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  • Bombs thrown at navy base mosque in Chittagong

    CHITTAGONG: Two bombs exploded at a mosque inside a navy base in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on Friday, injuring six, police said, adding that two people had been arrested...

    Police said the mosque inside the Isha Khan naval base in the southeastern city was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers when several bombs were thrown...

  • China navy carries out more drills in disputed South China Sea

    BEIJING: China's navy has in recent days carried out more exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday, calling them routine drills...

    China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year...

  • China says Pakistan military base talk pure speculation

    China said on Thursday that talk the country was building a military base in Pakistan was pure speculation, after a Pentagon report earlier this month singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base...

    Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian was asked at a regular monthly news briefing if China would build a naval base in the Chinese-invested Pakistani port city of Gwadar...

  • China may seek base in Pakistan, other countries, says Pentagon

    WASHINGTON: China is likely to consider establishing additional naval logistics hubs in countries with which it has a long-standing friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, “such as Pakistan”, according to a Pentagon report...

    In its annual report to Congress on “Military and Security Developments in China”, the US Department of Defence claimed that China is looking for countries that have “a precedent for hosting...

  • Pakistan, China agree to broaden CPEC base

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Sunday agreed to formally invite “third-country” investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and add social sector and regional development schemes to the existing portfolio of CPEC projects...

    The understanding on addition of “two major dimensions” to the CPEC projects came about at a long meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms Commission of Pakistan and the...

  • Australia to join Chinese navy exercises in South China Sea

    SYDNEY: Two Australian warships will hold exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea next week, Australia's defence minister said on Thursday, just days after a US navy patrol near a man-made Chinese island in the disputed waters angered Beijing...

    The HMAS Stuart and HMAS Arunta will visit China's main South China Sea base of Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong ahead of drills scheduled for early next week,...

  • Chinese navy chiefs to discuss South China Sea on Thursday

    BEIJING: The Chinese and US navies are set to hold high-level talks over tension in the South China Sea after a US warship challenged China's territorial assertions in the disputed waters this week...

    A spokesman for China's Ministry of Defence said Wu would present China's "solemn position on the US vessel's entry without permission" into waters in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea...

  • China navy holds first joint anti-piracy drill with Nato

    BEIJING: Chinese naval forces involved in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden have held their first joint drill with Nato ships carrying out the same mission, China's Defence Ministry said on Friday, as China seeks a greater global security role...

    The exercise will help improve communications between ships on anti-piracy duties so that China and Nato can together maintain maritime security and stability in the Gulf of Aden, the...

  • US Navy officer charged with spying, possibly for China, Taiwan

    WASHINGTON: A US Navy officer with access to sensitive US intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a US official told Reuters on Sunday...

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized US citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in...

  • US Navy commander warns of possible South China Sea arms race

    TOKYO: The United States (US) Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law...

    Commander Admiral Scott Swift urged nations, like China, to seek arbitration to settle maritime disputes...

  • Navy chief visits ships in joint exercise with China

    KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah paid a sea visit to Chinese Navy ship Handan on Sunday during the ongoing joint exercise by the Pakistan Navy and the People’s Liberation Army (Navy)...

    Commander of Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini accompanied the CNS during the visit...

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