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  1. Transparency on military spending would ease fears

    Posted Dec 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a sizeable military force, the PLA, however capable, would have a hard time defending the country if it had to fight on several fronts at the same time. What is important is that it remains ...

  2. Wong makes sure he is in the top bracket

    Posted Dec 26th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... shown little tiredness,' said Shen. Cheung King-wai, who won a gold medal in the track points race in Doha, fell in the final 300 metres after a collision with a Chinese PLA rider ...

  3. The new gunboat diplomacy

    Posted Dec 25th 2006, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... the pro-democracy movement at Tiananmen Square in 1989 and a PLA fighter plane collided with a US reconnaissance plane off Hainan Island in 2001. Those exchanges were revived by the then secretary ...

  4. Thai resort offers Andaman Sea tours

    Posted Dec 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Rayavadee Resort in Thailand, considered one of the most luxurious in the popular Krabi area, has just completed a total overhaul of the Pla Luang, the hotel's traditional Siamese junk. The Pla Luang, which carries hotel guests on boating trips on the Andaman Sea, boasts a shining new teak cabin in the style of a Thai house, a bathroom and a changing area. The vessel can ...

  5. Beijing cements warship ambitions

    Posted Dec 17th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... at the Chinese Council for Advanced Policy Studies in Taipei, said the PLA had made substantial progress in research and copying western weapons, including carriers. 'But the PLA has still so many ...

  6. Travellers' checks

    Posted Dec 17th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Walbrook

    ... called the Pla Luang, is now available for what are curiously emphasised in quotation marks as 'full service excursions', including barbecue dinners, cocktail cruises and snorkelling ...

  7. New US defence chief takes softer stance on China

    Posted Dec 11th 2006, 12:00am by Joshua Kucera

    ... military has steadily been increasing its co-operative activities with the PLA. Washington and Beijing have increased the frequency of officer exchanges between the countries and earlier this year the PLA observed, for the first time, a large US naval exercise in the western Pacific. Dr Gates, while expressing caution, indicated that he was in favour of that trajectory. 'I believe ...

  8. 2,000 bogus military licence plates seized

    Posted Dec 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi The PLA has helped seize nearly 2,000 stolen or fake military vehicle licence plates and more than 1,200 bogus military vehicles in a crackdown on people masquerading as services ... toll losses stemming from the use of fake military plates and vehicles in the southwestern city of Chongqing, which has 750km of highways, amounted to 40 million yuan, the paper said. The PLA ...

  9. Modern PLA still far off, party newspaper says

    Posted Dec 01st 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 'It seems like the PLA has started to learn from other countries like the US that it also needs to lobby for more funding,' he said. 'As the National People's Congress ... of the armed forces into too many branches were hindering the PLA's goal of catching up with the armed forces of other countries. 'The lack of innovation in our war industry groundwork ...

  10. 35b yuan approved for PLA pay rise

    Posted Nov 18th 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... at narrowing the salary gap between the PLA and the country's civil servants, said another source who had been briefed about the plan. Analysts believe Mr Hu will use the pay rise to win the support of the military, and consolidate his grip over the PLA ahead of the 17th congress of the Communist Party in autumn next year, where he is expected to carry out a comprehensive reshuffle ...




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