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  1. Training and education vital to the PLA's modernisation drive

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... to develop and acquire sophisticated weaponry while making massive reductions in the size of its forces. At last March's National People's Congress, the official PLA budget was raised ... 500,000 cuts in personnel in the next five years, following a pattern of reductions that began in 1997. PLA analysts say a critical factor in the success of this modernisation drive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/423505/training-and-education-vital-plas-modernisation-drive
  2. PLA cutbacks part of building a modern force

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... modernising the military was announced on Monday: the slashing of PLA numbers by 200,000. This follows other cutbacks over the years which have gradually reduced the army from its 1949 peak of 5.5 million. A million jobs were shed in the late 1980s, and another 500,000 have gone since 1997. As the numbers fall, so should the bloated, bureaucratic structure of the PLA. And so, too, has its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426744/pla-cutbacks-part-building-modern-force
  3. Avoiding reclamation

    Posted Dec 07th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A quick and simple solution to avoid further reclamation of the harbour is to tear down City Hall, the General Post Office and PLA headquarters at Tamar. These lots are owned by the government one way or another. I wonder why no one has brought this up before. FRED AU, Tung Chung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437244/avoiding-reclamation
  4. PLA general says next 20 years are critical

    Posted Jul 17th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... The next two decades will be critical to China's efforts to become a modern military power, a PLA general says. Major-General Wu Yujin, vice-commandant of the People's Liberation ... a limited inventory of modern equipment and clings to outdated strategies based on brute force rather than technology. The PLA is seen as lagging far behind western militaries and the gap, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421866/pla-general-says-next-20-years-are-critical
  5. PLA troupes to be cut from ranks of troops

    Posted Sep 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... The People's Liberation Army is going to have to live without its famed song and dance troupes. The entertainers are following in the footsteps of the PLA's recently disbanded ... marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PLA's National Defence Science and Technology University, Xinhua reported yesterday. 'The state of war is being transformed from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426661/pla-troupes-be-cut-ranks-troops
  6. PLA to start cutting troops next month

    Posted Oct 19th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... of the downsizing was released during a meeting in Beijing of high-level officials from the PLA's general staff headquarters, general political department and general armament department, Xinhua said. ... was quoted as saying the cuts would speed up information technology development for the military. Even after the cuts, the PLA will still rank first in the world in terms of soldier numbers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431585/pla-start-cutting-troops-next-month
  7. State media join call to arms on cutting PLA numbers

    Posted Sep 04th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Senior officers are told to justify the move publicly to ensure army unity and stability State media have called on PLA officers to carry out plans to slash the number of troops ... target.' Central Military Commission chairman Jiang Zemin on Monday announced a cutback of 200,000 personnel from the 2.5 million-strong military by 2005 as part of the PLA's plans to become ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426804/state-media-join-call-arms-cutting-pla-numbers
  8. PLA stands ready to intervene, warn mainland military analysts

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to reinforce the sabre-rattling after the PLA Daily reported military exercises in the Nanjing, Jinan and Guangzhou military districts after Taiwan approved its referendum bill on November 27. General ... the PLA would not sit idly by, he said. He dismissed speculation that the mainland would not risk spoiling the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Expo by using military force against Taiwan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436786/pla-stands-ready-intervene-warn-mainland-military-analysts
  9. PLA backs off on crack paratrooper corps meant for Taipei attack

    Posted Nov 11th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung The forming of an elite PLA airborne combat corps with the specific mission to attack Taipei has been placed on the back burner, according to a report. Quoting military sources, ... topography and combat power based in and around Taipei. The newspaper also said that both the air force and the navy would undergo reorganisation as part of the PLA's plans to demobilise 200,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/434274/pla-backs-crack-paratrooper-corps-meant-taipei-attack
  10. PLA troops may join UN Liberia peace force

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... in the government's decision. If there were Chinese troops as peacekeepers in Liberia, I think it would persuade its new government to drop its ties with Taiwan.' The current 217-person PLA force taking part in a UN mission in the Congo is made up of medical and engineering units. In addition to the Congo, there are more than 50 PLA military observers in six UN peacekeeping regions, 70 police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426334/pla-troops-may-join-un-liberia-peace-force

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