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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    Fighting in East, South China Seas would test PLA prowess, general says

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 07:15am by Minnie Chan

    ... boost PLA prowess: General Comments by a PLA general that armed conflict over China's maritime territorial disputes would be a good chance to test the military's prowess were ... but those where we were too timid have more disputes." Analysts said Liu's "radical" comments might mirror some PLA leaders' thinking on territorial disputes, but they ran ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406458/fighting-east-south-china-seas-would-test-pla-prowess-general-says
  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    Commander appointed to head elite Beijing military unit

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:23am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... involved in the suppression of the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 has a new commander, the PLA Daily reported. Liu Zhenli has taken charge of the 38th Army, the newspaper said. ... who fought with the PLA in the war against Vietnam in 1979. He takes over from Xu Linping who has become deputy commander-in-chief of the Lanzhou Military Command after a military reshuffle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1447641/commander-appointed-head-elite-beijing-military-unit
  3. News - China - SECURITY

    PLA general warns against 'accidental warfare'

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com We must resist America and Japan's attempts to suppress China's development, says general PLA commissar warns against 'accidental war' A top PLA general said China should do its utmost to safeguard the hard-won, peaceful environment it had secured for its own development, giving a rare glimpse of the PLA top brass' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1143481/pla-general-warns-against-accidental-warfare
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1128164/pla-officials-say-troops-are-prepare-war-amid-territorial-disputes-japan
  5. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA cuts back on pomp and ceremony

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... and ostentatious displays for leaders' inspection visits following Communist Party chief Xi Jinping's recent call for cutbacks to pomp and ceremony. The PLA Daily has carried a series ... General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of PLA's decision-making Central Military Commission, said that building up a proper attitude within the army was an issue with overriding priority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1135467/pla-cuts-back-pomp-and-ceremony
  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping has firmer grip on PLA than Hu Jintao did, says Robert Gates

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 12:09am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Former US defence secretary says president's control of PLA impacts relationship with US Xi 'has firmer grip on army than Hu did' President Xi Jinping ... and a bad-news story", Gates said. "Before, when the Chinese did something aggressive or risky, you could say, 'That's the PLA acting on their own'. Now, when they do something ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1405780/xi-jinping-has-firmer-grip-pla-hu-jintao-did-says-robert-gates
  7. News - China - MILITARY

    Xi urges air force to work with space industry

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 02:22pm by Minnie Chan

    ... as chairman of the Central Military Commission, told hundreds of senior officials the joint effort was crucial to the nation’s future military prowess, the PLA Daily reported. Xi expressed his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1482853/xi-urges-air-force-work-space-industry
  8. News - China - MILITARY SPENDING

    PLA ordered to buy locally-made vehicles

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 12:45pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... Reuters in Shanghai The PLA has been ordered to purchase Chinese car brands, as part of President Xi Jinping's drive to control spending and reduce public anger at the excesses of privileged elites President Xi Jinping has ordered the military to choose domestic brands when procuring vehicles, part of a broad effort to reduce costs and buy locally-produced goods, state media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1405295/pla-ordered-buy-locally-made-vehicles
  9. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1125047/japan-scrambles-fighters-pla-jets-near-disputed-diaoyu-islands
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    PLA barracks protest won't further Hong Kong's quest for democracy

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 11:09am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan says intruders' views are not representative of Hong Kong PLA barracks protest won't further quest for democracy The handful of protesters who entered the PLA barracks at Tamar waving a colonial flag during the Christmas holidays had several points. They opposed construction of a PLA landing berth on the harbourfront and they generally demanded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1401314/pla-barracks-protest-wont-further-hong-kongs-quest-democracy

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