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  1. PLA denies adopting tough approach

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... still need to continue to modernise its army, and it was the PLA's responsibility to protect the country's territorial integrity. 'It is not appropriate to link the legitimate activities of the PLA in safeguarding the lawful rights of China to any suggestion China is acting tough towards other countries,' said Geng Yansheng, a senior colonel and a National Defence ...

  2. Taipei 'well aware' of PLA airport just minutes away

    Posted May 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... province and would take action to ensure the island's safety. The island's Ministry of National Defence was responding to media reports the PLA had blasted off a mountaintop as part ... to outfit planned warships with island-made Hsiung Feng 2E cruise missiles to help bolster the navy's combat strength. Media reports about the airport said the PLA planned to station J-10 ...

  3. P.L.A. on track to be a modern force by 2020

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is on track to catch up with modern military powers by 2020, according to the Pentagon's annual report on China. ... forces,' the report states. The PLA would be unable to sustain high-intensity combat operations far from China before 2020. 'Many modern systems have reached maturity and others will become ...

  4. P.L.A. threat to Taiwan 'bigger than ever'

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to a certain extent, attack Taiwan proper.' The report, which summarises various combat techniques and strategies that the PLA could use to attack Taiwan, warns that once the PLA is fully equipped ... troops we have,' the report, published every other year, noted. In terms of budget, the US$77 billion listed by the PLA last year was about nine times more than the US$9 billion listed ...

  5. U.S. forces' chief visits sensitive P.L.A. bases

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the 19th division of the PLA Air Force in Shandong province. The base houses mostly Su-27 fighters. He also watched an anti-terrorism drill in Zhejiang province. Qiao Liang, a professor at the PLA's Air Force Command Academy, said the important thing to take away from Mullen's visit was not what he had seen, but that 'it shows that China understands the demand for military ...

  6. PLA chief to tell US: stop Taipei arms sales

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng People's Liberation Army chief of the general staff General Chen Bingde will tell his US counterparts to stop selling arms to Taiwan and stop conducting surveillance activities off China's shores during his visit to the US next week, a ...

  7. Report tips massive PLA troop cuts

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Although officials have been denying it for months, the PLA appears set to cut a third of its troops in the coming years according to the respected publication Jane's ... on display. 'Alongside the parade, the PLA revealed that it was considering major reductions in personnel as part of long-term plans to modernise and professionalise the armed force. Up ...

  8. How recent wars shaped the PLA Air Force

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

    ... that sparked a profound change in strategic thinking and prompted the PLA to shift its priorities to the air force were the 1990-91 Gulf war and, more importantly, the 1998-99 Kosovo war- the first ... their general strategy. 'The PLA was shocked by the Gulf war after seeing how the Iraqi army, which was equipped with many Chinese-made weapons, was wiped out by the United States Air Force,' ...

  9. Admiral says PLA's strength, intentions should be displayed

    Posted Nov 28th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... developed powerful aircraft carrier battle groups, nuclear weapons that could defeat all guided-missile defence systems, and PLA naval and air forces that were capable of jointly engaging in remote ... of the International Military Association, an independent grouping of observers based in Macau, said the article was a candid assessment. 'PLA officials found that the 'China threat theory' ...

  10. PLA hawks seek curbs on US over Taiwan arms

    Posted Jan 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Beijing Hawks in the People's Liberation Army have called for sanctions on American companies after Washington cleared a sale of advanced Patriot air defence missiles to Taiwan. Beijing immediately hit back at the arms sale with its ...




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