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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Tales from the troops: 15 years of PLA in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by the PLA in an article about the garrison's experiences during its 15 years in Hong Kong. Another tells how an anti-communist activist was prevented from distributing 'reactionary' leaflets in a PLA camp. The feature in the PLA Daily, the mainland-based media outlet for the army, said 'a foreigner' attending a garrison open day this April 'deliberately attached ...

  4. Hu's review puts PLA in plain sight

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... comrades!' Hu said. 'To serve the people,' they shouted back. It's fair to say this was an unprecedented display of a military presence in the city. Will the PLA be more visible from now on? To many, the image of PLA soldiers has come a long way since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. They have proved to be disciplined and trustworthy. On the annual open days since ...

  5. So near, yet so far away for P.L.A. garrison

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... from most of their brothers in arms. While in Hong Kong, the approximately 6,000 PLA soldiers, sailors and airmen are strictly confined to the 18 barracks scattered across the territory. ... in their dorms. The PLA says it tries to keep the troops isolated from the public to prevent their military spirit from becoming contaminated by Hong Kong's capitalist lifestyle. Still, the soldiers ...

  6. PLA should leave Central, says lawmaker

    Posted Jun 04th 2006, 12:00am by Chloe Lai, Norma Connolly

    ... move its headquarters from the Central waterfront to make way for an accessible harbour promenade, a legislator has urged. Democratic Party legislator Sin Chung-kai yesterday said the PLA had no strategic need for the Central site and called on the government to discuss moving the barracks, and compensating the army if necessary. 'If the PLA headquarters could be relocated, it would ...

  7. Young back PLA service but few willing to enlist

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Liberation Army should be open to Hong Kong people and about 50 per cent had a positive image of the army. But only one in five said they were willing to join the PLA, with the rest citing reasons ... dangerous' (16 per cent), and 'too low pay' (10 per cent). There has been discussion in recent months about the possibility of Hongkongers enrolling in the PLA. Under China's military ...

  8. PLA ready to sign up Hong Kong recruits

    Posted Jun 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung, Choi Chi-yuk and Greg Torode PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde has for the first time said that Hong Kong people are welcome to join the army. But legal hurdles, ... welcome Hongkongers joining its ranks. It is the first time since the handover in 1997 that a high-ranking PLA officer has given the green light for Hongkongers to join the army. Lieutenant ...

  9. PLA training helps builder read political landscape

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Having served in the People's Liberation Army for 17 years, Shi Jian understands the value of following political direction. Applying this philosophy to business, the chairman of China New Town Development founded the company, which focuses on developing new towns in the suburbs of mainland cities. 'I have learnt a lot during my service in the PLA ...

  10. Lawmakers' calls for handover of club on PLA land upset members

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... Phyllis Tsang and Barclay Crawford Members of a private club on PLA land in Tsim Sha Tsui have challenged legislators' suggestions that the government reclaim it because the military ... said the club was run like any other private club in the city. Members abided by the same rules and complied with the law. 'We just have a different landlord and that is the PLA,' he ...




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