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  1. News - China - POLITICS

    Fear over PLA loyalty before party congress sees propaganda frenzy

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... written by General Li Jinai, a member of the Central Military Commission and a former chief of the PLA's General Political Department. "[We] should strongly oppose the arguments for separation of the army from our party, a politically neutral army or the nationalisation of the PLA and other incorrect political ideas," Li wrote in the article, first published in the November ...

  2. News - China

    Xi Jinping youngest head of Central Military Commission in three decades

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... They both ruled the PLA top brass when they were 56, in 1949 and 1977, respectively. Mao held the post for 27 years, while Hua lasted four years. The CMC's two new vice-chairmen are General Fan ... vice-chairmen. Other members include General Chang Wanquan , former director of the army's General Armament Department, as well as the seven chief commanders of the PLA's navy, air force, ...

  3. News - 18th Party Congress

    Is the PLA's modernisation a sign of power, or a repeat of a tragic mistake?

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... that it is increasing its transparency by publicising progress on some new weapons projects. Military observers agree that the past decade has been a golden era for PLA modernisation, with Beijing busily ... with the United States. But back at sea level, the PLA Navy set new benchmarks for international co-operation and blue-water missions, playing a key role in the international anti-piracy effort off ...

  4. News - 18th Party Congress

    Big changes due at the top of the PLA after party congress

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com With seven of 10 PLA officers on the Central Military Commission too old to go on, big changes are certain after the party congress New faces soon at top ofthe PLA The senior ranks of the People's Liberation Army are due a major reshuffle at the top after the 18th Communist Party congress. Among the likely changes, the head of the General ...

  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    Two generals in line for Central Military Commission

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Two generals promoted to air force chief and top political commissar, a likely step to places on supreme military policymaking body P.L.A. pair get leg-up ... of general staff, has been named the new air force commander, while General Zhang Yang, the former political commissar of the Guangzhou military area command, is now director of the PLA ...

  6. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA leadership changes reflect a fine balancing act

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Keshi , the new director of the PLA's General Logistics Department, and General Zhang Youxia , the new director of its General Armaments Department, are close to Xi. General Zhang Yang , the new director of the PLA's General Political Department, is neutral but Jiang associate General Xu Qiliang , the former air force commander, is almost certain to become one ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New breed of generals at PLA bring professionalism

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... place in the world than their predecessors in the PLA. What sets them apart is the responsibility that comes with China's rise to world superpower status: the projection of military ... professionalism of the PLA's 2.3 million soldiers has also led to debate about party control. Some younger generals in particular believe that China should have a national army, answerable ...

  8. News - China

    New PLA chief of staff Fang Fenghui flourishes under president's wing

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Fang Fenghui first rose to prominence when president plucked him from Guangzhou to run Beijing command New PLA chief of staff thrives under Hu's wing The People's Liberation Army's new chief of general staff, Fang Fenghui, is a loyal protégé of President Hu Jintao, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission. Fang has been serving ...

  9. PLA names 300 delegates to party congress

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the delegates' names was published by the PLA Daily and the People's Daily. Several generals with 'princeling' backgrounds and a PLA soldier who won Olympic gold in swimming at the London Games are among the selected delegates. The People's Armed Police will send 49 delegates while the PLA will send the rest. Military observers say they are pleased to see open-minded ...

  10. News - China

    Air force commander Xu Qiliang looks set for elevation

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... set to climb The youngest member of the Central Military Commission (CMC), 62-year-old PLA air force commander General Xu Qiliang , is a front runner to become one of the commission's two ... uniformed CMC vice-chairmen from the PLA, ahead of arch-rivals General Chang Wanquan , a fellow CMC member and director of the PLA's General Armaments Department, and General Fan Changlong ...




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