Naval forces
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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Sino-Indian Defence Cooperation: Room for Improvement

Sino-Indian Defence Cooperation: Room for Improvement

Four Indian warships, including the INS Shivalik, one of India’s most capable indigenously built surface combatants, paid a five-day visit to Shanghai on 14 June 2012, marking the first Indian naval port call to China in six years. Sino-Indian defence relations have come a long way. But there is room for improvement.

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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China's homegrown F-35?

China’s homegrown F-35?

Images have recently surfaced of what bloggers have alleged as the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation's (601 Institute) latest combat aircraft design.

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Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

China, Russia, Iran and Syria plan to stage the "biggest joint war game in the Middle East” ever next month, with 90,000 troops, 400 warplanes, 1,000 tanks, and a slew of warships and submarines to take part.

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Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

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Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

With China able to out-produce Taiwan in every conceivable way, Taiwan will have to dig deeply into their Anti-Access/Area Denial repertoire

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Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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China's Military Jet Engine Program: Progress Report

China’s Military Jet Engine Program: Progress Report

China’s inability to domestically mass-produce modern high-performance jet engines has been a persistent Achilles heel of the Chinese military aerospace sector. Can China end its reliance on Russian-made engines?

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Update #6: Chinese/Philippine Standoff Passes Three Weeks, Rumors of War Hit Chinese Media

Update #6: Chinese/Philippine Standoff Passes Three Weeks, Rumors of War Hit Chinese Media

Yesterday the internet flared up with rumors of China moving towards a state of war with the Philippines over the now three week Scarborough Shoal issue.

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Republic of China (Taiwan) Developing 500-ton "Carrier Killer" Fast Attack Missile Boat

Republic of China (Taiwan) Developing 500-ton “Carrier Killer” Fast Attack Missile Boat

Taiwan is in dire need of improving its naval capabilities, but their naval shipbuilding industry has always encountered difficulties in projects actually being realized

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