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  1. News - Asia

    China rejects Philippine UN mediation effort

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 11:28pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Beijing said on Tuesday it has rejected the Philippines’ attempt to seek international arbitration over conflicting claims to territory in the South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China’s ambassador to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1154228/china-rejects-philippine-un-mediation-effort
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila open to allowing PLA Navy to visit its bases, says defence chief

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by ALAN ROBLES AND AGENCIES

    ... Alan Robles in Manila Manila open to allowing PLA ships to visit Manila would not rule out allowing Chinese naval ships to call on the country's bases, including a planned defence ... in Manila. Bautista's openness to the idea could be interpreted in a number of ways, including as a conciliatory gesture to Beijing. The PLA Navy has made three official ports of call ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1300257/manila-open-allowing-pla-navy-visit-its-bases-says-defence-chief
  3. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTES

    PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com PLA fleets hold rare combined drill China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea ... to protest against the involvement of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in a joint anti-submarine drill with the South Korean navy in the Yellow Sea. Last week's PLA Navy drill ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1246897/pla-navys-three-fleets-meet-south-china-sea-rare-show-force
  4. News - China - DEFENCE: ANALYSIS

    PLA officers turn on the charm at regional security forum in Singapore

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 01:17pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Singapore China's delegates at regional security forum show a new sense of openness, urging co-operation and discussion PLA officers turn on the charm Senior Chinese ... "pivot" towards Asia or other prickly issues at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. But the charm offensive by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers, less than a week before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1251966/china-patrols-disputed-seas-are-legitimate-says-top-pla-general
  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Publicity surrounding naval activities in contested waters has been on the rise since the new leadership took over in Beijing P.L.A. adopts higher profile ... is intended to send a message to China's neighbours. The websites of the PLA Navy, PLA Daily and Xinhua recently carried up-to-date reports on an 11-day patrol and open-ocean training mission led ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1203520/pla-takes-higher-profile-disputed-waters
  6. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

    Armed guards for fishing fleets, says hawkish ex-PLA chief

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 05:01pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Armed guards should be positioned on fishing boats in the South China Sea, says a former high-ranking Chinese military officer. China’s current fishing fleets were too “loose and scattered”- alone and too vulnerable to attac ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1217496/armed-guards-fishing-fleets-says-hawkish-ex-pla-chief
  7. News - China - MILITARY ACTION

    PLA Navy in live-fire attack drills in East China and South China seas

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Live fire by missile-carrying aircraft in East China and South China seas bare the sabre to neighbours and mark a shift in strategy PLA Navy in ocean ... in territorial disputes with China, according to naval experts. Photos posted on the website of the PLA Navy on Wednesday showed several J-10 fighter jets that had been sent by the East China Sea Fleet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1130517/pla-navy-live-fire-attack-drills-east-china-and-south-china-seas
  8. News - China - WAR DRILLS

    PLA carries out defence drills in Shenyang, Jinan and Sansha

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... University of Political Science and Law, said the exercises were to improve the PLA's ability to deal with surprise military strikes, especially from the Japanese military, known for its sneak ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1119355/pla-carries-out-defence-drills-shenyang-jinan-and-sansha
  9. On duty with the PLA

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Post photographer May Tse was welcomed onto the PLA's naval base on Stonecutters Island- which commands a picturesque view of the heart of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour- to capture a glimpse of a day in the life of the force stationed at the barracks. While serving in Hong Kong, PLA soldiers spend virtually all their time at various bases, the only exception being when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1005825/duty-pla
  10. The reality is the PLA does not want Hong Kong residents serving in its ranks

    Posted Jun 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the PLA. True, the military service law cannot be applied in Hong Kong and that is a big hurdle to overcome, but there are much deeper reasons that are preventing this. It should be clear that the issue under the current circumstances has no clear resolution. Looking at a soldier's life could help to explain why this will remain an impossibility. Enlisted servicemen in the PLA ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1004714/reality-pla-does-not-want-hong-kong-residents-serving-its-ranks

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