Chinese fleet returns after S China Sea patrols

A Chinese patrol team returned to Guangzhou on Tuesday after covering 2,455 nautical miles in the South China Sea to carry out regular observation and patrol operations. The team, consisting of two China Marine Surveillance (CMS) ships — Haijian 84 and Haijian 72, had patrolled the Xisha and Nansha Islands and their nearby waters for […]

China’s aircraft carrier anchors in military port

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, anchored for the first time in a military port in Qingdao, eastern Shandong province on Wednesday morning. The anchoring marks that the aircraft carrier bay in Qingdao, which was built following a four-year construction, has already had logistic capacities, according to a statement from the military. The Liaoning left […]

China reiterates opposition to Philippines’ arbitration bid

China on Wednesday reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ taking the South China Sea dispute to an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). At a daily press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, “We do not agree with the Philippine Foreign Ministry’s move of filing international […]

Taiwan MOFA rules out cross-strait action on Diaoyutais

Collaboration between Taiwan and mainland China on issues regarding the Diaoyutai Archipelago is entirely out of the question, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve C.C. Hsia said Feb. 19. Hsia made the remarks following Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou’s reiteration of the impossibility of cross-strait cooperation on the matter Feb. 18. Reasons cited by Ma included […]

China rejects Philippines’ arbitral request

China rejects Philippines’ arbitral request

The Chinese government has rejected a Philippine move to take their dispute regarding sovereignty issues in the South China Sea to the United Nations for arbitration, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. “Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing had an appointment with officials from the Philippines’ Foreign Ministry on Tuesday and returned a note […]

China’s escort fleet to join exercise in Pakistan

The 14th Chinese naval squad heading for Somali waters will take part in a multi-national exercise in Pakistan in March, military sources said Sunday. The “Exercise Aman-13” is scheduled to start in the North Arabian Sea on March 4. Aman is an Urdu word meaning “peace”. The fleet, sent by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army […]

China’s 14th escort fleet departs for Somali

The 14th naval squad, sent by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, departed Saturday from China to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters for escort missions. The squad, which set sail from a port in Qingdao of east China’s Shandong Province, will succeed the 13th escort fleet currently conducting missions in Somali waters. […]

Japan, S. Korea to seek tougher UN sanctions against DPRK

Japan and South Korea agreed Wednesday to seek tougher sanctions against the Democratic People’ s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which conducted a nuclear test Tuesday, in the UN Security Council. In a telephone conversation between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, both of them agreed the DPRK’s nuclear test violated […]

DPRK’s nuclear test “regrettable”: Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “regrettable,” and Japan strongly protests against it, local media reported. Abe made the remark at the lower house and said the test violated relevant UN resolutions. Meanwhile, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has lodged protest […]

DPRK says it conducts 3rd nuclear test

DPRK says it conducts 3rd nuclear test

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Tuesday it has successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test, according to the official KCNA news agency. The test was part of the country’s “practical measures of counteraction” to defend its security and sovereignty against hostile U.S.policies, which it claimed have violated DPRK’s “rights to launch […]