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The normal military cooperation between China and Russia is aimed at jointly maintaining regional peace and stability, while the hype about the "China threat" theory is nothing more than speculation, Chinese military experts noted after the US media reported the sightings of a joint Russian-Chinese patrol formation near Alaska and speculated about the expansion of Russian-Chinese influence in the Arctic region.
By Zhao Juecheng | 2022/9/28 1:28:05
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  • 'Never-seen-before equipment' from PLA to appear at Airshow China 2022: senior colonel

    The 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Airshow China 2022, will kick off on November 8 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, with various active service aircraft of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, represented by the 20 series, making their debuts at the show.

    By Global Times | 2022/9/27 19:21:43
  • Chinese state media reveals carrier-based J-15 fighter flyover of suspected foreign warship

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

    By Fan Wei and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/27 1:25:45
  • China's next-gen solar-powered drone expected to make debut soon

    China is expected to unveil its next-generation, solar-powered large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with very long endurance soon, which will have a larger wingspan than its predecessors that allows it to carry larger payloads for missions including reconnaissance, monitoring and communications relay in near-space, said Chinese experts familiar with the matter on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun, Deng Xiaoci and Liu Yang | 2022/9/26 21:35:28
  • China's 3rd aircraft carrier starts mooring trials ahead of 10th anniversary of commissioning of the country's first carrier: report

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

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/9/24 0:50:41
  • US, allies make 'show' hyping Taiwan question during UNGA

    The US has been attempting to launch a new round of attack on China over the Taiwan question with its allies during the UN General Assembly, and Chinese observers said with each move the US and its allies took to embolden the Taiwan secessionist forces at international occasions, the Chinese mainland will make secessionist forces bear more risks and eventually wear out the external interference.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/9/22 1:32:12
  • PLA Air Force unveils armed reconnaissance drone unit in NW China

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/18 19:16:49
  • J-20 fighters escort Y-20 aircraft carrying home 9th batch of remains of CPV martyrs

    Two J-20 stealth fighter jets escorted the Y-20 large transport aircraft carrying the ninth batch of 88 Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) martyrs' remains as it returned to China from South Korea on Friday. Remains of the 88 Chinese soldiers, who sacrificed their lives during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53), arrived at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport on Friday.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/9/16 22:21:23
  • China, Russia hold 2nd joint naval patrol in Pacific Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/14 21:30:18
  • J-20 fighters to escort Y-20 aircraft for 1st time in repatriating remains of CPV martyrs from S.Korea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will on Friday send its J-20 stealth fighter jets for the first time to escort the Y-20 large transport aircraft in the repatriation from South Korea of the remains of Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53) mission.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/9/14 20:23:12
  • Ukraine counterattack a turning point? Conflict likely to be prolonged with the support of the West: experts

    While some Western media outlets applaud Ukrainian forces for regaining control over some major cities in the northeastern region of Kharkiv and have described the territorial gains as a "turning point" in the Russia-Ukraine conflict that has lasted for half a year, some Chinese experts said it is still too early to predict a complete Ukrainian victory despite the successful tactical counterattack.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2022/9/12 23:54:00
  • Taiwan authorities likely failed to detect PLA helicopters as they announced first ever detection of a KVD-001 reconnaissance UAV

    The Taiwan authorities had likely failed to detect helicopters of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Force, observers said, as Taiwan armed forces authority announced on Sunday that they had for the first time detected a KVD-001 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which usually serves as communication relay for helicopters.

    By Leng Shumei | 2022/9/12 21:21:04
  • China unveils its version of Switchblade suicide drone in action

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/8 17:22:37
  • PLA's 'Taiwan lockdown' drills stun secessionists, external forces as precision strike, area denial capabilities proved

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday commenced the second phase of its large-scale military exercises that completely locked down the island of Taiwan, and began to use live fire following the first phase of preparations starting Tuesday evening when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island, seriously violating China's sovereignty.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/5 0:54:17
  • China-Russia drills to safeguard regional peace, deter 'troublemakers in the region'

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/5 20:31:55
  • China and Russia may carry out joint naval patrol following Vostok-2022: expert

    The Chinese and Russian navies may carry out a second joint naval patrol after the ongoing Vostok-2022 exercises, Chinese military experts said on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2022/9/5 2:17:51
  • Chinese, Russian vessels join drills to uphold post-WWII global order

    Flotillas of Chinese and Russian naval vessels participating in the ongoing Vostok 2022 (East 2022) joint drills met in the northern part of the Sea of Japan on Friday, which was the 77th anniversary of Japanese representatives signing the official Instrument of Surrender after Japan's unjust war brought tremendous injuries and pain to people across Asia.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/9/2 23:59:20
  • Tokyo's militaristic tendency raises regional tensions and alarm as anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression approaches

    Going further down a dangerous path, Japan's defense authority boasted on Wednesday of producing longer-range and hypersonic missiles, and greatly boosting Japan's defense budget for the next year. Chinese experts believe that those signals not only show that Tokyo is speeding up the breakaway from its pacifist constitution and embracing expanding militarism, but that the country is also seeking to enhance its ability to strike.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/9/1 21:12:34
  • Y-20 cargo plane debuts at European air show, displays China's aviation achievements

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/9/1 18:53:35
  • China sends Army, Navy and Air force with over 2,000 troops to Russian Vostok-2022 drills

    China sent Army, Navy and Air force units under the Chinese People's Liberation Army PLA Northern Theater Command, with more than 2,000 troops, to participate in the military drills Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise that kicked off on Wednesday morning at Sergeyevsky training ground in Russia.

    By Global Times | 2022/9/1 1:18:20
  • Chinese designers vow to make air-to-air missiles superior to foreign counterparts

    After some of China's most powerful air-to-air missiles feared by the US have joined the recent exercises by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) around the island of Taiwan, the chief designers of those missiles said that China's current generation of missiles are leading the world, and the next generation of missiles will enjoy absolute superiority over their foreign counterparts.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/31 18:13:42
  • Z-20 utility helicopter confirmed in service with PLA Air Force, Hong Kong Garrison

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/29 20:16:25
  • YU-20 tanker aircraft already deployed for China-Russia joint aerial strategic patrol: PLA Air Force spokesperson

    New generation military aircraft such as the YU-20 aerial tanker and J-16 fighter jets have been deployed in the China-Russia joint aerial strategic patrol, said Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, a spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, in response to a question from the Global Times concerning the YU-20's flight path at a press conference for the PLA Air Force's open day event in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin Province on Sunday.

    By Guo Yuandan in Changchun | 2022/8/28 20:04:51
  • US' old warships sailing through Taiwan Straits can't deter PLA at all, only confirms US' hostility toward China's reunification

    The US on Sunday, more than 20 days after the PLA's massive drills encircled Taiwan island to respond to the provocative visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island, sent two Ticonderoga-class cruisers to sail through Taiwan Straits, with the PLA announced that the entire passage of the US warships have been monitored and everything is under control.

    By Yang Sheng and Zhang Changyue | 2022/8/28 18:35:30
  • PLA on high alert over two US warships through the Taiwan Straits, ready to thwart any provocation: spokesperson

    The PLA Eastern Theater Command is monitoring the entire passage of the USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville through the Taiwan Straits and has everything under control. Troops remain on high alert, ready to thwart any provocation: spokesperson

    By Global Times | 2022/8/28 14:48:26
  • Y-20 aircraft can fly to anywhere at any time when needed: PLA Air Force spokesperson

    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's Y-20 cargo planes can fly to anywhere at any time when needed, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, a spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, answered in response to a question from the Global Times on Y-20's track during the PLA Air Force's open day event in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin Province on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/27 21:31:06
  • PLA conducts realistic combat exercise as US senator met with Tsai in Taiwan island

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) organized a multi-service and arms joint combat-readiness patrol and realistic combat exercise in the seas and airspace around the island of Taiwan, the Eastern Theater Command of the PLA announced on Friday afternoon, hours after US Senator Marsha Blackburn met with Taiwan's regional leader Tsai Ing-wen, discussing issues like regional security and semiconductor supply chains in a three-day visit.

    By Wang Qi | 2022/8/26 23:33:07
  • Flight performances of J-20, Y-20 on PLA Air Force open day highlight real-combat capabilities in safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity

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

    By Guo Yuandan in Changchun and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing | 2022/8/26 21:42:06
  • Taiwan's expanding defense budget only makes US arms dealers richer instead of really helping the island: expert

    Citing "threats" from the mainland, Taiwan island authorities have passed the largest yearly budget in 22 years on Thursday with the defense budget for the next year reaching NT$415 billion ($13.7 billion), showing a nearly 13 percent year-on-year increase. But experts warned that this could only make US arms dealers get richer instead of helping the island fight against the mainland as the military capacity gap is too big between the two sides.

    By Leng Shumei | 2022/8/26 0:53:04
  • The China-Indian border issue doesn't need third-party interference: Defense Ministry

    ​The border issue is a matter between China and India, and China firmly opposes any form of external interference by a third party in the boundary issue, Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, said on Thursday in response to the joint military exercises held by the US and Indian militaries in the disputed China-Indian border area.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/25 21:24:41
  • For 1st time China sends ground, naval, air forces to join Russian Vostok drills

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/25 20:27:32
  • Did the PLA fly a drone around watchhouse in Kinmen?

    Did the People's Liberation Army (PLA) send a drone to Kinmen and shoot a high-resolution video of the local watchhouse and soldiers? No, it's likely just a blogger on the mainland livestreaming flying his or her private craft, an influencer on Weibo said.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/25 1:46:58
  • YU-20 aerial tanker to star in PLA Air Force's open day event

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

    By Guo Yuandan in Changchun and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing | 2022/8/24 21:11:54
  • China restarts mass production of Type 052D destroyers, media reports say

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/23 19:57:00
  • Concerns over escalating tensions in Asia-Pacific intensified as US, S.Korea to begin biggest military drills in years

    As Washington is seeking to bolster strategic ties with one of its closest Asian allies, the US and South Korea will begin their biggest combined military training exercise in four years from Monday as tensions in the Korean Peninsula escalate. Chinese observers warned the exercise would raise tensions in the peninsula and wider Asia, and regional countries including China would be on high alert.

    By Xu Keyue | 2022/8/21 22:02:03
  • Chinese PLA's two newly commissioned large destroyers 'ready for combat' with latest drills

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/21 20:08:30
  • US, Australia lead joint drills to flex muscles, upend regional stability amid tensions in Taiwan Straits

    Exercise Pitch Black, a military drill participated in by the US, Australia and other 15 countries, reportedly started on Friday with the US' purpose being to pull more countries into an anti-China united frontline and show the "unity" of the West to pressure China over the Taiwan question. However, analysts noted that it is impossible for the US to form an alliance through one military exercise as participants have no shared goal and frequent US-led military drills will destabilize the regional environment.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/19 22:06:08
  • China to join Vostok-2022 Russia with other countries; closer China-Russia ties 'crucial to defend global stability to counter US hegemony'

    Chinese troops will go to Russia to participate in the joint military exercises Vostok-2022 with Russia and other countries, according to China's Defense Ministry and experts pointed out that one focus of this year's combined training is to deal with potential threat from the direction of the Pacific Ocean. The cooperation in military and other fields between China and Russia will be further improved despite the increasing hype that the US and the West are the only ones committed in the mission of defending regional and global stability.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/18 21:49:51
  • Taiwan island's missile tests, US command aircraft's sortie 'no threat to PLA'

    Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in Taiwan island reportedly began a series of live-fire missile tests starting on Thursday, with an E-8C command aircraft of the US military reportedly flying over the Bashi Channel before the tests, a move Taiwan-based media claimed was a "deterrent" to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). However, Chinese mainland military experts said that the remarks were ignorant, as neither the island's missiles nor the US aircraft pose credible threats to the PLA.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/18 21:33:24
  • CH-4 drone makes maiden flight with upgraded engine, longer endurance and heavier loads

    China's independently developed CH-4 drone with an upgraded domestic heavy-fuel engine has recently completed its maiden flight. The domestic engine enables the updated version of the CH-4 drone to fly at higher altitudes for longer endurance and with heavier loads, said the aircraft's maker on Wednesday.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/17 22:21:02
  • Maritime authorities issue new warning for Yellow Sea military activity; PLA updates on recent live-fire drills

    Weihai maritime safety authorities issued a passage warning on early Wednesday morning that military activities will be carried out in parts of the Yellow Sea waters starting from 8:30 am Wednesday to 5 pm Friday, during which vessels are forbidden from entering the waters in question, according to the website of China's Maritime Safety Administration.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/17 13:07:28
  • PLA has never feared any enemy, has confidence, ability to defeat all intruders: Chinese defense chief

    The Chinese army has never feared any enemy and has the confidence and courage to defeat all intruders. We will safeguard China's national security and territorial integrity with staunch determination, firm will and strong ability, vowed Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Tuesday.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/16 19:32:03
  • China resolutely responds to US' continuous provocations on Taiwan question

    As the US continued its provocation to China by sending a delegation of five lawmakers to China's Taiwan region, the Chinese People's Liberation (PLA) Army Eastern Theater Command organized multi-unit joint combat readiness patrols and real-combat drills in the sea areas and airspace around the Taiwan island on Monday, serving as a firm response and solemn deterrent to the provocation and collusion between the US and the Taiwan island.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/15 20:56:04
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command organizes joint combat patrol and drills around Taiwan island on Monday

    PLA Eastern Theater Command organizes joint combat patrol and drills around Taiwan island on Monday

    By Global Times | 2022/8/15 14:57:59
  • US keeps provoking tensions in Straits with lawmakers' sneaky visit, to face 'firm countermeasures'

    Just 12 days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island of Taiwan, a delegation of US lawmakers made a sudden visit to the island on Sunday, further proving that the US is the one that makes repeated provocations and keeps tensions from easing, said Chinese experts.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/8/15 1:23:47
  • China, Thailand kick off air force drills, enhance mutual trust in safeguarding regional peace

    Falcon Strike 2022, the fifth edition of the China-Thailand annual air force joint drills, kicked off in Thailand's Udon Thani based Wing 23 of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) on Sunday. Without pointing to a third party, the routine military exchange between two sides this year is expected to see more sophisticated training subjects and to show further deepened cooperation and enhanced mutual trust, observers said.

    By Deng Xiaoci | 2022/8/14 19:41:04
  • China, Thailand to hold joint air force exercise in large scale, as PLA sends fighter-bomber for first time

    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will hold joint air force exercises "Falcon Strike 2022" with Thai military starting August 14, China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on Friday, amid regional chaos caused by external interference in the Asia Pacific region.

    By Wang Qi | 2022/8/12 19:20:34
  • PLA to conduct regular combat readiness security patrol in Taiwan Straits

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Wednesday announced it will conduct regular combat readiness security patrols in the Taiwan Straits after declaring a successful conclusion of recent drills around the island, which experts said indicates that the PLA is ready for combat whenever national sovereignty and territorial integrity is threatened.

    By Leng Shumei | 2022/8/10 16:48:45
  • Chinese PLA is prepared no matter how US forces transit the Taiwan Straits: experts

    A US Pentagon official on Monday claimed that the US forces will continue to undertake Taiwan Straits transits in the coming weeks and exercise freedom of navigation operations elsewhere in the region to show their support for allies and partners, to indicate their commitment "to maintain the status quo of a free and open Indo-pacific." Experts believe that the probability of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier transiting the Taiwan Straits is low, but no matter how the US military wants to show its presence, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is ready.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2022/8/10 1:44:52
  • PLA launches recruitment with priority on students in science, tech majors, with skills for actual combat

    The Chinese military's recruitment for the second half of this year is progressing in full swing across the country, with more highly educated students being attracted to the army due to the growing focus of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on the development of intelligence, information and skills.

    By Leng Shumei | 2022/8/8 21:50:38
  • PLA extends 'Taiwan encirclement' exercises with anti-submarine warfare, showcases unrivaled area denial capability; 'drills will not stop until reunification'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/5 23:32:20
  • PLA aircraft carrier group with nuclear-powered submarine joins drills around Taiwan: expert

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/4 17:24:10
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command Rocket Force launches conventional missiles to designated sea regions east of Taiwan, accurately hitting targets

    PLA Eastern Theater Command Rocket Force launches conventional missiles to designated sea regions east of Taiwan, accurately hitting targets

    By Global Times | 2022/8/4 15:30:43
  • PLA to start live fire drills 2 days after Pelosi's visit, leaves time for ship evacuations, airline adjustments

    Shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan for her provocative visit on Tuesday night, the Xinhua News Agency announced that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would conduct a series of live fire military drills from Thursday to Saturday in six different areas that encircle the island from all directions.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2022/8/4 0:08:53
  • Pelosi changes status quo of Taiwan Straits with provocative visit, exposes US long-term miscalculation

    When US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan island and touted the US' so-called commitment to the island, her extremely reckless and dangerous move immediately prompted a series of countermeasures from China, ranging from the military to diplomacy to economic sanctions. China's reaction to this serious intrusion on the country's sovereignty is widely considered as rational and reasonable, underscoring its firm strategic determination and sufficient patience to adhere to its own timetable in solving the Taiwan question. And such steady advancement of its own agenda gives Beijing the edge compared with the short-sighted Washington that will lose more points in the long-term geopolitical wrestling match.

    By Chen Qingqing, Xu Yelu and Bai Yunyi | 2022/8/3 22:23:59
  • PLA drills around Taiwan continue to 'rehearse reunification operation' after Pelosi's visit, 'exercises blockading island to become routine'

    Joint military exercises around the island of Taiwan by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continued Wednesday with a joint blockade, sea assault and land and air combat trainings, involving the use of advanced weapons including J-20 stealth fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles after the drills started on Tuesday evening, when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed on the island which seriously violates China's sovereignty.

    By GT staff reporter | 2022/8/3 19:21:42
  • PLA drills involving missiles, J-20 stealth fighters surround Taiwan as Pelosi lands on island

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/8/3 2:11:36
  • J-20 stealth fighter jets join PLA drills surrounding Taiwan, reports show

    J-20 stealth fighter jets join PLA drills surrounding Taiwan, reports show

    By Global Times | 2022/8/3 1:25:07
  • PLA to conduct drills around island of Taiwan Tuesday night including conventional missile test launches

    PLA to conduct drills around island of Taiwan Tuesday night including conventional missile test launches

    By Global Times | 2022/8/2 23:29:30
  • PLA Air Force's Su-35 fighter jet(s) is crossing the Taiwan Straits: report

    PLA Air Force's Su-35 fighter jet(s) is crossing the Taiwan Straits: report

    By Global Times | 2022/8/2 22:23:15
  • Tension escalates hours ahead of Pelosi's potential Taiwan visit as PLA remains fully prepared for any crisis

    The intensity of the situation across the Taiwan Straits has drastically escalated as the military deployment from the Chinese mainland, US and the island of Taiwan continues creeping up, after US and Taiwan-based media disclosed that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit the island on Tuesday night, a serious provocation and violation to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity which would be met with severe countermeasures from the Chinese military.

    By Wang Qi and Fan Wei | 2022/8/2 15:35:57
  • PLA's two aircraft carriers move out from homeports amid Pelosi's alleged imminent Taiwan visit, satellite images and reports show

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

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2022/8/2 16:45:45
  • China sternly warns Biden admin not to arrange Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, PLA 'will not sit idly by'

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are keeping up the pressure on the US over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's potential visit to the island of Taiwan, urging the US to honor US President Joe Biden's promise to not support "Taiwan independence," while media outlets from the US and Taiwan reported that Pelosi is expected to visit the island shortly.

    By Wang Qi | 2022/8/2 1:44:51
  • PLA conducts mock night time drills amid Pelosi's possible Taiwan visit

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command has recently organized naval aviation force for mock air combat training after midnight. Such training aims to promote the pilots' ability to quickly enter combat status for abnormal situations at any time.

    By Global Times | 2022/8/1 11:30:54
  • PLA gets ready to celebrate upcoming Army Day with advanced weaponry display, realistic combat preparations amid Taiwan Straits tensions

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/31 20:47:51
  • 10 years of strengthening national defense, PLA sees historic achievements under CPC leadership

    Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, with national defense and military construction making historic achievements and undergoing historic changes.

    By GT staff reporters | 2022/7/31 18:50:16
  • Military officer devoted to border defense in Xizang, accomplishing CPC member duty by serving the people

    In the most remoted regions of China, in mountains and snow-capped peaks, from generation to generation, border defense soldiers have been guarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity with firm faith and spirit. Among them are CPC members who perform as the pioneers, role models, and the leaders in the harshest of living and working conditions.

    By Shan Jie and Wu Jun | 2022/7/31 18:41:13
  • PLA sends next-gen aerial tanker YU-20 for combat readiness training, vows to safeguard natl sovereignty with warplane sorties around Taiwan

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/31 13:28:44
  • Xi stresses further strengthening armed forces by training competent personnel

    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has stressed further implementing the strategy of strengthening the armed forces by training competent personnel in the new era.

    By Xinhua | 2022/7/30 15:55:59
  • India's first indigenous aircraft carrier delivered to navy; ambition displayed despite gap with China

    After over a decade of construction, India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Vikrant, was handed over to the Indian navy by its constructor, Cochin Shipyard, on Thursday. Chinese experts said on Friday that although there is still a big gap between the Vikrant and China's third aircraft carrier Fujian, which was launched in June, India's long and arduous road to producing the Vikrant shows New Delhi's ambition and determination to become a maritime power.

    By Wang Qi | 2022/7/30 0:48:27
  • PLA's post 'Preparing for war' draws wide support from netizens ahead of Army Day

    'Preparing for war!' This short social media post by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) 80th Group Army generated over 300,000 thumbs-up in 12 hours on Friday, amid high morale among Chinese soldiers ahead of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the PLA and escalating tensions across the Taiwan Straits.

    By Global Times | 2022/7/29 21:53:27
  • China's defense ministry issues fresh, rare warning 'action the most powerful language' over Pelosi's Taiwan visit; reinforces resolve

    Action is the most powerful language, said the Chinese Defense Ministry on Thursday as its spokesperson stressed the sensitivity of the Taiwan question again after China issued six warnings against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's potential visit to Taiwan island over the past few days.

    By Zhang Han and Leng Shumei | 2022/7/28 22:49:42
  • Z-10 attack helicopter enters service with PLA Hong Kong Garrison

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/28 22:15:52
  • Xi stresses persistent efforts to reach PLA centenary goals

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed persistent efforts to strive ahead with diligence to realize the goals set for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

    By Xinhua | 2022/7/28 20:07:16
  • China reinforces bilateral 'guardrail' to US; Partisan struggle may 'bring crisis to Taiwan Straits'

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

    By Yang Sheng and Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/28 0:20:10
  • Taiwan fails to report PLA drone's 1st island-circulating flight, 'reflects great vulnerability'

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/26 23:50:18
  • PLA will not sit idly by if Pelosi visits Taiwan island, Chinese defense ministry warns; indicating PLA 'fully prepared' for all scenarios

    After the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that China had made sterner warnings to US officials and stressed China is fully prepared for any eventuality over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned Taiwan trip on Monday, the Chinese Defense Ministry on Tuesday vowed that if the US insists, the Chinese military will by no means sit idly by and strong measures will be taken to thwart any external interference and "Taiwan independence" separatist attempts.

    By Zhang Hui and Cui Fandi | 2022/7/26 22:09:36
  • China-France developed Z-15 helicopter receives qualification certificate to enter market

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2022/7/25 23:12:47
  • PLA to train pilots faster with new programs amid warplane production capacity boost

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2022/7/20 18:58:09
  • Aircraft carrier Shandong sails through Taiwan Straits amid US warship's 'cost-saving' provocation

    The aircraft carrier Shandong of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday, the same day a US destroyer also made a transit in the region, with experts saying on Wednesday that the US warship's provocative move, which came right after its consecutive trespasses in Xisha and Nansha islands in the South China Sea last week, is a desperate and cost-saving attempt to hype tensions and contain China as the US faces China's growing capabilities, while the Chinese carrier was just returning to base after a regular maintenance.

    By Liu Xuanzun, Leng Shumei and Guo Yuandan | 2022/7/20 13:42:34
  • Pelosi could spark 'more serious' Taiwan Straits crisis; China-US ties would fall off cliff if Washington intended to crash 'guardrails'

    Once again, media has reported that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan in August after an aborted April visit to Asia that might include a trip to China's island due to testing positive for COVID-19, with analysts saying that if she intends to make a blatant provocation against China, she would spark a much more dangerous incident than the Taiwan Straits Crisis in 1996, and it would cause a huge setback for China-US ties.

    By Yang Sheng and Wang Qi | 2022/7/19 22:38:29
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