Liu Xuanzun
Reporter, Beijing
Defense reporter at the Global Times covering weapons and military development.
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  • Z-20 choppers continue flood relief work in C.China, show high endurance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/18 21:09:08
  • PLA Xinjiang Military Command reveals 3 new weapon systems: reports

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command, deployed in China's high altitude western regions, revealed that it has taken delivery of three new advanced weapons systems over the past week, including armored vehicles and artillery pieces, as analysts said on Sunday that troops are upgrading their arsenal to meet modern warfare demands.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/16 22:16:43
  • PLA's J-10C fighter makes training debut with domestically made engine: reports

    A J-10C fighter jet equipped with a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine reportedly made its first public appearance in a live-fire training session after entering service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/13 21:18:49
  • Joint drill by US, allies on Japanese land insignificant: analysts

    The ongoing joint exercises by Japanese, US, French and Australian troops, claimed to 'serve as a deterrent to China,' is only symbolic and of little military significance, as the drill was put together by participants that have different agenda or are too weak, experts said on Wednesday, while also slamming Japan's outdated mindset of rallying alliances for confrontation.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/5/12 20:38:39
  • PLA practices drone-guided beyond-visual-range helicopter attack

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a live-fire exercise in which reconnaissance drones guided helicopters in missile attacks on maritime targets beyond visual range, a technique that can boost combat efficiency, bring up the maximum potential of missiles and increase the survival rate of helicopters, a military analyst said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/12 19:41:33
  • PLA holds mock battle between carrier-borne, land-based aircraft over Yellow Sea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a mock battle between a group of aircraft carrier-borne fighter jets and a land-based joint warplane formation, as the two sides became the whetstone for each other and honed the forces' capabilities in both countering and using aircraft carriers, experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/11 20:07:42
  • Civilian ship suspected of spying on China for the US military

    The US military apparently hired a mysterious Norwegian civilian ship for close reconnaissance in China, near the island of Taiwan, and in the South China Sea, analysts warned on Monday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/11 0:45:28
  • PLA holds joint cross-sea landing drill, 'revealing details of Taiwan secessionist-deterring tatics'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a joint cross-sea landing drill with multiple service branches and practiced the coordinated operations among several amphibious landing units, including dock landing ship, armored vehicle and hover landing craft, boosting the troops' combat capabilities in amphibious landing missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/10 20:01:03
  • New rocket launcher system delivered to PLA's high-altitude plateau unit

    A unit affiliated with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command deployed in a high-altitude plateau recently replaced its outdated rocket launchers with digital, long-range heavy rocket artillery, greatly enhancing its all-weather combat capability in the border region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/10 1:09:00
  • China's newly commissioned amphibious landing ship joins exercises, 'to form powerful partnership with amphibious assault ship'

    China's eighth Type 071 amphibious landing ship recently made its first publicly known maritime exercise appearance, and it has gained operational capabilities in troops delivery, air defense, anti-ship and land attack after entering service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy late last year, reports said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/6 18:58:39
  • China's 2nd aircraft carrier group holds 1st drill in 2021 in S.China Sea, 'training for combat preparedness'

    An aircraft carrier group led by China's second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, is conducting a series of exercises in the South China Sea in its first known voyage of the year, almost immediately after the country's first carrier, the Liaoning, left the region, and Chinese analysts said on Sunday that the move highlighted the fact that the two aircraft carriers that China currently operates are actively training for combat preparedness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/2 12:10:03
  • JF-17 fighter jet gets J-20's combat missile: reports

    The latest, upgraded version of the JF-17 fighter jet has recently been spotted equipped with China's most advanced air-to-air combat missile that is also used by China's J-20 stealth aircraft, with military observers saying on Thursday that the weapon will give the China-Pakistan jointly developed light fighter the upper hand against its counterparts in dogfights and make it one of the world's best in its class.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/29 18:19:45
  • UPDATE: PLA warns away 'accident-risking' US destroyer stalking Liaoning carrier group

    Chinese warships warned away a US warship stalking the Liaoning aircraft carrier task group when the Chinese carrier was holding exercises near the island of Taiwan and in the South China Sea recently. The provocative move by the US could have resulted in misjudgment and accidents, Chinese experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/29 15:49:39
  • China's Liaoning aircraft carrier group crosses Miyako Strait, patrols Diaoyu Islands, 'warning to Japan'

    The Liaoning aircraft carrier task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly crossed the Miyako Strait again on Monday and sent an aircraft near the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, which Chinese experts said sends a warning to Japan amid the country's recent, repeated wrong statements on China's Diaoyu Islands. Similar PLA activities will likely become routine depending on China-Japan relations, experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/28 20:28:47
  • China's new amphibious assault ship to carry multi-type helicopters, 'enters world-class' ranks

    The newly commissioned amphibious assault ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will carry multiple types of helicopters including those for assault, transport and reconnaissance, and analysts said on Tuesday that the vessel is of world-class standard and can serve its purpose well in islands and reefs close to the Chinese mainland despite the lack of fixed wing fighter jet like the US' F-35B.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/27 20:05:29
  • Newly commissioned PLA warships 'show powerful deterrent'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) showed a powerful deterrent to the US, Japan, Taiwan secessionists and others amid their provocations by revealing its new warships' high combat potential and preparedness shortly after the vessels' commissioning, analysts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/26 20:11:53
  • 3 new world-class warships commissioned together, shoring up 'nuke retaliation, S.China Sea security, island seizing'

    President Xi Jinping commissioned three main battle warships into the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Friday, the service's 72nd founding anniversary, with analysts saying on Saturday that the unprecedented, concentrated warship commissioning represents the rapid development of the PLA Navy and Chinese shipbuilding industry amid the grave military struggle pressure China is facing.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/4/24 23:10:20
  • Chinese developed anti-stealth radar is superior to its foreign counterparts: top radar scientist

    The development of China's radar equipment is on par with the most advanced level in the world, and the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could bring important changes to the radar industry in the future, as their applications could significantly enhance operational efficiency of radar systems, a top Chinese scientist in the radar industry said.

    By Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Nanjing | 2021/4/24 12:34:24
  • China unveils latest drone countermeasures at radar expo

    With aerial drones becoming an increasing threat to both traditional and non-traditional security fields, China has developed a series of countermeasures. Some of these new technologies are on display at an ongoing radar show.

    By Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Nanjing | 2021/4/23 14:41:04
  • China's anti-stealth tech shines at radar expo

    Advanced anti-stealth technologies were in the spotlight at China's radar industry exhibition on Thursday, at a time when stealth aircraft have become an increasingly significant threat to air defense worldwide.

    By Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Nanjing | 2021/4/22 19:25:10
  • China displays most advanced anti-stealth radar systems at the World Radar Expo in Nanjing

    China displayed on Thursday some of the most advanced air defense systems against aerial threats including stealth airplanes and drones, at the World Radar Expo, a national level radar industry exhibition.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi in Nanjing | 2021/4/22 8:57:31
  • China to display newly developed portable anti-stealth radar at the World Radar Expo 2021

    The World Radar Expo 2021, China's national radar industry expo to be held this week, will feature the country's cutting-edge radar technologies including a newly developed portable anti-stealth radar and multiple sets of large early warning radars, which will give the world a glimpse into China's significant achievements in radar equipment, the organizers revealed.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi | 2021/4/21 2:07:09
  • 1st reported Taiwan arms sales under Biden admin come early, 'further strain situation'

    The Biden administration's first arms sales to the island of Taiwan, featuring some howitzers, is proceeding, Taiwan media reported Monday, which sent a wrong and dangerous signal to Taiwan secessionists and "added fuel" to highly strained China-US and cross-Straits relations, Chinese mainland experts said.

    By Zhang Han and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/20 0:11:32
  • Test pilot sees China's J-20 to get 2D thrust vectoring nozzles

    The pilot who first flew the J-20 believes that China's most advanced stealth fighter jet will be upgraded with 2D thrust vectoring nozzles for its engines, according to a recent news report.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/19 22:43:18
  • PLA aircraft carrier 'shows confidence' in fighter jet drills despite US warship's stalking attempt

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy showed high confidence and combat preparedness by conducting fighter jet exercises with an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, despite the stalking attempt of a US warship, which was shadowed by a group of the PLA carrier's escorts, Chinese military observers said on Sunday, after a video allegedly taken on board the US warship went viral on social media on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/18 22:08:40
  • PLA shows determination in opposing Biden's double-dealing trick of sending 'close friends' to Taiwan

    While the US and the island of Taiwan attempt to expand the "grey zone" of "diplomatic ties" through an unofficial visit by Joe Biden's "close friends," including two former deputy secretaries of state, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) responded with a live-fire exercise on the southwest waters of the Taiwan Straits.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/15 22:48:39
  • Biden gropes his way by sending 'close friends' to Taiwan as PLA prepares for the worst

    At US President Joe Biden's request, former US senator Chris Dodd and former deputy secretaries of state Richard Armitage and James Steinberg started visits to the island of Taiwan on Wednesday, a move that shows the Biden administration is still groping its way for its Taiwan policy, testing the Chinese mainland while dodging the red line.

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/14 22:34:50
  • Taiwan navy's new amphibious vessel 'no match to PLA counterpart, of minimal threat'

    The island of Taiwan launched its first 10,000 ton-class amphibious landing ship on Tuesday, a move Chinese mainland experts said on Wednesday will only add to the rising military tensions in the Taiwan Straits.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/14 18:04:20
  • PLA exercise could be a rehearsal of combat plan over the island: expert

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted an exercise near the island of Taiwan on Monday with the largest number of warplanes ever recorded, which could be a rehearsal of a reunification-by-force operation, again sending a clear warning to Taiwan secessionists and the US that have been making provocative moves to escalate tensions in the region, Chinese mainland experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/4/13 19:12:24
  • PLA carrier enters S.China Sea after American flattop exercise amid Taiwan tensions

    After holding exercises in waters east of the island of Taiwan for about a week, the Liaoning aircraft carrier task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sailed south on Saturday into the South China Sea, where a US carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group held provocative exercises a day earlier, as tensions between China and the US continue to rise over the island of Taiwan, with the US loosening restrictions on government engagement with the island.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/11 22:28:39
  • No joint statement from latest China-India military talks indicates challenges in full disengagement: experts

    Nearly two months after the last round of corps commander-level talks, the Chinese and Indian militaries held the 11th round of the meeting on Friday, with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Command releasing a statement on Saturday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/11 13:07:29
  • PLA prepared as US, secessionists provoke

    Multiple branches of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) are continuing large-scale military exercises near the island of Taiwan, at a time when Taiwan secessionists insisted on making provocative statements and holding drills, and the US sent a warship through the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday and voiced support to "Taiwan independence" forces, even as the PLA was exercising around the island with an aircraft carrier task group and warplanes.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/8 23:13:40
  • China conducts test flight for airborne unmanned swarm carrier

    A Chinese company recently conducted a test flight for its newly developed airborne swarm carrier, which is an unmanned aerial mother ship that can carry multiple smaller drones and release them in the air for missions like reconnaissance and attack.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/7 19:01:09
  • PLA Navy's two newly commissioned minesweepers hold exercises

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently commissioned two new mine countermeasure vessels, or MCMV, and deployed them in a recent all-day exercise. Analysts said on Tuesday that minesweeping capacity is important for the PLA in the Taiwan Straits.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/7 0:16:01
  • PLA carrier, warplanes surround Taiwan in drills, in show of capability to cut off foreign intervention

    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft carrier task group was training in the east of Taiwan island as at least 10 PLA warplanes appeared in the west of the island in a routine exercise on Monday, indicating that the island is surrounded from the east with an aircraft carrier task group and by land-based PLA forces on the west.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/6 21:21:26
  • China's J-20 stealth fighter jet flies without Luneburg lens, shows combat readiness

    The J-20, the most advanced, stealth-capable fighter jet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, has entered the next level of combat readiness, analysts said on Monday, after the aircraft was spotted flying without a Luneburg lens, a small device used to intentionally expose a stealth aircraft to others in situations like training or non-combat flights.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/5 20:09:17
  • UPDATE: PLA aircraft carrier, Type 055 destroyer hold exercise near Taiwan island amid US warship provocations

    An aircraft carrier task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy led by the Liaoning, accompanied by a Type 055 large destroyer for the first time and others in a cross-sea area exercise, on Saturday sailed through the Miyako Strait into the Pacific Ocean, at a time when US warships including an aircraft carrier made pointed provocations near China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/5 14:09:31
  • PLA launches drills in S.China Sea on 20th anniversary of fatal mid-air collision

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) started a series of exercises in the South China Sea on Thursday, as Chinese netizens commemorated the death of a heroic PLA pilot whose plane collided with a US spy aircraft conducting close-in reconnaissance on China 20 years ago.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/1 20:11:57
  • PLA commissions new-type robot for bomb disposal

    A new robot type has entered service, as it demonstrated its capacity in a recent bomb disposal exercise by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The commissioning of such a device is an example of the PLA's modernization as machines have replaced humans in dangerous missions and increased combat efficiency, analysts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/31 20:03:40
  • PLA's 4th improved Type 052D destroyer makes maiden appearance in maritime exercise

    The fourth improved Type 052D guided missile destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy made its first appearance in a maritime exercise after its recent commissioning, as Chinese analysts praised the Chinese warships' speed in gaining combat capabilities.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/30 23:36:53
  • PLA aircraft again surround Taiwan in drills with US intervention on mind

    Warplanes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) again surrounded the island of Taiwan from both west and east in an exercise on Monday after a similar drill on Friday, and this time additional aircraft crossed the Miyako Strait to reach Taiwan's eastern side.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/30 19:46:11
  • Chinese warplane firm lays out plans for new stealth fighter & next-gen aircraft

    A top Chinese warplane-producing company recently announced plans to make technological breakthroughs to ensure the successful development of a new, fourth-generation stealth fighter jet, and conduct test production and research on its next-generation aircraft in 2021.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/29 21:52:28
  • Philippine fighter aircraft's flybys over Chinese fishing boats in South China Sea 'risky': experts

    The daily flybys by Philippine fighter aircraft over Chinese fishing boats taking shelter from the weather near a Chinese reef in the South China Sea are inappropriate, and might inflame tensions and risk accidents, Chinese experts said on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/29 1:29:18
  • PLA's largest near-Taiwan exercise features bombers to island's east, 'blocks foreign interventions'

    The warplane exercise by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) near the island of Taiwan on Friday is not only the largest since the PLA started routine exercises in the region last year, but also a rare one that saw bombers flying to the eastern side of the island.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/29 0:27:18
  • PLA plateau forces commission amphibious rescue vehicle, 'useful in Galwan-like terrain'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command forces stationed in plateau regions recently commissioned a new type of amphibious armored vehicle for rescue missions, with analysts pointing out on Sunday that its amphibious capability means it could perform well in valley-spread high altitude border regions like Galwan Valley.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/29 0:03:52
  • Chinese Defense Minister visits Europe to boost military ties, 'future joint military drills, exchanges likely'  

    Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe is currently on a visit to four Eastern European countries to boost cooperation with their militaries, at a time when some other European countries are sending warships to the South China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/25 23:00:24
  • China's J-16 fighter jet is flawless and much superior to the Su-30: pilot

    China's J-16 multi-role fighter jet is flawless and is much superior to other similar aircraft including, the Su-30, revealed a pilot who has experience flying it as well as other types of aircraft.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/25 2:01:34
  • PLA Navy holds consecutive support exercises in S.China Sea; 'crucial to combat'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held consecutive support exercises in the South China Sea including maritime re-supply, minesweeping, and search and rescue, with analysts saying on Tuesday that such capabilities are crucial to combat and could decide the outcome of a war.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/23 20:38:39
  • PLA deploys VR tech for more efficient training

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has started to use virtual reality (VR) technologies in training as it allows officers and soldiers to gain enhanced combat capability more efficiently, analysts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/22 23:14:30
  • PLA to install new, performance-enhancing fire control system on airborne fighting vehicles

    The Type 03 airborne infantry fighting vehicle, currently in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, will soon get a newly developed fire control system that will enable the air-droppable armored vehicle to fire while moving, a capability that can greatly enhance the vehicle's combat performance, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/21 23:12:08
  • China's refitted Sovremenny-class destroyer conducts exercises as combat capability improved

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held a series of naval exercises that featured two Sovremenny-class destroyers imported from Russia, one recently refitted and modernized by China, a move which will lead to enhanced combat capability, analysts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/21 20:54:42
  • PLA's Type 055 destroyer enters Sea of Japan for 1st time

    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla led by the country's first 10,000 ton-class Type 055 large destroyer sailed through the Tsushima Strait on Thursday and headed toward the Sea of Japan, a few days after US and Japanese foreign and defense ministers hyped the “China threat” in bilateral "2+2" talks in Tokyo.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/19 23:12:53
  • PLA warplanes hold drills despite sandstorm, showing combat readiness

    Warplanes of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently conducted flight exercises despite a severe sandstorm, a move military experts said on Wednesday was challenging and demonstrated the service's all-weather combat readiness.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/17 19:23:40
  • China holds naval drills in three maritime areas amid US military threats

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held combat-oriented naval exercises featuring different types of warships in three major sea areas, at a time when the US secretary of defense is rallying allies in the region and attempting to foster "credible deterrence" against China.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/15 19:28:50
  • China to replace J-7 fighter jets with advanced models

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has started to gradually decommission its fleet of J-7 fighter jets and replace them with more advanced, next generation ones, recent media reports revealed.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/14 21:14:39
  • US military activities in S. China Sea in 2020 unprecedented

    In unprecedented moves that aimed to deter China, the US military repeatedly deployed strategic weapon platforms, including aircraft carrier strike groups, to the South China Sea in 2020. It is likely that it will continue to rally regional allies and partners to interfere in regional affairs and enhance its frontier military presence, as well as the intensity of its activity in the region in an effort to achieve maritime containment of China, a recent report by a think tank focusing on the South China Sea shows.

    By Guo Yuandan and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/12 16:48:54
  • PLA reveals new vehicle-mounted anti-tank missile

    A new type of vehicle-mounted anti-tank missile is now being deployed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), reports show. The new missile is more powerful than its predecessors due to the larger caliber, and is highly mobile when mounted on an off-road assault vehicle that can run in complicated terrain, analysts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/12 1:48:51
  • PLA to strengthen combat readiness as US calls China strategic threat

    As a senior US military commander told lawmakers recently that China is "the greatest long-term strategic threat to security in the 21st century," though China has repeatedly said that it has no intention to challenge the US, Chinese experts warned Wednesday that such a hostile attitude held by the US military could increase the risks of conflicts in the region, and regional countries won't share US hostility against China.

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/10 23:03:39
  • Chinese lawmaker urges more private-sector participation in warplane development

    A Chinese lawmaker has proposed at the ongoing two sessions that the country should further open up the industry chains for military aircraft development to private companies. Chinese analysts said on Tuesday that such a move could harness the strengths of the entire Chinese society and accelerate the development of new warplanes, at a time when the US is stirring up an arms race on making sixth-generation fighter jets.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/9 20:12:40
  • Chinese political advisor urges domestic development of military-themed video games

    China should develop military-themed video games that reflect features of the Chinese military and use them for supplementary training for the People's Liberation Army (PLA), according to a national political advisor during the current two sessions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/8 0:47:33
  • China's 2nd Type 055 large destroyer enters naval service

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently commissioned its second 10,000 ton-class Type 055 large destroyer after the first ship in its class entered service in early 2020, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) revealed on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/7 20:09:18
  • China's advanced field air defense missile HQ-17AE cleared for export

    China unveiled its domestically developed, latest generation troop-accompanying field air defense missile system, the HQ-17AE, announcing its availability for export, with analysts saying that it is a perfect choice for its intended mission in modern warfare.

    By Deng Xiaoci and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/7 15:52:20
  • China projects confidence with over 6% GDP growth target, mild military budget boost

    China's return to a decades-old tradition of setting numeric economic growth targets, after skipping it for the first time in 2020, its ability to balance various priorities to ensure robust economic development and national security as well as its ambitious and yet specific long-term development plans also projected steadiness and a sense of certainty to a world rattled by the pandemic, analysts noted.

    By Wang Cong, Shen Weiduo, Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi | 2021/3/5 21:56:57
  • Chinese political advisor suggests more PLA aircraft carrier visits to HK

    China should organize an aircraft carrier task group to visit the country's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2021, a move that can boost the senses of pride, safety and belonging for people in Hong Kong and safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability by displaying China's strong national defense capability, a national political advisor suggested at the ongoing two sessions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/5 16:00:13
  • China hikes defense budget by 6.8 % in 2021, faster than 6.6% growth last year

    China increased its 2021 defense budget by 6.8 percent to 1.35 trillion yuan ($ 209 billion) in a quicker pace than last year's growth, which analysts believe is normal, steady and restrained as the country resiliently emerges from the wreckage of COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/5 10:19:12
  • PLA Navy holds joint landing exercises far away from mainland

    A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy joint expeditionary training group recently conducted a series of combat-scenario, cross-service exercises including amphibious landing in waters away from the mainland, and experts said on Wednesday that such far sea training will boost the PLA's capability in defending China's sovereignty and development interests.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/3 20:55:06
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