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The Southern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday released more details of the recent joint naval and air combat patrol in the South China Sea, which further illustrates the PLA's firm resolve and strong capability to safeguard China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, according to Chinese military analysts on Tuesday.
By Guo Yuandan and Deng Xiaoci | 2024/4/9 21:23:50
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  • PLA Southern Theater Command organizes naval and air forces in South China Sea from Sunday to Monday to maintain high alert at all times

    PLA Southern Theater Command organizes naval and air forces in South China Sea from Sunday to Monday to maintain high alert at all times

    By Global Times | 2024/4/9 8:20:24
  • PLA's Southern Theater Command organizes a joint maritime and aerial combat patrol on Sunday in the South China Sea

    The Southern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army organized a joint maritime and aerial combat patrol on Sunday in the South China Sea. All military activities that disturb the stability of the South China Sea are under control.

    By Global Times | 2024/4/7 8:52:30
  • Any tactic infringing on China's rights and interests in its jurisdictional waters by the Philippines doomed to be futile: China Coast Guard

    China warns the Philippines that any tactic infringing on China's rights is doomed to be futile and the China Coast Guard (CCG) will continue to regularly enforce the law to safeguard rights and interests in China's jurisdictional waters, CCG said on Saturday, in response to Philippine vessels' illegal activities in the waters adjacent to China's Houteng Jiao (also commonly known as Houteng Reef) in the South China Sea.

    By Fan Wei and Du Qiongfang | 2024/4/6 18:34:42
  • Videos of PLA's live-fire drills along China-Myanmar border released; troop's rapid mobility, precise targeting honed

    China has released videos of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command's live-fire drills on the Chinese side of the China-Myanmar border. The drill aims to test the rapid mobility, precise targeting, comprehensive blockade, and joint strike capabilities of Chinese forces.

    By GT staff reporters | 2024/4/4 12:24:32
  • PLA Southern Theater Command conducts live-fire drills along China-Myanmar border

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command has deployed the army and air force to conduct live-fire drills on the Chinese side of the China-Myanmar border starting from Tuesday, Tian Junli, a spokesperson at the PLA Southern Theater Command, said in a statement on Tuesday, stressing that the command has been prepared at all times to respond to various emergencies and is committed to safeguarding national sovereignty and border stability.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2024/4/2 20:48:09
  • New US marine regiment impractical in reality to 'strike China': experts

    Military experts said on Sunday that the newly formed 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment of the US military, which claims to target China, will be impractical because the US Marine Corps is equipped with light weapons that are not conducive to coastal operations and it therefore lacks the tactical capabilities to confront countries like China that have long-range and deep-strike capabilities.

    By GT staff reporters | 2024/3/31 18:47:25
  • Mainland maritime authorities conduct joint patrol in waters west of Taiwan Straits

    The Fujian Maritime Safety Administration, the Eastern Navigation Service Center of the National Maritime Safety Administration and the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration conducted a joint patrol activity in the waters west of the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday to further maintain the maritime navigation environment and order in the area, ensuring safety and the stability of water traffic.

    By GT staff reporters | 2024/3/29 0:27:45
  • China's JH-7A fighter bomber provides close air support in cross-service exercise

    China's JH-7A fighter bomber provided close air support to ground forces in a recent cross-service exercise, with analysts saying on Monday that the multirole aircraft has demonstrated its versatility in an attack role.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/25 18:47:56
  • Chinese Defense Ministry vows to take resolute measures against Philippine provocations

    The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) on Sunday vowed to take resolute measures against the Philippines should it continue to challenge China's bottom line, with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announcing a combat exercise being conducted recently in the South China Sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/24 19:12:52
  • US military ramps up activities in S.China Sea, risking conflicts: report

    The US continued to strengthen its military activities on China's doorstep in the South China Sea and surrounding areas in 2023, including deploying aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and bombers, holding intensified close-in reconnaissance operations, and holding joint exercises, which poses growing risks to China-US relations, according to a newly released think tank report.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/3/22 20:51:43
  • US intensifies provocative actions to 'build tensions, contain China'

    The US has recently ramped up its trouble-stirring moves in at least three directions around China to build regional tensions and reinforce its containment of China. Analysts said that Washington has always taken advantage of regional conflicts to serve its selfish geopolitical interests and warned of the consequences of serving as Washington's proxies and cannon fodder.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/21 22:28:13
  • PLA Navy, Air Force join China Coast Guard in combat exercise

    The navy and air force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command recently joined the China Coast Guard (CCG) and held a series of combat exercises across several maritime regions amid tensions in the Taiwan Straits, a move experts said on Monday will contribute to the safeguarding of national sovereignty, territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/18 19:18:30
  • PLA Navy landing ships hold combat exercises in South China Sea

    A group of landing ships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held live-fire exercises in the South China Sea, with analysts saying on Sunday that the flexible vessels capable of carrying tanks in amphibious landing missions are important in the safeguarding of China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/17 20:15:50
  • Philippines urged to stop provocations that may escalate tensions at South China Sea

    China urges the Philippines not to further walk down the wrong path, and to immediately stop any provocative actions that may escalate the disputes or complicate the situation at the South China Sea, Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense said on Friday, also suggesting some non-regional countries stop supporting the provocative and risky acts of the Philippines and refrain from being a disruptor in the South China Sea.

    By Global Times | 2024/3/15 16:56:23
  • China, Iran, Russia wrap up sea phase of joint naval exercise

    The five-day China-Iran-Russia joint naval exercise Security Belt-2024 on Wednesday wrapped up its sea phase. The core part of the drill saw warships from the three countries conducting training to rescue civilian ships, which reflected the peaceful nature of the trilateral cooperation, experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/3/14 18:14:00
  • Chinese international purchasing agency for military equipment has agency qualification revoked for serious risk of information leakage

    A Chinese international purchasing agency has had its purchasing agency qualification revoked for serious risk of information leakage due to the company's internal mismanagement and poor practices around managing sensitive data, the Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) announced in a statement on Tuesday.

    By Global Times | 2024/3/13 11:56:57
  • China, Iran, Russia launch joint drills near Gulf of Oman, safeguard regional maritime security

    The naval forces of China, Iran and Russia on Monday launched an exercise near the Gulf of Oman in a joint effort to safeguard regional maritime security, without targeting any third country or current regional tensions, experts said on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/3/12 22:38:11
  • China urges S.Korea to refrain from hyping up SCS issue

    The Chinese foreign ministry urged South Korea on Tuesday to mind its own business and refrain from hyping up the South China Sea issue, following South Korean foreign ministry's remarks regarding a recent incident during which Philippine vessels had trespassed into the waters off China's Ren'ai Jiao (also known as Ren'ai Reef), and a spokesperson from the ministry said exterritorial countries should not become troublemakers on the issue.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2024/3/12 19:00:52
  • China's in-development H-20 bomber worth the excitement: PLA Air Force deputy commander

    China's long awaited first strategic stealth bomber, the H-20, is worth the excitement, as it faces no technical difficulties in development and will be unveiled to the public soon, said the deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force at the two sessions in Beijing.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/11 20:02:46
  • Chinese military aims to boost strategic capabilities in emerging areas such as AI, unmanned tech

    The Chinese military has vowed to implement President Xi Jinping's call to enhance strategic capabilities in emerging areas, with military lawmakers and experts stressing the importance of new quality productive forces including artificial intelligence (AI), unmanned technologies, aerospace and cyberspace in modern warfare. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, on Thursday called on China's armed forces to forge a stronger sense of mission, deepen reform and promote innovation to comprehensively enhance strategic capabilities in emerging areas. He made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police Force (PAP) at the second session of the 14th National People's Congress, or China's national legislature, the Xinhua News Agency reported on the day.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/10 21:46:58
  • China's defense expenditure reasonable, appropriate: spokesperson for the military delegation to NPC

    China's national defense expenditure is open, transparent, and its spending is reasonable and appropriate, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the People's Liberation Army and the People's Armed Police delegation to the National People's Congress (NPC) said on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2024/3/9 18:33:43
  • Xi stresses deepening reform to comprehensively enhance strategic capabilities in emerging areas

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called on the armed forces to forge a stronger sense of mission, deepen reform and promote innovation, so as to comprehensively enhance strategic capabilities in emerging areas.

    By Xinhua | 2024/3/7 19:20:17
  • Chinese Foreign Minister urges countries outside the region not to stir up trouble in South China Sea

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday urged countries from outside the region to not stir up troubles in the South China Sea, as he vows to take justified actions to defend China's rights and respond with prompt and legitimate countermeasures.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/7 12:53:37
  • China to unveil fourth aircraft carrier soon: PLA Navy political commissar

    China will unveil its fourth aircraft carrier soon and answer the question as to whether it will be nuclear-powered, said the political commissar of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy at the ongoing two sessions in Beijing.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/6 22:21:51
  • Exclusive: CCG restricts Filipino ships' Ren'ai trespass in scrape-causing incident; water cannon deployed to warn Philippine vessel

    The China Coast Guard (CCG) on Tuesday took restriction measures, including the use of water cannon, against Philippine vessels that had trespassed into waters off China's Ren'ai Jiao (also known as Ren'ai Reef) in the South China Sea, during which a Filipino vessel intentionally rammed into a Chinese ship and causing a minor scrape.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/3/5 21:47:06
  • China raises defense budget by 7.2% for 2024, 'conducive to peace, stability'

    China on Tuesday announced a defense budget draft for 2024 worth 1.66554 trillion yuan ($231.36 billion), an increase of 7.2 percent from the previous year.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/5 10:26:49
  • NPC session to publish draft defense budget; figure maintains reasonable, steady growths in recent years: spokesperson

    The second session of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) will review the draft defense budget for 2024 and publish the figure, which has maintained reasonable, steady growth over recent years consistent with China's economic and social development to better safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, a spokesperson said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/4 16:31:21
  • China to firmly safeguard its territorial sovereignty, maritime rights on South China Sea: NPC spokesperson

    China will continue to firmly safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, at the same time, the country will properly handle relevant issues with relevant countries through dialogue and consultation and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the South China Sea, Lou Qinjian, spokesperson for the second session of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC), told at a press conference on Monday.

    By Global Times | 2024/3/4 15:55:19
  • China develops bird-like ornithopter with huge application potential

    China has recently developed a new type of ornithopter, an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings, and experts said on Sunday that the small bird-like aircraft has huge military and civilian application potentials.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/3 19:13:46
  • China's aircraft carrier Liaoning sets out for sea trial after full year of refurbishment

    China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, reportedly embarked on a sea trial on Thursday after a full year of refurbishment, with observers saying that the lengthy overhaul likely enabled China's next generation stealth fighter jet to operate on the carrier.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/3/1 2:08:04
  • PLA Navy's routine escort operations not related to regional situation: spokesperson

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's routine escort operations in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia are a practice of implementing the China-proposed Global Security Initiative, and are not related to the current situation in the region, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/29 22:13:38
  • China expected to set moderate defense budget growth for 2024

    China will likely continue its trend of moderately increasing its defense budget in 2024, prompted by the country's needs in military modernization, the challenging security environment, and the recovering economic situation, experts predicted shortly before the figure's anticipated announcement next week.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/28 22:41:03
  • China's Sky Hawk stealth drone receives upgrades, to conduct outdoors tests

    China's Sky Hawk unmanned flying vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to conduct outdoors tests soon after some of its main parameters have been upgraded. Chinese experts said on Tuesday that the flying wing-configured drone is expected to play major roles in reconnaissance and attack missions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/27 19:57:17
  • CCG photo shows Kinmen, demonstrating mainland's consistent, firm response to provocative actions by Taiwan authorities: experts

    After the China Coast Guard (CCG) released a photo on Sunday showing mainland cutters sailing close to boats from the island of Taiwan, with Kinmen island in visual range, Chinese military experts pointed out that the photo, together with a previous one showing the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) holding drills in the waters around the island of Taiwan on August 5, 2022, demonstrated that Chinese mainland has made firm and swift response to the provocative actions of "Taiwan independence," with everything happening in the waters around Taiwan island under control.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/26 16:36:59
  • Officially organized Philippine vessels trespass into Huangyan Dao waters using fishery activities as cover: sources

    A group of officially organized Philippine fishing ships recently trespassed waters off China's Huangyan Dao (also known as Huangyan Island) in the South China Sea, people familiar with the matter confirmed with the Global Times on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/25 22:50:39
  • Chinese mainland maritime law enforcement authorities conduct patrol near Kinmen

    The Chinese mainland's maritime law enforcement authorities on Sunday conducted more patrols in waters near Kinmen in a move to safeguard the safety of fishermen's lives and property, after Taiwan authorities brutally assaulted a mainland fishing boat in the region earlier this month which led to the death of two crew members. The combined effect of the fatal incident and continued “Taiwan independence” activities by the secessionist Taiwan authorities will see such patrols become routine, experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/25 22:24:32
  • CCG capabilities highlighted in intensive law enforcement activities in South China Sea, Taiwan Straits, Diaoyu Islands

    Facing recent rights-infringing moves from the Philippines in the South China Sea, the Taiwan authorities near Kinmen in the Taiwan Straits and Japan around the Diaoyu Islands, the China Coast Guard (CCG) carried out intensive law enforcement activities, displaying its capabilities gained from high-quality development and in firmly safeguarding China's territorial sovereignty and maritime interests, experts said on Thursday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/22 21:52:40
  • Hype over US deploying five aircraft carriers on China's doorstep slammed as unprofessional

    Only one US aircraft carrier is currently deployed in the Western Pacific, not five as claimed by several media outlets, according to monitoring by a Beijing-based think tank.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/21 20:08:05
  • China's Z-10ME attack helicopter makes overseas debut at Singapore Airshow

    As China's independently developed Z-10ME attack helicopter made its overseas debut at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, analysts said that the helicopter has huge potential on the international market.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Fan Wei | 2024/2/20 20:45:22
  • PLA monitors Philippines-rallied joint patrol in South China Sea

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday monitored a Philippines-rallied joint air patrol in the South China Sea, which experts said on Tuesday was a political show aimed at China but had little military significance.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/20 19:45:27
  • Aircraft carrier Liaoning to finish upgrade, mockup of stealth fighter spotted on deck

    A mockup of a stealth fighter jet, reportedly the J-35, was recently spotted on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, prompting experts to say on Monday that China's next generation carrier-based fighter jet is not exclusive to the catapult-equipped carrier Fujian, but can also be used on ramp-equipped carriers Liaoning and Shandong.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/19 19:58:28
  • PLA Navy's eighth Type 055 large destroyer achieves operational capability with training in South China Sea

    The eighth Type 055 large destroyer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has achieved operational capability, it was announced in a recent exercise in the South China Sea, marking all eight warships of this class now currently in service are now ready for deployment, experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/18 17:22:06
  • PLA, CCG defend sovereign security, maritime rights in South China Sea during holidays over provocations from Philippine, US

    Facing provocations from the Philippines and the US during the Spring Festival holidays, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the China Coast Guard (CCG) did not let their guards down, took effective measures, and firmly defended China's sovereign security and maritime rights in the South China Sea, experts said on Saturday.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/17 18:19:28
  • PLA Air Force trains J-20 pilots at elite combat unit

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is using an elite combat unit to train J-20 pilots amid deliveries of the stealth fighter jet to multiple units, a move experts said on Saturday will contribute to the fast generation of new combat capabilities which require pilots to not only fight, but also command.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/17 17:12:45
  • China Coast Guard expels Philippine vessel for intruding into S.China Sea waters

    The China Coast Guard (CCG) announced on Sunday that it had expelled a Philippine Coast Guard vessel that illegally intruded into waters adjacent to Huangyan Island in the South China Sea multiple times from February 2 to 9, noting that China's responses were professional and reiterating its firm resolve to safeguard China's national sovereignty

    By GT staff reporters | 2024/2/11 22:40:03
  • J-10 fighter jets make one-stop direct return flight from Saudi Arabia with YU-20, sending Lunar New Year greetings

    After delivering flight performances at the World Defence Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, seven J-10 fighter jets of the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force flew directly back to China, accompanied and supported by the YU-20 aerial tanker, landing at an airport in western China on Saturday.

    By Guo Yuandan | 2024/2/11 20:08:56
  • China's carrier-based fighter jets trains with early warning aircraft

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's aircraft carrier-based fighter jets recently conducted a training exercise with early warning aircraft, a model of warplane currently based only on land but not on aircraft carriers , prompting experts to predict that the Chinese carrier-based early warning aircraft will make its official appearance soon.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/7 20:25:26
  • Top Chinese defense products displayed in Saudi Arabia; 'technology transfers enable localized manufacturing'

    Amid Saudi Arabia's pursuit of military procurement localization, top Chinese defense products including fighter jets, drones, and armored vehicles have attracted great interest at an ongoing defense expo in Riyadh on Tuesday, with experts saying that Chinese arms firms can provide technology transfers that contribute to localized manufacturing.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/6 21:47:32
  • China's J-20 fighter jets to enhance combat alertness duties during Spring Festival holidays

    The Chinese military, including its J-20 stealth fighter jets, will enhance combat alert duties during the upcoming Spring Festival holidays, a regular but important arrangement that will fend off any potential foreign provocations, experts said on Monday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/5 20:12:54
  • US-Japan command post exercise difficult to put into practice; Washington consumes allies to achieve its goals: experts

    The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the US military named China as a hypothetical enemy for the first time in their joint command post exercise, Japanese government sources said Sunday, according to Japanese media. Experts noted that there is significant difficulty in putting these operational plans into practice for the US and Japan and will not alter the outcome of the Taiwan question.

    By Xu Yelu | 2024/2/5 19:18:08
  • PLA Navy, Air Force extend reach with new milestones in replenishment ships, large cargo planes

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and Air Force are extending their reach with new milestones in replenishment ships and large cargo planes, a move experts said on Sunday contributes to not only China's national defense but also world peace and stability.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/4 19:30:58
  • Taiwan's exercise hyping PLA turning drills into attack only political show, exposes guilty conscience of 'Taiwan independence' secessionists: experts

    The armed forces on the island of Taiwan recently simulated the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) "turning drills into an attack," a move Chinese mainland experts said on Thursday is only a powerless political show and exposes the guilty conscience of "Taiwan independence" secessionists.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/2/1 18:53:37
  • PLA holds live-fire missile drill along southeastern coast, 'warns secessionists, external forces'

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a live-fire missile exercise along the southeastern coast where it can cover the Taiwan Straits, sending a warning to “Taiwan independence” secessionists and external interference forces, experts said on Wednesday. The navy of the PLA Eastern Theater Command recently conducted an all-element anti-ship missile assault exercise in an eastern coastal region in East China's Fujian Province, with several transporter erector launchers commencing live-fire missile attacks, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/31 22:18:37
  • Development of China's CH-7 stealth drone to finish in 2024

    After receiving new designs to further enhance effectiveness in information-based combat in modern warfare, China's CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed tests and its development is scheduled to finish this year. Chinese observers expect the drone to make a new appearance at the upcoming Airshow China in November.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/30 20:35:58
  • Hurried B-21 bomber production reflects US' obsession with containing China: experts

    In a move experts said on Monday reflects the US' obsession with containing China and risks backfiring, the US recently reportedly started production for the B-21 bomber, which made its first flight only two months ago.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/29 19:46:10
  • PLA Bayi Aerobatic Team's J-10 fighter jets depart for Saudi Arabia world defense show

    Seven J-10 fighter jets from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Bayi Aerobatic Team took off on Monday morning from an airport in northwestern China for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the World Defense Show 2024 that will be held from February 4 to 8, announced Senior Colonel Xie Peng, a spokesperson of the PLA Air Force.

    By Guo Yuandan and Leng Shumei | 2024/1/29 12:14:28
  • Philippines continues to provoke with airdropping, fishermen trespass in South China Sea

    Despite the recent easing of tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines again provoked China by airdropping supplies to its illegally grounded warship on Ren'ai Jiao (also known as Ren'ai Reef) and sensationalizing Philippine fishermen's trespass on Huangyan Dao (also known as Huangyan Island), with experts saying on Sunday that these new methods of provocation increase the risk of triggering accidents, and the only way to resolve the dispute is through dialogue.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/28 20:23:16
  • China Coast Guard stops Philippine fishermen's illegal activities on Huangyan Dao: source

    The China Coast Guard (CCG) recently stopped a group of Philippine fishermen from conducting illegal activities on China's Huangyan Dao (also known as Huangyan Island) in the South China Sea, a source confirmed with the Global Times on Friday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/26 21:55:05
  • PLA deals with US warship transit in Taiwan Straits, confirms combat patrols

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) tracked and monitored a US destroyer as it made a transit through the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday, with experts saying on Thursday that the provocative US move, the first of its kind since separatist Lai Ching-te won the Taiwan regional election, sent a wrong signal and further raised tensions.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/25 23:06:07
  • PLA Navy aircraft carrier Shandong holds port exercises, enhances capabilities

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced on Wednesday that the aircraft carrier Shandong recently conducted a series of exercises while moored at its homeport, with analysts saying that the port drills can enhance the carrier's capabilities at sea.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/24 16:42:43
  • PLA Navy's 8th Type 055 large destroyer examined in drills

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's eighth Type 055 large destroyer recently received a multi-mission examination that experts said on Monday tested the newly commissioned warship's comprehensive capabilities, as the vessel readies itself for combat.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/22 20:44:28
  • Increasing US close-in drone recons on China 'add complexity in military interactions'

    Experts on Sunday said that while the Chinese military is prepared to counter the US' close-in drone reconnaissance attempts on China, the country is ready to establish a set of rules with the international community governing maritime and aerial interactions with drones, after a think tank report suggested that the US is increasing deployment of drones in such missions that will lead to more complexities in the two militaries' maritime and aerial interactions, as well as crisis management and control.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/21 23:38:25
  • China's new Type 054B frigate holds voyage test: reports

    China's next generation frigate, the Type 054B, launched only five months ago, reportedly started trials recently, indicating smooth progress, experts said on Sunday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/21 19:09:46
  • PLA warplanes, warships spotted in nighttime patrols around Taiwan island

    Recent nighttime exercises and patrols by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) around the island of Taiwan are routine and aim to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity from “Taiwan independence” secessionists and external interference forces, Chinese mainland experts said on Thursday, amid foreign media hype over the “first large-scale military activity” after the island's regional election.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/18 22:16:14
  • Pakistan's plan to buy Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter jets 'win-win cooperation'

    Pakistan recently announced a plan to procure FC-31 stealth fighter jets from China, a move experts said will not only significantly enhance the Pakistan Air Force's capabilities, but also open up the international market for the Chinese aircraft, marking a win-win cooperation. The Pakistan Air Force introduced its transformative modernization initiative in a press release posted on its social media platforms on Tuesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/17 19:37:10
  • Experts urge Philippines to remain restrained after longest pause of provocation in South China Sea

    It has been apparently more than one month since the Philippines last sent ships to trespass into waters off China's Ren'ai Jiao (also known as Ren'ai Reef), marking the longest pause in Manila's provocations since August.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/15 20:23:18
  • PLA Air Force's Red Falcon Aerobatic Team arrives in Laos for first performance abroad

    JL-8 trainer jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's Red Falcon Aerobatic Team arrived in Laos on Saturday in preparation for its first-ever flight performance in a foreign country, with experts saying on Sunday that the visit will contribute to development of the two countries' military ties and expand the international reputation of the Chinese aerobatic team, as well as the Chinese aircraft.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/1/14 21:51:46
  • Over 700 Chinese border outposts connected to national power grid, boosts defense capability

    Under a nationwide upgrade program, more than 700 Chinese frontier outposts have connected to the national power grid, a move experts said on Sunday that has boosted the Chinese military's capabilities in border defense, including improving the living conditions of troops and the deployment of advanced, power-consuming weapons and equipment.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/14 20:08:00
  • PLA Navy warships practice defense against low, slow and small aerial targets

    Warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held an exercise in which they practiced defense against low, slow and small aerial targets, which experts said on Thursday pose a significant threat in modern warfare.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/11 21:28:36
  • China emphasizes Taiwan question, South China Sea issue in resumed defense policy coordination talks with US

    China and the US resumed the previously suspended defense policy coordination talks with a meeting this week, in which the Chinese side stressed its positions on the Taiwan question and the South China Sea issue, as well as maritime and air security issues.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/1/10 19:42:00
  • China verifies new morphing wing structure for future cross-domain aircraft

    China recently verified a new morphing wing structure that can help build future cross-domain aircraft, with an expert saying on Tuesday that the cutting-edge technology is expected to undergo flight tests before being applied.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/9 16:45:02
  • Chinese military achieves overwhelming victories in anti-corruption: PLA Daily

    The Chinese military has achieved significant victories in fighting against corruption whereas it is necessary to be aware that there still exist occasional instances of violations of laws among officials and soldiers inspite of strict measures and management, the PLA Daily commented recently, noting to the PLA will take preventive measures against the problems in advance.

    By Global Times | 2024/1/7 23:22:04
  • PLA Navy's large destroyer honored after fending off foreign military provocation during drills

    The Party committee of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's first Type 055 large destroyer was honored as a role model on Sunday after the warship completed a series of challenging missions including fending off foreign military provocation in combat drills.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/7 18:07:28
  • China imposes sanctions on five US companies as countermeasures against arms sales to Taiwan island

    As countermeasures on US arms sales to China's Taiwan region and the country's sanctions on Chinese entities, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday that China has decided to impose sanctions on five US defense companies, including freezing movable and immovable assets and other types of property held within China, as well as prohibiting organizations and individuals within China from engaging in transactions, cooperation, and other activities with these companies.

    By Global Times | 2024/1/7 11:07:56
  • PLA extends patrol to maritime, aerial joint exercise in S.China Sea as US, Philippines scale down patrol amid tensions

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) extended its two-day routine patrol in the South China Sea into a third day of joint exercises on Friday, in a move experts said displayed China's determination and capability in safeguarding national sovereign security and maritime rights, as the US and the Philippines reportedly scaled down their joint patrol in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/5 16:24:00
  • PLA holds naval, air patrols in S.China Sea amid provocations

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a routine patrol in the South China Sea from Wednesday to Thursday in a move to safeguard national sovereign security and maritime rights and interests amid a concurrent US-Philippines joint patrol and Manila's repeated attempts to permanently occupy Chinese reefs in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/1/4 20:22:54
  • Mainland weather balloons drifting over Taiwan island unintentional, should not be sensationalized as threat: experts

    Taiwan's DPP authorities have continuously sensationalized Chinese mainland balloons flying over the island since the start of 2024 despite knowing that they were for meteorological purposes and drifted due to seasonal winds, a move experts said on Thursday aims to hype up the “mainland threat” theory, stir up confrontation and snare votes in the upcoming regional election.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/4 21:39:59
  • PLA conducts naval, air patrols in South China Sea amid US-Philippine provocations

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday launched a two-day routine patrol in the South China Sea, concurrently with a US-Philippines joint patrol in the region, with experts saying that the PLA patrol is pointed toward infringement and provocative actions by the Philippines and the US, and displays China's determination and firm will in safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime rights.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/1/3 22:03:31
  • China's aircraft carrier Fujian nearly complete, maiden voyage expected soon

    China's third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, is nearly complete and could make its maiden voyage soon, experts said on Wednesday, after the warship was briefly featured in a national media report on Tuesday that indicated smooth progress in its mooring tests.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2024/1/3 21:07:31
  • Global Times visits border outposts in Xizang: New-quality logistical support brings guarantee, happiness to soldiers in harsh conditions

    In the season of heavy snow and freezing cold, the soldiers at the border frontlines remain steadfast while on duty in the snowy mountains, a testament not only to their spirit of sacrifice and dedication but also to the strong logistical support provided by the military. The widespread use of new-quality logistical support equipment demonstrates the care of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee for the soldiers at the border and reflects the PLA's determination to defend China's territory.

    By Shan Jie, Fan Wei, Cao Siqi, and Yang Ruoyu in Xizang | 2024/1/3 20:24:01
  • China's warplane productions exceed expectation in 2023, contribute to national defense development

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have received a solid boost to their comprehensive combat capabilities amid a deteriorating security environment, experts said on Tuesday, after China's aviation industry wrapped up 2023 with warplane productions that exceeded expectation.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2024/1/2 19:33:06
  • Houthi group says 10 fighters killed by US in spillover of Gaza crisis; 'major escalation so far unlikely'

    The Red Sea - one of the world's most important shipping lanes that links markets in Europe with Asia - saw another bloody incident on Sunday with Yemen's Houthi group stating that 10 of its fighters were killed by US naval forces while they were preventing Israel-related ships from passing through the Red Sea, in solidarity and support for the Palestinian people.

    By Deng Xiaoci | 2024/1/1 20:30:32
  • Pentagon hyping of 'decisive year' in 'Indo-Pacific' exposes military hegemony, Cold War mentality toward China

    The US Department of Defense's hyping of 2023 being a "decisive year" in the Indo-Pacific region is filled with Cold War mentality and exposes its aggressiveness toward China, analysts said on Thursday, after the Pentagon on Wednesday released a fact sheet summarizing its work in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/28 21:28:54
  • Chinese Defense Ministry vows measures against US-backed Philippine provocations

    The Chinese Defense Ministry on Thursday vowed not to turn a blind eye toward the Philippines' repeated provocations and harassment, and demanded that the US immediately stop interfering in the South China Sea issue.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/28 21:09:21
  • Prolonged Gaza war leads to growing risks of wider regional conflict

    Chinese experts raised concerns on Wednesday about the growing risks of a wider conflict in the Middle East, as Israel's military chief warned that its war on Hamas will likely last for months. Experts said that it is hard to predict when the war will end, but that a prolonged war will be increasingly detrimental to Israel.

    By GT staff reporters | 2023/12/27 22:32:19
  • US aircraft carrier activity adds fuel to South China Sea tensions

    A US aircraft carrier has reportedly entered the South China Sea in a move experts said on Wednesday sends a wrong signal to the Philippines amid the Southeast Asian country's repeated provocations on Chinese islands and reefs in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/27 21:26:40
  • Latest control of Maryinka 'hardly break stalemate' of Russia-Ukraine war

    Although some Western media view Russia's latest control of Maryinka in eastern Ukraine, which is a small town in the Donetsk region, as Moscow's "most significant battlefield gains since May," some Chinese experts believe that this single progress will not provide the means to break the military stalemate between the two sides that has persisted for nearly two years. When the world is forecasting what could happen in the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2024, Chinese experts said there could be "more room for imagination" after the US presidential election in next November.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2023/12/26 22:12:24
  • Israel's killing of Iranian military advisor to further complicate regional situation

    Israel's killing of a senior adviser in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is likely to further stimulate anti-Israel and anti-US sentiment in Iran and complicate regional conflicts, as well as the Red Sea situation, said Chinese experts.

    By GT staff reporters | 2023/12/26 20:58:23
  • Chances for truce slim as Israeli military actions further widen gap among parties

    Christmas bloodshed in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of at least 70 people, marking one of the deadliest nights in the ongoing battle between Israel and Palestine. Chinese experts believe the Netanyahu government's determination to extend its "aggressive" military actions in the Gaza Strip will only widen the existing gap between the parties, and hopes for agreeing on a new plan proposed by Egypt are slim.

    By GT staff reporters | 2023/12/25 22:27:38
  • PLA Navy steps into deep blue, contributes to global peace and stability with 15 years of overseas escort missions

    China is set to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its overseas naval escort missions on Tuesday, through which the country has been contributing to global peace and stability with concrete actions amid its shift in naval strategy from near seas defense to far seas protection, experts said.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/25 20:28:40
  • US, Japan announce record defense budgets targeting China, unsettling analysts amid deteriorating security environment

    After the US and Japan on Friday announced record defense budgets for 2024, with media reporting both have China in mind, experts warned on Sunday that under a deteriorating global security situation, the US is giving tacit permission to Japan to break away from its self-defense-only principle to help maintain the US' global hegemony amid dangerous rises in Japan's right-wing militaristic moves.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/24 20:20:35
  • China-US high-level military talk shows willingness to stabilize ties, manage risks despite persisting uncertainty

    Senior military officers from China and the US held a virtual meeting on Thursday night, marking the first high-level military dialogue for more than a year. According to readouts from both sides, senior officers stressed the importance of exchanges and dialogue during the video call, but the Chinese side also stressed the premise of healthy and stable military ties that "genuinely respect China's core interests and major concerns."

    By GT staff reporters | 2023/12/22 22:20:59
  • Taiwan question, South China Sea issue stressed in virtual meeting between Chinese, US senior military officials

    A senior Chinese military official on Thursday stressed China's stance on the Taiwan question and the South China Sea issue in a virtual meeting with a US' senior military official, as the two militaries started to resume talks following the recent meeting between the two countries' top leaders.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/22 1:19:04
  • Yearender: Chinese military on vigilance amid grave security challenges

    Surrounded by geopolitical security challenges from multiple facets amid a global deterioration in security environment, China in 2023 maintained vigilance, fended off foreign military provocations, and deterred "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces, while contributing to global peace and stability through concrete actions including foreign exchanges, joint exercises and patrols, peacekeeping and escort missions as well as international humanitarian aid.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/21 20:55:42
  • Defense authority on Taiwan island hypes drifting mainland weather balloons, attempting to stir panic: expert

    Despite admitting the balloons were for meteorological purposes and were drifting due to monsoon, the defense authority on the island of Taiwan repeatedly announced the presence of mainland balloons near the island over recent days to hype the “threat” of the mainland, analysts said on Wednesday.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/20 17:00:57
  • PLA Air Force pursues fast equipment development with future air combat in mind

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is pursuing fast equipment development with the aim of adapting to future air combat, which could involve vastly expanded battlefield boundaries, highly dynamic games, greatly enhanced unmanned combat and main battle elements characterized by high altitude and fast speed, said an official recently.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/18 21:26:09
  • Latest US arms sale to Taiwan 'creates more risks of conflict'

    Chinese mainland experts on Sunday slammed the collusion between the US and “Taiwan independence” secessionist forces for creating more risks of a conflict, after the US recently approved a sale of military data link equipment to the island of Taiwan.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/17 22:17:53
  • Reported launch of 4th Type 075 amphibious assault ship 'able to safeguard sovereignty'

    Overseas media has reported that China recently launched its fourth Type 075 amphibious assault ship, a type of vessel which is believed to be able to not only safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity in regions like the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, but also sail to far seas and carry out non-military operations such as international humanitarian aid.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/17 21:29:04
  • Chinese, Russian militaries hold 7th joint aerial strategic patrol

    The Chinese and Russian militaries on Thursday held their second joint aerial strategic patrol of the year, the seventh in total since 2019, reportedly adding electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft to a group of bombers and fighters, in a move experts said was aimed at safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2023/12/15 1:17:25
  • Philippine envoy struggles for limited US resources with South China Sea war hype: analysts

    A Philippine envoy recently hyped the possibility of a war in the South China Sea, a move observers said on Thursday aims to win more of the US' limited resources in a futile attempt to seize Chinese islands and reefs.

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2023/12/14 21:03:22
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