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  1. PLA navy finds a fitting role in anti-pirate fleet

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... fishing vessel was saved by the Malaysian Navy. Given the amount of money now being spent on the military, the reluctance of the authorities to commit the PLA is all the more mystifying. In recent ... as the least effective arm of the PLA. One wonders why, if all the navy ships are just going to sit in their home ports. According to the navy, their priority is coastal defence. But none ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664797/pla-navy-finds-fitting-role-anti-pirate-fleet
  2. Beijing will consider US bid for navy visit

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... since the collision between a US Navy spy plane and a PLA jet fighter over the South China Sea in 2001. Despite repeated requests for an explanation, Washington was never given a firm reason. ... Greg Torode China pledged yesterday to consider any request from the US Navy to allow the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier and its escort ships to visit Hong Kong next month. Foreign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629699/beijing-will-consider-us-bid-navy-visit
  3. Chinese ships in Japanese strait raises concerns about regional role

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... had seen the four combat vessels- two frigates, including the Jiangkai II, the most advanced frigate in the PLA navy, plus a destroyer and a supply ship- in the Sea of Japan around 5pm. ... are analysing the real purpose of their activity.' The ministry stressed that the PLA navy had expanded its range of activities in the Pacific Ocean over the past years, the NHK said. As new Prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657164/chinese-ships-japanese-strait-raises-concerns-about-regional-role
  4. PLA ships leave for Somalia pirate patrols

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Chinese navy launches its first overseas mission in centuries China put to sea three ships yesterday on a historic voyage to join an international mission fighting pirates ... members, including 70 soldiers from the People's Liberation Army navy's special forces, according to Xinhua. The ships will sail for 10 days to reach the Horn of Africa, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/665068/pla-ships-leave-somalia-pirate-patrols
  5. American warships docking in HK today

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Dan Kadison

    ... The initial rejection saw military ties between the two countries sink to their lowest ebb since the collision between a US Navy spy plane and a PLA jet fighter over the South China Sea in 2001. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642107/american-warships-docking-hk-today
  6. The piracy challenge

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... As navies battle the scourge of hijackings in the Indian Ocean, Beijing has been slow to join in, writes Michael Richardson Mainland media recently showed some harrowing pictures of Somali ... of state-owned Tianjin Ocean Fishing Corp, will have to negotiate the freedom of the 25 crewmen, 17 of whom are Chinese nationals, by paying a big ransom. The US Navy says there have been at least 95 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/662083/piracy-challenge
  7. PLA mobilised to ensure terror threats fail, official says

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... since 2005. Troops responsible for Olympic security have been selected from four of the mainland's seven military regions and include members of the air force and navy. Advanced fighter ... be intercepted and those flying them given a warning. Then, if necessary, the military would use surface-to-air missiles to shoot them down, he said. The navy would also step up coastal patrols ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644405/pla-mobilised-ensure-terror-threats-fail-official-says
  8. Domingo and PLA soprano to hit high note

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... the Shanghai-based Liberation Daily reported on its website. Song Zuying , 42, who was promoted to major general by the navy this year, is as big on the mainland as the 'Three Tenors' are overseas. Song, who works for the PLA art troupe, is said to be a favourite artist of former president Jiang Zemin . The two will perform together on August 24, and organisers have promised the closing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649294/domingo-and-pla-soprano-hit-high-note
  9. Military personnel sent to Ukraine to further aircraft carrier ambitions

    Posted Dec 04th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... told Jane's Defence Weekly the PLA Navy was seeking to buy carrier-based Sukhoi-33 multiple-role fighter jets from the Komsomolsk-na-Amure Aviation Production Association on the Amur ... chief to the Ukrainian Navy Aviation Force training centre in Odessa and Sevastopol, the Kanwa Asian Defence Monthly reported yesterday, citing an industrial source from Ukraine. Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/662436/military-personnel-sent-ukraine-further-aircraft-carrier-ambitions
  10. PLA hospitals seek foreign investors

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as part of a wider military modernisation effort announced by the government in June last year that will require funding from overseas and domestic investors. The PLA oversees the mainland's army, air force, navy and domestic defence forces and operates more than 200 hospitals, chiefly for service personnel but open also to the public. The hospitals are considered to be among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/625861/pla-hospitals-seek-foreign-investors

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