People’s Liberation Army Navy

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Can China’s consumers save the world economy?

Long the place that makes stuff and doesn’t consume much, China is set to redress the balance. And thus, some say, rescue the troubled global economy. But it’s a stretch to think that Beijing’s plan — shifting the export-driven country from emphasizing manufacturing and infrastructure to relying on public consumption – will spread sweet prosperity … Continue reading

China’s DF-21D missiles ‘can to kill an entire aircraft carrier battle group’

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: says in its report that according to the 82nd issue of the The Observer magazine, a certain DF-21D brigade has recently conducted an unprecedented live ammunition drill of a volley of dozens DF-21D missiles. The DF-21D reportedly can to … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: September 7, 2015

China’s pushing into the water. Beijing celebrated America’s victory over Japan in 1945. The Communists who took over China four years later seemed to take much of the credit. And they are still angry that, even after 66 years, they don’t control Taiwan. A “victim of its own propaganda,” Beijing believes Taiwan doesn’t want to … Continue reading

China says it is now able to attack the US homeland with conventional weapons using nuclear submarines

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: posted 15 photos of Chinese nuclear submarines in its report which stated that for the first time China is able to attack the US homeland with conventional weapons. The report was focussed on China’s use of next-generation nuclear submarines. Among the … Continue reading

China says its new YJ-18 anti-ship missile is a real threat to US navy

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China‘s quotes unspecified “foreign media” reports as saying that China’s newest 052D Aegis destroyer is equipped with China’s newest YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship missiles. The missile’s high speed and terminal movement make it very difficult to intercept. At present, there is only one 052D destroyer … Continue reading

China’s supersonic submarine

Researchers in China are reporting that they’ve taken a big step towards creating a truly revolutionary submarine. For years, the nation has been dedicated to the expansion of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Submarine Force. Aside from wanting a fleet that could rival those of other superpowers, the growing fleet is seen as a … Continue reading

What was the US P-8 spy plane doing off China’s Hainan Island?

By now, half the world is aware of the reckless manner in which an armed PLA Navy fighter jet performed a ‘dangerous intercept’ of a USN P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) while it was performing what apparently was routine surveillance on… something. The media has been terming the P-8 as a spy plane and … Continue reading

China’s unusual decision to spy on joint naval exercises; risks not being invited to participate again

A party crasher from China’s navy is enjoying an intelligence buffet at the world’s largest maritime gathering – and the feasting will make it hard for Beijing to condemn similar foreign activities in international waters close to China. U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James said Saturday that a Chinese surveillance ship was operating near … Continue reading

Chinese media claims three strategic nuclear submarines berthed in Hainan are superior to current submarines

Canada’s Kanwa Defence Review (a foreign Chinese media publication) published an article on May 23, 2014 on three strategic nuclear submarines emerging (SSBN) at Yalung Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island at the same time. Some analysts regard them as 094 submarines. The article regards the appearance as a trend deserving much attention. Taking into account the … Continue reading

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting because Japan “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people”

The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese officials attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao … Continue reading

Australia scrambles planes in response to Chinese warships near Australian waters

Australia scrambled an air force surveillance plane earlier this month to monitor an unannounced Chinese military exercise that took the emerging superpower’s ships closer to Australian territory than ever before. In what observers say is a significant strategic development, China carried out combat simulations at the beginning of the month between Christmas Island and Indonesia … Continue reading

China will deploy subs that could nuke Alaska or Hawaii this year

China is set to deploy submarines sometime this year armed with nuclear tipped missiles capable of striking Alaska or Hawaii, according to a January assessment from the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine is set to begin patrols in 2014 – armed with the PLAN’s new … Continue reading

China says its massive navy buildup is world’s biggest

In 2013, China commissioned 2 missile destroyers, 3 missile frigates, 9 light missile frigates, 2 large auxiliary ships, 4 conventional submarines, 2 supporting warships for submarines, 1 nuclear submarine, 2 double-hull survey vessels, 1 warship for testing underwater sound equipment and 2 minesweepers, ranking the first in number in the world. Chinese media says that, according … Continue reading

Chinese naval vessel tries to force U.S. warship to stop in international waters

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by … Continue reading

China developing 180,000-ton double-hull aircraft carrier said in its report yesterday: China has to put an end to its old practice of following others countries’ footsteps. Sources say that through meticulous engineering and mechanical analysis, China will conduct research and development of the first 180,000-ton double hull aircraft carrier in the world. If successful, it will be a movable Chinese … Continue reading

China: Two type 054A frigates launched over three days, three more being built

On September 30, a Shanghai web user revealed that a new China-made Type 054A frigate completed fitting-out and was successfully launched. It is said that from September 28 to 30, two such frigates were launched at an interval of only three days. On September 28, a certain shipyard launched another Type 054A smoothly. Sources say … Continue reading

China’s J-15 fighter jet has practice flights from Liaoning aircraft carrier

A J-15 fighter jet completed a series of difficult take-off-and-landing tests on the Liaoning aircraft carrier, state media reported yesterday. The aircraft completed the manoeuvres while heavily loaded on Sunday, Xinhua said. The report did not say how the aircraft was equipped, but added that it was carrying various weapons. “The tests were complicated. The … Continue reading

Joint China-Russia exercise more political than military

China and Russia made headlines this past weekend when they participated in the rather blandly titled Joint Sea 2013. Despite the name, Joint Sea was China’s  largest ever joint naval exercise, and one of the more noteworthy bits of naval activity in the past several years. Eighteen surface ships, one submarine, three airplanes, five ship-launched helicopters … Continue reading

China to build six aircraft carriers by 2020

Elite Reference magazine says in its report Frigates of Chinese aircraft carrier battle group secretly assembled at the military port for aircraft carriers, “The Soviet aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, though failed to be commissioned, leaves experience and lessons which may provide China reference in China’s pursuit of nuclear aircraft carriers.” I have revealed in my posts that … Continue reading

China: One more type 054A frigate commissioned

Xinhua reports that a frigate was commissioned for the South China Sea fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy on Friday, the China News Service says. The frigate Yueyang is capable of long-range surveillance, as well as air defence and anti-submarine operations, according to the report. At a ceremony held in Sanya, a port … Continue reading

China plans to build aircraft carrier

China will build – from scratch – a large aircraft carrier capable of carrying more fighter jets, the official Xinhua news service reported, quoting a senior officer with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China has one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was refitted from a Russian-made model. The report comes after Chinese officials denied foreign … Continue reading

China to send first aircraft carrier on high seas voyage

China will send its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on a voyage on the high seas for the first time within a year, the state-run news agency Xinhua said on Friday. The Liaoning, purchased used from Ukraine and refurbished in China, has conducted more than 100 exercises and experiments since it was commissioned last year, … Continue reading

China’s new hydrophonic detection net able to detect US nuclear submarines

According to China Science Daily’s report, China has completed the establishment at Lingshui, Hainan Province, its national marine acoustics research base, which is its first hydrophonic observation and detection net. According to Taiwan comments, that is China’s first public report on the completion of its sonar observation and detection array at the bottom of the … Continue reading

China to build 15 more Yuan-class submarines with German engines

The Hindustan Times said in its report on April 9: China is scaling up its underwater capabilities, and the Indian Navy‘s submarine force levels will be the lowest in its history by 2015, a confidential defence ministry report has revealed. In comparison, “China may plan to construct 15 additional Yuan-class attack submarines, based on German … Continue reading

Tremendous increase in China’s military spending amid territorial rows

Reuters says in its report today titled China defence spending seen rising as territorial rows deepen: “A series of territorial disputes with its neighbours will ensure China boosts defence spending when it reveals this year’s military budget ahead of the annual parliamentary sitting next week, security experts say.” It proves foreign media’s ignorance about China. … Continue reading

China launches stealth frigate amidst ocean tensions

China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media reported, amid ongoing tensions with neighboring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is building a total of 20 Type 056 Jiangdao class frigates to replace older models and bolster its ability to conduct patrols and … Continue reading

More noise from China: Submarines

Over the last five years, Chinese submarines have been going to sea a lot more, at least the diesel-electric boats have been. This is worrying to other nations in the region, and the U.S. Navy, because it means China is training its submarine crews for war. Previously the Chinese kept their fleet in port most … Continue reading

Chinese navy buildup no threat to US, but a possible threat to Japan

SCMP’s report entitled “As China’s navy grows, end of Deng’s dictum of keeping a low profile?” says, “Obama’s re-election means he can continue the strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region that started during his first term, which will see 60 per cent of US warships move to the region by the end of the decade. … Continue reading

Chinese warships to become common feature around Diaoyus

State media confirmed yesterday that a People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet had patrolled waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea after finishing a drill in the western Pacific. A front-page report in yesterday’s People’s Liberation Army Daily said four warships from the PLA Navy’s North Sea Fleet had passed Yonaguni and … Continue reading

China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning sails for the sea after being commissioned

Singtao Daily comprehensive report: At 6.00am yesterday, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier set out for the sea for the first time after it was commissioned on September 25. A reporter from China News Service saw both the Liaoning and its protection warship no. 88 brightly lit and people walking to and fro on their decks at … Continue reading

The mystery of China’s carrier-based aircraft

Don’t you think it ridiculous to commission an aircraft carrier without aircraft? And the commissioning ceremony was so grand that it was attended by both General Secretary Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. If the carrier remains without aircraft for a long time, will it not become a laughingstock instead of something they can boast … Continue reading


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