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  1. Sea row 'chance to foster new ties'

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Law, said if Taiping and other islets controlled by Taiwan were invaded by other countries, the PLA Navy 'would absolutely send fleets to protect Taiwan's interests'. 'In maritime issues, Beijing and Taipei share common interests, so the PLA Navy would eagerly co-operate with the Taiwan navy to safeguard our territory,' Ni said. However, when tension ...

  2. PLA calls for upgrade amid new tensions

    Posted Aug 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the PLA Daily said: 'Currently, the international trend is experiencing deep and complicated changes, and competition has become fiercer regarding the international order, national strengths and geopolitics.' It noted both conventional and unconventional threats to the country's security. 'Modernisation is the core of the construction of the PLA, and it should be guided by national ...

  3. PLA's quest for modernity

    Posted Aug 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the mainland's explosive economic growth. Over the past 10 years, the PLA has started to re-equip vigorously and restructure itself, turning a mass, semi-professional, Maoist force into an agile, modern army capable of fighting high-intensity battles against hi-tech adversaries. As the PLA continues to wheel out new-generation fighters, super-quiet nuclear submarines and mobile ...

  4. Forces chief to tell America of concerns

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the US to stop selling arms to Taiwan during a high profile visit to the United States this week. General Chen Bingde (pictured), whose trip is the first in seven years by a PLA chief of general ... 'To China, the Americans come across in quite a blunt way,' said Gary Li, a PLA analyst with the private- sector intelligence firm Exclusive Analysis. On the other hand, the Pentagon sees ...

  5. All at sea over disputed waters

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... to any current situation'. The crisis group's report said the Chinese navy's use of maritime tensions to justify its modernisation, coupled with nationalistic sentiment among ... problem is that the PLA significantly outranks the MFA in China's bureaucratic hierarchy, making co-ordination of South China Sea policy through the ministry impossible,' it said. ...

  6. Latest jet fighters posted to Zhejiang

    Posted Jan 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in the mid-1990s,' it said. Beijing only revealed the new-generation locally developed Jian-10 late last year and said the planes would be added to the air force. However, the PLA has not said how many ... missile by shooting down one of its own weather satellites more than 800km above Earth. Separately, the PLA Daily yesterday reported that the ground force had recently acquired a new order ...

  7. Beijing dismisses fears of an arms race

    Posted Feb 16th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... said many people had misunderstood China's defence policies. He said the Chinese navy did not have an aircraft carrier and the development of the new Jian-10 jet fighter did not mean China ... a month, you can calculate how much we need for all our 2.3 million troops.' He said the PLA's international peacekeeping commitments also required extra funding. 'The world ...

  8. Chinese navy in Somali waters far from gunboat diplomacy: experts

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei A decision by China to send navy vessels for sustained operations in remote waters would be an important step for its engagement in global affairs, mainland experts say. ... Somalia, it would be the first time in modern history the Chinese navy has ventured out of its territorial waters on a military expedition. Beijing has said it would consider sending frigates ...

  9. Transparency on military spending would ease fears

    Posted Dec 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... declared objectives of strengthening its navy and air force, and enhancing its capabilities in information warfare. In particular, the possibility of hostilities breaking out between the mainland ... a sizeable military force, the PLA, however capable, would have a hard time defending the country if it had to fight on several fronts at the same time. What is important is that it remains ...

  10. Fears of encirclement as South China Sea tensions continue

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... General Peng Guangqian and Li Jie, a senior colonel at the PLA Navy's military academy, in an interview that was carried on Chinese news websites but apparently first appeared last week ...




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