30
  • PLA Air Force's Wang Hai Air Group fully equipped with J-20 fighter jets, expels foreign aircraft by giving full play to stealth capability

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently expelled foreign aircraft threatening China's territorial airspace with J-20 fighter jets, giving full play to the aircraft's stealth capability. Experts said on Tuesday that PLA forces are well-equipped and well-trained in dealing with all sorts of threats.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/17 21:18:03
  • Japan, India start fighter jet drills 'with growing military ambitions instigated by US against China'

    Japan and India on Monday launched their first joint fighter jet exercise, a move analysts said exposed the two countries' growing military ambitions against China under the instigation of the US.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/16 20:35:11
  • PLA aircraft carrier Shandong holds confrontational drills in South China Sea amid US carrier strike group's entry of region

    The Shandong aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held a series of confrontational drills in the South China Sea at a time when a US carrier strike group had entered the region, with analysts saying on Sunday that the Chinese carrier has practically enhanced its combat readiness, while the US carrier only stirred up tensions and had limited military significance.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2023/1/15 21:35:37
  • Closer military ties with US after '2+2' talks put Japan in riskier and sacrificial position

    The US and Japan are continuing to undermine regional peace and stability in 2023, as top defense and diplomatic officials from both countries vowed to strengthen their military alliance and security cooperation, citing the "greatest strategic challenge" from China. Chinese experts said that a closer military alliance with the US, while adopting a more aggressive posture, would mean a more dangerous position for Japan, and the provocative military alliance would not be welcomed by regional countries.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/12 22:35:57
  • China's Type 052D destroyer gets upgraded propulsion system

    China's independently developed Type 052D destroyer has reportedly received an upgraded propulsion system, a move analysts said on Wednesday is a normal progression with the technological development and the continued production of ships of this class. The 43rd escort task force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy set out on Tuesday from a naval port in Zhanjiang, South China's Guangdong Province for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali to succeed the mission of the 42nd escort task force, the PLA Navy said in a statement on the day.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/11 22:40:57
  • War game instigates US intervention in possible Taiwan Straits conflict

    A recent war game scenario run by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is not worthy of reference, as it was designed to hype the “China threat” theory, and to suggest the US should fully arm the island of Taiwan preemptively, and instigate the US military to immediately intervene if a conflict breaks out, Chinese mainland experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/10 23:45:00
  • Exclusive: PLA Navy on its way to becoming one of the finest and leading navies: Pakistani naval chief

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is on its way to becoming one of the finest and leading navies after showing remarkable progress over the last two decades, including operating three aircraft carriers, said Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, looking forward to strengthening the Pakistan Navy's historic relationship with PLA Navy and cooperating closely to promote peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region while preserving good order at sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/10 0:14:09
  • Exclusive: China-Pakistan AIP submarine project progressing steadily: Pakistani naval chief

    The Hangor-class submarine project between China and Pakistan is progressing steadily, and the air independent propulsion (AIP) system-equipped boats are now under various stages of construction in the two countries, Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, told the Global Times in a recent exclusive interview.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/9 23:40:15
  • Exclusive: Pakistan Navy to receive two more Type 054A/P frigates from China in 2023: Pakistani naval chief

    With two hulls already inducted and two more scheduled to be delivered in 2023, the Type 054A/P frigates built by China are expected to become a mainstay in the Pakistan Navy, Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, told the Global Times in a recent exclusive interview.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/9 22:51:32
  • China-Pakistan joint drills strengthen ties, enhance interoperability between the two navies: GT exclusive interview with Pakistani naval chief

    China and Pakistan have been maintaining close naval and maritime exchanges and cooperation in recent years, including joint drills, enhanced by Pakistan's procurement of four advanced Type 054A/P frigates from China. Shortly before the Exercise AMAN-23, Global Times reporter Liu Xuanzun (GT) was granted an exclusive interview with Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi (Adm. Niazi), chief of the naval staff of the Pakistan Navy, and discussed topics ranging from the exercise plan and the Pakistan Navy's equipment procurement plan from China to the PLA Navy in the eyes of the Pakistan Navy.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/9 22:21:12
  • PLA announces 1st joint drill around Taiwan island in 2023, countering provocations from external, 'Taiwan independence' forces

    In a first of such move in 2023, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced on Sunday it conducted joint alert patrol and combat exercises around the island of Taiwan on the day countering collusions between external and “Taiwan independence” forces, with Chinese mainland experts saying that the PLA will only intensify its drills this year if provocations do not stop.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/8 23:28:27
  • China's Liaoning aircraft carrier group returns from far sea training in West Pacific, setting new records

    The Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly returned from its far sea training in the West Pacific, where it set new records in terms of aircraft sortie rate, vessels involved in the group and areas covered, as the drills displayed and enhanced the PLA's capabilities in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, analysts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/1/3 21:14:07
  • US spy plane makes dangerous maneuvers against monitoring PLA airplane during close-in recon on China

    It was a US RC-135 spy plane that engaged in dangerous maneuvers against a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy J-11 fighter jet which was monitoring the US aircraft during the latter's close-in reconnaissance over the South China Sea, and the US intentionally misled the public, the PLA Southern Theater Command said on Saturday, releasing a video documenting the incident.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/31 22:56:15
  • Latest US-Taiwan arms sale slammed, 'will face mainland countermeasures'

    The US announced another batch of arms sales to the island of Taiwan on Wednesday, featuring anti-tank mine-laying systems, a type of weapon that can be used to slow down potential amphibious landing operations from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). However, the PLA is well-equipped with minesweeping equipment, including robots, that can nullify these threats, and the latest US-Taiwan collusion will face resolute countermeasures from the Chinese mainland, experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/29 22:34:58
  • China's aircraft carrier Liaoning spotted edging close to Guam for first time amid US strategic threats

    The Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy was recently spotted for the first time sailing close to Guam, a key US military node in the second island chain, during its ongoing exercises in the West Pacific, a move analysts said on Thursday showed that the Chinese carrier is ready to defend the country against potential US attacks launched from there, including military interference attempts over the Taiwan question.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/29 21:46:14
  • Chinese military aircraft manufacturers complete annual production

    Multiple major Chinese military aircraft manufacturers have announced completion of their annually scheduled production plans by the end of December, which will lay a solid foundation for the aviation forces of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) next year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/28 21:35:41
  • GT Yearender: PLA wraps up year 2022 with intensive drills, rapid development

    In an epitome that highlights a busy year of missions and development, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) carried out several concurrent major military exercises at the end of 2022, including the China-Russia joint naval drill, far sea training of the Liaoning aircraft carrier group and the cross-service joint exercises around the island of Taiwan, with observers expecting the PLA to continue making strides and achieve its centenary goal in 2027, safeguarding the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/27 20:11:13
  • PLA drills around Taiwan break August record targeting US move

    The joint drills by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) around the island of Taiwan on Sunday in response to the recent escalation in the US-Taiwan collusion were record-breaking, surpassing even the peak number observed in the large-scale PLA drills held in August following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to Taiwan, as the PLA again demonstrated its capabilities in blockading the island and shutting down all external interference attempts, experts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/26 20:51:14
  • New improvements expected for China's J-20 stealth fighter jet

    Chinese military analysts said constant upgrades are expected for China's J-20 fighter jet, after foreign media reported recently that a new and more powerful variant of the stealth aircraft has appeared. The new J-20 features changes to the shape of the aircraft, which might improve its aerodynamic and performance capabilities as well as low-observable qualities, US media outlet thedrive.com reported on Friday, citing unverified photos circulating on social media.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/25 23:05:46
  • PLA holds fire strike drills around Taiwan island after US defense bill provokes China

    PLA Eastern Theater Command holds cross-service joint alert patrol and fire strike drills around Taiwan island on Sunday.

    By Xu Keyue, Zhang Changyue and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/25 19:27:19
  • US, Japan hiking defense budgets to target China is dangerous: experts

    The US and Japan both announced on Friday increases in their defense budgets for next year, naming Taiwan question among reasons for the spending hikes. This reflects that the two countries are preparing to interfere in the Taiwan question militarily, and it requires China to enhance combat readiness and be ready to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/25 19:06:53
  • PLA Navy's carrier Liaoning ramps up aircraft sortie training in West Pacific

    The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly hosted about 130 aircraft sorties in four days after it entered the West Pacific for far sea drills last week, more than twice as intensive as the exercises held in the same region in May, displaying the carrier's high level of combat readiness, analysts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/22 22:30:37
  • China, Russia kick off joint naval drill in East China Sea, promote new steps in tackling maritime security threats

    China and Russia on Wednesday launched the Joint Sea 2022 naval drill in the East China Sea, a move naval officers and experts said reflected a high level of strategic mutual trust and will further promote the two navies' capabilities in jointly dealing with maritime security threats, and contributing to the safeguarding of peace and stability in the region and the world.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/12/21 20:16:14
  • China, Russia to hold joint naval drill in East China Sea, displaying capability amid US, Japanese provocations

    China and Russia will hold a week-long joint naval drill in the East China Sea starting Wednesday, in a move which analysts said on Tuesday displays the two countries' capabilities in tackling maritime security threats and safeguarding peace and stability at a complicated time when the US keeps promoting its “Indo-Pacific Strategy” and Japan has broken away from its defense-only principle, instigating tensions in the Taiwan Straits.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/20 21:30:33
  • Aircraft carrier Liaoning hosts fighter jet drills in West Pacific

    After sailing across the Miyako Strait on Friday, the aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly started to host fighter jet exercises in the Philippine Sea, with analysts saying on Monday that the ongoing drills could feature more sophisticated and realistic combat-oriented courses than last time in May.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/19 19:58:11
  • PLA holds live-fire long-range rocket artillery drills in Xizang

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a series of tactical drills in the high-altitude plateau region of Southwest China featuring the live-fire shooting of long-range rocket artillery, a type of weapon analysts said on Sunday works particularly well in such terrain and will help the PLA safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/18 18:03:46
  • China's 'most powerful' carrier group enters West Pacific for drills amid Japan's breakaway from defense-only principle

    The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, featuring a record number of Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyers as its escorts, reportedly sailed across the Miyako Strait and entered the West Pacific for routine exercises on Friday, the same day that Japan broke away from its defense-only postwar principle and announced plans to equip itself with first attack-capable missiles, allowing itself to hit China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/17 0:04:54
  • Type 055 large destroyer leads PLA warships in island chain-breaking voyage

    Led by a 10,000 ton-class large destroyer, a group of warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sailed beyond the first island chain on Wednesday via two strategically important straits near Japan, a routine exercise experts said on Thursday sent a signal amid Japan's recent militaristic moves, including updates to its national security strategies with the plan to increase military spending and referring to China as a "strategic challenge."

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/15 20:27:05
  • Record PLA bomber group trains near Taiwan island, deterring collusion between secessionists, external forces

    ​The defense authority on the island of Taiwan on Tuesday reported the activities of a whopping 18 H-6 bombers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), a record high in terms of PLA bomber sorties in drills around the island in a single day.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/14 22:01:46
  • US succeeds in hypersonic missile test launch, technology China has long mastered

    After a series of failures, the US Air Force on Monday announced that it has finally succeeded in the test launch of its air-launched hypersonic missile, a technology China has long mastered and even put on public display at a recent air show.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/13 18:58:46
  • Warplanes of PLA Air Force, Navy share airfield in joint exercise

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently organized a joint exercise in which warplanes of the Air Force and the Navy used the same airfield and received ground maintenance.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/12 22:00:06
  • PLA submarines uses adversary forces in South China Sea as practice partners

    Submarines of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy are using adversary forces operating in the South China Sea as practice partners, a move analysts said on Sunday is a pragmatic approach that can not only enhance the boats' combat capabilities under real conditions, but also deter those hostile forces from making provocative moves on China's doorsteps.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/11 20:42:28
  • China's new high-altitude, high-speed demonstrator drone makes first flight

    China recently carried out the maiden flight for a type of new high-altitude, high-speed demonstrator drone, which can help test and verify a number of new technologies including artificial intelligence, loyal wingman and drone swarm, the aircraft's maker announced on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/9 0:34:07
  • Type 071E landing platform dock China built for Thailand completes sea trial

    The Type 071E landing platform dock China built for Thailand recently completed its sea trial, with experts saying on Wednesday that the large warship's construction is going smoothly and the vessel is expected to be delivered soon.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/7 19:39:47
  • PLA Army brigade holds urban warfare drills integrating drones, robots

    An army brigade of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a series of urban warfare exercises in which troops integrated drones and robots for reconnaissance, combat support and logistics support tasks, with experts saying on Monday that the use of unmanned equipment could significantly enhance combat effectiveness and lower casualties.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/5 20:56:32
  • US' newly unveiled B-21 stealth bomber raises new defense challenges to China, expected to be responded to by Chinese counterpart: analysts

    The world finally got its first glimpse on the B-21, the US' first new bomber in more than 30 years, after it made a high-profile debut in a ceremony on Friday, an event analysts said on Sunday is an attempt to flex its muscles and deter China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/12/4 22:03:30
  • Chinese, Russian air forces hold 2nd joint strategic patrol of the year with 1st warplane exchange visits

    Chinese and Russian militaries conducted a joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday, the first time Chinese aircraft have landed in Russia and Russian aircraft have landed in China in such a joint patrol, and the first time the two countries have organized joint aerial patrols twice in a year. Analysts said it reflects a high level of increasing military cooperation and mutual trust that contributes to peace and stability in the region and the world.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/30 17:10:40
  • World-leading 3D printing tech widely used on China's newly developed warplane

    China's aviation industry has started applying world-leading 3D printing technologies on new-generation warplanes, with 3D printed parts widely used on a newly developed aircraft that made its maiden flight not long ago, said a leading developer.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/26 15:08:50
  • PLA Navy's another Type 055 large destroyer Anshan achieves operational capability, 'ready for far sea missions'

    Another Type 055 large destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the Anshan, has achieved operational capability after having recently passed an acceptance test, marking that the 10,000 ton-class warship is ready for voyages to distant waters, experts said on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/26 14:28:48
  • China's intensive military diplomatic activities highlight cooperation

    China on Thursday announced even more military diplomatic activities with Southeast Asian countries following the country's defense chief's attendance of the ninth ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) this week, in a move experts said will bolster trust, cooperation and joint defense capability in the region, and which will build immunity against external instigations and fears that a Ukraine-like crisis could happen in the Asia-Pacific in the form of the Taiwan question or the South China Sea issue.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Yu Xi | 2022/11/24 22:09:55
  • China's defense chief urges unity, rejects hegemony; 'ASEAN, China have wisdom to resist attempt to recreate Ukraine crisis in Asia'

    In attending the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus in Cambodia, China's defense chief on Wednesday called for world solidarity and fairness instead of hegemony and division, and called on countries to practice the Global Security Initiative and work together to build a solid barrier for universal security. He also stressed that the Chinese military's growth and strength will always be in favor of world peace but the Chinese military has the confidence and capability to defeat any intruders, reaffirming China's bottom-line on the Taiwan question.

    By Liu Xin and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/24 0:52:42
  • China's J-15 carrier-based fighter jet to get domestic engines: report

    A newly produced J-15 carrier-based fighter jet was fitted with what seems to be a pair of China's domestically developed engines, according to an official media report on Wednesday, which marked the 10th anniversary of the aircraft's first takeoff and landing on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/23 21:49:20
  • Red line over Taiwan question reiterated in talks between Chinese, US defense chiefs

    The defense chiefs of China and the US met face to face for the first time in Cambodia on Tuesday since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to Taiwan island in early August, which was responded with large-scale military exercises around the island by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/22 14:41:28
  • PLA Air Force's YU-20 tanker aircraft conducts aerial refueling for J-10 fighter jet, 'displays versatility'

    The YU-20, the latest large tanker aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, recently hosted aerial refueling exercises for the J-10 fighter jet in a move experts said further displayed the tanker's versatility after it has shown its compatibility with J-20 and J-16 fighter jets.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/21 19:36:30
  • US hypes China's JL-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile deployment 'with ulterior motives'

    The US recently claimed that China has fielded new, longer-range submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) to threaten the US, but Chinese military experts said on Sunday that China's SLBM development aims to defend itself from nuclear blackmail, and that the US military's speculation has ulterior motives which would see it gain more funds to enhance its capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/20 17:41:30
  • China displays advanced weapons, equipment at Pakistani defense expo

    China is displaying many advanced weapons and equipment, including drone and anti-drone systems, at an ongoing defense expo in Pakistan, a move analysts said on Wednesday indicates that the two countries' defense cooperation will continue to deepen under their ironclad friendship, with Pakistan's armed forces already operating advanced main battle equipment of Chinese origin.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/16 19:23:34
  • Display of J-20 fighters' abilities at air show 'deters potential opponents'

    After six days of intensive flying display performances by J-20 fighter jets at the Airshow China 2022, which concluded on Sunday in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, military observers pointed to more details that reflect the stealth aircraft's strong and increasing combat capabilities in terms of techniques and tactics as well as the number produced, which they believed can deter potential opponents including "Taiwan independence" secessionists and external interference forces.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Lin Luwen in Zhuhai | 2022/11/15 21:04:09
  • China's WJ-700 UAS debuts at Airshow with more powerful technologies

    As China's first high altitude, high speed and long endurance armed reconnaissance UAV system that had made maiden flight, WJ-700 UAV is exhibited at this year's Airshow China, attracting wide attention with newly equipped high technologies including the country's first domestic one-ton thrust turbofan engine featuring high performance and high reliability and the use of a large number of carbon fiber composite materials.

    By Cao Siqi, Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei in Zhuhai | 2022/11/13 22:31:41
  • China debuts latest air defense missiles, laser at Airshow China 2022

    China unveiled several of its latest air defense missile and laser systems at the Airshow China 2022 held in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province from Tuesday to Sunday, in a move experts said showed that China is building a world-class comprehensive air defense system that can safeguard the country's sky from potential attacks. Despite having been exhibited to the general public in the past, the HQ-9B surface-to-air missile weapon system of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force on display at the Airshow China featured for the first time a new type of missile in addition to the previously known one.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei in Zhuhai | 2022/11/13 19:44:23
  • China unveils 'drone killer' laser weapon at Airshow China, can shoot down target at low cost

    A laser weapon used against drones attracted wide attention at this year's Airshow China. Dubbed the killer of UAVs, the weapon can launch effective strikes on low, slow and small (LSS) targets, which refer to those that fly below an altitude of one kilometer, at speeds of around 200 kilometers per hour and have a radar cross-section smaller than one square meter.

    By Cao Siqi, Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei in Zhuhai | 2022/11/11 20:47:39
  • PLA Navy's 3rd Type 075 amphibious assault ship makes training debut

    The Anhui, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's third Type 075 amphibious assault ship, recently conducted realistic combat-oriented training, the PLA Navy announced on Thursday. This indicates that the vessel has entered active service, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/11 1:07:18
  • Dancers in the sky

    During the rehearsals that had begun some days before the start of the Airshow China 2022 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, aviation enthusiasts were fretting over constant rain worrying that bad weather may affect crowds for the highly anticipated flight performances by China's latest aircraft.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/10 22:38:15
  • China displays powerful space monitoring radar for first time at Airshow China

    China's leading radar developer exhibited a giant space monitoring radar, which is believed to be the "most powerful radar," at this year's Airshow China. It's about 10 meters high, and it attracted wide attention not only from military enthusiasts but also from foreign visitors.

    By Cao Siqi, Liu Xuanzun and Ma Jun in Zhuhai | 2022/11/10 21:59:18
  • China exhibits fighter jet engine with 2D thrust vectoring control nozzle

    China for the first time exhibited a turbofan engine with a 2D thrust vectoring control nozzle at the ongoing Airshow China 2022 held in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, with experts saying on Thursday that such an engine could provide aircraft, particularly fighter jets, with enhanced maneuverability and stealth capability, and it reflects the rapid development of China's aero engine sector overall.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi in Zhuhai | 2022/11/10 21:09:53
  • Exclusive: China's new Wing Loong 3 drone has intercontinental range, to make first flight soon

    China's newly unveiled Wing Loong 3 drone has intercontinental range and can be heavily armed with a wide collection of pods, bombs and missiles including air-to-air ones, with the chief designer of the aircraft at an ongoing airshow stating that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to make its maiden flight soon.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei in Zhuhai | 2022/11/10 15:27:40
  • Chinese arms firm offers army brigade combat team solution

    China's leading arms producer exhibited its new-generation army brigade combat team for the first time at this year's Airshow China, which kicked off on Tuesday in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, reflecting the latest achievements of the integrated development of mechanization, information technology and intelligence of the Chinese army, and the concepts of manned-unmanned coordination and air-ground coordination.

    By Cao Siqi, Liu Xuanzun and Ma Jun in Zhuhai | 2022/11/9 22:51:52
  • Intelligent marine equipment shines in Airshow China, helps safeguard China's maritime security

    Various types of marine equipment, especially intelligent unmanned high-speed vessels, which are playing an important role in safeguarding the country's maritime security and scientific research, are one of the highlights of this year's Airshow China, scheduled to be held from November 8 to 13.

    By Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Zhuhai | 2022/11/7 20:43:11
  • China's J-20 fighter jet to keep receiving upgrades: designer

    China will continue to upgrade the J-20 stealth fighter jet, including deploying the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies, to make it perform at its best in a combat system, announced the aircraft's chief designer, who also said that the country's warplane makers are well aware of what military enthusiasts want to see.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei in Zhuhai | 2022/11/7 19:07:12
  • PLA Air Force displays three 'firsts' at Airshow China

    Two members in the 20-series aircraft - the J-20 stealth fighter jet and the YU-20 aerial tanker - will be displayed in the sky and on the ground at the highly anticipated Airshow China, which will be held from November 8 to 13 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, with the J-20 scheduled to display its first landing and flight to the public.

    By Cao Siqi, Liu Xuanzun in Zhuhai and Guo Yuandan in Beijing | 2022/11/6 21:33:37
  • Airshow China 2022 ready to open as top equipment for air, sea & space plus flight performances 'to reflect Chinese achievements'

    With the Airshow China 2022 to kick off on Tuesday in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, the Zhuhai International Air Show Center was on Sunday almost ready to welcome visitors with some of the most attractive exhibits already in place, and many aircraft had already conducted rehearsals for flight performances.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi in Zhuhai | 2022/11/6 20:56:14
  • PLA Air Force's H-6K bomber with suspected air-launched ballistic missiles arrives at Airshow China site

    An H-6K bomber of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force carrying two new-type missiles arrived in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming Airshow China 2022. Military observers said that this is the first time the bomber has displayed what seems to be its air-launched ballistic missiles to the public.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/3 21:32:43
  • Over 200 Chinese CH-4 drones sold on international market; new facility to expand production capacity: manufacturer

    Production of China's CH series unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is running at maximum capacity thanks to heavy market demand, with the bestselling CH-4 drone having sold more than 200 units on the international market, the Global Times learned from the drone manufacturer on Wednesday. With increasing market demand, the CH UAV company is expanding its production capacity by building a modern, intelligent production line in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, which will be operating by 2023, the company said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/2 21:21:29
  • PLA Navy hospital ship sets out for Indonesia visit

    The hospital ship Peace Ark of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will set out on Wednesday for a friendly visit to Indonesia to provide medical services to the locals there, marking the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the PLA Navy has sent a vessel for such a foreign visit.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/11/2 1:02:18
  • US 'fortifying Australia into a forward operating base' with B-52 bomber deployment

    The US is reportedly preparing to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers in northern Australia, a move Chinese military experts said on Monday will fortify Australia into a forward operating base of the US, tying Australia onto the chariot of the so-called great power competition and bringing security threats it could have avoided.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/31 23:33:51
  • Chinese drone, anti-drone systems to shine at upcoming Airshow China

    Aircraft and equipment to participate in Airshow China 2022 have been arriving over the past few days in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province where the expo will be held next week, with observers eagerly anticipating the exhibition of China's drone and anti-drone systems at a time when the importance of the two is highlighted in the Ukraine crisis. A pair of J-16 heavy fighter jets landed in Zhuhai on Sunday in preparation for the upcoming air show, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/31 21:26:01
  • China's Z-20 helicopter surpasses Black Hawk in technologies, chief designer says

    China's domestically developed Z-20 utility helicopter has surpassed the US' Black Hawk, as it has adopted many advanced technologies the Black Hawk does not have, said the chief designer of the Chinese chopper on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/30 18:02:29
  • China's Type 075 amphibious assault ships 'can form task groups with aircraft carriers, landing ships'

    The Type 075 amphibious assault ships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy can reportedly form task forces by joining up with aircraft carriers, amphibious landing ships and other warships, which experts believed can enhance their amphibious assault capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/30 17:40:14
  • PLA Navy's newly commissioned frigate Ziyang makes training debut

    The Type 054A frigate Ziyang of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently made its training debut, with observers saying on Wednesday that the newly commissioned warship will enhance the PLA Navy's capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/27 1:46:52
  • First four-engine large drone developed by China makes maiden flight, to debut in Airshow

    The Twin-Tailed Scorpion D, a four-engine large drone independently developed by China, made its maiden flight on Tuesday and will make its public debut at the upcoming Airshow China 2022, the aircraft's developer announced on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2022/10/26 20:52:05
  • Chinese experts warn of threats from US B-21, B-52 bombers

    The US made high-profile announcements over the past week on two of its strategic bombers, the fully upgraded B-52 and the brand new B-21, with Chinese experts saying on Monday that the duo are likely to become the US Air Force's core strategic strike force in the next few decades, and China should be prepared to counter the planes and also learn from them.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/10/24 20:25:29
  • China's GJ-11 stealth drone on display in Beijing, 'capable of seizing air superiority'

    At a time when China's latest armed reconnaissance drone, the stealth-capable GJ-11, is on display at an ongoing expo in Beijing, official media reported that the uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of conducting missions to size air superiority.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/23 19:08:07
  • US plans to jointly produce weapons with Taiwan island in 'futile attempt' of obstructing reunification

    The US is reportedly planning to coproduce weapons with Taiwan island amid Western media hypes that claim China is looking to speed up its timeline for reunification, after a report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was released on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Xin | 2022/10/20 23:08:53
  • J-20 fighter jet active in all five PLA theater commands: delegate

    China's domestically developed stealth fighter jet, the J-20, can now be found in all five theater commands of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a delegate to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said recently, with experts saying on Wednesday that more J-20s are expected to enter service to replace their outdated predecessors and better safeguard the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/20 1:31:39
  • Chinese experts urge avoidance of space weaponization amid commercial space capability deployment in Ukraine

    Chinese military experts urged on Tuesday that countries around the world should hold talks and negotiations over arms control in space in order to avoid weaponization of outer space and space wars amid wider deployments, more applications and expanding capabilities of satellites in wars, at a time when General Jay Raymond, the head of US Space Force, recently described the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as the "first war where commercial space capabilities have really played a significant role."

    By By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/18 16:27:11
  • Xi stresses PLA centenary goals, military modernization at 20th CPC National Congress

    Xi Jinping on Sunday stressed further modernizing national defense and the military at the opening session of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with analysts saying that the modernization will involve the informatization and intelligentization of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the PLA's enhanced capability in safeguarding the country's security.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/16 22:20:53
  • Chinese PLA Navy holds full test for dual amphibious assault ship group

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted a full test for an amphibious transport group consisting of two Type 075 amphibious assault ships in the South China Sea, a move experts said on Sunday indicated that such a dual vessel group has achieved combat capability.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/16 19:19:52
  • China's J-20 stealth fighter jets drive away foreign aircraft in combat patrols over East China Sea

    J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently carried out a series of combat patrols over the East China Sea, driving away foreign aircraft which were flying close to China's territorial airspace in the process, with experts saying on Thursday that with advanced warplanes like the J-20 and others, China is well-equipped to deal with close-in reconnaissance provocations by foreign militaries. Flying J-20 fighter jets, pilots attached to the Wang Hai Air Group recently conducted combat patrols in China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/13 22:14:45
  • PLA Navy hospital ship completes 1st round of visits to islands, reefs of Xisha and Nansha

    The Youhao hospital ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently completed its first round of visits to islands and reefs of Xisha and Nansha in the South China Sea, with analysts saying that the ship, as a routinely deployed mobile force, will serve as a key complement to local hospitals. Having sailed for 18 days through nearly 4,000 nautical miles, the Youhao visited 13 islands and reefs of Xisha and Nansha, providing medical services to more than 5,000 people, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/10 20:30:58
  • US waiver for Chinese alloy on F-35 jets exposes dependence on rare-earth products from China

    With a waiver allowing alloy of Chinese origins to continue to be used on F-35 fighter jets, the US military has exposed its dependence on Chinese rare-earth products, and China can opt to limit the export of such strategic resources to safeguard its national security, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Li Xuanmin | 2022/10/9 23:46:43
  • PLA Army to get world-leading wheeled equipment: developer

    After a successful competitive bidding procedure, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army is expected to take delivery of a type of world-leading wheeled equipment, which focuses on combat support and is expected to be highly informationized and intelligent, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/10/9 22:02:33
  • China's YU-20 tanker aircraft hosts aerial refueling drills for two J-20 stealth fighter jets

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force on Thursday published for the first time a video showing a YU-20 tanker aircraft hosting aerial refueling exercises for two J-20 stealth fighter jets, displaying the YU-20's high flexibility and the increasing number of J-20s in active service, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/29 21:27:46
  • Chinese state media reveals carrier-based J-15 fighter flyover of suspected foreign warship

    A recent report by China Central Television (CCTV) in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the commissioning of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, revealed a scene in which aircraft carrier Liaoning-based J-15 fighter jets flew over what seems to be an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, leading to discussions on social media on Monday.

    By Fan Wei and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/27 1:25:45
  • China's 3rd aircraft carrier starts mooring trials ahead of 10th anniversary of commissioning of the country's first carrier: report

    China's third aircraft carrier has started mooring trials, the country's state broadcaster announced on Friday. This indicates smooth progress for the carrier's construction and tests since its launch in June, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/9/24 0:50:41
  • PLA Air Force unveils armed reconnaissance drone unit in NW China

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has unveiled one of its armed reconnaissance drone units based in Northwest China, which plays an important role in border defense and counterterrorism, experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/21 19:59:09
  • PLA naval, air forces monitor US, Canadian warships' Taiwan Straits transit

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Wednesday announced that its troops have monitored US and Canadian warships when they transited the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/21 11:30:29
  • CH-4, WZ-7 drones spotted in PLA patrols near Taiwan island for 1st time

    The defense authority on the island of Taiwan on Saturday spotted a CH-4 armed reconnaissance drone of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) near the island for the first time, marking the sixth type of drone that has appeared in the region in September following the WZ-7 high-altitude reconnaissance drone that made its debut on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/18 19:16:49
  • China, Russia hold 2nd joint naval patrol in Pacific Ocean

    Warships from China and Russia have embarked on the second joint naval patrol in the Pacific Ocean shortly after the Russia-led Vostok-2022 strategic drills earlier this month, a move experts said on Thursday will demonstrate the two countries' responsibility as major powers and contribute to regional peace and stability.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/16 0:35:59
  • Type 056 corvettes join China Coast Guard in law enforcement drills

    A flotilla of cutters converted from Type 056 corvettes recently joined drills organized by the China Coast Guard (CCG), indicating that this type of ship has officially joined the CCG. Analysts said on Thursday this will significantly enhance the Chinese coast guard's capabilities in safeguarding the country's sovereignty, security and maritime interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/15 18:51:41
  • US aircraft carrier hurries back into action amid PLA warship activities near Japan

    The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has returned to patrol missions in the Asia-Pacific region after a short period of maintenance at Yokosuka Naval base in Japan, with the Japanese Defense Ministry reporting on Tuesday that two warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy are also operating in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/14 21:30:18
  • China unveils its version of Switchblade suicide drone in action

    China on Thursday promoted its answer to the Switchblade suicide drone among a wide selection of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles popular on the international and domestic market, releasing a video showing them in action.

    By Fan Wei and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/8 23:30:33
  • PLA Naval Aviation Force gets carrier-based early warning aircraft, trainer jets

    The Naval Aviation Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has made preliminary strides in its development from being coast-based to carrier-based, and it has established a carrier-based aircraft system consisting of fighter jets, helicopters, early warning aircraft and trainer jets, a top official of the force announced, confirming for the first time that China has been developing carrier-based early warning aircraft and trainer jets.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/8 19:15:38
  • US halting of F-35 deliveries 'over Sinophobia' puts itself at greater risk: experts

    The US Department of Defense's move to halt deliveries of F-35 stealth jets after a Chinese rare-earth component was “discovered” in the aircraft underscores the growing Sinophobia within the US that increasingly puts itself at a greater risk, as it still relies heavily on China for crucial rare-earth and other components, Chinese analysts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/8 17:22:37
  • China-Russia drills to safeguard regional peace, deter 'troublemakers in the region'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the military exercise participated by multiple countries, including China and India, in Russia on Tuesday, just one day after Japan protested the drills conducted near the Japan-claimed islands. Analysts said Moscow is warning Tokyo with tough actions that Japan's opportunistic diplomacy – forcing Russia to compromise on sovereignty disputes by following the US closely in sanctioning Russia – is wishful and doomed to fail.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/6 21:28:42
  • PLA practices counterattack in foreign territories during Russian Vostok-2022 drills

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) practiced joint counterattack in foreign territories with the main battle tanks, howitzers, attack helicopters and fighter jets during the ongoing Vostok-2022 exercises in Russia, which displayed the PLA's outstanding systematic combat capabilities in unfamiliar lands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/5 20:31:55
  • China's near-space solar-powered drone that can substitute satellites makes maiden flight

    China's first large drone with solar energy as the only power source successfully made its maiden flight on Saturday, the Global Times learned from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which laid a solid foundation for the development of large solar-powered drones for the country's aviation industry.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Yang | 2022/9/4 12:47:34
  • Y-20 cargo plane debuts at European air show, displays China's aviation achievements

    A Y-20 large transport aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has arrived in Austria to participate in the largest air show in Europe starting on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/1 20:55:11
  • China dispatches advanced main combat equipment to Russian Vostok-2022 drills

    China has sent some of its most powerful main combat equipment units of its army, navy and air force to the Russian Vostok-2022 exercises, whose maneuvering phase officially started on Thursday after an opening ceremony a day earlier. The participation of the equipment displayed the depth of China-Russia military cooperation, as the drills will deter uncertainties and contribute to peace and stability in the region, analysts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/1 18:53:35
  • US plans missile sales to Taiwan in 'escalation of provocation' after Pelosi visit; 'drains every last drop of blood from island before reunification'

    The US is reportedly planning to sell an arms package involving anti-ship and air-to-air missiles worth $1.1 billion to the island of Taiwan only weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to the island, a move analysts said on Tuesday is yet another ill-intended provocation that will only escalate tensions.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/31 0:14:34
  • Z-20 utility helicopter confirmed in service with PLA Air Force, Hong Kong Garrison

    China's domestically developed Z-20 utility helicopter has been confirmed in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and as a part of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, marking its wide-spread deployment by the Chinese armed forces including the PLA Army, Navy, Air Force and the People's Armed Police (PAP), with analysts expecting the chopper to be mass produced eventually by thousands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/30 20:46:22
  • US' plan to sell missiles to Taiwan island after Pelosi's visit slammed as provocative, futile

    The US is reportedly planning to sell an arms package involving anti-ship and air-to-air missiles worth $1.1 billion to the island of Taiwan only weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to the island, a move analysts said on Tuesday is yet another ill-intended provocation that will only escalate tensions in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/30 16:09:58
  • YU-20 tanker 'compatible with bombers, early warning craft' with 3rd refuel point

    The YU-20 aerial tanker has what seems to be a third refueling point at the tail of the aircraft in addition to the two under its wings, observers found in the aircraft's first public display at the ongoing open day event of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/29 20:16:25
  • Flight performances of J-20, Y-20 on PLA Air Force open day highlight real-combat capabilities in safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's open day event kicked off on Friday in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin Province, highlighted by dazzling flight performances delivered by some of China's most advanced and ready-for-combat warplanes including the J-16 multirole fighter jet, the J-20 stealth fighter jet and the Y-20 large transport aircraft, with experts saying that the show reflected the capabilities of both aircraft and pilots in safeguarding China's sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests in places like the island of Taiwan and the South China Sea.

    By Guo Yuandan in Changchun and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing | 2022/8/26 21:42:06
  • For 1st time China sends ground, naval, air forces to join Russian Vostok drills

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has dispatched forces to join the upcoming Vostok-2022 in Russia, with PLA ground and air forces having already arrived at the designated drill region and naval forces being rendezvoused with Russian warships at sea. This is the first time the PLA has sent three of its forces to participate in a single Russian drill, observers said.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/25 20:38:54
  • PLA aircraft carrier Shandong holds drills in South China Sea in full combat group

    The Shandong, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's second aircraft carrier and the first domestically built, recently held comprehensive drills in the South China Sea in a group consisting of full combat elements, which analysts said on Thursday showed the carrier is becoming ready for far sea operations.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/25 20:27:32
  • YU-20 aerial tanker to star in PLA Air Force's open day event

    The YU-20 aerial tanker, the force amplifier that recently entered service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and made frequent appearances in exercises around the island of Taiwan earlier this month, will be a star of the show at the upcoming PLA Air Force open day event with its first static display to the general public.

    By Guo Yuandan in Changchun and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing | 2022/8/24 21:11:54
  • US, Australia discuss possibility of B-21 bomber deal, 'posing serious threats to China'

    Following the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine deal, a senior US official reportedly said recently that the US would consider providing Australia with B-21 bombers, the in-development successor to the B-2 stealth bomber that experts said on Wednesday would enable Australia to launch long-range strikes against China, thus posing serious threats to China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/24 19:04:26
  • China restarts mass production of Type 052D destroyers, media reports say

    With five Type 052D destroyers allegedly spotted under construction at the Dalian Shipyard, China is said to have restarted the mass production of this type of warship, with foreign media hyping that the fast pace of China's shipbuilding makes the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy "the largest navy in the world," a claim that Chinese analysts slammed on Tuesday as being the rhetoric of the "China threat" theory.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/23 19:57:00
  • US revives drill with S.Korea, ups efforts to disturb region; 'flexing muscles shows its adventurism'

    South Korea and the US officially kicked off the biggest joint military drills in years on Monday, which include an array of contingency drills and involve thousands of troops, attempting to send a strong message of deterrent to North Korea. While some observers do not believe that the ongoing show of force specifically targets China amid rising tension in the Taiwan Straits, it indeed showed that the US - the biggest disruptor of the world's stability today - is ramping up efforts in escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula in order to strengthen its leadership among its allies and increasingly preparing to interfere militarily in affairs in the Northeast Asian and West Pacific regions.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/22 21:51:06
  • Chinese PLA's two newly commissioned large destroyers 'ready for combat' with latest drills

    Two of China's newly commissioned Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyers, the Anshan and the Wuxi, recently carried out a series of drills involving a wide variety of training objectives, prompting analysts to suggest that the powerful warships are expected to achieve proper combat capability by the end of the year and join their sister ships in island chain-breaking far sea operations like encircling Japan and patrolling near Alaska.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/21 20:08:30
  • China, US face 'high risks of miscalculations, crisis' with US' possible more provocative moves over Taiwan amid Biden's 'buck-passing' remarks

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continued its open and transparent military exercises around the island of Taiwan on Tuesday, after US President Joe Biden's “buck-passing” comments that he was concerned about China's military drills. Chinese analysts said the Biden administration has dodged the root cause for the escalated tensions in the Taiwan Straits and does not consider thoroughly the consequences of its reckless moves, which is the most fatal flaw in Biden's China policy.

    By Zhang Hui and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/9 22:37:17
  • PLA extends 'Taiwan encirclement' exercises with anti-submarine warfare, showcases unrivaled area denial capability; 'drills will not stop until reunification'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday continued military exercises and training activities surrounding the island of Taiwan, marking an extension from the previously announced schedule. Drills like these will not stop and are expected to become routine until reunification, as the Chinese mainland shows its determination to push forward the reunification process after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to the island last week that seriously violated China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/8 12:36:34
  • PLA bomber formations cross Taiwan Straits from two directions in latest drills

    The last day of scheduled military exercises around Taiwan island by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday featured island saturation attack drills and bomber deterrence flights in the Straits, a move experts said formed a powerful deterrence to “Taiwan independence” secessionists and external interference forces, greatly promoted the reunification process, and rehearsed a potential real operation.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/7 12:59:11
  • PLA focuses on land attack, sea assault on 3rd day of drills around Taiwan island

    The large-scale military drills surrounding the island of Taiwan by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent provocative visit to the island has entered their third day on Saturday, with the exercises focusing on enhancing the troops' land attack and sea assault capabilities with joint air and naval operations.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/6 17:17:30
  • PLA continues drills around Taiwan; warplane pilots visually confirm coastline, Central Mountain Range

    The large-scale live-fire military drills of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) around the island of Taiwan entered their second day on Friday. With warplanes coming so close to the island that pilots could visually confirm its coastline and the Central Mountain Range, analysts said the PLA displayed its control over the island.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/5 23:32:20
  • Pelosi wraps up Asia trip, leaves disastrous legacy, massive mess for Biden, Taiwan

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her high-profile and destructive trip to Asia after the final stop Japan on Friday and was put on the official sanctions list by the Chinese government for seriously trampling on the one-China principle.

    By Chen Qingqing, Liu Xin and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/5 21:58:30
  • PLA aircraft carrier group with nuclear-powered submarine joins drills around Taiwan: expert

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has sent an aircraft carrier group featuring at least one nuclear-powered submarine to the ongoing drills around the island of Taiwan for its first carrier deterrence exercise, said an expert affiliated with the PLA on Thursday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/4 17:59:57
  • PLA launches long-range rocket artillery, conventional missiles in drills around Taiwan

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched large-scale military exercises surrounding the island of Taiwan on Thursday, starting with live-fire shooting of long-range rocket artillery into the designated areas in the eastern part of Taiwan Straits and test launches of conventional missiles to designated waters in the east of Taiwan island.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/4 17:24:10
  • PLA drills involving missiles, J-20 stealth fighters surround Taiwan as Pelosi lands on island

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday started to commence joint military exercises surrounding the island of Taiwan, featuring J-20 stealth fighter jets and test firing of conventional missiles that analysts said could fly over the island, right after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed on the island, with additional important drills announced for days to come.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/3 2:11:36
  • PLA launches missile drill to east of Taiwan as Pelosi arrives; China to turn on a new status quo for Taiwan situation as 'US has broken the old one'

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA), on the night that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan for her provocative visit that violates the US promise of opposing "Taiwan independence" secessionism, launched massive military drills around the island of Taiwan, including a long-range live fire drill in the Taiwan Straits and a live fire conventional missile drill to the east of the island, with analysts saying China is not merely targeting a visiting 82-year-old US politician, but is eyeing the anti-secession campaign against the secessionist Taiwan authorities and is to concretely speed up the reunification process.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/3 2:07:40
  • PLA's two aircraft carriers move out from homeports amid Pelosi's alleged imminent Taiwan visit, satellite images and reports show

    Both of aircraft carriers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy have reportedly moved out from their homeports respectively amid US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to the island of Taiwan, which media reported could happen Tuesday evening.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2022/8/2 16:45:45
  • PLA Navy's 14 years of missions in blue waters safeguard intl trade routes, win more overseas recognition

    The Global Times recently interviewed sailors who took part in the escort missions and had them elaborate how the PLA Navy proves with its actions that the Chinese armed forces are creators, defenders, and contributors to a community with a shared future for mankind and a maritime community with a shared future.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/1 20:55:36
  • PLA gets ready to celebrate upcoming Army Day with advanced weaponry display, realistic combat preparations amid Taiwan Straits tensions

    At a time when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly planning a trip to the island of Taiwan in a very provocative and risky move that could escalate tension in the Taiwan Straits to a conflict, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is getting ready to celebrate the August 1 Army Day by not only revealing some of its latest achievement in weaponry and equipment development, but also with concrete and realistic combat preparations to warn off "Taiwan independence" secessionist and external interfering forces, who are just like what Chairman Mao Zedong once said, all reactionaries are paper tigers.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/31 20:47:51
  • PLA sends next-gen aerial tanker YU-20 for combat readiness training, vows to safeguard natl sovereignty with warplane sorties around Taiwan

    China's next-generation aerial tanker, the YU-20, has started to join combat readiness training, as the aircraft is expected to boost other warplanes' long-range operational capabilities, announced a spokesperson of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, who also vowed to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity with warplane sorties around the island of Taiwan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/31 15:01:50
  • China reveals footage of launch of missile resembling 'aircraft carrier killer' hypersonic weapon celebrating Army Day amid Taiwan Straits tension

    Shortly prior to the 95th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday, China for the first time revealed a video featuring the launch of what resembles a DF-17 missile, in a move experts said on Sunday displayed the flexibility of the "aircraft carrier killer" hypersonic weapon that is almost impossible to intercept, at a time when tension is rising in the Taiwan Straits amid US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to the island of Taiwan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/31 13:28:44
  • Z-10 attack helicopter enters service with PLA Hong Kong Garrison

    Official reports show that Z-10 attack helicopters for the first time participated in a recent patrol exercise organized by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison, indicating that the garrison has commissioned this type of helicopter to provide escort and air support to other helicopters, vessels and ground troops in joint operations, experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/28 22:15:52
  • China reinforces bilateral 'guardrail' to US; Partisan struggle may 'bring crisis to Taiwan Straits'

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unconfirmed plan of a trip to the island of Taiwan keeps troubling the US as Pelosi, US President Joe Biden and Democrats are now facing pressure instead of "encouragements" from the Republicans on the matter, with Chinese experts warning that if the US eventually let the partisan struggle and internal politics hijack its strategic decision-making, it would definitely bring a new crisis in the Taiwan Straits.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/28 0:20:10
  • Voyages to starry ocean: 10 years on, PLA Navy remains a staunch force in safeguarding natl sovereignty, world peace

    As a military arm with international characteristics, the PLA Navy's trail covers six continents and four oceans, representing the image of China and attracting attention from the international community, particularly the aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong, and the 10,000 ton-class large destroyer Nanchang. In the past 10 years, new types of vessels entered service and enhanced combat capabilities, becoming the most direct witnesses of the PLA Navy's rapid development over the past decade. Shortly prior to April 23, the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy, commanding officers, a sailor, and a marine who sail together aboard warships shared their experiences over the past 10 years with the Global Times, depicting close-up portraits of the might of the PLA Navy in safeguarding China's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national dignity, as well as world peace.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/27 23:19:29
  • Taiwan fails to report PLA drone's 1st island-circulating flight, 'reflects great vulnerability'

    After the Japanese Defense Ministry spotted an armed reconnaissance drone of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) flying above waters to the east side of the island of Taiwan on Monday, Taiwan media reported that the PLA aircraft went and made a full circle flight around the island of Taiwan for the first time.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/27 18:11:50
  • China's FH-95 electronic warfare drone passes performance test

    China's domestically developed FH-95 electronic warfare unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) passed a milestone test that examined the aircraft's performance, with experts saying on Tuesday that the new UAV's electronic warfare capabilities will add a new dimension to the popular armed reconnaissance drones.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/26 23:50:18
  • China-France developed Z-15 helicopter receives qualification certificate to enter market

    Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday awarded a qualification certificate to the Z-15, a medium-sized, multipurpose helicopter also known as the AC352, marking the successful development of this type of chopper which is now eligible to enter China's civilian market, the helicopter's maker announced.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/26 17:01:32
  • Taiwan's Han Kuang military drills slammed as a show

    Warplanes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) flew on both sides of Taiwan on Monday as the island kicked off its annual Han Kuang military drills which local media said is a preparation for a possible amphibious landing on the island by the Chinese mainland.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/25 23:12:47
  • China's space program eyes peaceful cooperation, contribution to human progress despite US smears of militarization

    A recent report by US magazine The National Interest demonized China's achievements in space by interpreting China's space exploration missions, including the lunar program and manned spaceflight, as "threats to US leadership in space" and a "detriment to US national security." This report is just the tip of iceberg in the US' sustained attempts to suppress and discredit China's space program. The US has also published military reports that incorrectly describe China's military capabilities in space, with the new NASA chief personally slandering China's space achievements, to promote the mindset of a new Cold War in space and the "China threat" theory. But facts show that the US is the biggest threat in space with its space hegemony based on its technological advantages. Meanwhile, China sees space as a new field to expand international cooperation while sharing its achievements with other countries by providing them with opportunities to make use of space resources.

    By Fan Wei, Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi | 2022/7/24 23:05:28
  • PLA to train pilots faster with new programs amid warplane production capacity boost

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and Naval Aviation Force have recently made new progress in their new pilot recruitment and training programs at a time when China is expanding its warplane fleet with record-breaking warplane production capability, with analysts saying on Sunday that the PLA will make sure to have enough qualified personnel to fly its cutting-edge machines.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/24 19:15:58
  • China's 'blue helmets' on frontlines of safeguarding world peace, stability with firm commitment over decades

    Since it declared independence on July 9, 2011, the northeastern African country of South Sudan has been engulfed in civil war, with locals unable to combat hunger and poverty. To promote peace and at the invitation by the UN, China sent several batches of peacekeeping troops to South Sudan. In January 2015, the Chinese armed forces dispatched an infantry battalion of 700 troops to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

    By Guo Yuandan, Liu Xuanzun and Liu Yu | 2022/7/20 21:07:58
  • AUKUS sub deal could involve transferring tons of weapons-grade nuke material: Chinese report

    China on Wednesday released a research report entitled The Nuclear Proliferation Risk of the Nuclear-powered Submarines Collaboration in the Context of AUKUS, the first report published by Chinese academic institutes to objectively analyze the serious risks of nuclear proliferation and multiple hazards caused by the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine collaboration through detailed data and case studies.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/7/20 18:58:09
  • US ramps up military provocations despite calls to set 'guardrails' in high-level meeting

    The US has approved new arms sales to the island of Taiwan and sent a warship close to China's Nanshan and Xisha islands in the South China Sea, only a week after a five-hour high-level bilateral meeting on July 9, which analysts believe fully demonstrates the internal chaos of US policy and its hypocrisy and untrustworthy.

    By Zhang Han and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/17 20:30:24
  • US warship's consecutive trespasses into Nansha, Xisha islands 'exposes own anxiety'

    A US destroyer sailed near the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea on Saturday, only a few days after it was driven away by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) from Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands. Consecutive provocations from the US expose not only its navigational hegemony, but also its anxiety facing the growing capabilities of the PLA, experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/16 17:52:01
  • Biden admin's 5th arms sale to Taiwan slammed for double dealing

    The US on Friday (US time) announced the fourth arms sale to the island of Taiwan in 2022 - the fifth total under the Joe Biden administration - despite the Taiwan question has been repeatedly mentioned in several recent China-US high-level meetings which showed consensus for avoiding escalating tension.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/16 17:43:11
  • PLA's attack helicopters start routine border patrols in high-altitude Karakoram

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) attack helicopters started to join transport helicopters in routine border patrols in the high-altitude Karakoram Mountains, a move analysts said on Thursday will enable the PLA border defense troops to gain enhanced air support and better safeguard the country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/14 23:11:55
  • US 'escalates provocation' in South China Sea with carrier operation

    A US aircraft carrier reportedly entered the South China Sea and operated near the Nansha Islands on Wednesday, while at the same time a US destroyer trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands, a move that Chinese experts on Thursday deemed as an escalated provocation that could lead to an unwanted conflict.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/14 18:40:04
  • PLA releases photos of warning away trespassing US warship, shows confidence in tackling navigational hegemony

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command warned away a US destroyer which trespassed in Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday, and published photos of the operation for the first time, in a move that analysts said reflected the PLA's growing confidence and readiness against US provocations.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/7/13 11:51:39
  • China-Pakistan joint naval drill enters live-fire phase with participation of both countries' Type 054A frigates for 1st time

    The ongoing China-Pakistan joint naval drill off Shanghai entered a live-fire phase on Tuesday after wrapping up the exchange phase on shore, with analysts saying that the Pakistan Navy's China-built Type 054A/P frigate is expected to gain valuable experience from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's vessel of the same type.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/12 20:46:14
  • China, Pakistan kick off joint naval drill off Shanghai, with China-built warship from Pakistan joining

    With Pakistan's most advanced warship built by China participating, China and Pakistan launched a joint naval exercise off Shanghai on Sunday to further enhance military cooperation and deepen friendship, with Chinese analysts saying that the drills target maritime security threats, including those to strategic transport sea lanes.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/7/10 19:03:27
  • PLA holds joint drills around Taiwan over US senator visit: Chinese military

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted large-scale drills around Taiwan in response to a US senator's recent visit to the island, both the Chinese military and the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday, while the Taiwan Affairs Office expressed opposition to the US' interfering with the Taiwan question.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Xin | 2022/7/8 11:43:08
  • China to conduct flight test for aircraft of key 'strategic, historic significance'

    China is planning to conduct a flight test for an important type of aircraft that has crucial strategic and historic significance, said a top official at the flight test center of the Chinese military's top warplane contractor in a recent meeting.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/7 23:09:05
  • PLA naval activities around Japan intensify amid Tokyo provocation, 'to become routine'

    Over the past month, the Japanese Defense Ministry has posted more than a dozen reports on Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) naval activities around the island country, as the last ship in the PLA Navy task force led by the Type 055 large destroyer Lhasa reportedly returned to the East China Sea on Tuesday, wrapping up its voyage that went round Japan almost entirely.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/6 21:13:17
  • Chinese, Russian warships approach Diaoyu Islands as Russia 'sends warning to Japan'

    Japan's Ministry of Defense hyped on Monday that Chinese and Russian warships were spotted near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea almost at the same time earlier in the day. Chinese and Russian vessels have the right, albeit different, to freely navigate in the contiguous zone of the Diaoyu Islands of China, experts pointed out, saying that the Russian Navy's recent military activities in the West Pacific is a warning to Japan amid Japanese sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/4 21:48:25
  • China's latest CH tilt-rotor drone gets domestically developed engine

    With a procurement contract signed recently, China's latest CH large tilt-rotor drone will get a domestically developed turboshaft engine, giving the aircraft advantages in terms of efficiency and reliability in transport missions, developers said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/4 19:39:52
  • Aircraft carrier Shandong wraps up maintenance, prepares for voyage

    As China's second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, has reportedly left the port where it received its first scheduled maintenance since it was commissioned, analysts said on Sunday the domestically built carrier will be well prepared for far sea operations thanks to the refurbishment.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/3 18:39:59
  • China's future aircraft carrier program 'depends on security needs': defense ministry

    China will take national security needs and the development of equipment technology into consideration for the country's future aircraft carrier program, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday, after China's 80,000 ton-class, electromagnetic catapults-equipped third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, was launched earlier this month.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/6/30 22:50:33
  • US surveillance satellite probe poses big security threat: experts

    US media reported a recent event in which a pair of Chinese satellites evaded a probe attempt by a US space surveillance satellite, with Chinese experts saying on Wednesday that the US spying activities in space pose enormous security threats to many countries including China. They said the US media's hyping of Chinese satellites' defensive measures is a vile trick.

    By Fan Wei and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/30 0:37:23
  • PLA Navy transport aircraft hold simulated landing on carrier, 'indicate 3rd carrier to be equipped with cargo planes'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held simulation training for transport aircraft to land on aircraft carriers, with military analysts saying on Wednesday that the move indicated that China is now developing fixed-wing transport aircraft and special mission aircraft including early warning aircraft for its third aircraft carrier, thanks to the latter's electromagnetic catapults.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/29 22:21:01
  • Japan announces ill-intended ambition to hike military spending at G7 summit

    Japan will fundamentally bolster its defense in five years with a substantial increase in military spending, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Sunday during the Group of Seven summit in Germany, following the country's high-profile drills with the US and Australia and prior to participation in the US-led large-scale Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).

    By Zhang Han and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/27 23:58:11
  • US sends destroyer to South China Sea after provocative spy plane flyover in Taiwan Straits

    The US Navy reportedly sent a warship to the South China Sea on Saturday, only one day after a US spy plane provocatively flew over the Taiwan Straits under the close monitoring of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). Chinese experts said on Sunday that the US vessel might also stir up troubles in the South China Sea or the Taiwan Straits, yet the PLA would be ready to deal with any aggressions it could make.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/26 20:06:22
  • PLA monitors US spy aircraft flyover in Taiwan Straits, vows to safeguard national sovereignty

    The PLA has organized air and ground forces to monitor the entire operation of the US spy aircraft's flyover in the Taiwan Straits: spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the PLA

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/25 10:00:46
  • PLA vessels join aircraft in large-scale drills around Taiwan

    A large number of warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sailed to waters east of the island of Taiwan and south of Japan as dozens of PLA warplanes carried out drills on Tuesday and Wednesday, with analysts saying on Thursday that the joint maritime and aerial exercise could greatly enhance combat readiness against “Taiwan independence” and foreign interference forces.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/23 23:19:40
  • China delivers 2nd Type 054A/P frigate to Pakistan

    China delivered the second of four powerful Type 054A/P frigates to the Pakistan Navy on Thursday, highlighting the friendship between the two neighboring countries, which serves as a pillar of peace and stability in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/23 20:52:36
  • PLA sends 29 warplanes around Taiwan, 'practices new tactics to counter US aircraft carrier intervention'

    Twenty-nine Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes entered the island of Taiwan's self-proclaimed air defense identification zone on Tuesday, marking the third largest PLA aerial drill around Taiwan this year, which according to Chinese military observers indicated that the PLA could be practicing new tactics to counter possible US aircraft carrier intervention.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Zhang Hui | 2022/6/22 22:59:05
  • PLA warships circumnavigate Japan in distance sea drills amid US, Japanese provocations

    Led by the Type 055 large destroyer Lhasa, a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla reportedly sailed from northwest to the east and south sides of Japan on Monday and Tuesday after making transits in three strategic straits near the island country, and the vessels are expected to make a full circle around Japan if they are to continue in their path and return to base, similarly to a voyage by a Chinese-Russian joint flotilla last year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/21 23:46:16
  • Harvest time for China's aircraft carrier development through a century's waves

    On June 17, China launched its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian. The 80,000 ton-class heavy vessel is also the country's second domestically developed carrier and the first one in China equipped with electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices, greatly narrowing the technological gap with its US counterparts. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy had no aircraft carrier 10 years ago, and the launch of the Fujian reflects just how fast China's aircraft carrier program has developed and the big strides made by the PLA Navy.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/21 23:11:49
  • China holds latest antiballistic missile technical test, 'proves reliability amid improving technologies'

    China carried out a land-based, mid-course antiballistic missile (ABM) technical test on Sunday, with analysts saying the successful interception proved the reliability of the country's antiballistic missile umbrella at a time when technologies on both ballistic missiles and antiballistic missile interceptors are improving.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/19 23:54:54
  • PLA Navy's Type 055 large destroyer Lhasa holds 1st far sea drills in Sea of Japan

    China's second Type 055 large destroyer, the Lhasa, is reportedly holding its first far sea drills by entering the Sea of Japan, with experts saying on Wednesday that the ship has achieved full operational capability and demonstrated its capabilities in deterring possible foreign military interference in the Taiwan Straits at a time when the US and Japan have been repeatedly provoking China over the Taiwan question.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/15 20:53:29
  • Chinese military launches non-commissioned officer recruitment program among gaokao sitters

    China is recruiting non-commissioned officers (NCOs) for specific purposes among 2022 national college entrance examinations (or gaokao) sitters for the first time since the nation launched the NCO program, underscoring the country's efforts to boost the quality of its troops and improve the employment of graduates at the same time.

    By Deng Xiaoci and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/14 22:26:30
  • Xi signs outlines that direct China's military operations other than war

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently signed an order to promulgate a set of trial outlines on military operations other than war, which will take effect on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/13 22:40:48
  • Chinese defense chief sends 'strongest warning' to US on Taiwan question; 'Indo-Pacific strategy will fail to divide region'

    The Chinese armed forces will fight to the very end if anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, said the Chinese defense chief in a speech delivered at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Sunday. Chinese analysts said this is the strongest warning China has sent to the US, as Washington has frequently used the Taiwan question to provoke China and encourage the separatist authorities on the island to worsen the region's security situation.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/12 23:29:28
  • China's stealth drone ship wraps up 1st autonomous sea trial

    China's first domestically developed 200 ton-class unmanned surface vessel, characterized by its capabilities in stealth and far sea operation, has wrapped up its first autonomous sea trial, with analysts saying that drone ships like this can provide new tactics for naval warfare including distributed operations and swarm combat.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/9 19:23:44
  • PLA includes robots, drones in amphibious landing training for officer cadets

    Academies of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently integrated a large number of unmanned and intelligent equipment including unmanned vehicles, drones and robots into the amphibious landing training for officer cadets, showing a high level of combat preparedness and what future amphibious landing warfare could be like.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/8 20:02:07
  • US rallies Canada, Australia for close-in recon on China; 'PLA could do similar to them' as countermeasure

    With the participation of Australia and Canada, the US-led Five Eyes alliance has conducted a new trick to provoke China and test the resolve of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by carrying out aerial close-in reconnaissance near China, analysts said on Tuesday, with data showing dozens of such flights were conducted in the East China Sea and the South China Sea recently.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/7 20:48:57
  • Australia's military provocations on China, accusations of PLA's legitimate countermeasures reflect own anxiety

    Australia must understand that China's comprehensive national strength is much larger than Australia's, not to mention the huge gap between the two countries' military strength. Australia is daring to provoke China in this way only because of its master, the US. But in the end, Australia is no US. The PLA takes resolute measures even against US military provocations, and Australia should expect nothing less. If Australia continues to test China's bottom lines, it should prepare to see more powerful countermeasures from China than tactical moves like aircraft intercept with flare and chaff or laser-pointing with rangefinders.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/5 23:06:20
  • Drones deployed on aircraft carrier Shandong; 'more advanced tech to come soon'

    The deployment of lightweight drones on the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's aircraft carrier Shandong sparked a wave of speculation by overseas media, which hyped that China has surpassed the US in deploying drones on aircraft carriers.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/5 21:36:44
  • PLA aircraft deal with Canadian, Australian provocative close-in recon in East and South China Seas

    Warplanes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently dealt with close-in reconnaissance and provocative activities by surveillance planes from Canada and Australia on China in the East China Sea and South China Sea respectively, Chinese sources and analysts said on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan, Liu Xuanzun and Hu Jinyang | 2022/6/5 19:55:30
  • Exclusive: Canadian warplanes provoke China with close-in recon over E.China Sea; claims that China buzzing military flights not true: source

    Reports claiming that the Chinese military aircraft "buzzed" Canadian military aircraft are not consistent with the truth: it was the Canadian warplanes that traveled all the way to the East China Sea and conducted close-in reconnaissance, thus provoking China, a source familiar with the matter told the Global Times on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/6/5 12:31:41
  • PLA holds three combat drills around Taiwan in one month amid US-Taiwan military collusion

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Wednesday announced a third large-scale military exercise around the island of Taiwan in the past 30 days targeting US-Taiwan collusion, seeing US Senator Tammy Duckworth off as she was leaving Taiwan following her three-day visit, in which the island's regional leader Tsai Ing-wen said that a cooperation plan between the US National Guard and Taiwan's armed forces was in the works.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Caiyu | 2022/6/1 16:44:25
  • Chinese Defense Minister to attend Shangri-La Dialogue; throws possibility of a meeting with US defense chief into spotlight

    Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will attend the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in early June, the ministry announced Tuesday. With speculation rising over the possibility of a first in-person meeting between Wei and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the event amid tensions across the Taiwan Straits, Chinese experts said on Tuesday that both sides should keep communicating, despite low expectations for a tangible result.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/31 22:15:52
  • Shanghai-based shipyard in full swing as Omicron abates, 'ready for launch of 3rd aircraft carrier'

    In a significant achievement of work resumption after the latest COVID-19 resurgence in Shanghai, the Jiangnan Shipyard on Monday launched three new ships and readied two ships for next stage of construction, with the shipbuilder vowing to make up for lost time and complete all production missions on time.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/31 21:29:52
  • PLA sends 30 warplanes near Taiwan island amid US senator visit, carrier drills

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly dispatched 30 warplanes to the vicinity of the island of Taiwan on Monday, the same day a US senator arrived on the island for a surprise visit, and also at the same time the US Navy was holding dual carrier drills not far away from the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/5/31 15:14:06
  • China's J-16 fighter jets deployed in latest joint strategic patrol with Russia

    In the first such move, China's state broadcaster revealed on Sunday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force deployed fighter jets as escorts for Chinese and Russian bombers during last week's regular joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region by the two major powers, with experts saying more advanced fighter jets like China's J-20 and Russia's Su-57 could join the patrol next time.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/29 22:24:45
  • China keeps close eye on US dual carrier drills after PLA exercises

    The US Navy reportedly conducted dual aircraft carrier exercises on Saturday and Sunday to the southeast of Okinawa, not far from the location where the Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy just wrapped up its three-week-long drills.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/29 18:12:03
  • China slams Japan for close-range tracking of aircraft carrier, says it doesn't want 'dedicated photographers'

    China on Thursday slammed Japan for making dangerous close-range tracking and disruptions to an aircraft carrier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during the latter's recent, legitimate drills in the West Pacific, with analysts saying that the Japanese move reflected the country's ulterior motive of offensive military expansion under the excuse of the "China threat" theory.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/26 22:34:15
  • PLA holds 2nd large-scale drills around Taiwan this month after Biden claims to 'defend' island

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday announced a second large-scale military exercise around the island of Taiwan this month in a move analysts said is a powerful response to remarks by US President Joe Biden two days ago, in which he claimed the US would intervene militarily if the Chinese mainland were to reunify with the Taiwan by force.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/5/25 21:04:27
  • China, Russia hold joint aerial patrol for 4th consecutive year amid Biden's Asia visit at Quad summit

    China and Russia on Tuesday carried out a regular joint strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region for the fourth consecutive year, a move analysts said displayed a high level of military cooperation between the two major powers that contributes to peace and stability in the region and the world at a time when both countries are facing stern, provocative pressure from the US and the West.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/5/24 20:08:34
  • PLA increases warship activities in key straits near Japan amid provocative US, Japanese remarks

    Soon after the Liaoning aircraft carrier group wrapped up its far sea drills in waters between Japan and the island of Taiwan, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sent more warships simultaneously through two strategically important straits northwest and southwest of Japan on Monday, marking an increase in Chinese naval activities in the region at a time when US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made provocative remarks on China during Biden's visit to Japan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/24 18:29:31
  • PLA Navy's Liaoning carrier group returns from West Pacific after 'longest, most sortie-intensive' exercise

    The Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly returned to the East China Sea from its far sea training, and with over 300 aircraft sorties in some 20 days, the mission marked the longest and most sortie-intensive exercise by the Chinese carrier in the West Pacific, displaying the PLA's capabilities to deal with potential US or Japanese intervention in the Taiwan question amid wrong remarks made by the two countries.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/5/23 19:28:28
  • China's new-type armored recovery vehicle makes debut in plateau drills

    With a new type of armored recovery vehicle demonstrating its capabilities in a recent exercise in the Karakoram Mountains, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command has received a powerful supportive tool that will greatly enhance its armored combat capability in plateau, experts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/23 19:23:43
  • US uses sales of second-hand arms as bait to expand influence, but irresponsible transfers risk empowering terrorists, criminals

    At the US-ASEAN Summit held earlier this month, US President Joe Biden promised to enhance security cooperation with Southeast Asian countries with an obvious intent to actively rope in ASEAN member states into the malicious US strategy of containing China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/22 22:56:11
  • PLA bombers hold drills in West Pacific 'in coordination with carrier group'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sent its most powerful bombers on Wednesday for drills in the West Pacific, joining the Liaoning aircraft carrier group, which has been holding exercises there since the start of the month, a move experts said could be a rehearsal for keeping foreign forces from interfering in the Taiwan question, after reports suggested Japan and the US were set to affirm boosting cooperation over the Taiwan question at an upcoming bilateral summit.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/19 18:50:37
  • China's latest large helicopter AC313A makes maiden flight

    China's latest, domestically developed multipurpose large helicopter, the AC313A, made its maiden flight on Tuesday, taking a tremendous step toward the expansion of China's arsenal of aviation equipment for emergency rescue.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2022/5/17 19:42:22
  • Taiwan changes computerized war games to map-based simulation, shows 'lack of confidence, self-deception'

    Taiwan authorities kicked off their annual Han Kuang military exercise on Monday. However, while attempting to attract attention with scenarios drawn from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the first phase of the war games, an "all-out defense" computer simulation, will surprisingly be changed this year into a map-based one, a less accurate and objective format without a final outcome, which experts said reflects a lack of confidence of the Taiwan military and is self-deceiving.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/16 23:40:06
  • China's Z-20 chopper sling-loads all-terrain vehicle for 1st time, can transport 'artillery, drones'

    China's domestically developed Z-20 helicopter can transport a wide variety of vehicles including self-propelled mortars, howitzers, multiple rocket launchers and air defense missile platforms as well as land drones, giving aerial assault troops more tactical options and advantages, experts said on Monday, after the chopper recently successfully practiced sling-loading an all-terrain vehicle for the first time.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/16 19:53:29
  • China's 2nd large destroyer passes comprehensive test, 'fully ready for far sea missions'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's second Type 055 large destroyer, the Lhasa, recently passed a full-course training assessment that comprehensively tested the vessel's air defense, maritime attack and anti-submarine capabilities in mock battles, with experts saying on Sunday that the warship with more than 10,000 tons of displacement is 100 percent ready for far sea missions beyond the first island chain.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/15 19:07:40
  • PLA Navy holds 1st dual amphibious assault ship drills, 'gains powerful new instrument in reunification'

    Two Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Type 075 amphibious assault ships recently sailed together in a dual ship exercise for the first time, a move analysts said not only showed that the recently commissioned second ship has achieved a high level of combat capability, but also provided the PLA with a powerful new instrument in amphibious landing operations, with the island of Taiwan being a key potential target.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/12 20:25:23
  • Foreign reports on PLA Navy's new submarine 'speculative and biased'

    Foreign media reported on Tuesday that China recently launched what seems to be a new or upgraded class of nuclear-powered attack submarine, citing analyses based on satellite images.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/11 22:14:00
  • Over 100 aircraft drill sorties from carrier Liaoning in 6 days near Japan, Taiwan island 'demonstrate readiness'

    Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Tuesday that the aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy hosted more than 100 aircraft sorties within six days when recently conducting drills near Japan and the island of Taiwan, a figure that analysts said demonstrated the carrier's high level of training, and showed that the carrier can do even better in real combat.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/11 20:11:01
  • PLA shadows US cruiser through Taiwan Straits, vows to counter provocations

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Tuesday shadowed a US Navy cruiser when it made a provocative transit through the Taiwan Straits.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/11 1:32:53
  • PLA holds joint drills east, southwest to Taiwan island, 'sends warning to secessionists, external forces'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a large-scale joint exercise surrounding the island of Taiwan from both sides, a move that experts said on Monday demonstrated and further boosted the PLA's high level of combat preparedness over Taiwan and sent a strong warning to "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and external interference forces at a time when those forces repeatedly made wrong remarks and actions on the Taiwan question.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/9 7:10:39
  • PLA encircles Taiwan island with carrier drills amid US, Japanese provocations

    Starting a routine, realistic combat training mission in the West Pacific about a week ago, the Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly been practicing intensively over the past few days in the Philippine Sea to the east of the island of Taiwan and south of Japan, a location that experts said is a vital place to stop potential external interference from countries like the US and Japan in event of a reunification-by-force operation in the Taiwan Straits.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/8 19:43:55
  • UPDATE: Aircraft carrier Liaoning hosts fighter jet drills in Philippine Sea, 'displays confidence'

    The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy hosted fighter jet drills in the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, Japan's defense ministry said on Wednesday, soon after the PLA Navy announced the carrier group sailed into the West Pacific for a routine, realistic combat far sea training mission.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/5 0:21:34
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