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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    Karaoke army: PLA to double troops' entertainment budget to 'boost combativeness'

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:03pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com PLA budget boost doubles the fun News of the PLA's latest budget increase will surely be music to the ears of its troops. Soldiers will soon get new ... their combativeness", the PLA Daily reports. Other new equipment includes loudspeakers and cameras, the official media outlet said, citing a recently amended document on standards for "cultural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533971/doubling-pla-entertainment-budget-strike-chord-its-troops
  2. News - China - MILITARY

    PLA sets sights on brainier recruits, never mind if they’re shorter and fatter

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:49pm

    ... fewer enlistees without diplomas. It had also removed mental illnesses – including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder – as barriers to recruitment, it said. The PLA boasts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1534720/pla-sets-sights-brainier-recruits-never-mind-if-theyre-shorter-fatter-and
  3. Comment - Letters

    Switch to 'military use' not in treaty

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... that 14 sites were needed and had to be handed over to the PLA for the defence of Hong Kong, this site was not one of them. The treaty only provided that: "150 metres of the permanent ... and not any right for the PLA to own or occupy any harbourfront land. The clear intention was that visiting PLA warships would have the right and facilities to berth there for occasional social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1237841/switch-military-use-not-treaty
  4. News - China - CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

    Prosecution of PLA General Xu Caihou for graft about to begin, sources say

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:08am by Staff Reporters

    ... Staff Reporters Authorities about to begin prosecution of Xu Caihou, several sources say Graft probe of top PLA general 'in final phase' Mainland authorities are ready to begin ... and abuse of power. Initial findings showed Xu had taken a large amount of bribes from Gu Junshan, a former PLA deputy logistics chief, according to sources, who included a retired senior officer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1531213/prosecution-pla-general-xu-caihou-graft-about-begin-sources-say
  5. News - Hong Kong - URBAN PLANNING

    Harbourfront body could manage PLA dock, watchdog Nicholas Brooke says

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:53am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Watchdog gives a possible solution to who can be in charge when Central site is open to public Proposal for harbourfront body to manage PLA dock The berth area ... to military use in February, intensifying concerns that it would become inaccessible- despite the government's pledge to open the area for public enjoyment when the PLA was not using it. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1533510/harbourfront-body-could-manage-pla-dock-watchdog-nicholas-brooke-says
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Group says state-newspaper has got it wrong on PLA berth issue

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com PLA berth a planning issue, not politics Harbour protection groups against the rezoning of a military berth on the Central harbourfront say a state-run newspaper ... deal, but say an open-space zoning would be enough to enable the military to use it. Albert Lai Kwong-tak, of the Professional Commons lobby group, said PLA vessels had visited Victoria Harbour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1223131/group-says-state-newspaper-has-got-it-wrong-pla-berth-issue
  7. News - Hong Kong - PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY

    PLA building's giant neon lights 'a show of power' over Hong Kong harbour

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 06:47pm by Olga Wong and Tony Cheung

    ... Olga Wong and Tony Cheung PLA building's neon lights 'a show of power' An addition by the People's Liberation Army to the city's harbour light show has divided ... The PLA agreed, saying the lights- which were still on trial- were designed to match the urban landscape. The comments came amid a wave of protests over the white paper and followed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530188/pla-criticised-putting-its-name-lights-heart-hong-kong
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US charges of PLA hacking likely to hurt rather than protect American business

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:03am by Donald Gasper

    ... Donald Gasper Donald Gasper says scrapping of Westinghouse deal would be no bad thing, given safety concerns US charges of PLA hacking likely to hurt rather than protect American business ... inadvertently damaged its own commercial interests while arguably doing China a favour. Among the US accusations was one concerning a PLA employee named Wang Dong, who reportedly goes by the colourful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1531716/us-charges-pla-hacking-likely-hurt-rather-protect-american
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's hunger for energy feeds its naval ambitions

    Posted May 08th 2013, 12:00am by Hooman Peimani

    ... Hooman Peimani Hooman Peimani says security for its sea cargo and fuel tankers may rely on its expansion plan China's energy hunger feeds its naval ambitions Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun recently announced the readiness of China' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1232434/chinas-hunger-energy-feeds-its-naval-ambitions
  10. News - China

    Embarrassment for PLA as photos of fatal military air crash emerge on Weibo

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 11:07am by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com China’s military on Monday confirmed two pilots had died in a military plane crash over the weekend – but only after pictures and a video appeared on the internet. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) said a Suk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1204577/embarrassment-pla-photos-fatal-military-air-crash-emerge-weibo

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