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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA officials say troops are to prepare for war amid territorial disputes with Japan

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... PLA troops 'preparing for war' The PLA aims to beef up its troops' combat readiness and prepare for actual war situations through exercises this year, according to the latest ... combat basis," according to yesterday's People's Liberation Army Daily, which referred to a training blueprint issued by the PLA's Department of the General Staff ...

  2. News - China

    Japan scrambles fighters as PLA jets near disputed Diaoyu Islands

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japanese fighters scrambled over islands Japan scrambled fighter jets yesterday to head off several Chinese military planes near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, Japanese media said. The Chinese planes were spotted on Japanese mi ...

  3. News - China

    Okinawa doesn't belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general

    Posted May 15th 2013, 08:58am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora's box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan. Luo Yuan, a People's Liberation Army two-star general, ...

  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    PLA holds navy-air force joint exercise as Diaoyu tensions rise

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHIYUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Report of PLA exercise 'sends signal to Japan' A joint navy-air force exercise to practise an amphibious assault and landing was held earlier this month by the People's Liberation Army's Nanjing Military Command, the PLA Daily reported yesterday, amid rising tension between China and Japan over territorial claims to the Diaoyu ...

  5. PLA vessel heads for historic Japan visit

    Posted Nov 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Port call a further sign of improved relations A PLA warship is heading to Japan for a historic visit aimed at easing the doubts and suspicions that remain between the nations ... could help China erase the humiliation inflicted by Japanese militarists last century. 'It's very significant for the PLA naval ship to pay a visit to Japan in an equal and friendly ...

  6. Chinese ships in Japanese strait raises concerns about regional role

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... through a Japanese strait on Sunday. Japan's Defence Ministry said it had located four PLA combat ships in the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the main island of Honshu with the northern ... had seen the four combat vessels- two frigates, including the Jiangkai II, the most advanced frigate in the PLA navy, plus a destroyer and a supply ship- in the Sea of Japan around 5pm. ...


    Japan may allow jets to fire warning shots at Chinese aircraft

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... "air-defence identification zone", including the PLA Air Force's Y-8 multi-role cargo planes and other intelligence-gathering aircraft, had increased since Japan bought three of the disputed ... a Japanese defence ministry official as saying. Professor Liu Jiangyong, an international relations expert at Tsinghua University, said the warning shots would not worry the PLA. "Chinese ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, October 29, 2012

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... PLA can give up some sites for housing Your Focus article ("The tide turns for Xi", October 24) presented an interesting background sketch of our leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping. ... to the People's Liberation Army. In June 2009, at a Legislative Council meeting, several questions were asked of the secretary for security regarding the possible public use of the PLA sites. There were ...

  9. Fears in Japan over East China Sea

    Posted Feb 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the South China Sea over the past few years have aggravated the security environment surrounding the country,' the reported said, pointing to a series of military drills conducted by the PLA ... Sciences' Institute of Japanese Studies, said Japan had overreacted to the PLA Navy's activities in the East China Sea. 'China will firmly stick to our peaceful development principle ...

  10. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Japan accuses Beijing of sending surveillance vessels to Diaoyus

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... the paper reported. "I will follow the commands of the [Communist] party without hesitation," the PLA Daily quoted Mao Guojie, a commander, as saying. "As a navy soldier, I can ...




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