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China operates first deep-space antenna array system in Xinjiang region

China has completed building the country's first deep space antenna array system at a ground station in Kashi, Northwest China's Xinjiang, which will be directly used for spacecraft tracking and monitoring missions, including the Tianwen-1 Mars probe and the upcoming Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center, the Kashi station's operator, announced on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/17 18:36:27

China's Y-20 tanker variant spotted conducting aerial refueling for J-20 fighter jet: report

The development of the aerial tanker variant of China's domestically developed Y-20 large cargo plane is apparently entering the final stages, as a recent photo captured what seems to be a Y-20 tanker variant conducting aerial refueling for a J-20 stealth fighter jet, media reports said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/17 17:38:41

Insulated cabins help sustain PLA border troops

Since the deployment, about a month ago, of the newly developed, self-powered dismountable insulated cabins along the borders in the high-altitude region in Northwest China amid the prolonged border tensions between China and India, the living conditions and combat capability of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) border defense troops have been greatly enhanced as the region entered winter.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/16 18:36:40

PLA to hold two simultaneous exercises in South China Sea

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will hold two simultaneous exercises in the South China Sea on Tuesday, and one of them could feature amphibious landing drills, reports said on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/16 18:03:27

China's future fighter trainer could feature AI to boost pilot's combat capability: top designer

China's future fighter trainer could feature artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help pilot cadet's learning and boost future combat capability, said the chief designer of China's current most advanced trainer jet in a recent media report.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/15 21:51:15

Joint PLA combat exercises to be normalized amid intensifying situation in Taiwan Straits and South China Sea: expert

The Central Military Commission (CMC) has released an outline on improving joint combat capabilities of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), which is aimed at war preparedness given the intensifying situation and increasing risk of military conflicts in some regions - such as the Taiwan Straits, the South China Sea and the China-Indian border, Chinese military analysts said, noting that more joint exercise between different forces will follow in accordance with the outline.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/14 15:41:26

China's latest unmanned combat systems to enter service, aim to win future wars for PLA: reports

Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems intended to win future wars, and their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/12 20:33:18

Air Force video reveals Chinese fighter jet's mysterious new missile

Chinese fighter jets are apparently getting a mysterious new type of missile, a recent recruitment video of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force shows. The unidentified missile could be an advanced anti-radiation missile or a new long-range air-to-air missile, and either possibility could significantly increase the PLA's capabilities in destroying hostile early warning aircraft, analysts said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/11 20:59:42

China, US military exchanges continue following change in US defense secretary

A research seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief jointly held by the Chinese and US militaries was held as scheduled on Wednesday following the dismissal of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, which experts take as a sign that the two militaries are still determined to maintain stability even at a sensitive period.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/11 20:08:40

Nigeria receives China-made armed reconnaissance drones: reports

The Nigerian air force has reportedly received a batch of China's Wing Loong II armed reconnaissance drones, once again showcasing China's advantages in the international drone market, including mature technologies, combat-proven results and reasonable prices, analysts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/11 20:03:58

China-developed exoskeletons to support patrol, logistics tasks in high-altitude region

Chinese scientists have recently developed an exoskeleton system specially designed for high-altitude regions, and the equipment is expected to conserve users' energy in tasks including patrol and logistics support.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/10 21:46:33

Taiwan in awkward position to befriend Biden as DPP leaned toward Trump during election

After gambling on Donald Trump in the US presidential election, the island of Taiwan and its Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), whose members have been openly rooting for Trump and bashing Joe Biden on social media, found themselves in an embarrassing situation to congratulate the reported president-elect and became anxious as it may not have the same "support" from the US as in the past four years, analysts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/9 20:57:53

China-India border talks may drag on during winter

China and India have cemented agreements achieved in previous rounds of talks in the latest commander level meeting on Friday, with both sides vowing to ensure their frontline troops "exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation." Future talks will be arranged soon, indicating the two sides are prepared to prolong the row through the coming winter and even longer, according to an official media release by China's Ministry of National Defense on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/8 16:51:34

China, India agree to ensure frontline troops to exercise restraint, avoid miscalculation

On November 6th, the 8th round of China-India Corps Commander Level Meeting was held in Chushul. The two sides had a candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of China-India border areas.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/8 11:20:46

Aircraft carrier Liaoning embarks on voyage, sets fighter jet pilot training history

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning has been at sea over the past week, making history by qualifying the first batch of new fighter jet pilots who were directly recruited from high school and trained specifically to fly carrier-based aircraft.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/6 23:05:42

PLA long-distance maneuver exercise in plateau includes Type 15 tanks

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command recently conducted a long-distance maneuver exercise featuring heavy equipment, including dozens of Type 15 light tanks and different types of infantry fighting vehicles and trucks, in a move experts said demonstrated the PLA's rapid, comprehensive deployment capabilities in high-altitude border regions.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/5 19:02:51

Type 075 amphibious assault ship spotted on doorstep of South China Sea, near Taiwan island: report

The Chinese mainland's first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was recently spotted on the doorstep of the South China Sea, close to the island of Taiwan, Taiwan media reported, leading Chinese mainland military experts to say that the vessel could be conducting another sea trial session in the more challenging sea region of the South China Sea.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/4 18:01:54

India, US-led Malabar naval drill a hollow bluff: expert

This year's annual Malabar naval exercises kicked off on Tuesday at a sensitive time of a nearly six-month China-India border standoff and the US presidential election.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/3 20:18:40