Naval forces
China Wants More (and Bigger) Aircraft Carriers

China Wants More (and Bigger) Aircraft Carriers

  by MIKE YEO Not exactly unexpected news, but a senior officer with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has said that China will have more than one aircraft carrier, and its next aircraft carrier(s) will be larger and carry more aircraft, including more fighters. China has recently completed the refurbishment of the Liaoning, a...

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Japanese Media Now Openly Talking about Japan-Australia Soryu Deal

Today the Nikkei featured an article (日) that raised once again the possibility of Japan transferring the technology underpinning the prized Soryu submarine to Australia. The article did not offer much additional detail about how the process from here is likely to unfold, although it did frame the technology transfer as part of a supposedly mutual...

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South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

China's rising power is becoming a boon for its East Asian neighbors.

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Did South Korea Make its $3 Billion 2012 Defense Exports Goal?

Did South Korea Make its $3 Billion 2012 Defense Exports Goal?

The ROK may have missed their 2012 aspirations...

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2012: The Year of Chinese Air Power?

2012: The Year of Chinese Air Power?

2012 may be China's most impressive year when it comes to aerospace accomplishments. It shows that rapid progress and important breakthroughs are being made, and these could upset the military balance in the Asia-Pacific in the long-term.

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New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

China's new Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer will be a formidable addition to and central element of Beijing's new blue-water navy.

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Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two very interesting pieces of news have surfaced in the last two days regarding the Australia-Japan relationship. On Wednesday morning (日) in New York, Japan and Australia, on the heels of the recent two-plus-two dialogue in Sydney, agreed to further deepening of the strategic partnership, and explicitly committed themselves to making a breakthrough on the Economic Partnership Agreement...

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China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China’s newest addition to its military is subtle, stylish and has wireless internet access. It’s a 36,000-ton pleasure boat capable of disgorging thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles held inside its belly. Meet the good ship Bohai Sea Green Pearl.

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ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

As China "occupies" the South China Sea with a military base and administrative body to "govern" roughly 80 percent of the region, an International Crisis Group report released Tuesday says "tensions can easily spill over into armed conflict.”

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Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Deployment of the DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), similar in design to the American BGM-109 Tomahawk and Russian KH-55, on Chinese warships could bring new meaning to gunboat diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Jianghu on the Rocks

Jianghu on the Rocks

A Chinese frigate has gotten itself stuck in a bind — or rather, a shoal — in the South China Sea. According to the Sydney Morning Herald: The frigate pinned itself to a reef last night at Half Moon Shoal, on the south-eastern edge of the Spratly Islands, and remains “thoroughly stuck”, according to Western...

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Japan’s MSDF leads and China’s PLA(N) follows

In among Japan’s much more proactive approach to Southeast Asia, including stronger commitments of aid and security cooperation to Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, and increased tension over the Senkaku islands due to developments in Japan’s domestic politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan and China have completely burned their bridges in the last...

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