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  1. PLA navy's big guns say farewell to city

    Posted May 06th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Michael

    ... Peter Michael Visit ends with vessels heading for a training mission Crowds lined the waterfront waving red flags and cheering yesterday as the PLA Navy taskforce sailed out of Hong Kong ... The vessels are now heading for training in the South China Sea to celebrate the navy's 55th anniversary. PLA officials refused to comment about the success or purpose of the stopover. Amid ...

  2. So near, yet so far away for P.L.A. garrison

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... from most of their brothers in arms. While in Hong Kong, the approximately 6,000 PLA soldiers, sailors and airmen are strictly confined to the 18 barracks scattered across the territory. ... in their dorms. The PLA says it tries to keep the troops isolated from the public to prevent their military spirit from becoming contaminated by Hong Kong's capitalist lifestyle. Still, the soldiers ...

  3. PLA lifts profile to counter the June 4 fallout

    Posted May 28th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The PLA has progressively stepped up its presence in Hong Kong in recent years in a strategy to rebuild its public image since the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, an academic ... Lieutenant-General Wang Jitang presided over a police passing out parade, the first time a military representative had done so since the handover. Reviewing the PLA's performance over the past decade, ...

  4. PLA says open day not linked to poll

    Posted Jul 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 10.30am and 11.30am The Sek Kong barracks is at 250 Kam Tin Road, New Territories The parade will feature soldiers from the army, navy and air force, and armoured vehicles, helicopters and the PLA ... Benjamin Wong Garrison states there is nothing unusual about marking the army's anniversary The PLA's charm offensive has nothing to do with the Legco election in September, ...

  5. Changing of the guard

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... recede among the general population, the lingering unease generated by the tragedy has also lifted. Simple economics also dictate the PLA's relative invisibility; the weekly pay of a young ... their wives) displayed when they were here. Every so often, young Hongkongers express a desire to join the PLA, and rumours periodically indicate that recruitment has quietly occurred in the city. Hong ...

  6. On duty with the PLA

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Post photographer May Tse was welcomed onto the PLA's naval base on Stonecutters Island- which commands a picturesque view of the heart of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour- to capture a glimpse of a day in the life of the force stationed at the barracks. While serving in Hong Kong, PLA soldiers spend virtually all their time at various bases, the only exception being when ...

  7. Hu's review puts PLA in plain sight

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... comrades!' Hu said. 'To serve the people,' they shouted back. It's fair to say this was an unprecedented display of a military presence in the city. Will the PLA be more visible from now on? To many, the image of PLA soldiers has come a long way since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. They have proved to be disciplined and trustworthy. On the annual open days since ...

  8. Tales from the troops: 15 years of PLA in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by the PLA in an article about the garrison's experiences during its 15 years in Hong Kong. Another tells how an anti-communist activist was prevented from distributing 'reactionary' leaflets in a PLA camp. The feature in the PLA Daily, the mainland-based media outlet for the army, said 'a foreigner' attending a garrison open day this April 'deliberately attached ...

  9. The reality is the PLA does not want Hong Kong residents serving in its ranks

    Posted Jun 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the PLA. True, the military service law cannot be applied in Hong Kong and that is a big hurdle to overcome, but there are much deeper reasons that are preventing this. It should be clear that the issue under the current circumstances has no clear resolution. Looking at a soldier's life could help to explain why this will remain an impossibility. Enlisted servicemen in the PLA ...

  10. Army studying legal issues for locals

    Posted Jun 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... yesterday at the PLA barracks on Stonecutters Island. But the Basic Law does not cover Hong Kong residents joining the PLA and the mainland's Military Service Law could not be applied to Hong Kong yet, he said. 'We need to fix other hurdles in our legal system first.' Under the Military Service Law, local governments must offer preferential treatment to relatives of PLA ...




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