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  1. PLA agency aims to give military a confidence boost

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... ministries and local authorities, it was reported on the PLA Daily website yesterday. Xinhua said the portfolio of the agency, affiliated with the army's general staff department, includes ... and cross-sectoral issues. The PLA Daily did not say who heads the agency. Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military expert, said the agency would also deal with economic, trade, energy security, cultural ...

  2. Growing navy flies a bigger, brighter flag as its role widens

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan To match the bigger role that the PLA Navy is playing in international waters, all its vessels will receive bigger, brighter naval ensigns by the end of next year, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday. Experts say the flag upgrade is symbolic of the PLA Navy's development into an international-standard blue-water force after more than two ...

  3. Silence over PLA deserters raises questions

    Posted Nov 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The desertion of four soldiers from a PLA base in Jilin province after stealing an automatic rifle with almost 800 bullets has sparked speculation about ... cases of individual PLA soldiers going absent without leave, this incident was a special case as the four had acted as a group. This, and the fact that they were well-trained and armed, made ...

  4. P.L.A. navy tests the water in drills

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the United States and neighbours who dispute its territorial claims. A PLA Navy fleet is set to conduct training drills in international waters in the western Pacific, a statement posted ... believed the Chinese navy was preparing for another round of naval drills and was closely monitoring their activities. The PLA Navy also sent 10 vessels to the same area for a military drill ...

  5. Reshuffle at the top 'will give PLA more power'

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The People's Liberation Army (PLA) will likely play a larger role in domestic politics, foreign and security policy after next year's political reshuffle, an expert in mainland ... we'll see a stronger role played by the PLA ... maybe the balance of power will be more tipped towards the PLA instead of civilian positions.' When Hu became party leader in 2002, he ...

  6. P.L.A. navy keen to do more in Mideast

    Posted Nov 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan The navy of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is keen to expand its Indian Ocean footprint, not just to boost anti-piracy deployments but also to extend ... a Beijing-based PLA naval expert, said the country had long-term strategic interests that went beyond piracy off the Horn of Africa. 'China will definitely want to play a key role and share more ...

  7. P.L.A. puts out new rules to curb graft

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has issued new regulations to 'better manage the army's assets', in an apparent effort to crack down ... Jintao, the proposals urge all military departments to better utilise assets and budgetary funds, particularly involving money that is used to implement major programmes, the PLA Daily reported ...

  8. Pay heed to soldiers' complaints: PLA paper

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com The People's Liberation Army's official newpaper has published a rare article urging officers to heed suggestions and complaints from rank-and-file soldiers. The article in Sunday's PLA Daily said soldiers were becoming more serious about officers' breach of army rules, including those on the use of the internet and mobile phones. ...

  9. PLA soldiers' desertion stirs online speculation

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The mainland internet is abuzz with theories explaining this week's desertion of four People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers from a military base in Jilin province. According to the latest theory, the three teenagers involved were helping their 23-year-old squad leader defend his house, which is facing demolition. Some internet ...

  10. PLA eyes 'Night Eagle' to make army of night owls

    Posted Oct 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing and Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has opened up a new front in the war against sleep. It has developed a drug that can keep its soldiers awake ... of sleep hours or even days longer than their opponents could make a major difference in combat,' Ni said. Ni believed the PLA would not reveal the drug's composition or associated ...




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