China Condemns United States Arms Sales to Taiwan

China Condemns United States Arms Sales to Taiwan

China condemned the U.S. for its latest offer to sell weapons to Taiwan, called the move “gross interference” in internal affairs of China and warned it could damage military ties and security between Washington and Beijing. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, expressed “strong indignation and resolute opposition” on the decision of US to […]

PLA, Tsinghua Launch Joint Education of Student Pilots

PLA, Tsinghua Launch Joint Education of Student Pilots

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and Beijing-based Tsinghua University will kick off a joint education program for selected student pilots, newly recruited this year among high school graduates. Students were be selected based on their exam scores and their physical fitness, and then underwent six weeks of training in military administration and a […]

Pentagon: China Strengthens Its Nuclear Arsenal

Pentagon: China Strengthens Its Nuclear Arsenal

China seeks to strengthen its nuclear arsenal by acquiring new ballistic missile capable of countering a possible attack, said the Pentagon on Wednesday, Aug. 24. These improvements “are intended to ensure the viability of the weapons of deterrence” to the constant advances of United States and, to a lesser extent, of the Russia. Beijing advocates […]

South China Sea: Rivalry in Troubled Waters

South China Sea: Rivalry in Troubled Waters

Been the axis and major maritime zone rich in energy resources, the South China Sea has continued to sharpen the appetite of the Southeast Asian countries in recent months. Foremost among them China, anxious to preserve its influence and economic interests. Analysts and experts from Southeast Asia often describe it, not without reason, “second Persian […]

China’s First Carrier Completes Initial Sea Trials

China’s First Carrier Completes Initial Sea Trials

Chinese news media say the country’s first aircraft carrier has returned to the northeastern port of Dalian after completing its initial sea trials. The Shanghai Daily reports that the carrier was towed back into the shipyard Sunday morning amid firecracker blasts and cheers. The report says that some navy personnel were seen walking on the […]

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Shi Lang May Be Operational in Five Years

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Shi Lang May Be Operational in Five Years

China has quietly started to sail its first aircraft carrier, the Shi Lang. The name of this ship is explicit: AdmiralShi Lang (1621-1696) was the commander of the Manchu fleet who conquered the island of Taiwan in 1681. Chinese Navy desired to acquire the aircraft carrier, which marks the importance of a nation internationally. The aircraft carrier is an […]

U.S. Responds to China’s New Aircraft Carrier

U.S. Responds to China’s New Aircraft Carrier

After the first trial of China’s first aircraft carrier, the U.S. has demanded information about the project. “We would welcome any kind of explanation,” said a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department in Washington on Wednesday. General concern prevails that China is not as transparent as other states in military issues. Thus China would not […]

China’s First Aircraft Carrier Varyag Starts Sea Sail

China’s First Aircraft Carrier Varyag Starts Sea Sail

Eighth voyage of the Dragon, first trial of Varyag, China’s first aircraft carrier left its shipyard at Dalian Port in northeast Liaoning province on Wednesday morning to start its first sea trial. The 300-meter-long ‘Varyag’ is being built at the port of Dalian in the north coast of China. Although construction began in the eighties […]

China Needs At Least Three Aircraft Carriers

China Needs At Least Three Aircraft Carriers

China needs at least three aircraft carriers to defend its strategic interests, a Chinese general said a few days after the Ministry of Defence had agreed to build a first flagship embodies the Naval ambition of Beijing. “If we consider our neighbors, India will have three aircraft carriers by 2014, Japan will have three quasi […]

China Calls for An End to U.S. Spy Flights Near Its Coast

China Calls for An End to U.S. Spy Flights Near Its Coast

China asked the U.S. to stop flying American reconnaissance aircraft near its coast that seriously affect the trust between the two countries. According to Taiwan media, in late June two Chinese fighter jets attempted to expel U.S. reconnaissance aircraft U2, which were in intelligence mission in the Taiwan Strait. China’s Ministry of Defense estimates that […]