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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    China's first aircraft carrier handed over to PLA navy

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Leaders attend ceremony in Dalian but no details on ship's assignment PLA takes charge of first carrier China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the PLA Navy and commissioned in Dalian, Liaoning, yesterday after seven years of refitting. The defence ministry said the carrier, named the Liaoning, would "raise ...

  2. Navy, air force promotions made with eye to Taiwan

    Posted Jul 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Two leading PLA air force and naval officers have been promoted to the rank of deputy chief of general staff in what is being seen as a move to strengthen the capabilities ... and Lieutenant-General Xu Qiliang, deputy commander of the Shenyang military region and commander of the Shenyang air force, were among those promoted in the latest PLA leadership reshuffle. The news came less ...

  3. News - China

    Xi Jinping youngest head of Central Military Commission in three decades

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... vice-chairmen. Other members include General Chang Wanquan , former director of the army's General Armament Department, as well as the seven chief commanders of the PLA's navy, air force, ... They both ruled the PLA top brass when they were 56, in 1949 and 1977, respectively. Mao held the post for 27 years, while Hua lasted four years. The CMC's two new vice-chairmen are General Fan ...

  4. Privatisation, cuts planned for PLA

    Posted Mar 04th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... the PLA's logistics system would be restructured to include a single management system for all the military's main branches. The army, navy and air force each operate separate logistical ... to be cut or merged were most of the PLA's famed song and dance troupes, an official report said. Athletic and medical units will also be trimmed. Quoting mainland military sources, the Beijing ...

  5. News - 18th Party Congress

    Big changes due at the top of the PLA after party congress

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... challenger to Chang. Seven of the 10 PLA officers on the CMC are too old to serve another term, leaving just Chang, 63, Xu, 62, and the navy commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, 67, who is a possible ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com With seven of 10 PLA officers on the Central Military Commission too old to go on, big changes are certain after the party congress New faces soon at top ...

  6. Show of force in PLA South China Sea drill

    Posted Jul 30th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... co-ordinated missions. In April, the PLA navy carried out elaborate long-distance exercises to the southeast of Japan's offshore islands. 'It's not that difficult for today's PLA ... Minnie Chan and Greg Torode Crack warships from the PLA's three naval fleets jointly exercised in the disputed South China Sea in a move that was hailed by the state media ...

  7. PLA general fired in graft probe

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... of Admiral Wang Shouye, who was deputy commander of the navy, in 2005. Rampant graft at various levels has long been a problem for the PLA. Comments by Zhang Musheng, an influential mainland ... 23, adding that Liu had played a key role in the process. Liu is a rising military star who has been tipped to become head of the PLA's General Political Department and a member of its ...

  8. P.L.A. steps up its drive to reach out to other forces

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... military diplomacy, as it hopes to allay fears over its rapid growth and to learn from other militaries. PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde wrapped up a week-long visit to the United States ... Association in Macau. Major General Luo Yuan, noting that the PLA had more self-confidence following its growth in recent years, said the military 'hopes the international community can recognise ...

  9. March to modernity for PLA command

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Hu Jintao seeks to further consolidate his power. Analysts say that in an effort to speed up the PLA's modernisation, many of the new military leaders come from technologically advanced military operations or are senior commanders with advanced technological know-how. In addition, senior naval and air force officers have taken charge of the PLA's Headquarters of the General ...

  10. Uphold party spirit, PLA officers told

    Posted Feb 24th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Military mouthpiece urges sacrifice and obedience to Beijing as forces centralise PLA officers have again been warned to uphold the party spirit and make the interests of the forces the top priority amid the continuing leadership reshuffle and nationwide military reforms, the PLA mouthpiece reported. The warning came just a week after a new national logistics system ...




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