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  1. Major pay increases on the cards for junior PLA officers

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... the go-ahead for a major increase in their benefits. Allowances tied to military ranks for certain low-ranking officials will be increased by up to 150 per cent to about 250 yuan per month, the PLA ... contributions for officers' spouses will be revised upwards. In the money Junior officers are expected to receive bigger pay packets The number of soldiers in the PLA: 2.3m ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/616531/major-pay-increases-cards-junior-pla-officers
  2. PLA being readied for island tension

    Posted Mar 07th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... who is also defence minister, reiterated the PLA's staunch opposition to activities that threatened to 'split the motherland'. A rise of 21.83 billion yuan in military spending ... the lowest in 14 years. PLA officers and military analysts believed Beijing would increase spending to improve its hi-tech warfare ability. Yao Yunzhu, an expert at the Military Academy of Sciences, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/447158/pla-being-readied-island-tension
  3. PLA Inc seeks investor cash to modernise

    Posted Jun 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Nevin Nie

    ... Tim LeeMaster and Nevin Nie IPOs let foreigners into arms firms The mainland's secretive military industries will be opened up to private investors- both domestic and foreign- as part of modernisation efforts by Beijing. Weapons makers would be allow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/597934/pla-inc-seeks-investor-cash-modernise
  4. Who said it?

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... If the US could reduce its military spending a bit and spend more on improving the livelihood of the American people... wouldn't that be a better scenario? PLA chief Chen Bingde, with a rationale for US defence cuts I would simply say to him: 'Look how the country has reacted with revulsion... Do the decent and sensible thing and reconsider... your bid for BSkyB' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973203/who-said-it
  5. Wwho said it?

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... If the US could reduce its military spending a bit and spend more on improving the livelihood of the American people... wouldn't that be a better scenario? PLA chief Chen Bingde, with a rationale for US defence cuts I would simply say to him: 'Look how the country has reacted with revulsion... Do the decent and sensible thing and reconsider... your bid for BSkyB' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973267/wwho-said-it
  6. Private sector role urged in arms development

    Posted Dec 05th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... and talent to modernise the defence industry. More than 100 military leaders and analysts from the PLA and various government organs attended a symposium on the 'transition of national defence development' in Hunan's Changsha. Those attending agreed the PLA would catch up with developed nations only by 'thoroughly merging with the market economy', the China News Services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/618281/private-sector-role-urged-arms-development
  7. Mid-ranking officers get dramatic pay increase

    Posted May 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... ago, according to a survey conducted by PLA headquarters. The average monthly income of the families of the 10,000 officers interviewed, ranked from commander to second lieutenant, was at least 8,000 yuan in December, the PLA Daily reported yesterday. The survey found that 37 per cent of the officers had bought their own homes, and nearly 43 per cent had savings accounts. About 17 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968244/mid-ranking-officers-get-dramatic-pay-increase
  8. 12pc more on military spending 'still small'

    Posted Mar 05th 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... said the higher expenditure was needed to modernise the armed forces and pay higher salaries and benefits to the 2.3 million PLA soldiers. 'According to the draft budget given ... But our country is still developing and faces many constraints,' said Lin Jin, a professor at the PLA's National University of Defence Technology and a CPPCC delegate. Outside experts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491330/12pc-more-military-spending-still-small
  9. Ill will surrounds mainland military bill

    Posted Jun 21st 2005, 12:00am by Doug Nairne

    ... cent of France's, and 5.7 per cent of the US. These arguments are dismissed by defence analysts, who say the opaque political system and the PLA's obfuscation have masked a budget up ... concluded that China spends from 2.3 per cent to 2.8 per cent of its GDP on the military, or up to US$78 billion annually. The PLA is also notorious for bad accounting. Analysts say some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/505322/ill-will-surrounds-mainland-military-bill
  10. Defence spending rise 'a warning to island'

    Posted Mar 06th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... apparent above 10 per cent increase suggests that the PLA wants the pace and seriousness of its modernisation to be known to everyone, especially the United States and Taiwan,' said Mr ... an increase of only 9.6 per cent- the lowest rise in 14 years. In a speech to the NPC yesterday, Premier Wen Jiabao said China would continue to strengthen its military. He said the PLA would pursue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/447074/defence-spending-rise-warning-island

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