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  1. Showdown a test of PLA's might

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... waters in an operation laced with military and diplomatic uncertainty. The showdown with Somali pirates holding 25 mainland crew hostage looms as a test not just of the PLA navy's ... international factors to consider. 'China has never staged an operation under pressure so far from home, so it will be a big test of how its command structure functions, and how they co-operate ...

  2. 2-month drill to test PLA's logistics and mobility

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

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army yesterday launched a two-month trans-national drill aimed at ensuring security in western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang and coastal areas involved in border disputes with neighbouring countries. Xinhua said the military drill would involve 50,000 heavily armoured troops from four military zones over thousands of kilometres to test ...

  3. Naval incident seen as test of US' China policy

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan in Beijing The Pentagon's disclosure of Sunday's confrontation between a US Navy surveillance ship and five Chinese vessels in the South China Sea reflected a contradiction with the soft-line policy expressed by Secretary of State Hi ...

  4. Setbacks at hands of war-tested neighbour inspired PLA reform

    Posted Feb 17th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Beijing launched a massive offensive 30 years ago to teach a defiant Vietnam 'a lesson', but in the end it was the People's Liberation Army that was left smarting over the brief but costly campaign. Both sides claimed victory. P ...

  5. Tests on eggs find more melamine

    Posted Oct 29th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Minnie Chan

    ... the eggs, the centre said. It said a three-year-old child would have to eat about 24 eggs a day for the melamine to affect health. Tests on several batches of fresh eggs from the mainland, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany and the US were satisfactory. They were among 54 products tested, the results of which were announced last night. On Saturday, the Centre for Food Safety found excessive melamine ...

  6. DNA tests needed to identify 51 killed in bus plunge

    Posted Sep 15th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Authorities are using DNA tests to help identify 51 passengers killed when a bus plunged off a cliff in Bazhong, Sichuan, on Saturday as none of the bodies was intact, a local official said yesterday. Preliminary reports said the accident had been caused by a mechanical problem. A spokesman for the Nanjiang county publicity office in Bazhong said investigators from ...

  7. Tap water in Guangzhou and Shenzhen fails quality tests

    Posted Sep 05th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Samples from tap-water sources in Guangzhou and Shenzhen had failed to meet provincial drinking water standards in the first half of the year, pointing to a lack of awareness about the need to protect water resources, mainland media said yeste ...

  8. 9 regions in drink-driving hall of shame

    Posted Aug 26th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... The ministry said traffic police had caught 17,078 people for various offences in the first 10 days of a nationwide crackdown on drink-driving, and 2,403 of these failed a breathalyser test ... for drink-driving and he is appealing against it. Also in Chengdu, police on Friday detained a drink-driver for 15 days because she refused a blood-alcohol test and pushed a police officer. Last week, ...

  9. Father of space technology helped guide atomic weapons programme

    Posted Nov 01st 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... not in vain. In 1960, China successfully test-fired its first home-grown ground-launched missile under Qian's stewardship. He played key roles in nuclear bomb tests later in the 1960s, and headed ...

  10. Lead poisoning of villagers probed

    Posted Sep 08th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... to breathe when they got up in the morning because there was a pungent smell in the air,' Ms Cheng said. All her family members had had blood tests earlier this week in the Shaanxi city of Xian and were waiting for the results. 'I am just worried about my one-year-old son's results because he is so young... I also told my husband to have a test even though he is working ...




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