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  1. Defence chief vows PLA will protect sovereignty

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... The People's Liberation Army will defend the country's sovereignty and development, Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie told a reception at the Great Hall of the People yesterday on the eve of the army's 83rd anniversary. 'The PLA is now at a critical development stage as more arduous and onerous tasks are ahead of us,' Liang said, according ...

  2. PLA gesture

    Posted Aug 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Will the presence of 13 pro-democracy legislators at the anniversary parade of the People's Liberation Army on Sunday lead to better communication between these politicians and Beijing? Share your views: write to us. ...

  3. The great leap backward

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... wheeze from Chongqing's high-profile mayor Bo Xilai? Last week, he suggested that college students spend part of their time on placements with farmers, factory workers and the People's Liberation Army. It is a plan that is grimly reminiscent of the 1970s, when educated and urban youth were 'sent down' to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. Bo's new scheme ...

  4. Fresh vegetables but no internet as PLA marches into the digital age

    Posted Jul 16th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing What is life like as a foot soldier in the People's Liberation Army in modern China? The answer is: no internet, no cellphones and, for some soldiers, no MP3s. ... of the most secretive armies in the world. In one of the accounts, Xinhua described how low-ranking officers from a military unit complained to their supervisors about a ban on MP3s, on the grounds ...

  5. Defence spending rises by double digits again

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to maintain the 2.3-million-strong People's Liberation Army- the world's biggest armed force- adding it also included the costs for 'research and development, procurement, repair, ... over Beijing's robust military build-up. The figure was announced by Li Zhaoxing, the spokesman for the National People's Congress, ahead of the country's annual parliamentary ...

  6. Old soldiers fading away

    Posted Aug 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Bill Savadove, Minnie Chan

    ... tribute to the 80-year-old People's Liberation Army this week, some decommissioned officers feel they have little to celebrate and that nobody is listening to their grievances. These former ... such as the annual National People's Congress meeting in March. A Central Military Commission and State Council document issued in 2001 specified that all officers decommissioned from that year onwards ...

  7. Build-up to boost navy and air force

    Posted Dec 30th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... environment. But military analysts said the 26,000-word white paper, though aimed at improving transparency, failed to shed new light on the secretive People's Liberation Army, the world's ... of active defence, the report said the mainland military would focus on building an information-oriented army and upgrading fighting capabilities to be able to win information warfare by 2050. ...

  8. New faces raise calibre of NPC delegation

    Posted Jan 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The election of 36 Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress does not generate the public interest that might be expected of a vote for the nation's highest legislature. The reason is not hard to understand. The re-election yesterday of candidates from the old 'patriotic' camp and the success of others endorsed by Beijing were foregone ...

  9. Retiring delegate fires parting shot

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung in Beijing An outgoing deputy to the National People's Congress yesterday fired a harsh parting shot at the national legislature, saying its system to elect senior ... of the Liberal Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong in Beijing in separate meetings. DAB chairman Ma Lik said after the meeting that Ms Liu told party leaders ...

  10. PLA is no solution for army of jobless graduates

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... fostering patriotism and boosting the intellectual level of the People's Liberation Army. As schemes go, it is as flawed as another delegate's idea- to hand out one-third of the stimulus ... to find the college-leavers work, the government has been silent on what to do about the graduate glut. One delegate at the National People's Congress, though, did come up with a novel ...




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