Ma Xiaotian

A good week for …, October 28, 2012

Taimoor Khan

Taimoor Khan

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 3:10am

PLA hawk Ma Xiaotian flying ever higher

Ma Xiaotian at the Shangri-La dialogue in 2010, where he told the US to stop snooping. Photo: AP

The People's Liberation Army's new air force commander is an outspoken officer known for his hawkish comments on China's territorial disputes in the East and South China seas.

General Ma Xiaotian, 63, who handled the PLA's foreign affairs as its deputy chief of general staff for the past five years, is rare among incumbent senior PLA officers in daring to express a militant view.

25 Oct 2012 - 7:25am

Two generals in line for Central Military Commission

Political reliability won General Zhang Yang promotion.

The People's Liberation Army has begun a new reshuffle of senior officers less than three weeks ahead of the Communist Party's 18th national congress.

A source said two generals had been put in position for likely membership of the Central Military Commission (CMC) - the nation's supreme military policymaking body.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:02pm