The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has equipped a second ace force with the country's most advanced fighter jet, the J-20, as the unit made its debut with the new warplanes in Northeast China on Friday.
By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/18 18:36:07
  • J-7 fighter's 1st Taiwan drill shows PLA combat preparedness, 'old-fashioned'aircraft can play a role

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/16 20:23:30
  • PLA Xinjiang Military Command commemorates Galwan Valley martyrs

    "It is better to sacrifice one's life than lose one inch of the national territory," troops in the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command said, after they recently participated in patriotic activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

    By Global Times | 2021/6/16 19:28:29
  • Netizens commemorate Galwan Valley martyrs, warn India not to renew clashes

    On the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley clash, Chinese netizens honored and expressed gratefulness on social media platforms to Chinese frontier soldiers and officers who had sacrificed their lives in the deadly military clash for defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity, while warning the Indian government not to attempt to provoke fresh conflicts along the border as the South Asian country suffers from the epidemic.

    By Liu Caiyu and Fan Anqi | 2021/6/15 22:08:00
  • Newly commissioned PLA destroyer makes exercise debut in South China Sea

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/6/14 22:07:11
  • J-20 stealth fighters, new helicopters to perform at CPC centenary celebrations: reports

    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes are expected to deliver an aerial performance for the celebration activities of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with a large number of the country's most advanced stealth fighter jets, the J-20, and a type of newly developed helicopter, informally known as the Z-8L, participating, a rehearsal of the event on Sunday indicated.

    By Global Times | 2021/6/13 19:11:49
  • 'We'd rather sacrifice our lives than lose an inch of territory,' Galwan Valley hero appears at high-level military honorary meeting

    Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang military command, who suffered serious head injury while fighting bravely in the Galwan Valley border skirmish on June 15, 2020, made an appearance and spoke at a recent high-level military meeting in honor of heroic border troops on Friday. As the first anniversary of the skirmish approaches, experts say China has once again shown its determination to safeguard territorial integrity.

    By Wang Qi | 2021/6/11 18:46:09
  • PLA Rocket Force practices night DF-26 missile launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/31 19:18:39
  • CPC nominates S.China Sea guardian, Korean War hero, Galwan Valley martyr for July 1 Medals to mark Party's 100th birthday

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee will for the first time issue July 1 Medals to Party members who have made outstanding contributions and created valuable spiritual wealth, as the CPC marks its 100th founding anniversary this year.

    By Global Times | 2021/5/31 10:31:45
  • China reveals new self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 'for field air defense tasks'

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/30 18:33:39
  • China urged to increase sea-based nuclear deterrent amid US intensified strategic threat

    Facing a serious strategic threat from the US, China was urged to increase the number of nuclear weapons, especially its sea-based nuclear deterrent of intercontinental submarine-launched ballistic missiles, to deter potential military action by US warmongers, Chinese military experts said on Friday, after reports that the US' new defense budget will modernize its nuclear arsenal to deter China.

    By Zhang Hui | 2021/5/28 20:45:29
  • China's Z-20 chopper shows all-weather capability in nighttime drill

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/27 20:25:15
  • Overseas reports on PLA's H-20 stealth bomber incorrect: source

    Overseas media reports have recently hyped some computer-generated images of a new type of bomber published by a Chinese mainland magazine, saying it looks like the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's next-generation stealth bomber, the H-20. But a source said the images are only imaginary and are not related to the H-20.

    By GT Staff reporters | 2021/5/26 22:12:38
  • PLA Xinjiang Military Command gets new anti-aircraft missile, rocket artillery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/5/19 18:53:40
  • PLA Eastern Theater Command monitors US warship transiting Taiwan Straits

    Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command tracked and monitored the USS Curtis Wilbur when it sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday as the US move sent wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists: command spokesperson

    By | 2021/5/19 8:47:22
  • Chinese warships cross Miyako Strait 'for escort tasks, not response to 4-country exercise'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/29 18:19:45
  • PLA will leave no room for Taiwan secessionist activities: spokesperson

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will leave no room for Taiwan secessionist activities in any form, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, when asked if the recent commissioning of the Type 075 amphibious assault ship is preparing for a “reunification-by-force” operation on the island of Taiwan.

    By Global Times | 2021/4/29 18:09:12
  • UPDATE: PLA warns away 'accident-risking' US destroyer stalking Liaoning carrier group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/26 20:11:53
  • China's coast guard continues patrolling waters surrounding Diaoyu, defying US reaffirming security commitment to Japan

    Although the US reaffirmed earlier in April that it is committed to the defense of Japan under their security treaty, which covers the Diaoyu Islands where China and Japan have a dispute, the China Coast Guard (CCG) continued to send its vessels to patrol the surrounding waters on Sunday, with analysts saying that China is making it clear to relevant countries that they are unable to challenge China's determination to safeguard its territories.

    By Yang Sheng and Leng Shumei | 2021/4/25 21:53:40
  • 3 new world-class warships commissioned together, shoring up 'nuke retaliation, S.China Sea security, island seizing'

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

    By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan | 2021/4/24 23:10:20
  • Xi attends commissioning of 3 naval vessels, signaling 'China's determination to manage S.China Sea'

    Xi commissions nuclear-powered submarine, Type 075 amphibious assault ship and Type 055 large destroyer at Sanya port

    By GT staff reporters | 2021/4/24 18:54:24
  • PLA Navy's birthday photo album shows decades of hardship, confidence, and ambition

    A US-shot image has become the "Easter egg" of a commemorative photo gallery published by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on its 72nd birthday on Friday. Experts said it reveals the PLA Navy's "blue ocean" path and that the US Navy should not be surprised about increasing encounters with the Chinese Navy in the future.

    By Wang Qi and Guo Yuandan | 2021/4/23 22:55:52
  • China unveils latest drone countermeasures at radar expo

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

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

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

    By Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Nanjing | 2021/4/22 19:25:10
  • China to display newly developed portable anti-stealth radar at the World Radar Expo 2021

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

    By Liu Xuanzun and Cao Siqi | 2021/4/21 2:07:09
  • Test pilot sees China's J-20 to get 2D thrust vectoring nozzles

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

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

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

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

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

    By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/15 22:48:39
  • All military personnel should be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines: PLA military experts

    Military experts from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said that as a professional organization, it is critical for military personnel to be fully inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, the PLA Daily's WeChat official account reported on Thursday.

    By Global Times | 2021/4/15 22:23:22
  • Taiwan navy's new amphibious vessel 'no match to PLA counterpart, of minimal threat'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/4/5 14:09:31
  • PLA commissions new-type robot for bomb disposal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/29 0:03:52
  • China will not allow history to repeat itself, Chinese defense minister said during a visit to site of Chinese Embassy in former Yugoslavia

    ''The Chinese military will never allow history to repeat itself as China is capable and determined to defend its national interests,'' Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe said on Friday as he paid tribute to martyrs in Belgrade, at the site of Chinese Embassy in former Yugoslavia that was bombed by NATO in 1999.

    By Global Times | 2021/3/27 15:31:38
  • Chinese Defense Minister visits Europe to boost military ties, 'future joint military drills, exchanges likely'  

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/23 20:38:39
  • US close-in reconnaissance on China hits new record amid PLA live-fire exercises

    The US on Monday sent a spy plane to conduct a close-in reconnaissance on China's southern coastal regions setting a new record as the closest approach to China's coastlines coinciding with live-fire exercises held by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the region.

    By Global Times | 2021/3/23 0:08:56
  • PLA deploys VR tech for more efficient training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/19 23:12:53
  • PLA commissions new type of infantry fighting vehicle

    A new type of infantry fighting vehicle was recently spotted in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), official reports show. This new tracked armored vehicle will likely be used to transport troops and replace some of the less capable and obsolete equipment, analysts said.

    By Global Times | 2021/3/18 2:30:15
  • PLA warplanes hold drills despite sandstorm, showing combat readiness

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/17 19:23:40
  • Chinese military enthusiasts urged to stay vigilant over intelligence leak as several social media accounts are suspended

    Chinese military enthusiasts have been advised not to become tools of overseas intelligence agencies and leak classified information on the People's Liberation Army (PLA), after several accounts covering domestic military affairs on Chinese social media were recently suspended.

    By Global Times | 2021/3/16 20:28:39
  • China holds naval drills in three maritime areas amid US military threats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/9 20:12:40
  • Xi calls for good start in strengthening military, national defense in 2021-2025

    President Xi Jinping Tuesday stressed achieving a good start in strengthening national defense and the armed forces during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) period.

    By Xinhua | 2021/3/9 18:35:43
  • Youth from HK, Macao and Taiwan should be allowed to join PLA: deputy

    Young people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan should be allowed to join the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to contribute to the development of national defense, as some of them have voiced such expectations, a Taiwan deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) proposed during this year's two sessions.

    By Zhang Hui and Shan Jie | 2021/3/8 20:33:39
  • China announces steady and appropriate growth of 2021 defense budget: spokesperson

    China's defense budget growth for 2021 is steady and appropriate after last year's positive economic growth when China broke free from the burden of the COVID-19 outbreak, a Chinese military spokesperson said on Sunday.

    By Global Times | 2021/3/8 5:25:42
  • Chinese political advisor urges domestic development of military-themed video games

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

    By Liu Xuanzun | 2021/3/8 0:47:33