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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 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
  3. 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
  4. After rioting, PLA steps up efforts to recruit minorities

    Posted Dec 11th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in Lhasa, Tibet, caused the deaths of at least 22 people. A government employee from a province bordering Tibet said the PLA had stepped up efforts to recruit young people from local ethnic groups. ... in Tibet since last year, he said the PLA had even asked retired soldiers who could speak the Tibetan language to report back to duty. 'Some new [Han] recruits could not adjust to the local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700961/after-rioting-pla-steps-efforts-recruit-minorities
  5. Report tips massive PLA troop cuts

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Although officials have been denying it for months, the PLA appears set to cut a third of its troops in the coming years according to the respected publication Jane's ... on display. 'Alongside the parade, the PLA revealed that it was considering major reductions in personnel as part of long-term plans to modernise and professionalise the armed force. Up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701680/report-tips-massive-pla-troop-cuts
  6. PLA streamlines arms purchases to stamp out waste and corruption

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

    ... and arbitrary price changes. The ministry said the reform would lead to standardised management of PLA equipment, strengthened maintenance and less waste. The directive said the reform had the support of key military industry groups and procurement departments of the land, naval and air forces. No start date was given. The PLA will spend up to 160 billion yuan (HK$181 billion) on weapons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700026/pla-streamlines-arms-purchases-stamp-out-waste-and-corruption
  7. PLA on a steep learning curve with record intake of graduates

    Posted Dec 05th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the country since its recruitment drive began in May. This is a far cry from its first graduate recruitment exercise in 2001, which saw just 2,000 sign up. Last year, 39,000 graduates joined. The PLA ... Gulf war in 1991, when Deng Xiaoping decided 'human wave' tactics were out and modern warfare was in. The PLA embarked on a modernisation drive that continues to this day. China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700336/pla-steep-learning-curve-record-intake-graduates
  8. 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 in Taiwan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696938/singer-stages-camouflaged-pla-landing-taiwan-dpp-fumes
  9. 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
  10. President orders PLA to step into economic breach

    Posted Mar 13th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... a rare call for the military to 'contribute to the nation's economic development'. Mr Hu made the comment in a keynote speech at a plenary meeting of PLA deputies to the National People's Congress on Wednesday. Mr Hu said the PLA should 'contribute to economic development and social stability', Xinhua reported. This could signal an important policy shift because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673150/president-orders-pla-step-economic-breach

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