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VIDEO: China Launches First Domestic Aircraft Carrier

VIDEO: China Launches First Domestic Aircraft Carrier

China’s Type-001A Carrier following its launching ceremony on April 26, 2017. Ministry of National Defense Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from naval analysyts.

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier in a ceremony at a northern Chinese shipyard on Wednesday. Read More

As Russian Arms Sales Slow, Moscow Focus Now on Domestic Weapons Modernization

As Russian Arms Sales Slow, Moscow Focus Now on Domestic Weapons Modernization

Russian trade and industry minister Denis Manturov aims a weapon during Idex 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Reuters Photo

While Russia remains a major international arms exporter, the Kremlin has seen its sales have fallen flat in recent years largely because its largest markets — China and India — have built up their own defense industries and can do the work themselves at a lower cost. Read More

Pentagon Reviewing ‘Unsafe’ Military Aircraft Encounter Over South China Sea

Pentagon Reviewing ‘Unsafe’ Military Aircraft Encounter Over South China Sea

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Pentagon is reviewing an unsafe encounter between a People’s Liberation Army and U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea, a defense official told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Panel: Administration's South China Sea Comments Set to Cause Friction with Beijing

Panel: Administration’s South China Sea Comments Set to Cause Friction with Beijing

People's Liberation Army troops patrol an island in the South China Sea. PLA Photo

People’s Liberation Army troops patrol an island in the South China Sea. PLA Photo

The Trump Administration’s early comments on the South China Sea and Taiwan could “cause a lot of friction” between China and the United States, but other factors – including upcoming Communist Party Congress elections in China – will likely keep relations between Beijing and Washington stable in the early part of 2017. Read More