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  1. 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 ...

  2. PLA tipped to strike Taiwan in 2006

    Posted Jun 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... against Taiwan in 2006, an expert on the PLA says. 'The PLA is increasingly able and willing to use a whole range of means to threaten Taiwan- electronic, naval, air, missiles, special operations,' George Washington University professor David Shambaugh told the Foreign Correspondents Club yesterday in Beijing. '[The PLA] has been preparing since the 1996 missile crisis ...

  3. PLA escorts Taiwanese ship in historic mission

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army provided a historic naval escort for a Taiwanese vessel yesterday, in pirate-infested Somali waters. The PLA naval expeditionary force ... no plan to ask the PLA for naval escorts off the Somali coast. All Taiwanese cargo and fishing vessels should seek help from 'the nearest warships' if attacked by pirates in the trouble ...

  4. PLA seeks 'mutual trust mechanism' with Taipei

    Posted Jan 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk The PLA has for the first time called on its Taiwanese counterpart to establish 'a mutual trust mechanism' amid warming cross-strait relations. Ministry of National ... relationship. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence confirmed yesterday that it was 'studying the case'. While the PLA white paper extends an olive branch to Taiwan, it warns that US arms ...

  5. PLA navy finds a fitting role in anti-pirate fleet

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... of Aden. It is a move that has been hailed by the mainland's netizens. A survey revealed that 90 per cent of over 14,000 people polled felt that it was right that the PLA should be part ... fishing vessel was saved by the Malaysian Navy. Given the amount of money now being spent on the military, the reluctance of the authorities to commit the PLA is all the more mystifying. In recent ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Taipei can't stop PLA ship escorts

    Posted Jan 16th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... offer to protect Taiwanese ships, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the PLA would protect Taiwanese ships if necessary. ...

  8. PLA to have missile ascendancy over Taiwan by 2010, expert says

    Posted Apr 25th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The PLA's missile forces will likely tip the military balance against Taiwan and in the mainland's favour for the first time by the end of this decade, according to Jane's Defence Weekly. The specialist magazine's correspondent Timothy Hu said the PLA had channelled funds into upgrading its air force, navy and strategic missile forces by developing ...

  9. PLA build-up spurred by 'foreign threats'

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee China needed to maintain its military might to prevent 'foreign forces' from splitting Taiwan from the mainland, a former mainland negotiator with the island said yesterday. Tang Shubei, former deputy secretary general of the Associa ...

  10. PLA 'using models of air base to plan attack'

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The PLA has built two facilities in Gansu to simulate an air force base in Taiwan, a Canada-based military news website has reported. The Kanwa Defence Review said high-quality ... and claimed it indicated the PLA has stepped up its preparation for 'military struggles' against Taiwan. The website said the photos showed strike ruins at the facilities. It said targets ...




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