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  1. PLA denies teams sullied the spirit of Oxfam race

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... other teams overtaking them. Oxfam fund-raising manager and event organiser Brenda Wong Yuk-han said the PLA had a support crew of at least 50 people. The PLA teams took first and second place ... we contributed to a charity in Hong Kong by entering two PLA teams in the Oxfam Trailwalker with the principle that friendship comes first, competition comes second,' a PLA spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699745/pla-denies-teams-sullied-spirit-oxfam-race
  2. PLA didn't play fair, runners claim

    Posted Nov 22nd 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Fellow runners have accused the PLA's teams in the Oxfam Trailwalker charity race of violating the spirit of the event by adopting a 'win at all costs' mentality. They said the soldiers used an enormous support crew compared to those of other teams and that their support runners employed gamesmanship to stop other teams overtaking them. PLA teams ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699087/pla-didnt-play-fair-runners-claim
  3. PLA studies global warming impact, meteorological weapons

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Fanxiang, a PLA major general and deputy head of the Arms Building Study Centre of the PLA Academy of Military Science. The report cited the artificial rain induced by the US Army during the Vietnam ... meteorological weapons could be a key to surprise in tomorrow's information warfare.' It also discussed more immediate implications for the PLA: disaster relief. The PLA's major ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701617/pla-studies-global-warming-impact-meteorological-weapons
  4. Singer stages camouflaged PLA landing on Taiwan, DPP fumes

    Posted Oct 31st 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army is sending its most popular female singers to Taiwan - the first public visit of PLA officers to the island - but the charm offensive has caused a political stir. Chen Sisi, the first PLA soldier to land in Taiwan, will stage her historic performance today at the National Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei after arriving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696938/singer-stages-camouflaged-pla-landing-taiwan-dpp-fumes
  5. PLA shows off slimmer, hi-tech fighting force

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... parade showed us that the PLA has turned into an efficient modern army after nearly two decades,' said Professor Alexander Huang Chieh-cheng, from the Graduate Institute of International ... systems they presented. Even the armed police and logistics units are completely re-equipped.' In the past two decades, the PLA has abandoned the Maoist war approach that relied on sheer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694261/pla-shows-slimmer-hi-tech-fighting-force
  6. 400 private firms pass muster to supply PLA

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... reform and opening up. He believed that a world war would not be fought at the end of the last century and therefore announced a massive reduction in forces, including more than a million PLA ... a PLA specialist at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said that the reform had resulted in 'the cruel fact' of the market economy driving things. 'China's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696309/400-private-firms-pass-muster-supply-pla
  7. How recent wars shaped the PLA Air Force

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... that sparked a profound change in strategic thinking and prompted the PLA to shift its priorities to the air force were the 1990-91 Gulf war and, more importantly, the 1998-99 Kosovo war - the first ... their general strategy. 'The PLA was shocked by the Gulf war after seeing how the Iraqi army, which was equipped with many Chinese-made weapons, was wiped out by the United States Air Force,' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698038/how-recent-wars-shaped-pla-air-force
  8. 'Sexy' new PLA uniforms set to turn heads at the big parade in Beijing

    Posted Sep 20th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... front. The troops will be sporting eye-catching new uniforms that have been praised for being modern, well-tailored, practical - and even sexy. According to the PLA Daily, all armed forces, ... Jintao . Introduced in 2007 to mark the PLA's 80th anniversary, the uniforms come in four basic categories and 644 variations. The newspaper lavished praise on their 'modern design, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692989/sexy-new-pla-uniforms-set-turn-heads-big-parade-beijing
  9. Trust 'one China', former PLA general tells Taiwan

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... vice-president of the PLA's Academy of Military Science, said at a seminar in Taipei yesterday. Li, the first retired high-ranking PLA general to visit Taiwan, also said the mainland's ... to say that he did not represent PLA officials and that he was in Taiwan along with other mainland delegates for a civilian seminar to discuss political and military issues in a private capacity. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698429/trust-one-china-former-pla-general-tells-taiwan
  10. PLA seeks to become nimbler and leaner

    Posted Jul 15th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... of ranks for NCOs would be increased from six to seven, the PLA Daily reported yesterday. The report said the number of NCOs would be increased to 900,000, or nearly 40 per cent of the force. This restructuring will encompass the land, naval and air forces, as well as the armed police. This means that the PLA will gradually move away from the Soviet-style traditional army built to win large, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686868/pla-seeks-become-nimbler-and-leaner

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