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  1. Anti-terrorism forces train in lead-up to 60th anniversary of People's Republic

    Posted Jun 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the middle of the month, Xinhua reported. Cai Changjun, an anti-terrorism expert from the People's Liberation Army National Defence University who took part in the drill, said it was aimed ... Al Guo Anti-terrorism forces have begun a series of drills in provinces near Beijing in preparation for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China ...

  2. PLA shows off slimmer, hi-tech fighting force

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... with the development strategy of the People's Liberation Army as it seeks to become a sleek, modern and diversified force capable of rapid deployment and long-distance projection. 'Today's ... Minnie Chan Beijing unveiled a slimmer but, it says, more capable fighting force yesterday- an indication of the future direction of the world's largest army. More than 8,000 soldiers ...

  3. Defence Ministry denies troop levels will be halved

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the proposal is sound and could reflect the future of the armed forces. A report claiming the People's Liberation Army would start another massive round of disarmament after the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic on October 1 had been appearing online and via text messages recently, the Hong Kong-based China News Agency reported. The report claimed that up to 700,000 soldiers in the land ...

  4. Training and education vital to the PLA's modernisation drive

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... to develop and acquire sophisticated weaponry while making massive reductions in the size of its forces. At last March's National People's Congress, the official PLA budget was raised ... In an attempt to catch up with global military trends, particularly the US, the military has engaged in a massive plan to convert itself from an army prepared for a 'people';s war' ...

  5. Hi-tech weapons require revolution in thinking, analysts say

    Posted Aug 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... whether officers of the People's Liberation Army are capable of using such equipment- not only technically operating it, but integrating such equipment to be used with other weapons. China started its military-modernisation programme in the 1990s after the first Gulf war, when the Iraqi army was quickly defeated by US troops. In the following years, sentiment was running high ...

  6. Military tests new battlefield data system

    Posted Sep 20th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... progress in the goal of modernising the army. Xinhua said information collected from the exercise, held at the Zhurihe training base, the largest military training field on the mainland, had set a precedent for the performance of the People's Liberation Army on future battlefields. Each of the 2,000 participating soldiers was equipped with a device that constantly beamed information back ...

  7. Shift PLA to state not party army

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Chinese Communist Party's control of the People's Liberation Army is so sensitive that discussion about whether the military should instead put the state first is rarely heard. But with the tussle for senior positions within the party in its final stages, the matter is being aired in the official army newspaper and is sneaking onto microblogs. For the nation ...

  8. Party first, PLA second: general

    Posted Jul 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Professionalism has not 'depoliticised' the People's Liberation Army and the military will continue to serve the Communist Party, according to comments ... the people and fight bravely,' he said. 'The people's army has become a target for the forces of our foes, who trumpet the cause of an 'army without party, depoliticisation ...

  9. Don't repeat past conflicts, says Taiwan's leader

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... to feature newer vessels, including nuclear submarines for the first time. The People's Liberation Army says it will be a force for peace, not aggression. The planned parade has attracted ... of a cross-strait conflict, Taiwanese forces had the confidence and capability to counter any attacks. However, Kuomintang legislator Shuai Hua-ming, a former army general, said the planned building ...

  10. Commander's main test is cross-strait balancing act

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... is known as 'Jiang Zemin's thoughts on national defence and army-building'. This indicates that Mr Jiang's influence will remain strong within the People's Liberation Army ... the construction of an aircraft carrier. They said Mr Hu was expected to push for further cuts in the army while boosting funding for the naval, air and missile forces. ...




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