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  1. Navy's father and ex-chief of defence dies

    Posted Jul 07th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of these developments and his contributions cannot be ignored.' Zhang joined the PLA at 19. He fought in the civil war and anti-Japanese war in the 1930s and 1940s. He was responsible for organising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420863/navys-father-and-ex-chief-defence-dies
  2. PLA backs off on crack paratrooper corps meant for Taipei attack

    Posted Nov 11th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... topography and combat power based in and around Taipei. The newspaper also said that both the air force and the navy would undergo reorganisation as part of the PLA's plans to demobilise 200,000 ... Ray Cheung The forming of an elite PLA airborne combat corps with the specific mission to attack Taipei has been placed on the back burner, according to a report. Quoting military sources, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/434274/pla-backs-crack-paratrooper-corps-meant-taipei-attack
  3. Access denied to ship's combat centre

    Posted Nov 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... S. N. M. Abdi China's refusal to allow a top Indian officer to visit a sensitive area of a PLA Navy warship has cast a shadow over the first joint naval exercises between the countries. The Press Trust of India, the country's official news agency, reported that Vice-Admiral O. P. Bansal was denied entry to the combat information centre of the frigate Jia Xing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/435104/access-denied-ships-combat-centre
  4. Lai See

    Posted Nov 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Liberation Army. We thought the PLA had been ordered out of the business sector a few years back. But perhaps the PLA Navy was allowed to keep it because of synergies involved. YOU'D BETTER ... laisee@scmp.com PLA in fishy foray A US$50 million Shanghai aquarium is preparing to list in Singapore. According to a recent media report from the Lion City, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/433211/lai-see
  5. Joint exercises seen as balancing act to keep nuclear rivals happy

    Posted Nov 06th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and co-operate with the PLA. A security expert said Mr Fernandes proposed a joint anti-piracy military exercise in the Strait of Malacca with the PLA navy to 'out-manoeuvre' Pakistan, ... S. N. M. Abdi in Calcutta Experts say China is walking a diplomatic tightrope between India and Pakistan The first joint exercise by the navies of China and India is being interpreted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/433699/joint-exercises-seen-balancing-act-keep-nuclear-rivals-happy
  6. ROCKET MEN

    Posted Oct 19th 2003, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... East Derry, New Hampshire Launch date: May 5, 1961 Flight time: 15 min 28 sec Orbits: 0 Height reached: 185km Spacecraft name: Freedom 7 Booster rocket: Redstone MR-7 Occupation: Navy fighter ... of the second World War. Entered flight school at the US Naval Academy after the war and attended US Navy Test Pilot School in 1950. Helped test-fly the F2h3 Banshee before being reassigned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431524/rocket-men
  7. 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 ... 500,000 cuts in personnel in the next five years, following a pattern of reductions that began in 1997. PLA analysts say a critical factor in the success of this modernisation drive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/423505/training-and-education-vital-plas-modernisation-drive
  8. PLA cutbacks part of building a modern force

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... modernising the military was announced on Monday: the slashing of PLA numbers by 200,000. This follows other cutbacks over the years which have gradually reduced the army from its 1949 peak of 5.5 million. A million jobs were shed in the late 1980s, and another 500,000 have gone since 1997. As the numbers fall, so should the bloated, bureaucratic structure of the PLA. And so, too, has its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426744/pla-cutbacks-part-building-modern-force
  9. Avoiding reclamation

    Posted Dec 07th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A quick and simple solution to avoid further reclamation of the harbour is to tear down City Hall, the General Post Office and PLA headquarters at Tamar. These lots are owned by the government one way or another. I wonder why no one has brought this up before. FRED AU, Tung Chung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437244/avoiding-reclamation
  10. PLA stands ready to intervene, warn mainland military analysts

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to reinforce the sabre-rattling after the PLA Daily reported military exercises in the Nanjing, Jinan and Guangzhou military districts after Taiwan approved its referendum bill on November 27. General ... the PLA would not sit idly by, he said. He dismissed speculation that the mainland would not risk spoiling the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Expo by using military force against Taiwan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436786/pla-stands-ready-intervene-warn-mainland-military-analysts

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