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  1. For PLA, firing on pirates is a political issue

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with the fast-growing PLA navy. Efficient political leadership is considered important to stop minor tensions escalating. 'It is all about letting wiser heads prevail,' one European diplomat said. ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Chinese military officials have acknowledged 'political questions' are guiding any use of force by the navy to thwart pirates in the Indian ...

  2. PLA studies global warming impact, meteorological weapons

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... difficult,' the report said, citing this year's unusually early and severe snowstorms as the type of incident that could occur more frequently in the future. The report suggested PLA navy, air ... Fanxiang, a PLA major general and deputy head of the Arms Building Study Centre of the PLA Academy of Military Science. The report cited the artificial rain induced by the US Army during the Vietnam ...

  3. Fears grow that PLA may test 'carrier killer'

    Posted Jun 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... miscalculation by its enemies, who might fear they were under nuclear attack and therefore retaliate in kind. The weapon apparently under development by the PLA's Second Artillery would see ... In an unusual move, the PLA announced on Monday that the tests would run over six days, and ordered vessels to keep out of designated areas. The tests come amid a freeze in Sino-US military exchanges ...

  4. Drills seen as a flexing of muscles

    Posted Aug 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that another characteristic of the new spate of exercises was a shift of the PLA's focus from its conventional land unit to its navy and air force, whose development had long been considered ... in years. The navy and air force held a live-ammunition joint military exercise in the East China Sea between June 30 and July 5, which was followed by a supply drill in the Yellow Sea on July 18 ...

  5. PLA rewarded with monthly salary increases of up to 50pc

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... at rewarding the PLA's hard work during the Beijing Olympics and the Sichuan earthquake last year, the expert said. 'The PLA, including armed police, ground, navy and air forces as well ... and most dangerous jobs.' Cai Xuewen, a retired air force major colonel in the Beijing Military Command, said PLA officers serving in the army told him that they would have at least a 30 per ...

  6. Forearmed by Sichuan, military response swift

    Posted Apr 16th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... The People's Liberation Army Daily said the PLA and armed police force had sent about 6,400 soldiers between them to Yushu county in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture by yesterday afternoon, just ... by satellite-tracking equipment installed on their vehicles. Government officials and earthquake scientists in Beijing also used live remote shots from helicopters taken by a special unit from the navy ...

  7. More than a game

    Posted Apr 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with international practice. The war games- the most extensive yet by China in scope and range- speak to several other themes unfolding across the region, not least the PLA Navy's stated objectives of moving from 'active offshore defence' into a broader blue-water capability. While the PLA Navy is revealing how far it has come, deploying ships, submarines and an array of different ...

  8. Military rivals seize chance to co-operate

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... relief work in the city. Liang's call to Kitazawa included an offer to send the PLA Navy's hospital ship Peace Ark. That offer has yet to be taken up, but Liu Jiangyong , a professor ... offering his condolences and the services of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to aid in the island nation's recovery. It was an opportunity for Beijing to ease strained ties and dial ...

  9. News - China - SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE

    PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com A sense of unity prevails as PLA, relief agencies and volunteer groups work hand in hand to rush emergency assistance to stricken county Military takes ... Administration, the ministries of civil affairs and public security and government-backed charities. The army was better prepared than in May 2008, when the PLA would not take orders from Premier Wen ...

  10. From Middle Kingdom to maritime power

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... [yet]. The PLA navy does not possess the capacity to project sustained power over global distances. If the US Navy is used as a standard benchmark, then China has a long, long way to go. ... of humiliating defeats by western and Japanese navies during the Qing dynasty in the late 19th century, which prompted intellectuals in the early 20th century, such as Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern ...




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