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  1. PLA joins forces with rival navies for piracy patrols

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Japan are among the world's top oil importers... while New Delhi's demand for energy is increasing year after year amid rapid economic growth.' The PLA has maintained a revolving ...

  2. P.L.A. navy keen to do more in Mideast

    Posted Nov 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan The navy of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is keen to expand its Indian Ocean footprint, not just to boost anti-piracy deployments but also to extend ... a Beijing-based PLA naval expert, said the country had long-term strategic interests that went beyond piracy off the Horn of Africa. 'China will definitely want to play a key role and share more ...

  3. PLA Navy takes initial lead in anti-piracy co-ordination

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis in London keith.wallis@scmp.com China is set to strengthen its role in anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden by taking control of a newly formed naval convoy co-ordination group from January 1 next year, senior naval officers have confirmed. The PLA Navy will oversee the operation of warships from China, Russia, India and other countries ...

  4. PLA Navy gains experience with key live-fire drill

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Choi Chi-yuk The PLA Navy's first live-fire drill in the Gulf of Aden has highlighted the ongoing importance of its historic anti-piracy deployment to the Indian Ocean, military analysts say. A Z-9 helicopter took off from the frigate Wenzhou on Sunday and fired on three moving targets over 30 minutes, the PLA Daily said. Gary Li, a PLA watcher ...

  5. More transparency would help PLA charm offensive

    Posted Apr 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... is increasingly comfortable about dealing with foreign navies. Indeed, the anti-piracy work has inspired the PLA to foster relationships in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. That has to be good ... of its neighbours, and their encouragement of renewed American strategic interest in the region. The PLA's efforts at confidence-building are therefore a step in the right direction. ...

  6. PLA navy repels pirates with grenades, bullets

    Posted Sep 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The PLA navy has displayed a fresh appetite to confront pirates plaguing vital sea lanes off the Horn of Africa, breaking up recent attacks on shipping with stun grenades and machine-gun fire. PLA commanders appear determined to showcase the potential of the large amphibious assault ship Kunlunshan just as monsoonal calms spark fresh attacks by Somali pirates on ships ...

  7. PLA should get green light for anti-piracy role

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's request to play a leading role in the international fight against Somali pirates held out the prospect of an historic expansion of the PLA's operations. Seven months ... contribution to that point had been three vessels escorting Chinese-flagged ships through the region, already an unprecedented step for the PLA. The leadership role would mean China closely ...

  8. For PLA, firing on pirates is a political issue

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of how China would prepare to use force is being closely watched by military analysts following the PLA's historic deployment 10 months ago of warships to help protect international shipping ... That the PLA's warships did not try to stop the De Xin Hai has puzzled some diplomats. 'We know the military is angry at the activities of the pirates. Their instincts are for a tough response ...

  9. Showdown a test of PLA's might

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... waters in an operation laced with military and diplomatic uncertainty. The showdown with Somali pirates holding 25 mainland crew hostage looms as a test not just of the PLA navy's ... Six ships are currently in the pirates' hands. Faced with such uncertainties, the PLA task force could be expected initially to shadow the ship once they find it, and seek to open ...

  10. Taiwan won't seek PLA protection from pirates

    Posted Jan 12th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the island and the mainland. One of the PLA's missions is to conquer Taiwan if the island seeks full independence. The Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing said last week that Taiwanese vessels could ask for armed escorts from the PLA Navy through the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and the island's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation ...




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