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  1. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Curb pomp and bureaucracy, military chiefs are told

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Receptions attended by senior PLA officers will no longer feature alcohol or luxury banquets and will be free of welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs, Xinhua reported. According to 10 regulations recently issued by the CMC and announced by Xinhua yesterday, PLA leaders, such as senior officials of the four General ...

  2. PLA agency aims to give military a confidence boost

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... ministries and local authorities, it was reported on the PLA Daily website yesterday. Xinhua said the portfolio of the agency, affiliated with the army's general staff department, includes ... and cross-sectoral issues. The PLA Daily did not say who heads the agency. Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military expert, said the agency would also deal with economic, trade, energy security, cultural ...

  3. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA to step up war preparedness as military exercises 'have become a show'

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, promises to forge elite troops as territorial disputes escalate PLA to step up war ... the mouthpiece of the armed forces reported yesterday. The PLA Daily ran an article yesterday highlighting problems found during a military review on Wednesday of three recent drills in Inner Mongolia ...

  4. Comment - Blogs - MILITARY

    Xi Jinping's PLA booze ban gives troops a kick

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 06:23pm by Ernest Kao

    ... at a PLA Air Force regiment supported the ban and told reporters that prohibition was “the only way can we develop a force able to perform the most dangerous and complex of combat missions”. ...

  5. News - China

    Xi Jinping youngest head of Central Military Commission in three decades

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... They both ruled the PLA top brass when they were 56, in 1949 and 1977, respectively. Mao held the post for 27 years, while Hua lasted four years. The CMC's two new vice-chairmen are General Fan ... vice-chairmen. Other members include General Chang Wanquan , former director of the army's General Armament Department, as well as the seven chief commanders of the PLA's navy, air force, ...

  6. News - 18th Party Congress

    Big changes due at the top of the PLA after party congress

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com With seven of 10 PLA officers on the Central Military Commission too old to go on, big changes are certain after the party congress New faces soon at top ofthe PLA The senior ranks of the People's Liberation Army are due a major reshuffle at the top after the 18th Communist Party congress. Among the likely changes, the head of the General ...

  7. News - China - DEFENCE

    Wei Fenghe is first PLA general promoted under Xi Jinping

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... commission members in Beijing yesterday, Xinhua reported. Xi took over from Hu Jintao as the PLA's commander-in-chief last Thursday and Wei was named a member of CMC, the PLA's ultimate decision-making body. Analysts say Wei's promotion effectively marked the start of Xi's time as head of the PLA. Promoting senior military officers is one of the two most effective ways ...

  8. News - China - DEFENCE

    Two generals in line for Central Military Commission

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Two generals promoted to air force chief and top political commissar, a likely step to places on supreme military policymaking body P.L.A. pair get leg-up ... of general staff, has been named the new air force commander, while General Zhang Yang, the former political commissar of the Guangzhou military area command, is now director of the PLA ...

  9. News - China - MILITARY

    Xi cements control over PLA with unique background

    Posted Nov 27th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... attempt to keep for two more years - Xi demonstrated his grip on power by appointing his PLA general on Friday. In a Xinhua photo of the ceremony to install Wei Fenghe as commander ... Wong Dong, president of the International Military Association in Macau. "But today, the PLA is trying to narrow its gap with Western countries, especially the US." The drive ...

  10. News - China - MILITARY

    China's first aircraft carrier handed over to PLA navy

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Leaders attend ceremony in Dalian but no details on ship's assignment PLA takes charge of first carrier China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the PLA Navy and commissioned in Dalian, Liaoning, yesterday after seven years of refitting. The defence ministry said the carrier, named the Liaoning, would "raise ...




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