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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Beijing opens up over fleet moves The passage of a People's Liberation Army Navy fleet through waters off Okinawa was reported by mainland state media yesterday shortly after it occurred, a rare departure from past practice that suggests Beijing is improving its military transparency. At least five warships from the East Sea Fleet passed through ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA gives glowing report of 'advanced' early-warning aircraft

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... to respond more effectively to aerial threats, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday. Analysts said the report could be seen as a response to Western reports that downplay ... is larger than ordinary fighter jets and can detect threats such as enemy airplanes. "It is a historic leap for our army's combat ability on the modern battlefield … as the combat ...

  3. Comment - Blogs

    Two new reports on Chinese military officials and the tough way they talk now

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 08:26am by John Kennedy

    ... China abroad  |  China at home Two articles on Chinese militarism today, first from the Financial Times ' Kathrin Hille, who looks at moves and statements made by Xi Jinping since the 18th Communist Party Congress in November as well as views held by ...


    Corrections and clarifications, November 28, 2012

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Paul Buck

    ... In yesterday's report, "Xi cements control over PLA with unique background", the word "first" was missing from the concluding sentence of the second paragraph. The sentence should have read: Just one week after taking over as chai ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. PLA chiefs face barrage of criticism

    Posted May 20th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung in Beijing The official mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army has berated some commanders for wasting resources on self-serving projects at the expense of preparing the military for combat readiness. In unusually blunt language, the PLA Daily said such behaviour had become endemic and amounted to a dereliction of duty which must be immediately rectified. 'The ...

  8. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Qing dynasty naval defeat 'a warning' for PLA

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Scholars say 1894 naval debacle may be repeated if modernisation comes without political reform The humiliating defeat of the Qing dynasty's Beiyang Fleet in the mid-1890s is a lesson from history that China must learn as it seeks once again to becom ...

  9. 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' ...

  10. Lifestyle - Books

    Russian regimes complicit in people's vodka addiction

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 12:40pm by CAMERON DUECK

    ... poisoning. Stalin nationalised the production of vodka, again making it a key state economic tool. He also brought back the Red Army tradition of vodka rations, which had been banned ...




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