China is establishing a 'full dimensional model' of South China Sea maritime militias to counter armed Vietnamese fishing boats.
The maritime militia organizations of Vietnam and other countries that have claimed sovereignty over South China Sea have been active for many years in the region, Chinamil reported Thursday.
"We must focus on the building of maritime militias, border and coastal defense militias, emergency response militias and the new reserve forces in order to form a national defense mobilization system which can serve, respond to emergencies and fight during wartimes," Sheng Bin, chief of the National Defense Mobilization Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency on March 9, 2016.
China's maritime security environment is getting more and more complex. This calls for an armed maritime force to safeguard maritime safety and the interests of the maritime development.
Liu Xin, political commissar of the PLA Hainan Provincial Military Command (PMC), once advocated the building of maritime militias. Liu was quoted as saying by the news daily that relevant regulations by the Hainan PMC and other civil departments on the participation of maritime militias in rights protection activities had been released.
China has constructed a lighthouse on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea to provide efficient navigation services for maritime safety. The countrys Ministry of Transport on Tuesday held a completion ceremony for the construction of a 55-metre (180-ft) high lighthouse on Zhubi Reef of Nansha Islands, marking the start of its operation, Xinhua reported
Chinese Commerce Ministry has decided to ban trade with North Korea including import of gold and rare earth metals and export of jet fuel, oil products used to make rocket fuel. Chinas move to ban trade with North Korea comes in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang,
China has offered military aid comprising of tents, helmets, bullet proof jackets, computers and photocopy machines worth over $3 million to Guinean military. In February, following a terrorist attack against the Guinean contingent under the UN mission in Mali that left seven Guinean soldiers dead, Guinea President Alpha Conde appealed to the international community to reinforce the capacity of his country's soldiers deployed to Mali
The Chinese Air Force's women pilots will now operate the FBC-1 bombers for the first time, Xinhua reported citing a report by PLA Daily. Until now, the cockpit has been occupied by male pilots
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