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  1. Navy, air force promotions made with eye to Taiwan

    Posted Jul 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Two leading PLA air force and naval officers have been promoted to the rank of deputy chief of general staff in what is being seen as a move to strengthen the capabilities ... and Lieutenant-General Xu Qiliang, deputy commander of the Shenyang military region and commander of the Shenyang air force, were among those promoted in the latest PLA leadership reshuffle. The news came less ...

  2. P.L.A. steps up its drive to reach out to other forces

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... military diplomacy, as it hopes to allay fears over its rapid growth and to learn from other militaries. PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde wrapped up a week-long visit to the United States ... Association in Macau. Major General Luo Yuan, noting that the PLA had more self-confidence following its growth in recent years, said the military 'hopes the international community can recognise ...

  3. March to modernity for PLA command

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Hu Jintao seeks to further consolidate his power. Analysts say that in an effort to speed up the PLA's modernisation, many of the new military leaders come from technologically advanced military operations or are senior commanders with advanced technological know-how. In addition, senior naval and air force officers have taken charge of the PLA's Headquarters of the General ...

  4. PLA's quest for modernity

    Posted Aug 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the mainland's explosive economic growth. Over the past 10 years, the PLA has started to re-equip vigorously and restructure itself, turning a mass, semi-professional, Maoist force into an agile, modern army capable of fighting high-intensity battles against hi-tech adversaries. As the PLA continues to wheel out new-generation fighters, super-quiet nuclear submarines and mobile ...

  5. Taiwan warns of crushing attack

    Posted Jul 04th 2004, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... navy and the air force of the PLA, was aimed at simulating an attack on Taiwan, as its topography and coastlines were similar to that of Taiwan. The war exercise on Dongshan, which is just ... Jacky Hsu in Taipei Military uses mainland threat to press for $141b in new arms The number of mainland missiles pointing at Taiwan will reach 800 in 2006, enough for the PLA to launch 10 ...

  6. The art of being a good neighbour

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... backing with the week-long US tour of the first top-level PLA delegation in seven years, led by chief of general staff, General Chen Bingde. Chen has agreed with his US counterpart, navy admiral ... the smiles and handshakes have to be backed by more than mere rhetoric. It is all a matter of playing a different tune, something the PLA has not had a good record of when it comes to suspicious ...

  7. Taiwan issue, spying hold back ties with US military

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... force China desk officer, said the US side hoped to expand military exchanges from land and naval forces to the air forces. 'So far, the US exchanges are just with the PLA land and navy ... Minnie Chan in Beijing Military co-operation between China and the US has been sporadic and limited because of deep mistrust between the two sides, a retired PLA general has said, ...

  8. Don't repeat past conflicts, says Taiwan's leader

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... of a large-scale naval parade in which the mainland will show off its resurgent naval strength, marking 60 years since the founding of its navy. The parade, to be held in the port of Qingdao, is expected ... a powerful force that could threaten others.' Asked if the Taiwanese military was worried about the PLA's plan to build an aircraft carrier, General Yu said Beijing's arms build-up had ...

  9. Beijing dismisses fears of an arms race

    Posted Feb 16th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... said many people had misunderstood China's defence policies. He said the Chinese navy did not have an aircraft carrier and the development of the new Jian-10 jet fighter did not mean China ... a month, you can calculate how much we need for all our 2.3 million troops.' He said the PLA's international peacekeeping commitments also required extra funding. 'The world ...

  10. Read between the lines on Jiang

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... The absence of Jiang from the funeral of Liu Huaqing, a former PLA Navy chief, on Monday served to fuel speculation about his health. Every bit of information about Jiang goes a long way ...




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