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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/975123/young-back-pla-service-few-willing-enlist
  2. PLA delegates go into battle against improper spending

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... last year. The proper spending of the defence budget has become a big topic among PLA deputies at the National People's Congress in Beijing, with some emphasising the importance ... president of the National Defence University, had told an NPC panel meeting on Tuesday in Beijing, the PLA Daily reported. Pei suggested the PLA get rid of the top officers' illogical practice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/740427/pla-delegates-go-battle-against-improper-spending
  3. PLA begins monthly meetings with media

    Posted Apr 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... visit Beijing soon, noting that 'new breakthroughs' and developmental momentum have emerged in Sino-Indian military ties. The PLA said it would assign more spokesmen to host future ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966267/pla-begins-monthly-meetings-media
  4. Defence chief vows PLA will protect sovereignty

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... yesterday on the eve of the army's 83rd anniversary. 'The PLA is now at a critical development stage as more arduous and onerous tasks are ahead of us,' Liang said, according ... and interests in development.' It is rare for a PLA leader to make strong remarks about the army's determination to protect the country's sovereignty and core interests since former ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/721117/defence-chief-vows-pla-will-protect-sovereignty
  5. PLA rewarded with monthly salary increases of up to 50pc

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... at rewarding the PLA's hard work during the Beijing Olympics and the Sichuan earthquake last year, the expert said. 'The PLA, including armed police, ground, navy and air forces as well ... and most dangerous jobs.' Cai Xuewen, a retired air force major colonel in the Beijing Military Command, said PLA officers serving in the army told him that they would have at least a 30 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674349/pla-rewarded-monthly-salary-increases-50pc
  6. PLA is no solution for army of jobless graduates

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... or the PLA is absurd. With modern warfare a hi-tech beast, the PLA is already grappling with the problem that most of its recruits don't serve for long enough to become effective soldiers. But if the PLA lacks skilled soldiers, it is not short of cash. Its budget was increased by almost 15 per cent at the NPC. In contrast, just 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product is spent on education, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673740/pla-no-solution-army-jobless-graduates
  7. PLA navy finds a fitting role in anti-pirate fleet

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... of Aden. It is a move that has been hailed by the mainland's netizens. A survey revealed that 90 per cent of over 14,000 people polled felt that it was right that the PLA should be part ... fishing vessel was saved by the Malaysian Navy. Given the amount of money now being spent on the military, the reluctance of the authorities to commit the PLA is all the more mystifying. In recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664797/pla-navy-finds-fitting-role-anti-pirate-fleet
  8. 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
  9. PLA needs marching girls for big day parade

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... modernisation drive. The PLA, the world's largest standing army, has been undergoing a rigorous modernisation process, with budgets rising steadily and jumping threefold since 1999. Many countries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663494/pla-needs-marching-girls-big-day-parade
  10. World needs convincing PLA is not a threat

    Posted Jul 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and complex region. Beijing has repeatedly stressed its peaceful traditions and insists its military credo is entirely defensive, not expansionist in any way. Recently, a senior PLA officer reiterated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/599422/world-needs-convincing-pla-not-threat

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