A military leader yesterday reassured the United States the PLA was serious about its relationship with its American counterparts.Friday, 2 August, 2002, 12:00am
THE Central Military Commission, the mainland's top military authority, has highlighted social stability and national security as key issues of the Government's plan to develop western provinces.2 Jul 2000 - 12:00am
Apart from arms merchants in the United States and Russia, the PLA is a prime beneficiary of the Taiwan Strait crisis. Since outgoing President Lee Teng-hui enunciated his 'two states' theory last July, the generals have clawed back much of the territory they lost since the mid-1990s.16 May 2000 - 12:00am
Defence Minister General Chi Haotian inspected the Shenzhen base for the PLA garrison stationed in Hong Kong during a visit to the special economic zone.
He praised the troops for having strictly observed the SAR laws.21 Feb 2000 - 12:00am
The PLA is to conduct its second military exercise in the Taiwan Strait in two weeks, with top generals reiterating its readiness for action.
The exercise, due to start this morning in Xiamen, Fujian province, would put naval reserves through a rapid mobilisation drill, the Beijing-affiliated Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po reported.28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am
THE PLA celebrated its 71st anniversary with a rest day for most soldiers, a feast and small parties yesterday.
But soldiers were restricted to barracks and no large celebrations were held, according to a spokesman for the PLA.2 Aug 1998 - 12:00am
Deputy Chief-of-Staff Qian Shugen will lead a military delegation to observe a US-led joint naval exercise next month.
The semi-official China News Service yesterday quoted a Defence Ministry spokesman as saying the Chinese military was preparing General Qian's visit to the US Navy's Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.15 Jun 1998 - 12:00am
American Defence Secretary William Cohen arrives in Beijing next week for his long-awaited first visit to the mainland.
Mr Cohen's trip to the capital, from January 17 to 20, is part of a seven-nation Asian tour aimed at reasserting the United States' role in the region's security and persuading economically ailing allies to keep buying American military hardware.8 Jan 1998 - 12:00am
President Jiang Zemin is calling an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission next month to further tighten his grip on the PLA.
Army sources said yesterday the commission would oversee rejuvenation at the central and regional level.20 Nov 1997 - 12:00am
Defence Minister General Chi Haotian has called on business and social units to contribute to national defence.
Speaking at a function in Beijing yesterday that honoured the principle of 'national defence consciousness', General Chi said all citizens and units should provide assistance to the military.17 Jul 1997 - 12:00am
PLA generals are stepping up their hawkish rhetoric in an effort to seize the initiative at the forthcoming 15th party congress.
Military sources said yesterday several members of the top brass had given tough speeches on the possibility of using quasi-military means to speed up reunification with Taiwan.9 Jul 1997 - 12:00am
The National Defence Law, to be passed at the on-going National People's Congress in Beijing, will enshrine the status of the People's Liberation Army as a 'state within a state'.
It also confirms the theory that the army is the biggest beneficiary of political uncertainty at the beginning of the post-Deng Xiaoping era.5 Mar 1997 - 12:00am
Your most recent condemnation of President Bill Clinton ('Clinton's discourtesy', South China Morning Post, July 15), ignores the reasoning behind the aborted visit of General Chi Haotian.18 Jul 1996 - 12:00am
A DRAFT law on gun control was submitted yesterday to the NPC Standing Committee for scrutiny.
The legislation stipulates that anyone who manufactures, purchases or transports guns without government permission, or smuggles firearms into the country, could face the death penalty.12 May 1996 - 12:00am
MEMBERS of the top brass have upstaged civilian politicians in areas including diplomacy, Taiwan policy, and internal propaganda.
The Chinese media as well as the pro-Chinese press in Hong Kong have played up interviews and speeches by top military officers from different ends of the political spectrum.4 Sep 1995 - 12:00am