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  1. P.L.A. threat to Taiwan 'bigger than ever'

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to a certain extent, attack Taiwan proper.' The report, which summarises various combat techniques and strategies that the PLA could use to attack Taiwan, warns that once the PLA is fully equipped ... troops we have,' the report, published every other year, noted. In terms of budget, the US$77 billion listed by the PLA last year was about nine times more than the US$9 billion listed ...

  2. After rioting, PLA steps up efforts to recruit minorities

    Posted Dec 11th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in Lhasa, Tibet, caused the deaths of at least 22 people. A government employee from a province bordering Tibet said the PLA had stepped up efforts to recruit young people from local ethnic groups. ... in Tibet since last year, he said the PLA had even asked retired soldiers who could speak the Tibetan language to report back to duty. 'Some new [Han] recruits could not adjust to the local ...

  3. PLA Navy ships enter Gulf for the first time

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean. With the PLA needing a network of friendly ports, if not full bases, to sustain long-range blue-water deployments, all new Chinese port visits are being scrutinised by regional powers. Gary Li, a researcher on the PLA at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, said the visit was highly significant. 'It fits ...

  4. PLA escorts Taiwanese ship in historic mission

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army provided a historic naval escort for a Taiwanese vessel yesterday, in pirate-infested Somali waters. The PLA naval expeditionary force ... no plan to ask the PLA for naval escorts off the Somali coast. All Taiwanese cargo and fishing vessels should seek help from 'the nearest warships' if attacked by pirates in the trouble ...

  5. Taiwan under fire from PLA top brass

    Posted Mar 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Major-General Zhang Zhuo, director of the PLA Ordinance Engineering Academy, said the military must upgrade its hi-tech warfare capabilities 'for the sake of national reunification'. 'I ... military and can there be reunification.' Even PLA Song and Dance Troupe member and CPPCC delegate Huang Hong felt the PLA must not let its guard down when it came to Taiwan. 'We have ...

  6. PLA massing troops near North Korean border, says Seoul media

    Posted Nov 25th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul and Josephine Ma in Beijing Reports that China is massing thousands of soldiers at its border with North Korea have raised concerns that Beijing is preparing for possible turmoil amid talk Kim Jong-il is losing his grip on power. Citing satellite photos and quoting sources in Washington, South Korean media yesterday reported that a 10,000-strong PLA ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    Chinese general urges calm amid regional tensions in US visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com PLA official Cai Yingting urges 'win-win' relationship with Washington, as visit signals 'maturing' ties despite Pacific tensions U.S., China military ties show 'maturity' PLA deputy chief of general staff Cai Yingting stressed during a visit to Washington the importance of trust and credibility between the Chinese ...

  8. Beijing keen to avoid maritime row with India

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... She also said that China had to co-operate with India over security because the PLA Navy did not want to challenge India's navy in the Indian Ocean. 'PLA Navy forces have been ...

  9. South China Sea stand-off is just storm in a teacup

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and analysts. Except for a few media outlets such as the China Daily, PLA Daily and the Global Times, the mainland's tightly controlled media have consistently played down reports of manoeuvres ... newspaper last week quoted a PLA air force general, Qiao Liang, as saying that China needed to clarify its thinking over the disputed waters because of a changing environment, adding that its ...

  10. Sailing into troubled waters

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... at stake. In Singapore last week, Liang described the situation as 'generally stable' and issued a 'solemn pledge' that China would work for peace. Within the PLA leadership, ... into the hands of a Washington that has also called for a negotiated regional solution, PLA officials warn. Playing to its own strengths, China is continuing to promote a joint development deal- but one ...




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