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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA cuts back on pomp and ceremony

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... and ostentatious displays for leaders' inspection visits following Communist Party chief Xi Jinping's recent call for cutbacks to pomp and ceremony. The PLA Daily has carried a series ... General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of PLA's decision-making Central Military Commission, said that building up a proper attitude within the army was an issue with overriding priority ...

  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping has firmer grip on PLA than Hu Jintao did, says Robert Gates

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 12:09am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Former US defence secretary says president's control of PLA impacts relationship with US Xi 'has firmer grip on army than Hu did' President Xi Jinping ... and a bad-news story", Gates said. "Before, when the Chinese did something aggressive or risky, you could say, 'That's the PLA acting on their own'. Now, when they do something ...

  3. News - China - SECURITY

    China's National Security Commission holds its first meeting

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:06am by Keith Zhai, Teddy Ng, Minnie Chan

    ... a retired PLA major general, said counter-terrorism would be a major issue for the committee to tackle, as domestic terrorist attacks posed a serious threat to the public. Chen Jiping of the China ...

  4. News - China - MILITARY

    President Xi Jinping heading party's military reform panel

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 07:06pm by Keith Zhai

    ... the interests of power groups in the PLA, Yue said. "Such reforms need more courage and determination to kick off," he said. Xi said that reform of the armed forces should ensure the Communist ...

  5. News - China - MILITARY

    Xi Jinping visits border troops ahead of Chinese New Year

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 12:45pm by Andrea Chen

    ... reported on Monday morning. The visit is seen as the latest gesture in Xi’s campaign to further enhance his authority within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and prioritise national defence ... the border with their horses. The PLA Daily said it was the first time Xi was wearing the new camouflage military uniform in public. “I’m standing guard together with you today,” Xinhua quoted Xi ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    Xi Jinping promotes 10 more to PLA general, including two in Hong Kong

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

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Xi promotes 10 more to general - two in HK Two days after promoting six senior PLA officials to full general, President Xi Jinping yesterday elevated ... to the Guangzhou military command to the rank of major general. The generals are the third batch of senior PLA officers Xi has elevated since he became chief of the military late last year. Xi made Wei ...

  7. News - China

    Xi shaping up to be an influential PLA commander

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... military area command on Monday ahead of his first Army Day in office, Xi stressed that the 2.3 million-strong PLA must "strictly follow the party leadership" and be "absolutely ... his status as military and party chief. Within months, Xi has managed to inspect major military regions and visit the troops of all the PLA armed forces divisions, as well as armed police ...

  8. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Curb pomp and bureaucracy, military chiefs are told

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Receptions attended by senior PLA officers will no longer feature alcohol or luxury banquets and will be free of welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs, Xinhua reported. According to 10 regulations recently issued by the CMC and announced by Xinhua yesterday, PLA leaders, such as senior officials of the four General ...

  9. News - China - GOVERNANCE

    Xi issues new rules to rein in PLA excesses

    Posted Jul 09th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... banned since the rules were adopted. Meanwhile, Xi also urged the country's soldiers to stay "red-blooded" and combat-ready in peacetime, according to a separate report in the PLA ... orders. Xi issues new rules to rein in PLA excess ...

  10. News - China - MILITARY

    President Xi targets PLA in new attack on corruption

    Posted Jun 22nd 2013, 12:00am by TEDDY NG AND PATRICK BOEHLER

    ... President orders review of PLA's property and land holdings in move to stamp out corruption and consolidate his authority over the military Sweeping audits of the People's ... is chairman. It is being seen as his latest move to stamp out graft and tighten his grip on the military. Army mouthpiece PLA Daily reported yesterday that a CMC group in charge of surveying ...




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