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  1. Sea row 'chance to foster new ties'

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... crisis, but the PLA is capable of doing so,' Fei said at the sidelines of a forum in Hong Kong on Tuesday. 'So far what Taiwan can do is stick to our original [neutral] policy, and will not co-operate with the PLA.' Since 1956, Taiwan has controlled Pratas and Taiping islands, the largest of the potentially oil-rich Spratly Islands group, which is also claimed wholly or in part ...

  2. No secret to finding out about Chinese military

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a steady stream of reports on China's military power that are based on open Chinese sources. So have private think tanks. Those works and many others merit close attention. Recently, the PLA ...

  3. Booby traps

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... its fairly predictable path, there is one interesting wrinkle that is often forgotten- that the PLA is trying to become an asymmetric power. Through weapons such as cyber-warfare, the as-yet-untested DF-21 'carrier-killer' ballistic missile and its long-term submarine programme, the PLA intends to create an effective deterrent against a much larger potential foe, the United ...

  4. PLA calls for upgrade amid new tensions

    Posted Aug 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Liberation Army, the PLA Daily said: 'Currently, the international trend is experiencing deep and complicated changes, and competition has become fiercer regarding the international order, national strengths and geopolitics.' It noted both conventional and unconventional threats to the country's security. 'Modernisation is the core of the construction of the PLA ...

  5. Defence spending rises by double digits again

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the PLA's senior officials. Wong estimated China's defence budget could double the officially announced figure if spending on weapon development were included. 'Budgets for special ... the PLA's weapons in the next five years to cope with Washington's greater involvement in the Asia-Pacific region,' Ding said. It was the first defence budget announced by Beijing since ...

  6. All at sea over disputed waters

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... problem is that the PLA significantly outranks the MFA in China's bureaucratic hierarchy, making co-ordination of South China Sea policy through the ministry impossible,' it said. ...

  7. Study says China adding military might to diplomacy

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... naval and air forces, as well as the implications for Japan. The other area focused on was the growing use of military diplomacy by the PLA. Masuda pointed out that while China's efforts ... be modified to serve as tankers. Additional emphasis was also being placed on military diplomacy, Masuda said, with the PLA using multilateral frameworks to demonstrate its willingness ...

  8. Forces chief to tell America of concerns

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the US to stop selling arms to Taiwan during a high profile visit to the United States this week. General Chen Bingde (pictured), whose trip is the first in seven years by a PLA chief of general ... 'To China, the Americans come across in quite a blunt way,' said Gary Li, a PLA analyst with the private- sector intelligence firm Exclusive Analysis. On the other hand, the Pentagon sees ...

  9. Military tries to ease 'China threat' fears

    Posted Apr 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... with India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan to help preserve peace and stability in the region. Referring to the maritime build-up, it said the PLA had sent more than 20 naval ships ... obstacle hindering China's military confidence-building with other countries.' The white paper also failed to detail the PLA's military expenditure on specific items or details about ...

  10. Fears of encirclement as South China Sea tensions continue

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... General Peng Guangqian and Li Jie, a senior colonel at the PLA Navy's military academy, in an interview that was carried on Chinese news websites but apparently first appeared last week ...




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