Monthly archive May, 2012

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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Alliance Diversification Watch: Japan and the Philippines

Is Japan about to enter the South China Sea dispute in a concrete way and provide up to 10 Japanese Coast Guard  Ships to the Philippines? I guess the timing could not be better for the Philippines given the current tensions surrounding the Scarborough Shoal standoff. However the news is not yet official as the...

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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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Pentagon Report on China Military is a Yawner

Pentagon Report on China Military is a Yawner

The Pentagon issued its 2012 China report to Congress on Friday. It's not that much different from 2011.

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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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Price of F-35 Theoretically Eliminates it from South Korea's F-X III Fighter Competition

Price of F-35 Theoretically Eliminates it from South Korea’s F-X III Fighter Competition

At recently estimated prices, Sixty F-35s would double DAPA's planned expenditure of US$7.3 billion, increasing costs to US$14.3 billion

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Did North Korean GPS Jamming Down a South Korean UAV Helicopter Drone?

Did North Korean GPS Jamming Down a South Korean UAV Helicopter Drone?

Japanese news release reports South Korean unmanned helicopter was downed, possibly due to North Korea GPS jamming.

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Bin Laden Pondered Attacking South Korea

Bin Laden Pondered Attacking South Korea

On Monday, the Chosun Ilbo reported on deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's recently revealed documents that hinted at attacks on American interests in South Korea

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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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North Korea Ready for Third Nuclear Test

North Korea Ready for Third Nuclear Test

Setting off a third nuclear device is a widely expected move for the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, but it's not one that will do them any favors.

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