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  1. News - China - PROFILE

    PLA hawk Ma Xiaotian flying ever higher

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Ma Xioatian, new commander of the PLA’s air force and outspoken as the military’s foreign affairs chief, has been a rising star since his 20s HAWKISH ... and South China seas. General Ma Xiaotian, 63, who handled the PLA's foreign affairs as its deputy chief of general staff for the past five years, is rare among incumbent senior PLA officers ...

  2. Design of PLA's first aircraft carrier is complete: report

    Posted Jul 07th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 'The company produced almost all of the new-generation warships now in service in the PLA Navy.' He predicted the carrier would be far smaller than the United States' 12 carriers. Taiwanese military researcher Milton Liao Wen-chung said he doubted whether the mainland's aircraft carrier would ever be put into use. 'The PLA Navy's two key bases in Beihai ...

  3. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Retired PLA general Xu Caihou: a big shot with friends in high places

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 04:34am by Cary Huang

    ... former deputy navy commander Wang Shouye, who received a suspended death sentence in April 2007 for embezzling 160 million yuan (HK$202 million) in public funds. David Tsui, a PLA affairs expert ... Cary Huang cary.huang@scmp.com As a protégé of Jiang Zemin he rose swiftly through the ranks and wielded great power Xu Caihou: a big shot with friends in high places Retired PLA general ...

  4. Homesickness 'worse than Somali pirates'

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

    ... Minnie Chan Monotony on the high seas poses more of a challenge to the PLA Navy than armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden, officers sent to protect the vital sea lane say. Officers from the missile frigates Zhoushan and Xuzhou, which were sent by the PLA Navy to the pirate- infested waters off Somalia in January, learned a lot from the task, said Zeng Liang, a lieutenant colonel ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - MILITARY

    Hong Kong 'hands PLA radar station on territory's highest mountain in secret deal'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:59am by Cheung Chi-fai and Olga Wong

    ... grant to P.L.A. queried A radar station that is sitting on public land at the top of Tai Mo Shan has been granted secretly to the People's Liberation Army, according to a lawmaker who ... three facilities lie behind fences, with public access restricted. Garrison officers have been spotted inside the station. Chan said that under the Garrison Law, Hong Kong officials and the PLA ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - COURT

    Retired man admits slapping activist who entered PLA barracks outside court

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 07:15pm

    ... in Tamar in December. Chiu is the founder of Hongkongers Come First group which calls for Hong Kong to become independent. He was sentenced to a suspended jail term for breaking into the PLA ...

  7. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA officials and media tour US aircraft carrier

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 11:41pm by Minnie Chan

    ... a recent encounter between PLA navy and Japanese self-defence forces in the West Pacific waters. Montgomery said the US Pacific Fleets would increase military engagements with allies and partners ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Move seen as gesture attempting to smooth military ties between nations PLA officials get tour of US carrier The USS George Washington yesterday hosted ...

  8. News - China - MILITARY

    Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan, a US ally." PLA Navy commander Admiral Wu Shengli told Mabus that the PLA Navy was keen on cementing bilateral ties with the US Navy, the PLA Daily ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Beijing opens up over fleet moves The passage of a People's Liberation Army Navy fleet through waters off Okinawa was reported by mainland state media ...

  9. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... is intended to send a message to China's neighbours. The websites of the PLA Navy, PLA Daily and Xinhua recently carried up-to-date reports on an 11-day patrol and open-ocean training mission led ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Publicity surrounding naval activities in contested waters has been on the rise since the new leadership took over in Beijing P.L.A. adopts higher profile ...

  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    US Army chief of staff announces regular high-level talks with PLA

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 03:05pm by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com US military, PLA to talk at top level China and the United States will establish regular high-level dialogue between their armies to promote better ... and then manage our differences constructively," Odierno said. Although Odierno's trip focused only on land forces, he expected similar high-level contact would be set up between the navies ...




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