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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    Deadly factory fire, PLA jet crash strike Shantou

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Blaze at factory thought to be arson; no deaths as PLA fighter strikes house, but chaos for locals PLA jet crashes on Guangdong farmhouse Twin disasters ... The PLA Jian-7 fighter crashed into a farmhouse in Shantou's Jinping district, close to the city's border with Chaozhou, the semi-official China News Agency reported. The pilot ejected ...

  2. News - China - PROFILE

    PLA hawk Ma Xiaotian flying ever higher

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Ma Xioatian, new commander of the PLA’s air force and outspoken as the military’s foreign affairs chief, has been a rising star since his 20s HAWKISH ... and South China seas. General Ma Xiaotian, 63, who handled the PLA's foreign affairs as its deputy chief of general staff for the past five years, is rare among incumbent senior PLA officers ...

  3. News - China - MILITARY

    US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... up with the PLA naval frigate Yiyang, a modern multi-role warship. They staged a mock boarding, search and seizure operation on a suspected pirate vessel. "The focus was on bilateral ... "Executing the boarding side-by-side as a combined US-Chinese team, the team successfully searched the vessel and provided assistance to the role-playing mariners." PLA expert Gary Li, the head ...

  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    China leads rise in Asia military spending

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 08:23am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Military spending by Asia’s major powers increased dramatically over the past decade with China leading the way, as its defence budget quadrupled since 2000, according to a study. Defence spending in China and four other ...

  5. News - China

    Guangzhou military official suspended in plane assault

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 01:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing A Chinese military official has been suspended and placed under investigation over accusations of a drunken assault on a flight attendant, state media said on Tuesday. Fang Daguo was suspended from his job with the armed fo ...

  6. News - China

    Briefs, August 31

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the exercise was scheduled and aimed at improving the co-operation among different forces. AFP and Staff Reporter Attendant accuses PLA officer of assault A Guangzhou Yuexiu district PLA officer has ...

  7. News - China - POLITICS

    Fear over PLA loyalty before party congress sees propaganda frenzy

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... written by General Li Jinai, a member of the Central Military Commission and a former chief of the PLA's General Political Department. "[We] should strongly oppose the arguments for separation of the army from our party, a politically neutral army or the nationalisation of the PLA and other incorrect political ideas," Li wrote in the article, first published in the November ...

  8. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Curb pomp and bureaucracy, military chiefs are told

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Receptions attended by senior PLA officers will no longer feature alcohol or luxury banquets and will be free of welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs, Xinhua reported. According to 10 regulations recently issued by the CMC and announced by Xinhua yesterday, PLA leaders, such as senior officials of the four General ...

  9. News - China - BILATERAL TIES

    Chinese warships cross waters near Japan's Okinawa islands

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng, AFP

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Seven PLA Navy vessels spotted near Okinawa islands in apparent show of might, but defence ministry says they crossed the waters legally Chinese ... the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan. Mainland analysts said the PLA Navy's move was an intentional demonstration of Beijing's dismay at the international support Tokyo ...

  10. News - China

    Chinese navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier amid Diaoyu tensions

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 08:36pm by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported. During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow ...




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