Mystery Shrouds Chinese Defense Spending

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

While China’s known military spending has remained consistent as a percentage of its gross domestic product for decades, but this provides only a rough measure of what Beijing has actually committed to a broad range of obscured or classified expenditures, two experts on defense spending said Tuesday.

Peter Robinson, dean of the University of Western Australia’s Business School, said...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/26/mystery-shrouds-chinese-defense-spending

VESSEL REVIEW | Jin Gang Lun 31 & Jin Gang Lun 32 – Towing and pilotage tugs built for rough waters off China’s Tianjin Port

China’s Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard has delivered two combined towing and pilotage vessels in a series to Tianjin Port. Designed by Canadian naval architects Robert ..

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/tug-and-salvage-world/harbour-tugs-and-operation/vessel-review-jin-gang-lun-31-jin-gang-lun-32-towing-and-pilotage-tugs-built-for-rough-waters-off-chinas-tianjin-port/

Russia, China Wrap Up Drills Off Japan, Pledge More Joint Exercises

Russian and Chinese ships on Oct. 23 off the coast of Japan. JMSDF Image

KUALA LUMPUR – A combined Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet concluded a sail in international waters east of Japan’s main island of Honshu and split off to their home ports on Saturday, all while being monitored by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft during the voyage.

The Chinese ships were Type 055 destroyer Nanchang (101), Type 052D destroyer Kuming (172), Type 054 frigates Binzou

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/25/russia-china-wrap-up-drills-off-japan-pledge-more-joint-exercises

COLUMN | Disappearing acts: Mozambique’s tuna money, The Metals Company’s alleged big investor, and LNG CO2 emissions [Offshore Accounts]

Last week we looked (here) the multiple cases of corruption and bribery that have stained the oil and gas industry’s reputation in recent years from Angola to Azerbaija ..

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/offshore-world/column-disappearing-acts-mozambiques-tuna-money-the-metals-companys-alleged-big-investor-and-lng-co2-emissions-offshore-accounts/

Japan Monitoring Combined Russian and Chinese Naval Fleet Sailing Off Honshu

Chinese and Russian Warships. Japan Self-Defense Forces Photos

KUALA LUMPUR – A combined Russian Navy and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet continues to sail in international waters east of Japan’s main island of Honshu, while Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft monitor the fleet during its voyage.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the joint fleet was sighted between Smith Island (Sumisu-tō) and Tori-shima Island in the Izu Island chain, according to a news release and map...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/22/japan-monitoring-combined-russian-and-chinese-naval-fleet-sailing-off-honshu

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