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  1. P.L.A. on track to be a modern force by 2020

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is on track to catch up with modern military powers by 2020, according to the Pentagon's annual report on China. ... forces,' the report states. The PLA would be unable to sustain high-intensity combat operations far from China before 2020. 'Many modern systems have reached maturity and others will become ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977183/pla-track-be-modern-force-2020
  2. PLA pilots killed as warplane crashes

    Posted Jul 20th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... time a PLA aircraft had crashed during a joint drill and was reported by state media. The Moscow-based Itar-Tass News Agency said that both airmen had died. 'A plane of the Chinese Air ... the type of the aircraft, but earlier reports said the PLA had sent more than 40 military planes from the Shenyang Military Command to take part in the joint exercise, including fighter-bombers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687342/pla-pilots-killed-warplane-crashes
  3. PLA to face closer scrutiny of its spending

    Posted Sep 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Beijing will more strictly scrutinise military spending, according to a directive issued by the Central Military Commission, the military's supreme command unit. The directive, approved by commission chairman Hu Jintao , would mean grea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/651465/pla-face-closer-scrutiny-its-spending
  4. Fresh vegetables but no internet as PLA marches into the digital age

    Posted Jul 16th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... despatches from Xinhua yesterday for the upcoming 80th anniversary of the PLA give a rare glimpse of the life of the 2.3 million servicemen and women who are part of one of the most secretive armies ... with rising expectations. But the PLA tradition of soldiers growing their own food remains. One soldier was praised for his innovation of building a water pipe to irrigate the small plot of land ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600738/fresh-vegetables-no-internet-pla-marches-digital-age
  5. 11 PLA officers punished over Anhui plane crash that killed 40

    Posted Sep 08th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Eleven mainland military officers have been punished three months after 40 people were killed in the Chinese air force's worst plane crash in recent history, state media reported. Although the disciplinary action announced by ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/563209/11-pla-officers-punished-over-anhui-plane-crash-killed-40
  6. Hu stresses army's obedience to party

    Posted Mar 13th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Loyalty to the party has always been PLA policy, but analysts believe Hu reiterated the ideological imperative after seeing what happened in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. '[We] must persevere with socialism with Chinese characteristics in our armed forces, which make the whole army maintain a clear and solid ideology,' Hu (pictured) told PLA deputies in a panel session at the annual ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/740759/hu-stresses-armys-obedience-party
  7. Mainland's first carrier returns from sea trials

    Posted Aug 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was still too new- and the risk of error too high- for the navy to attempt actual landings at sea. The PLA is only believed to only have three prototypes of the J-15 and the plane is not expected ... the retired warship was purchased because the military lacked any carrier-based fighter aircraft. The PLA has since made significant advancements. One outspoken PLA general recently said the mainland ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976216/mainlands-first-carrier-returns-sea-trials
  8. Military targets tech-savvy recruits for modern force

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... China's military began enlisting university graduates in 2001. By the end of 2009, there were 130,000 university-educated soldiers in the PLA. The change could see the PLA seek more recruits from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971945/military-targets-tech-savvy-recruits-modern-force
  9. This is supposed to be one country, so just where are all of Beijing'smen?

    Posted Jul 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... mark on many, yet the troops' high-profile entry stands in stark contrast to their nearly total absence from the city's streets in the years since. Rumours about the PLA garrison were rife, especially in the first couple of years after the handover. Some claimed they spotted PLA officials in shopping malls at unlikely hours. Such accounts aroused curiosity, but few could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/598950/supposed-be-one-country-so-just-where-are-all-beijingsmen
  10. Chinese team to take body back

    Posted Jul 28th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu China's state-run news agency yesterday said Chinese authorities have sent a team of six people to escort the body of a PLA officer killed in Lebanon back to China. Xinhua reported the officer's wife, Li Lingling, was travelling with the team. UN observer Du Zhaoyu was the first Chinese national to be killed in the Israel-Lebanon conflict. Du was one of 180 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/558243/chinese-team-take-body-back

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