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  1. PLA surrenders its commanding role

    Posted Aug 19th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... sports outfits under the aegis of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are named for the date when the communist armed forces were founded in 1927. The elite batch, led by Bayi (the Chinese ... In an ongoing exhibition in Beijing marking the PLA's 80th anniversary, sports achievements held more than their fair share of interest among visitors, many of them having next year's Olympics ...

  2. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Aug 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The caption published with the photograph on page A2 yesterday should have said the event, held at the Central Barracks, was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the PLA, not the barracks. The error was introduced in the editing process. ...

  3. High demand for PLA open house

    Posted Apr 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Passes for the PLA barracks' open day tomorrow were snapped up yesterday after a morning of queuing. The PLA bases in Stanley, Stonecutter's Island and Shek Kong ... to action-packed anti-terrorist performances by the soldiers, cultural performances by military personnel, and have a close look at weapons and army vehicles, the PLA said. At one of the main ticket ...

  4. General rejects shedding party control of PLA

    Posted Apr 20th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The second-in-command of the PLA National Defence University 'resolutely opposes' turning its forces into a national army, a statement analysts describe ... Zhao Keming insists the PLA's principal and fundamental premise has been to uphold the absolute leadership of the Communist Party over the army. '[We] resolutely oppose attempts from ...

  5. PLA chooses 'young blood' leaders for party congress

    Posted Jul 04th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The PLA has elected its representatives- many of them young professional soldiers- to the 17th Communist Party Congress, state media reported yesterday. A total of 249 PLA ... was 52 years, reflecting an emphasis on relative youth and professionalism in the selection process. A full list of the representatives was published in the PLA Daily yesterday. The list included ...

  6. Revolutionary army must embrace evolution

    Posted Aug 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of their vision. Such a seismic shift is also being experienced by the PLA. The revolutionary zeal that marked its creation has been replaced by the reality of its new position: protecting and representing ... the day-to-day lives of the people. This has already partly happened. President Hu Jintao, although constitutionally commander of the PLA, has, like his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, a civilian rather than ...

  7. Food safety 'keeps us fighting fit'

    Posted Jul 16th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... of the army. A report in the PLA Daily said the General Logistics Department was asking army personnel to strengthen food safety management by stepping up supervision of the quality of the agricultural ... supervision of canteens, particularly during festivals. 'To strengthen food safety is to guarantee the PLA's combat capacity,' Zhou Pengjun, an official with the General Logistics ...

  8. PLA extravaganza finally touches base

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... by an audience of about 4,500 people. Major-General Xiong Yan, chief director of the PLA's Artistic and Cultural Troupe, said most of the 260-strong performers of Sacredness had not attended ... lyricists, and four choreographers, visited the PLA's Hong Kong garrison twice in 2004 to learn about the life of mainland soldiers here. 'We stayed in the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks ...

  9. Major pay increases on the cards for junior PLA officers

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... the go-ahead for a major increase in their benefits. Allowances tied to military ranks for certain low-ranking officials will be increased by up to 150 per cent to about 250 yuan per month, the PLA ... contributions for officers' spouses will be revised upwards. In the money Junior officers are expected to receive bigger pay packets The number of soldiers in the PLA: 2.3m ...

  10. 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 ...




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