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  1. PLA in restive western regions starts recruiting months early

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Military regions in restive western areas of the mainland have started recruitment campaigns months ahead of the normal enlistment season as the army prepares for tough security challenges this year. Despite boasting the world's largest standing army with 2.3 million personnel, the People's Liberation Army is struggling to attract new blood as hard ...

  2. CSRC reshuffled in run-up to National People's Congress

    Posted Jan 07th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Exchange, having reached mandatory retirement age for vice-ministerial positions, according to sources. Amid a series of high-level personnel changes before the National People's Congress ... announced last week that Yi Gang and Ma Delun, both assistants to Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, had both been promoted to the post of deputy governor. However, ...

  3. Civil society rapidly rising as 'the people' wield greater clout

    Posted Dec 29th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li When Mao Zedong took power nearly six decades ago, he promised to let 'the people' be the masters of China. But few of the people, namely the peasants, workers and soldiers, could speak their mind- and if they dared, they were dealt a blow from the iron fist of Mao's suppressive regime. But while the definition of 'the people' is blurring ...

  4. Defence chief vows country will not pursue hegemony

    Posted Aug 01st 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the military's stance towards Taiwan would not change, Xinhua reported. It said General Liang made the pledges in a speech at a celebration of the 81st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army ... obsolete fighting force. Despite boasting the largest standing army in the world, the PLA has lagged far behind its western counterparts in equipment and training. On Tuesday, General Guo Boxiong- ...

  5. Appearance of party heavyweights shows depth of crisis

    Posted Feb 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the seriousness of the disaster and were trying to bolster the morale of policemen, People's Liberation Army soldiers and others mobilised for disaster-relief tasks. They also comforted ordinary ...

  6. All change at top in media machine

    Posted Apr 01st 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... was a political commissar with the People's Liberation Army Air Force and deputy secretary general of the Publicity Department before he was named editor of the party newspaper in 2003. Mr Wu, 55, ... Cary Huang in Beijing New men in charge of party mouthpieces The central government has appointed the former president of People's Daily as the new minister for the State ...

  7. The shelling has stopped, but the PLA still has designs on Taiwan

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan For 21 years, the bombardment was fairly constant- the People's Liberation Army would fire artillery at the Taiwanese-controlled island of Quemoy, just 10km off the Fujian ... Beijing still uses to deter independence moves on the island. Xu's announcement on January 1, 1979, was followed later that day by the National People's Congress in Beijing issuing ...

  8. Election puts Xi Jinping a step closer to top post

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Commission, which usually includes top brass from the People's Liberation Army. It will also elect the country's top judge and chief procurator. Cao Jianming is a hot candidate to become ... Cary Huang in Beijing Hu Jintao's heir apparent made a vice-president The National People's Congress yesterday re-elected Hu Jintao as state president and head of the military, ...

  9. The needle and the damage done

    Posted Feb 24th 2008, 12:00am by Steven Ribet

    ... People's Liberation Army Hospital on June 29. He says there are 53 victims in the capital alone. Seventy per cent, he reckons, cannot walk at all. The SFDA has not published findings from its ...

  10. Wen gets second term as NPC approves key appointments

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Shengjun was elected president of the Supreme People's Court, while Cao Jianming was elected procurator general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate. People's Liberation Army ... Cary Huang in Beijing The National People's Congress yesterday re-elected Wen Jiabao as premier for a second five-year term, and promoted two new men to become the country's top ...




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