China unveils military UAV at parade rehearsal technology news

China’s hypersonic spy drone was among an array of advanced weaponry revealed during a rehearsal for the country’s National Day parade. Social media photos show two types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – identified as the DR-8 and the Sharp Sword stealth attack drone in central Beijing at the weekend. Defence expert Adam Ni, of Macquarie University in NSW, says the DR-8 drone plays a vital intelligence gathering role for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). “The DR-8 is a hypersonic reconnaissance UAV with the job of collecting strategic intelligence and raising…

South China Sea threat: Beijing building new military facilities in disputed region | World | News

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said new satellite images revealed missile shelters and radar and communications facilities were under construction on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs in the Spratly Islands. Washington has criticised China’s build-up of military facilities on the artificial islands and fears they could be used to restrict free movement along the important South China Sea trade route. A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef last month in a so-called freedom of navigation…

Navy seeks more budget for building its assets and will induct AMCA, says Naval Vice Chief

The Navy needs heavy budgetary allocation in the coming years to meet the major challenges (Photo: Indian Navy) The Indian Navy has demanded from the government that the Navy’s share in the total defence budget is brought back to the old level. The challenges for the Indian Navy have increased in the Indian Ocean which has increased the need for naval surveillance. Not only are Chinese naval ships navigating in this area, but pirates are presenting a new challenge in this area against which there is constant surveillance. There is…

Philippine Senator Seeks Probe of Military’s Deal with China-owned Telecoms Group

Luis Liwanag and Dennis Jay Santos Manila and Davao, Philippines2019-09-17 A Philippine senator called on legislators Tuesday to investigate whether a deal signed last week between the armed forces and a Chinese-led consortium to set up telecommunications equipment inside military bases in the country could threaten national security. The deal would allow the Dito Telecommunity Corp., a consortium that includes the state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation, to install and manage communication sites and towers inside camps, according to the military. In a resolution, opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros urged the Senate to…

Aquino-del Rosario offered Sabah to Malaysia for its support in arbitration case vs China

Aquino-del Rosario offered Sabah to Malaysia for its support in arbitration case vs China RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO Fifth of a series THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s watch, then headed by Albert del Rosario, practically offered to drop our decades-old claim over Sabah against Malaysia in exchange for Kuala Lumpur’s support in the Philippines’ arbitration suit filed against China in 2013. This was disclosed by high-ranking former and current DFA officials involved in the preparation of the suit. Since I started this series on the…

Beware of China giving gifts: The risk of joint development of the South China Sea resources

A few weeks after his fifth visit to China, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jingping offered him a controlling stake in a proposed joint energy exploration in the West Philippine Sea if the Philippines would set aside the 2016 United Nation Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) award that invalidated China’s historic claim in the South China Sea. According to President Duterte, his Chinese counter-part advised him to “Set aside the arbitral ruling — set aside your claim then allow everybody connected with the…

Duterte stressed need for sea code of conduct to Chinese communist party execs — Go

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte underscored the importance of having a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea during his meeting with the officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Senator Bong Go revealed Tuesday. “The President emphasized the need to fast track the Asean-China Code of Conduct in the South China Sea so everybody will be put at ease and for everyone to know what routes to follow and what alleys to avoid when sailing,” Go told reporters at the Senate. Duterte met with Chongqing…