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Division

Role of armed police even a mystery to mainland bureaucrats

They are called police but they carry military ranks. They are structured and equipped like a regular military force but they are not on the army's payroll. Their tasks range from guarding state leaders to helping out with production at gold mines.

Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am

'Tin pot' PLA under fire

A fire that crippled a Chinese submarine last month was an embarrassing reminder of just how far the People's Liberation Army has to go before it becomes a modern fighting force.

21 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

More cuts planned for lean, mean PLA

The PLA is embarking on a radical restructuring drive which will see the number of fighter aircraft cut from 4,500 to about 1,000.

A military source said yesterday the defence forces were aiming for a leaner but technologically more advanced establishment.

25 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

PLA overhaul to cut troops, add mobility

The PLA is to undergo a thorough restructuring to boost combat-readiness and trim dead wood.

President Jiang Zemin, who is commander-in-chief, also wants to take advantage of the reorganisation to increase his hold over the armed forces.

8 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Drills bring forces up to date

The PLA has made substantial advances in combat ability, according to the military.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) quoted military authorities saying last year's exercises, particularly those held along the southeast coast, had raised the organisational and command skills of officers across the board.

7 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Mathematics made fun with Gus the gorilla

FOR some children, maths is a frightening and impersonal subject in school, one that causes stress, anxiety and foreboding.

But, with new Math Workshop from Broderbund, it is possible to make basic math skills accessible and interesting to children from ages six to 12.

29 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Column Eight

THE plump porkers of banking, hoteliering and designer display are beginning to squeal. Their through-train is coming closer to the patriotic stockyard. They have heard the announcement that the PLA is setting up shop in Central.

24 Jul 1993 - 12:00am