Liu Xuanzun
Reporter, Beijing
Defense reporter at the Global Times covering weapons and military development.
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  • 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
  • PLA's Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft resumes patrols around Taiwan island

    A Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly conducted a maritime patrol mission near the island of Taiwan on Tuesday, two months since this type of aircraft last appeared in the region, amid speculation that an aircraft of this type had an accident in March.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/4 19:48:32
  • Liaoning aircraft carrier group starts routine, realistic combat training in West Pacific

    Led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning, a very powerful Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla reportedly entered the West Pacific via the Miyako Strait on Monday, in a move analysts said on Tuesday could be the carrier group's first routine far sea drills of 2022.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/5/3 11:41:53
  • Serbia displays 'powerful, affordable' Chinese air defense missiles for the 1st time, 'not meant as a threat but rightful natl defense devt'

    Serbia displayed its latest addition to its arsenal, the Chinese-made FK-3 air defense missile system, to the general public for the first time on Saturday, after concentrated sorties of Y-20 large transport aircraft from the Chinese Air Force delivered the weapon to the European country in April.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/5/1 15:26:42
  • PLA shadows US destroyer transiting Taiwan Straits, condemns provocative move

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command announced on Wednesday that its forces shadowed a US destroyer when the latter made a transit through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday, slamming the US move as a provocation that intentionally sabotaged peace and stability in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/27 12:48:24
  • China's home-built aircraft carrier Shandong starts 1st maintenance, refurbishment: media reports

    The Shandong, China's second aircraft carrier and the first developed domestically, reportedly started its first scheduled maintenance and refurbishment that is expected to enhance the flattop's usability after more than two years of active service. The procedure could involve the painting of new non-skid coating as well as repairs and upgrades for some subsystems, and the carrier would come back stronger than ever in a few months, observers said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/24 19:02:17
  • PLA Navy celebrates 73rd birthday with half dozen new warships, conspicuous hint on third aircraft carrier

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Saturday celebrated its 73rd anniversary since its founding by announcing the commissioning of half a dozen powerful warships and two types of advanced vessel-based helicopters which have already started training to form combat capabilities. These achievements are a reflection of the Navy's rapid, tremendous growth over the recent years that is enabling the naval force to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, top officers on some of the country's mightiest warships said in exclusive interviews with the Global Times.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/4/23 15:25:10
  • UPDATE: Shanghai shipyard to resume production following epidemic after PLA implies imminent launch of 3rd aircraft carrier

    One day ahead its 73rd founding anniversary on Saturday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Friday released a promotional video on China's aircraft carrier program, in which it gave a very obvious hint that the country's third aircraft carrier will be officially revealed soon.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/22 12:16:37
  • PLA Navy announces commissioning of 2nd Type 075 amphibious assault ship, 6th Type 055 large destroyer

    Shortly before its 73rd founding anniversary on Saturday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced on Thursday for the first time the commissioning of its second Type 075 amphibious assault ship and its sixth Type 055 large destroyer, as they have already started training exercises.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/21 21:23:19
  • Foreign media reports on China's ship-launched, air-launched anti-ship ballistic missiles 'merely speculative'

    After commissioning the road-mobile DF-21D and DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) also has ship- and air-launched variants of such hypersonic weapons in its arsenal that can keep US carrier strike groups at a distance, foreign media recently reported.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/21 20:48:05
  • Defense minister stresses China's resolve, warns against US provocations in 'late' first phone talk with Austin

    Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe had a phone call with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday at the latter's request, with Wei stressing the importance of the Taiwan question, while demanding the US to stop its military provocations at sea, and not to throw mud or threaten China with the Ukraine issue.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/20 20:44:45
  • Two new Type 055 large destroyers, a new Type 052D destroyer confirmed in PLA Navy service

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy displayed three of its latest warships that have recently entered service – two Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyers and a Type 052D destroyer – prior to its 73rd founding anniversary on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/20 19:08:19
  • High speed, AI trends for future helicopters: Chinese attack chopper designer

    High speeds and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the trends in the development of future helicopters, a top Chinese military helicopter designer said during a recent public lecture, giving a glimpse into the possibilities of the country's next-generation choppers, which could feature completely new designs and configurations.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/18 21:56:18
  • Serbia confirms procurement of Chinese FK-3 air defense missile system: media

    Serbia has procured the Chinese FK-3 air defense missile system, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic reportedly confirmed on Wednesday, after reports emerged on Saturday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force was delivering the air defense equipment via Y-20 large transport aircraft.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/13 22:57:34
  • Pentagon's 'China, Russia threat in space' hype aims at hegemony, developing own military: FM

    By disregarding facts and repeatedly hyping the "space threat from China and Russia," the US is creating excuses to develop its own military and seek hegemony in space, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, after the Pentagon's intelligence agency claimed on Tuesday that China and Russia are developing and deploying weapons that can stop US satellites while also increasing its own fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) space vehicles.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/13 21:10:34
  • J-20 fighter jet starts routine training patrols in East, South China Seas

    The J-20, China's most powerful, domestically developed stealth fighter jet, has started to patrol the East China Sea and the South China Sea in routine training sessions, and experts said on Wednesday that the move will enable the advanced warplane to better safeguard China's airspace security and maritime interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/13 19:48:21
  • Taiwan's drills, defense handbook 'futile in resisting reunification'

    The island of Taiwan on Tuesday held military exercises and released a civil defense handbook in an apparent move to hype cross-Straits tensions, which was met with a negative reception on the island, and mainland experts said that neither move will be helpful to Taiwan secessionists should a conflict break out.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/12 21:05:23
  • US claims of China's nukes 'excuse for own expansion'

    US military leaders, politicians and media have been repeatedly hyping the so-called China nuclear arsenal expansion, highlighted recently again by a report by the Wall Street Journal, and these speculations are an excuse for the US to expand its own nuclear arsenal and push the "China threat" theory, Chinese experts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/4/11 22:39:42
  • PLA gathers hundreds of arms firms, seeks logistics boost from intelligent drones

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Joint Logistics Support Force recently organized an unmanned intelligent equipment inspection event, gathering hundreds of arms companies to display their drone products, in a move analysts said on Monday to find the right equipment that can enhance the Chinese military's logistics support capabilities and boost the PLAs' overall combat capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/11 22:17:22
  • PLA's delivery of normal military goods to Serbia a 'scheduled cooperation project,' does not target 3rd party: FM

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently dispatched transport aircraft to deliver military goods to Serbia in a normal, prescheduled move, a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after a record-breaking number of Chinese Y-20 cargo planes were spotted in Serbia on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/11 19:46:11
  • Spotting of six Y-20 cargo planes in Serbia 'displays China's strategic transport capabilities'

    A fleet of six Y-20 cargo planes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force was reportedly spotted in Serbia on Saturday, with observers saying on Sunday that it could be the largest overseas operation by the Chinese domestically developed large transport plane yet, displaying the country's strategic transport capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/4/10 18:49:41
  • AUKUS plans hypersonic weapons to confront China as US speeds up NATO, Asian allies' coordination

    As the US, the UK and Australia announced they would cooperate to develop hypersonic weapons under the framework of the new AUKUS alliance and the NATO leaders are set - for the first time ever - to discuss China's influence and "coercive policies" in its next strategic concept, analysts said that the US is making use of the Ukraine crisis to speed up the coordination of NATO and the "Asian version of NATO" to serve its purpose of containing China and keep its global hegemony, which will bring greater harm to both regional and global peace, and risk a regional arms race.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Liu Xin | 2022/4/6 21:53:42
  • Renewed US hype of 'China's nuclear expansion' filled with hegemonic intentions

    A top US admiral again hyped China's "expansion of strategic and nuclear arsenal" on Tuesday, making irresponsible and speculative remarks on the country's hypersonic weapons tests and construction of missile silos. Chinese experts said that the hype is nothing new and that the US is aiming to maintain its global military hegemony and making excuses for its record-breaking defense budget.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/6 0:59:01
  • PLA Air Force's JL-10 trainer jet drops 500kg bombs in training exercise for the first time

    The JL-10 advanced trainer jet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, known as the L-15 on its export version, for the first time dropped 500-kilogram aviation bombs at a PLA Air Force academy in a training exercise, displaying the PLA Air Force's training plan for cadets to master ground attack and bombing early in their training program and the aircraft's outstanding capabilities, analysts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/5 23:24:12
  • China's new military helicopter with innovative design makes 1st flight

    China's top helicopter makers recently announced that a new type of helicopter with an innovative design has successfully completed its maiden flight, and this prototype chopper will lead to the development of the next-generation, high-performance helicopter for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/4/5 18:02:01
  • PLA fighter jets hold cross-regional drills over 5,000km, show capabilities

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently organized a cross-day-and-night, cross-regional maneuver exercise that saw multiple types of fighter jets flying across more than 5,000 kilometers in less than 20 hours, covering different terrains including plateaus and the sea, demonstrating not only the outstanding capabilities of the pilots and warplanes, but also the strong logistics support capabilities of all air bases involved, experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/30 19:42:53
  • Biden mired in credibility crisis on Ukraine amid attempt to seek defense spending boost

    The White House on Monday asked Congress for an $813 billion national defense in 2023, including $773 billion for the Pentagon, a four percent rise from the 2022 submission, with the "pacing challenge" of China and the "Russian aggression" to justify the request.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/29 23:57:24
  • Alleged PLA Navy ship's port call in Djibouti 'contributes to regional stability'

    Foreign media on Tuesday claimed that a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship recently docked at the PLA Support Base in Djibouti "for the first time," in an obvious attempt to hype the "China threat" theory. But analysts said that such a docking would be normal so the PLA vessels that carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia can get replenishment, and the Chinese military presence contributes to regional peace and stability, not the other way around as some foreign media claimed.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/29 21:12:22
  • Large destroyer Nanchang holds live-fire cross-regional drills

    China's first 10,000 ton-class large destroyer, the Nanchang, recently conducted a series of live-fire cross-regional drills under realistic combat scenarios, in a move that analysts said on Monday prepared the warship for some impactful far sea exercises likely to come later this year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/28 22:08:31
  • US, Philippines hold largest joint military drills in years 'with different goals'

    The US and the Philippines kicked off one of their largest joint exercises in years on Monday in a region where US media hyped them as facing Taiwan and the South China Sea, but experts pointed out that the Philippines will not become a pawn of the US after seeing what the US has done in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/28 19:51:08
  • PLA Marine Corps holds amphibious landing drills with the world's largest hovercraft

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps recently conducted a series of round-the-clock joint amphibious landing drills with Navy surface vessels and the world's largest hovercraft, enhancing and displaying the PLA Navy's amphibious landing capabilities, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/27 23:28:47
  • US practices new war concepts with 100+ drills near China: think tank report

    The report was released only one day before the annual US-Philippines Balikatan Exercise was scheduled to kick off. Media report said this year's Balikatan Exercise would be the "largest-ever," with about 5,100 US military personnel and 3,800 personnel from the Philippines participating from Monday to April 8 across Luzon.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/27 19:42:02
  • US Navy deploys 3 spy ships near China at once 'in support of submarine warfare'

    The US Navy has reportedly deployed three spy ships simultaneously to sensitive waters near China over the past week in a provocative move experts said on Thursday aims to boost its submarine and anti-submarine warfare capabilities against the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), after the US “acknowledged its shortcomings” with last year's undersea collision of the USS Connecticut nuclear-powered attack submarine in the South China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/24 18:26:35
  • Australia sets up space command against China, a 'political show risks arms race'

    Following the lead of the US' Space Force and claiming to counter China and Russia, Australia announced the establishment of its Space Command, in a move analysts said is a political show that reaffirms Australia's subordinate role to the US in an attempt to contain China militarily despite the fact that Australia lacks the ability to do so.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/3/23 20:44:06
  • PLA Navy's upgraded J-11B fighter jet joins S.China Sea exercise

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has received delivery of an upgraded version of the J-11B fighter jet, with at least one participating in a recent mock combat exercise over the South China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/22 23:21:56
  • US expeditionary mobile base enters S.China Sea for 1st time, sending a worrying signal

    The USS Miguel Keith expeditionary mobile base, a type of large logistics support and command and control vessel, reportedly entered the South China Sea for the first time on Monday, with Chinese analysts saying on Tuesday that China should pay close attention to this alarming move, as the warship can potentially enable the US military to operate even more extensively in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/22 22:13:30
  • US admiral hypes 'China militarization' in S.China Sea

    A top US military commander on Sunday again hyped the so-called militarization by China in the South China Sea by personally participating in an aerial close-in reconnaissance on Chinese islands and reefs in the region together with journalists, which is a move that Chinese analysts said on Monday could be a political farce attempting to copy the Ukraine crisis in the Asia-Pacific, rallying allies, partners and other countries in the region to confront China.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/3/21 22:25:04
  • China's plateau-operable drone makes 1st flight with hydrogen power, extends endurance

    The AR-20, a multi-rotor drone domestically developed by China for security surveillance, border patrol and anti-terrorism missions, has spawned a hydrogen-powered variant that recently made its maiden flight.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/20 20:07:49
  • China's new rules on military equipment procurement contracts 'vital to modernization'

    China issued new interim rules to regulate military equipment procurement contracts on Sunday that aims to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement, with analysts saying that the new regulations, together with several others that have taken effect since last year related to military equipment, will serve as vital steps to China's pursuit of national defense modernization.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/20 19:57:05
  • J-20s' alleged close contact with F-35s over E.China Sea 'countermeasures against US activities'

    A top US Air Force general said that US F-35 stealth fighter jets recently had a close contact with China's J-20 stealth fighter jets over the East China Sea, and the US forces are "impressed" by them.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/3/17 15:33:36
  • PLA Navy's 2nd Sovremenny-class destroyer returns after upgrades

    The Fuzhou, the second Sovremenny-class destroyer and one of the last imported vessels of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, has recently returned to active service and joined exercises after undergoing a refit and modernization, with experts saying on Wednesday that the warship is now even more powerful and adapted to the PLA Navy's combat system.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/17 1:38:57
  • Mirage 2000 fighter's crash reflects Taiwan military's lack of competence: experts

    A Mirage 2000 fighter jet belonging to the island of Taiwan's air force crashed off the east coast of the island on Monday, only three months after an F-16V fighter jet crashed in January.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/14 21:34:24
  • China's WS-15 turbofan engine undergoes tests, shows improved performance

    The WS-15, China's next generation turbofan engine expected to be used on the J-20 stealth fighter jet to greatly improve its performance, has undergone several tests that saw the engine further improved and optimized, the state broadcaster recently reported.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/14 21:32:47
  • India's 'accidental' missile fire into Pakistan raises questions, concerns

    After an Indian supersonic missile was allegedly accidentally fired into Pakistani territory last week, Pakistan demanded a joint probe on Saturday, as Pakistan said it doubts India's internal inquiry will answer its questions over India's capabilities to handle such weapons properly. Other countries neighboring India including China should also be concerned about India's lack of effective security protocols or technical safeguards, as this could potentially lead to unexpected consequences under complex situations, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/13 21:27:15
  • China delivers first J-10CE fighter jets to Pakistan in a milestone move

    The Pakistan Air Force on Friday held an induction ceremony for the first batch of six J-10CE fighter jets in Kamra, with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attending the event.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/11 17:47:22
  • China's 'reasonable, appropriate' defense budget boost contributes to natl security, world peace: military delegation deputy

    China's defense expenditure has kept a reasonable, appropriate increase, and will contribute to safeguarding national security and world peace, a Chinese legislator from military delegation told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/10 19:47:31
  • PLA Navy reveals commissioning of two new Type 052D destroyers

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has commissioned two new Type 052D destroyers, the Zhanjiang and the Jiaozuo, official reports revealed on Tuesday. More ships of this class have likely also recently entered naval service or are about to, said observers.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/9 22:55:42
  • China fully capable of jet engine development, narrowing technology gaps

    With efforts including establishing a laboratory dedicated to research on aviation components, China is now capable of resolving complex problems of warplane engines, said a Chinese political advisor who delivered domestically developed engine technologies for the J-20, the country's most advanced stealth fighter jet.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/9 22:03:44
  • FC-31 stealth fighter spearheads display of cutting-edge Chinese equipment at Saudi Arabia's 1st World Defense Show

    The Chinese arms industry brought a wide selection of cutting-edge weapons and equipment, including the FC-31 stealth fighter jet, to the ongoing first edition of Saudi Arabia's World Defense Show in Riyadh.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/9 0:46:22
  • Chinese legislator urges efficient use of PLA strategic airlift, installing logistics support devices at civil airports

    China should take advantage of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's growing fleet of Y-20 strategic transport aircraft by deploying them in a centralized and highly efficient way, and preinstall related logistics support equipment and devices across the country's civil airports for the Y-20, a Chinese legislator suggested at the ongoing two sessions in Beijing.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/8 20:14:47
  • China's defense budget growth justified as restrained amid foreign media hype

    China's 7.1 percent increase to its defense budget in 2022 is a restrained move that aims to safeguard the country's national sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and development interests, as well as to provide public security goods to the world, experts said on Sunday, in response to Western media's one-sided interpretation that hypes the military spending plan being the fastest increase since 2019 and outpaces the country's GDP growth target.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/6 20:10:19
  • China boosts defense budget by 7.1% for 2022 amid complex global situation

    China announced on Saturday its plan to boost the country's defense budget by 7.1 percent, to a total of 1.45 trillion yuan ($230 billion) in 2022, with analysts saying that the growth is steady and reasonable at a time when China needs to modernize its military capabilities to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity amid severe external threats and an unstable security environment.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/5 17:34:52
  • New US sanctions on Russia's defense industry 'won't have significant impact'

    In an attempt to impose significant costs on Russian weapons development and production companies as a means to strike the Russian military amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the US recently announced new sanctions on Russia's defense industry that media said could also affect Russia's arms trade, a vital source of the country's income.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Chi Jingyi | 2022/3/4 20:42:29
  • PLA warships wrap up far sea drills after Australia's laser incident hype

    Warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy wrapped up a series of combat alert patrols and far sea drills on Thursday that covered the South China Sea, the East Indian Ocean and the West Pacific, the PLA Navy announced after Australia falsely accused one of the Chinese ships of pointing a laser at an Australian patrol aircraft last month.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/4 1:13:10
  • China's defense budget expected to grow at around 7% in 2022 amid security threats: experts

    Ahead of China's announcement of its defense budget for 2022, analysts and observers predict that the country will likely continue to steadily increase its military expenditure, at a rate possibly slightly faster than last year, as China enjoys a positive economic development but faces severe security threats. The two factors provide a foundation and need for China to further develop its national defense capabilities to safeguard national sovereignty, territorial integrity and rightful interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Leng Shumei | 2022/3/3 22:19:31
  • China's 1st amphibious assault ship reaches initial operating capability, to make world tour

    China's first Type 075 amphibious assault ship, the Hainan, has reached initial operating capability, and the vessel will visit harbors and ports all over the world and provide an outstanding image for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the warship's captain told the state broadcaster.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/3/2 20:44:54
  • Taiwan hypes mainland weather balloon presence, 'reflects suspicious, frightened mindset'

    Media on the island of Taiwan on Sunday speculated that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been deploying high-altitude balloons to the island this month, with the island's defense authority claiming that the balloons were more likely for meteorological research purposes.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/28 0:16:19
  • PLA airborne troops take delivery of new Y-12 transport aircraft with better power, handle ability

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) airborne troops recently took delivery of new Y-12 transport aircraft that boasts significantly enhanced power, avionics and handling, with experts saying on Sunday that the aircraft is expected to host training missions for paratroopers and potentially carry out special forces tasks.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/27 20:34:36
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command tracks, monitors US warship in Taiwan Straits: spokesperson

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) tracked and monitored a US warship which made a transit in the Taiwan Straits on Saturday, and while the voyage of the US vessel seemed to be a regular move, it sent a wrong signal to the Taiwan secessionists amid their concern that they could be abandoned by the US like Ukraine, Chinese mainland experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/26 19:09:47
  • UPDATE: PLA monitors US warship transit in Taiwan Straits amid Ukraine crisis, slams move as 'hypocritical, futile'

    A US warship on Saturday reportedly made an attempt to transit the Taiwan Straits, and while the voyage seemed to be a regular move, it sent a wrong signal to the Taiwan secessionists amid their concern that they could be abandoned by the US like Ukraine, Chinese mainland experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/26 14:25:58
  • PLA holds landing drills in E.China Sea with new landing craft

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted landing drills featuring a new type of utility landing craft in the East China Sea, with observers saying on Thursday that this kind of craft can carry armored vehicles and troops, and complement air cushioned landing craft in large-scale landing missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/24 21:12:50
  • UAE to buy Chinese L-15 supersonic jets despite US pressure

    The Defense Ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Wednesday that it is planning to purchase a dozen Chinese L-15 advanced trainer and light combat jets with more being considered in the future.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/24 19:37:09
  • PLA Navy's corvette transfers to coast guard 'reflect development of both forces'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is reportedly transferring a batch of Type 056 corvettes to the China Coast Guard, with the ships now undergoing retrofitting work. Analysts said on Wednesday that this reflects that the navy has developed to a stage where it no longer needs so many coastal defense vessels, and the coast guard will receive a significant power boost in safeguarding key sea regions, islands and reefs.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/23 20:16:35
  • PLA vessels to wrap up relief supplies delivery to Tonga

    After more than a week's intensive unloading work, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy vessels carrying disaster relief supplies are about to wrap up the delivery mission to Tonga, as they have started to provide additional fresh water to ease the high local demand.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/23 0:05:54
  • China's Type 055 large destroyer Lhasa conducts live-fire drills, enhances combat capabilities

    The Lhasa, the second Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, recently conducted live-fire drills against sea, air and land targets, effectively enhancing the warship's comprehensive combat capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/22 1:25:29
  • China's Z-20 helicopter enters armed police service, offers mobility in anti-terrorist missions

    The Z-20, China's latest domestically developed tactical utility helicopter, is now in service with the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP) Force, together with the larger, plateau-operable Z-8G transport helicopter, and this will enhance the mobility and flexibility of the armed police in tasks including anti-terrorist, disaster relief and emergency rescue missions, analysts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/21 22:18:56
  • UPDATE: Australia's claim about PLA vessel's laser deployment false: Chinese authorities

    Australia's accusation that a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla pointed a laser at an Australian patrol aircraft is false, and it was the Australian aircraft that flew close to the Chinese vessels and provocatively dropped sonobuoys, Chinese authorities said on Monday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/21 18:26:12
  • Australia's accusation of PLA vessel's laser deployment 'false mud-throwing at China'

    Australia on Saturday accused a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla of aiming at laser at an Australian patrol aircraft, calling the move "unsafe," but this only exposes the Australian aircraft's unsafe, provocative close-in reconnaissance on the Chinese ships in the first place, and it is an attempt to throw mud at China when the PLA has been sending assistance to other countries in the region like Tonga and the Solomon Islands, helping them overcome disaster and epidemic, experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/2/21 0:06:49
  • Pakistan's acquisition of Chinese J-10C fighter jets significant for both sides: analysts

    After alleged images of the J-10C fighter jet with the marking of the Pakistan Air Force recently emerged on social media and were widely circulated by media outlets, Chinese analysts on Sunday lauded the latest defense cooperation between China and Pakistan, saying that the move yields great significance to both countries, in terms of boosting combat capabilities of the Pakistan military, promoting China's aviation equipment, and responding to both countries' security interests in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/20 23:18:52
  • China establishes office to promote exports of the FC-31 stealth fighter

    China has established an office dedicated to promoting the country's independently developed FC-31 stealth fighter jet on the international market in an effort by the aircraft's manufacturer to actively find customers.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/18 0:49:57
  • PLA's Ka-28 chopper appears near Taiwan, 'indicates joint operation'

    A Ka-28 anti-submarine helicopter of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) was spotted for the first time near the island of Taiwan on Wednesday, apparently operating from a warship sailing in the region, as Chinese mainland experts said Thursday that the PLA's routine drills near Taiwan likely often feature joint operations of aircraft and vessels, but the defense authority on the island only reported aircraft but failed to track vessels.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/17 23:13:01
  • China offers fighters, training aircrafts, choppers and drones at the Singapore Airshow

    China displayed a wide variety of military aircrafts, including the JF-17 fighter, the L-15 advanced trainer, the Z-10 armed chopper and the Wing Loong drone, at the ongoing Singapore Airshow. Observers said on Wednesday that Chinese warplanes could be an attractive choice for countries in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/17 0:02:16
  • Mainland aircraft spotted near Taiwan-occupied island 'exposes weak air defense'

    The defense authority on the island of Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed that a Chinese mainland civilian aircraft recently approached Dongyin Island, a Taiwan-occupied island not far from the Chinese mainland, and Taiwan side speculated that the Chinese mainland was testing Taiwan's response measures.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/16 20:06:10
  • PLA Navy flotilla to arrive in Tonga to deliver second batch of relief from China

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla carrying disaster relief supplies that departed from China late last month will arrive in Tonga soon, and the sailors are adjusting plans to unload the supplies based on the changing situation of the port to be visited, Chinese state broadcaster reported on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/14 23:09:09
  • China's latest portable missile shows world-class defense ability

    The QW-12, an advanced portable air defense missile developed by China, recently demonstrated its outstanding performance in intercepting helicopters, jets and cruise missiles in a live-fire test, with experts saying on Monday that the weapon is world class, as it displayed an anti-decoy capability no foreign counterpart has ever shown.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/14 21:40:03
  • China's new military equipment experiment regulations eye combat capability boost

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently signed an order promulgating a set of regulations on the testing and assessment of military equipment, which stressed efficient, combat-oriented tests under the development trend of informatization and intelligentization throughout the equipment's entire life spans.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/13 20:56:48
  • PLA Air Force holds drills across China, shows preparedness against provocations from US, allies

    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force units across all five theater commands recently conducted simultaneous exercises after the PLA Navy held concurrent drills in three major sea regions in a similar manner, in a move that displayed the Chinese military's high level of combat preparedness facing military provocations from the US and its allies, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/13 19:30:31
  • PLA holds simultaneous drills after US, Japan exercise near Taiwan island

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted simultaneous exercises in three major sea regions in a move experts said on Thursday displayed the Chinese military's combat preparedness after the US and Japan held massive, troublemaking exercises along the first island chain near the island of Taiwan as the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics started.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/10 22:54:10
  • Regular appearances of improved J-11B fighter indicate massive upgrade program: analysts

    The upgraded version of China's J-11B fighter jet, characterized by its white radar dome compared with the original version's black one, has featured in several recent official reports, with analysts saying that this could be an indication that more original J-11Bs will be upgraded to the latest variant in the near future.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/10 0:20:39
  • Australia's hasty nuclear submarine plan to be outpaced by China's development: experts

    In an attempt to contain China, Australian Defense Minister recently said that Australia could get the first nuclear submarine under the framework of AUKUS before 2038. However, Chinese military experts said on Tuesday that this delivery schedule is too hasty and China's rapid development during this period will outpace the Australian one.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Leng Shumei | 2022/2/8 22:56:46
  • China vows to take powerful measures against US' latest arms sale to Taiwan island

    China on Tuesday vowed to take countermeasures after the US announced a plan to sell $100 million worth of Patriot missile upgrades to the island of Taiwan, which would be the first US arms sale to the island in 2022 and the second under the Biden administration.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/8 20:23:53
  • Leaked F-35C crash video highlights US military's excessive troop deployment, loose management

    After the US Navy confirmed the authenticity of a video and photograph of the crash of an F-35C stealth fighter jet on a US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea at the end of last month, another video online that appears to give a clearer and more detailed look of the mishap shows the aircraft slamming on the carrier's flight deck and being wrapped in fire before skidding into the sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/2/7 21:08:57
  • China reveals concept art for armed, aerial refueling-capable variant of Z-20 chopper

    An armed, aerial refueling-capable variant of China's Z-20 medium-lift utility helicopter is believed to be currently under development after the aircraft's maker recently revealed concept art for such a chopper, observers said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/2/6 18:01:19
  • PLA's Y-20 cargo planes deliver disaster relief supplies to Tonga in record-breaking mission

    Two Y-20 large transport aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force carrying much-needed disaster relief supplies arrived in Tonga on Friday after traveling a record-breaking distance of more than 10,000 kilometers and withstanding challenges including the presence of volcanic ash.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/1/28 11:42:55
  • PLA ready for US provocations during Beijing Winter Olympics, holds drills in Xisha Islands

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is ready to deal with any US military provocations against China that could take place during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games which will kick off on February 4, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/27 20:14:58
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