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  1. The shelling has stopped, but the PLA still has designs on Taiwan

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... with a 44-day, 480,000-shell barrage that almost exhausted the PLA's munitions supplies. Then, the liberation army was at the forefront of the mainland's efforts to reclaim the island- ... to the PLA's diminished role in cross-strait affairs since 1979. 'Since 1979, the PLA's mission has changed from liberating the island by armed might to a peaceful offensive,' he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664084/shelling-has-stopped-pla-still-has-designs-taiwan
  2. PLA navy finds a fitting role in anti-pirate fleet

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... of Aden. It is a move that has been hailed by the mainland's netizens. A survey revealed that 90 per cent of over 14,000 people polled felt that it was right that the PLA should be part ... fishing vessel was saved by the Malaysian Navy. Given the amount of money now being spent on the military, the reluctance of the authorities to commit the PLA is all the more mystifying. In recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664797/pla-navy-finds-fitting-role-anti-pirate-fleet
  3. Tickets to big PLA exhibition a hot item

    Posted Jul 28th 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... armoured vehicles, weaponry and video footage of People's Liberation Army rescue work in the Sichuan quake zones. It is the first large-scale military exhibition in Hong Kong to display PLA weapons. One military buff delighted with the choice of venue, a Mr So, said: 'There is air conditioning at the exhibition venue, so I don't have to visit the [PLA] barracks to look ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646871/tickets-big-pla-exhibition-hot-item
  4. Two elite PLA units begin 'Sharpening 2008' drill

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the 54th Group Army in Henan and an armoured regiment from the 38th Group Army under the Beijing Military Region. Both units are considered elite forces of the PLA. The brigade is distinguished ... commander, Xu Min, was quoted by Xinhua saying the two forces involved were both top combat units of the PLA. 'They are both key fighting forces of the PLA,' he said. 'This is bound ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/650466/two-elite-pla-units-begin-sharpening-2008-drill
  5. PLA needs marching girls for big day parade

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... modernisation drive. The PLA, the world's largest standing army, has been undergoing a rigorous modernisation process, with budgets rising steadily and jumping threefold since 1999. Many countries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663494/pla-needs-marching-girls-big-day-parade
  6. Young PLA 'recruits' give up mod cons to live a life of discipline

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... Peter So Setting aside your comfortable lives for 15 days of gruelling military training will give you tougher, stronger characters, a PLA veteran told a group of Hong Kong youngsters ... at the PLA garrison. More than 500 Form Three and Four students- all recommended by their headmasters- applied for the 200 places this year. The new 'recruits', wearing long-sleeved, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/645261/young-pla-recruits-give-mod-cons-live-life-discipline
  7. PLA gives all-clear on nuclear facilities in rare media briefing

    Posted May 19th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... staff headquarters. 'There is no problem at all,' said General Ma, one of seven officers at the press conference. The PLA was strictly guarding the facilities, he added. Sichuan, where ... But yesterday's was not only the first that involved the military since the earthquake, but might also be the first where PLA officers spoke directly to the international media. Andrew Yang Nien-dzu, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/638174/pla-gives-all-clear-nuclear-facilities-rare-media-briefing
  8. PLA to co-operate over traffic rules during the Games

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... police, according to the PLA Daily. The drivers were told to buckle up, stay out of no-entry zones, not occupy bus and emergency lanes, and not use military sirens unless necessary. The letter ... and report violations by military vehicles to the PLA but have no right to impose penalties. Punishment usually depends on the attitude of senior personnel. The Beijing-based Fazhi Wanbao newspaper ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643709/pla-co-operate-over-traffic-rules-during-games
  9. Parents welcome at PLA boot camp for students

    Posted Jul 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... participant said, as a video at a press conference to launch this year's event showed tearful goodbyes at previous camps. The camp, jointly organised by the PLA and the Education Bureau, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644581/parents-welcome-pla-boot-camp-students
  10. PLA defends itself over recovery of helicopter

    Posted Jun 12th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Colonel Ma said. Xinhua reported yesterday that the last body of the victims had been found and 40 PLA soldiers had been sent to retrieve the remains. The bodies were expected to arrive in Yingxiu town tomorrow, a day behind schedule due to the poor weather and roads. Ma Jian, deputy chief of the operations department of the General Staff Headquarters, said no PLA soldiers had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641208/pla-defends-itself-over-recovery-helicopter

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