Liu Xuanzun
Reporter, Beijing
Defense reporter at the Global Times covering weapons and military development.
LATEST STORIES
  • 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
  • China turns over Indian who illegally entered Chinese territory, 'refutes irresponsible rumors by Indian media'

    Chinese border defense troops have returned an Indian national who illegally entered Chinese territory after providing humanitarian aid, the Chinese military revealed on Thursday.

    By Xu Keyue and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/27 16:27:19
  • PLA aircraft, vessels to deliver much-needed supplies to tsunami-hit Tonga

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has dispatched aircraft and vessels to deliver disaster relief supplies to Tonga after the Pacific Island nation was hit by a tsunami triggered by an undersea volcanic eruption, the Chinese defense and foreign ministries announced on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/26 20:13:19
  • F-35C's crash on carrier in S.China Sea exposes US exhaustion in containing China: experts

    A day after a US dual aircraft carrier group entered the South China Sea attempting to flex its muscles against China, an F-35C stealth fighter jet had a landing mishap on one of the carriers during flight operations on Monday, with analysts saying on Tuesday that the accident exposed the exhaustion of the US military, which has been flaunting its prowess against China at the cost of the physical and mental health of its troops and high technical risks.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/1/25 20:49:54
  • PLA's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft spotted for 1st time near Taiwan

    J-16D electronic warfare aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force was spotted for the first time in an apparent exercise near the island of Taiwan on Monday, right after two US aircraft carriers sailed from waters east of the island into the South China Sea a day earlier.

    By Guo Yuandan, Liu Xuanzun and Leng Shumei | 2022/1/25 0:51:21
  • PLA holds large-scale exercise near Taiwan 'to counter US, Japanese drills'

    After a total of 39 aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) were spotted near Taiwan on Sunday in what seems to be the largest exercise in the region since this year, the PLA reportedly continued the drills on Monday by sending 13 aircraft to the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/24 22:12:41
  • Exclusive: Pakistan Navy inducts 1st Type 054A/P frigate developed by China

    The Pakistan Navy on Monday inducted the PNS Tughril, the first of four Type 054A/P frigates developed by China, in the Pakistan Navy Fleet, with the president of Pakistan hailing the friendship between the two countries and announcing that the Type 054A/Ps will serve to safeguard the sea routes of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/24 21:06:07
  • J-20 fighter could get directed-energy weapon, drone-control capability: experts

    China's domestically developed J-20 stealth fighter jet could in the future be equipped with directed-energy weapons, and it can also spawn variants for early warning, unmanned flight and drone control, military experts predicted after the aircraft received concentrated media coverage over the past week.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/23 20:29:07
  • China's latest Wing Loong drone makes maiden flight; upgrades seen

    The Wing Loong-1E, a latest member in the Wing Loong drone family of China, made its maiden flight this week, with experts saying on Friday that the new aircraft is expected to be better than its predecessor in terms of range, endurance efficiency and reliability, while remaining cost-efficient.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/21 19:14:46
  • Aircraft carrier Liaoning expands crew members' versatility in far sea drill

    In a recent cross-regional exercise by the aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the vessel trained its crew in new skills, enabling them to work on different posts, with analysts saying on Thursday that the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, explored new methods and gained experience for the country's aircraft carrier program.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/20 20:15:49
  • PLA expels US warship trespassing Chinese territorial waters in S.China Sea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) expelled a US warship that trespassed Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea on Thursday, a move experts said displays the PLA's capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity amid several other recent US muscle-flexing moves in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/20 19:27:29
  • Chinese engine-equipped J-20 fighter proves plateau ability

    Since China's J-20 stealth fighter jet switched to use domestically developed engines, the advanced warplane has proved its operability under extreme environments, including in regions at high altitude, under harsh cold weather and with high humidity and temperatures, a senior designer of the aircraft said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/19 20:44:51
  • PLA Xinjiang Military Command gets new air defense missiles, artillery, rocket launch systems

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command recently commissioned a large batch of advanced air defense missiles, artillery and multiple rocket launch systems, which analysts said on Tuesday are expected to enhance the troops' emergency response capabilities under complicated situations.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/18 21:30:01
  • Newly commissioned J-20 stealth fighters on combat alert

    J-20 stealth fighter jets that entered service with an ace unit of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Northern Theater Command Air Force last year have now formed combat capabilities and already started to carry out combat alert duties, the unit's commander announced on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/17 20:31:51
  • J-20 fighters conduct nocturnal battle drill to hone stealth advantages

    J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently conducted a nocturnal battle exercise against other types of warplanes with experts saying on Sunday that the stealthy J-20 demonstrated its all-time and all-weather combat readiness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/16 23:55:15
  • China develops world's largest quadruped bionic robot for delivery, reconnaissance tasks

    China has developed the world's largest electric-powered quadruped bionic robot, which is expected to join logistics delivery and reconnaissance missions in complex environments that have proven too challenging for human soldiers, including remote border regions and highly risky combat zones, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/16 20:45:27
  • New Type 052D destroyer Guilin makes training appearance

    The Guilin, a Type 052D guided missile destroyer newly commissioned into the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) South Sea Fleet, participated in a live-fire exercise at the start of 2022, with analysts saying on Thursday that the warship can rapidly achieve initial operational capability.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/13 21:26:16
  • Latest China-India military talks show positive sign as both sides agree on efforts to maintain stability

    The 14th round of China-India corps commander level meeting on Wednesday showed positive signs, as the two sides agreed to work for a resolution on the border issue as soon as possible and to take effective steps to maintain security and stability on the ground.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/13 20:54:01
  • N.Korea reports new hypersonic missile test; US, Japan hypes move

    North Korea on Wednesday reported the latest test of a hypersonic missile with the witness of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and missile analysts pointed out related data revealed that North Korea may have acquired the technologies but still needs more tests to demonstrate and enhance the weapon's accuracy.

    By Liu Xin and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/13 0:35:12
  • Aerial refueling-capable Z-20, stealth chopper expected in China: chief designer

    China's Z-20 utility tactical helicopter could get upgrades including the ability to receive aerial refueling, the chopper's chief designer said on Tuesday, who also suggested the possible existence of a stealth helicopter and the development of the country's domestically built heavy-lift helicopter.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/11 23:13:40
  • China, India to hold 14th commander-level talks, expect better results than previous round

    China and India are scheduled to hold a new round of military talks over border issues on Wednesday, for which China hopes the two sides will work together to ease the situation despite the failure of the previous round of talks.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/1/11 21:35:31
  • PLA Navy's 2nd Type 055 large destroyer holds New Year drills, 'forms operational capability'

    The Lhasa, the second Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, has been holding intensive maritime drills since the start of 2022, with experts saying on Monday that the warship has formed operational capability and is expected to join important missions this year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/10 23:54:34
  • J-20 shows high combat readiness in New Year combat training

    J-20 stealth fighter jets affiliated with multiple Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force units started the year with intensive mock combat training sessions against other types of warplanes including the J-11B and the J-16, with many details revealed by official media reports displaying that China's most advanced aircraft has a high level of combat readiness, experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/9 22:53:17
  • New-type rotorcraft from China's key national defense project passes acceptance review

    A type of blended wing body multi-rotor vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which is a key national defense project of China that's expected to play both military and civilian roles, has passed an acceptance review, with analysts saying on Thursday that the new aircraft could offer higher flexibility and longer endurance than current aircraft.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/6 20:59:18
  • China leads in five-state joint statement on preventing nuclear war, arms race

    For the first time, the leaders of China, France, Russia, the UK and the US on Monday issued a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races, in which China played a powerful leading role, and pushed for the reaffirmation of not aiming nuclear devices at each other or at any other state.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/1/3 23:18:09
  • Aircraft carrier Liaoning wraps up open sea exercises and deals with foreign close-in reconnaissance

    The Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Thursday wrapped up real combat scenario open seas exercises with the flotilla conducting comprehensive confrontational drills in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the West Pacific for 21 days, enhancing the combat capability of the carrier group as a system.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/31 1:02:48
  • PLA Navy amphibious assault ship holds drills in South China Sea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently organized drills in the South China Sea for its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship, as it was announced that the vessel has reached comprehensive operation and management capability with its choppers, landing craft and armored vehicles.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/30 20:26:31
  • PLA sent more warplanes near Taiwan island than DPP authority claimed: China's Defense Ministry

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) sent a larger number of warplanes for drills near Taiwan in 2021 than the figure recently claimed by the island's secessionist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority, China's Defense Ministry revealed on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/30 19:00:15
  • US Starlink satellites irregular operations threaten not only safety of China's space station 'but also intl outer space environment'

    Some foreign media said that China and Russia's activities in space that created "debris" will "bring more risks" when these outlets have tried to defend the improper maneuvering of Space X's satellites that encountered China's space station twice. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry refuted the accusation, saying that such voices are trying to distract attention from the dangerous actions SpaceX had taken.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/29 20:35:39
  • PLA Naval Aviation University receives Y-9 transport aircraft

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval Aviation University recently received the Y-9 transport aircraft. Analysts said on Wednesday that this will enable cadets to better learn about the Y-9 before they graduate as they are expected to fly the standard version as well as a wide variety of special mission variants when they enter active service.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/29 14:13:46
  • US exhausts cards against China despite rising military activities near Taiwan, S.China Sea

    According to monitoring from a Chinese think tank, the US military conducted highly intensive operations near China including aerial close-in reconnaissance, aircraft carrier drills and submarine activities over the past year, posing severe military threats and security risks to China in regions including the South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits, military experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/28 22:59:47
  • Chinese defense minister urges Japan to learn from history, after Japanese forces' mock drills concerning Diaoyu Islands

    Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Monday that Japan should face squarely up to and learn from history, and that China will resolutely safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights in the East China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands, shortly after Japanese media reported that Japan recently conducted an exercise under the assumption that "foreign forces" occupied the Diaoyu Islands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/27 22:40:10
  • China completes record-breaking warplane production goals for 2021

    The Chinese aviation industry is wrapping up the warplane production and test flight work scheduled for 2021 in the last week of the year, with many companies already finishing their missions while others are making their final runs.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/26 22:13:03
  • Work on shipyard in Shanghai for Chinese warships goes smoothly, to open in 2023

    Since its start at the beginning of the year, the construction of a new shipyard for a key Chinese warship builder has been going smoothly, and dock basin construction kicked off on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/23 19:48:23
  • China develops world's most powerful Stirling engine

    In a latest highlight of China's efforts to domestically develop high-quality engines of different types, the country recently made a major breakthrough in making the world's most powerful Stirling engine, a type of heat engine with applications in power generation and submarine propulsion.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/22 23:24:23
  • PLA reveals details of Z-10 attack helicopter, 'superior to foreign counterparts'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) revealed many details of the country's domestically developed Z-10 attack helicopter in a recent program aired by the state broadcaster, introducing its outstanding, unique capabilities in modern warfare against tanks, infantry and other choppers.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/21 23:50:15
  • Liaoning aircraft carrier group holds drills in 'strategically important' West Pacific

    After entering the Pacific Ocean through the Miyako Strait last week, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group reportedly conducted drills involving fighter jet and helicopter operations in waters east of Japan's Okinawa, a location Chinese analysts said on Tuesday is of strategic importance in safeguarding China's territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/21 21:04:18
  • China's 2nd aircraft carrier conducts exercises in South China Sea

    The Shandong, the second aircraft carrier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, recently set out for realistic combat-oriented drills in the South China Sea, in a move experts said on Sunday will enhance its capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/19 18:30:47
  • Chinese aircraft carrier battle group enters Pacific for 'routine drills'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently sent an aircraft carrier battle group through the Miyako Strait into the Pacific Ocean, with analysts saying on Saturday that the voyage is likely a routine exercise that could feature drills near the island of Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/18 14:51:00
  • China reveals upgraded J-15 fighter jet; key aircraft carrier roles expected

    China recently revealed an upgraded version of the J-15 ship-borne fighter jet that has just wrapped up test flights, with reports saying the new aircraft received enhancements in its missile pylons, the infrared search and track system, the radar and the wings.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/16 21:44:19
  • PLA holds drills surrounding China's 2nd largest island to 'enhance combat preparedness'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched on Wednesday a series of exercises in three different directions of Hainan Island, China's second largest island only behind the island of Taiwan, in a move analysts said aims to enhance the troops' joint combat preparedness in possible amphibious landing missions on islands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/15 20:08:00
  • China urges regulating military use of AI, first time in UN history, showing global responsibility

    At a time when artificial intelligence (AI) technology is developing fast and has wide prospects in military use, China for the first time proposed to the UN to regulate the military applications of AI during a conference held on Monday, raising concerns over the long-term impact and potential risks in such areas as strategic security, rules on governance and ethics, while also giving suggestions on how to resolve potential problems.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/14 19:50:14
  • Drones assist PLA paratroopers with logistics supply tasks in assault exercise

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Airborne Corps recently deployed multiple types of drones to assist paratroopers during an assault exercise, with the drones delivering supplies to the airborne troops deep behind the enemy line.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/13 19:26:36
  • China ramps up J-20 stealth fighter production after domestic engine switch

    The maker of the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, revealed that it recently broke records in terms of aircraft delivery due to high demand, with experts saying on Sunday that the J-20 has entered a mass production phase after it solved the last missing piece of the puzzle, the domestically developed WS-10 engine.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/12 22:34:50
  • India defense chief's death shows flaws in Indian military, 'deals heavy blow' to its modernization

    The death of India's defense chief in a helicopter crash on Wednesday not only exposed the Indian military's lack of discipline and combat preparedness, but also dealt a heavy blow to the country's military modernization that could linger for a long time, Chinese experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Xu Yelu | 2021/12/9 19:33:52
  • PLA's first amphibious assault ship passes multidimensional landing combat assessment

    The first Type 075 amphibious assault ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently passed an assessment focusing on multidimensional landing combat that features the integration of sea, land and air units, with experts saying on Tuesday that the vessel is rapidly reaching operational capability shortly after its commissioning a few months earlier, at a time when deterrence is needed against "Taiwan independence" forces.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/7 19:50:34
  • China's Type 055 destroyer holds anti-submarine drills amid US threats

    The Nanchang, the first ship of China's most powerful Type 055 large destroyers, recently held intensive anti-submarine drills and demonstrated its outstanding capabilities in a move that experts said on Monday could keep US submarine threats away from waters near China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/6 18:00:09
  • PLA's new-type bomber practices island bombing, mine-laying in S.China Sea

    The H-6J, the latest type of bomber to enter service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, recently participated in a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea, practicing bomb dropping on islands and sea mine-laying, which analysts said on Sunday displayed the aircraft's traditional bombing capability in addition to its standoff strike competence.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/5 18:33:14
  • Chinese weapons, equipment win interest at Egypt defense expo

    The Chinese arms industry on Thursday wrapped up its exhibition of advanced weapons and equipment, including tanks, artillery, warplanes, air defense missiles, drones and electronic warfare systems, at the largest international defense expo in Egypt.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Deng Xiaoci | 2021/12/2 20:51:01
  • China develops powerful new engine for drone flights in plateau regions

    China has successfully tested a new homegrown powerful turboprop engine especially designed for drones to be used in the country's southwest plateau regions, overcoming a technical barrier that limited the performance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at high altitudes, with analysts speculating on Thursday that it will boost the logistics support and monitoring capabilities of border defense troops.

    By Deng Xiaoci and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/2 20:18:53
  • PLA warplanes 'score full attendance' on patrols near Taiwan in Nov amid 'enhanced combat preparedness'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly has sent warplanes near the island of Taiwan every day in November for drills and patrols, and the rare full attendance indicates its enhanced combat preparedness amid provocations by Taiwan secessionists and foreign interference forces, analysts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/12/1 19:35:12
  • US global posture review targets China; exposes weakness in 1st island chain

    US President Joe Biden recently accepted recommendations from the Pentagon in a global posture review to prioritize the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on China, through military infrastructure buildups in Guam, Australia and the Pacific Islands, US media reported on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/30 20:42:18
  • PLA's 3rd Type 075 amphibious assault ship has maiden voyage: reports

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's third Type 075 amphibious assault ship recently embarked on what appears to have been its maiden voyage, media reports said on Sunday. Analysts said on Monday that the sea trial indicates smooth progress in the development of the vessel.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/29 22:08:58
  • Aerial refueling variant of Y-20 debuts near the Taiwan Straits, 'to amplify PLA's air superiority'

    The refueling variant of the Y-20 large transport aircraft made its debut near the island of Taiwan in a massive exercise by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday, the same day a Lithuanian parliamentarian delegation arrived in the island, and shortly after a US congressional delegation visited Taipei on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2021/11/29 0:51:33
  • Y-20 transport aircraft deliver winter gear to PLA border defense troops, 'displays potential to also send heavy equipment'

    The Y-20 large transport aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently delivered hundreds of thousands of items of newly developed cold-resistant clothing and equipment, which were revealed only a few days ago, to Chinese border defense troops stationed in the plateau regions to brave the winter amid the border standoff with India.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/28 18:56:44
  • China upgrades cold-resistant clothing for border troops

    China recently developed new cold-resistant clothing and equipment for plateau operations, in a move analysts said on Thursday will support border defense troops stationed in high-altitude regions to overcome the harsh winter.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/25 19:30:35
  • Taiwan's extra military budget against reunification 'to meet dead end'

    Eyeing the Chinese mainland's military modernization, the island of Taiwan reportedly passed an extra military budget on Tuesday aiming to procure missiles, vessels and drones, but this is just a futile attempt to resist reunification by force and is bound to meet a dead end, Chinese mainland experts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/24 21:03:40
  • PLA monitors US warship's provocative Taiwan Straits transit, vows countermeasures

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) tracked and monitored a US warship when the latter transited the Taiwan Straits in a risky and provocative move on Tuesday, despite US President's promise to not support "Taiwan independence" and his commitment to maintain peace and stability in the Straits made during the recent virtual meeting with China's top leader.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/24 1:00:25
  • Japan hypes PLA warships' frequent sorties 'with guilty conscience'

    Japan has ramped up efforts to hype the "China threat theory" as it continued to issue press releases which showed that warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy made at least six transits in strategically important straits near Japan in less than two weeks. Experts said on Tuesday that Japan acted it out of its own guilty conscience as an excuse to modify its pacifist constitution and increase its defense budget

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/23 23:27:48
  • Will voyage of US warship through Taiwan Straits cast shadow over China-US ties?

    About a week after top Chinese and US leaders exchanged views on fundamental questions concerning China-US relations, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday had to track and monitor a US warship when it sailed through the Taiwan Straits.

    By Chen Qingqing, Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/11/23 18:20:10
  • PLA's latest Z-8L transport choppers hold drills, display aerial assault capabilities

    A large number of Z-8Ls, the latest type of large transport helicopter in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), recently conducted drills together with Z-20 utility helicopters, displaying the combination's strong aerial assault capabilities, analysts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/22 21:38:39
  • China's new wind tunnel ready to shape development of hypersonic weapons, equipment

    China's one-meter-class hypersonic aerodynamic wind tunnel recently passed major calibration tests, indicating that the facility is formally capable of conducting tests for development projects. The wind tunnel aims to serve China's aerospace strategy and support the development of hypersonic weapons and equipment, its maker announced on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/21 21:13:39
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command commissions more J-10C fighters

    With the aim of better safeguarding aerial and maritime security as well as national unity, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command Air Force recently replaced some of its old J-7 fighter jets with advanced J-10C fighter jets, the state broadcaster revealed on Sunday, shortly after the island of Taiwan commissioned the first combat wing of F-16V fighter jets on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/21 18:22:19
  • PLA Air Force celebrates 72nd anniversary as Taiwan island patrol becomes more frequent

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force celebrated its 72nd anniversary on Thursday, highlighting some of the military branches' recent key missions including bomber patrols around the island of Taiwan and foreign warplane interceptions in the East China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/11 20:15:27
  • US media hype Chinese aircraft carrier progress and anti-carrier capability 'to boost military funding, rally allies'

    US media outlets fanned speculation over the development of China's third aircraft carrier on Tuesday, claiming the modern mother ship, possibly equipped with electromagnetic catapults, could launch in early 2022, right after some US media reports hyped China's “mock-ups of US carriers” used for the country's anti-ship ballistic missile practice.

    By Leng Shumei and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/10 21:38:52
  • Aircraft model from PLA Air Force's anniversary celebration video sparks speculation

    An aircraft model that appeared in the latest promotional video of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force released on Tuesday has sparked speculation among Chinese military enthusiasts, who believe the model with a tailless aerodynamic design could represent an advanced warplane that is yet to be announced to the public.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/10 21:22:28
  • China delivers largest, most advanced warship to Pakistan

    China on Monday delivered to Pakistan the largest and most advanced warship China has ever exported, in a move that highlights the friendship between the two countries and will contribute to the two countries' all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/8 22:22:05
  • PLA conducts multiple drills in western plateau after India's exercises 'targeting China'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) revealed it conducted multiple drills in its western plateau over the past week. This comes after the Indian military launched a major exercise along the border with China at the start of the month. Chinese experts said on Monday that the response displays the PLA's capabilities in safeguarding national sovereignty and security as it faces India's provocations.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/8 19:33:16
  • Innovation of twin-seat J-20 stealth fighter to lead world, military experts say after reported maiden flight

    China has reportedly conducted the maiden flight of the twin-seat variation of the J-20 recently, as the aircraft became the world's first stealth fighter jet with two seats to fly. Chinese military analysts said on Sunday that the new warplane uses innovations that could potentially change warfare and lead the world.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/7 19:16:35
  • China's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft starts combat training, 'to team up with J-20 stealth fighter'

    The J-16D electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has recently entered combat training, and it is expected to conduct seamless, accompanying operations with the J-20 stealth fighter jet in moves with the potential to generate tremendous combat efficiency, experts said on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/6 22:36:26
  • New Pentagon report hypes 'Chinese nuclear threat' to serve US hegemonic goals

    The US Defense Department on Wednesday released its annual report on China's military development, which again hyped the "China threat theory," and discussed China's nuclear arsenal, claiming that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is expanding its nuclear force much faster than the US had predicted, and that it may have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade and surpass US global influence by the middle of the 21st century.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/11/4 23:42:55
  • New regulations to provide PLA with rapid, combat-oriented equipment deliveries

    Signed by Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission, a new set of regulations on military equipment procurement, focusing on war preparedness and combat capabilities, came into force on Monday, with analysts saying that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will acquire the best weapons and equipment that are most needed on future battlefields at a faster pace.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/2 21:58:11
  • US investigation on submarine collision 'untransparent'

    The 'unknown object' the USS Connecticut nuclear-powered submarine collided with in the South China Sea in early October turns out to be an uncharted seamount, the US 7th Fleet announced on Monday. But Chinese military experts said on Tuesday that the US statement is disappointing because it remains short and unclear, leaving many questions unanswered, including the exact location and the impact on the environment, which were demanded by the Global Times in an online petition launched last week and has so far been signed up by 330,000 Chinese and foreign netizens.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/2 13:54:45
  • PLA sent nearly 200 aircraft near Taiwan in record month

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent nearly 200 aircraft to the aerial area near the island of Taiwan for exercises in the October, in a move that experts said on Monday has deterred Taiwan secessionist provocations and foreign interference attempts.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/11/1 20:04:24
  • PLA plateau troops get portable individual oxygen supply devices for soldiers

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been commissioning individual portable oxygen supply devices for soldiers in a move to ensure the troops' top combat capabilities in high-altitude plateau regions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/10/31 23:35:13
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