Modernization of the People's Liberation Army

Qing dynasty naval defeat 'a warning' for PLA

The destroyer Harbin during an exercise in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

At a sea-power workshop at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law late last year, PLA representatives and naval experts said they were worried that the problems and failures of the Beiyang Fleet would recur in today's naval modernisation, unless China learned from that painful chapter in its history.

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Shift PLA to state not party army

The Chinese Communist Party's control of the People's Liberation Army is so sensitive that discussion about whether the military should instead put the state first is rarely heard. But with the tussle for senior positions within the party in its final stages, the matter is being aired in the official army newspaper and is sneaking onto microblogs.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

P.L.A. puts out new rules to curb graft

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has issued new regulations to 'better manage the army's assets', in an apparent effort to crack down on rampant corruption in the army, whose budget has boasted double-digit growth in the past few years.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Into uncharted waters

Owning an aircraft carrier has been the aspiration for generations of Chinese, especially within the People's Liberation Army.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hi-tech weapons require revolution in thinking, analysts say

As China continues down the road of military modernisation, the country has, from time to time, impressed the world with its state-of-the-art weapons and equipment, ranging from its stealth jet fighter to its first aircraft carrier.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

PLA's video game to teach communist values

An Apache attack helicopter hovers above palm trees in a tropical forest as a surface-to-air missile blasts off from the shoulder of crouching solider. The missile draws a graceful curve in the air and hits the engine, bringing the chopper down.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

A hawkish general with 'a dove's heart and mind'

'Overseas media call me a hawk. Well, I accept that because I am a soldier with hawkish eyes and claws,' Major General Luo Yuan said. 'But I also have a dove's heart and mind. Peace is my ultimate value.'

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

PLA takes firm line against misuse of uniforms

The People's Liberation Army is stepping up its crackdown on the production, circulation and sale of original and fake military uniforms, which have become attractive outfits for construction workers and even bar girls on the mainland.

16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Drills seen as a flexing of muscles

Last month was probably one of the busiest months of the year for the People's Liberation Army, given that it conducted the largest, most frequent and most intense drills in years.

6 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Defence chief vows PLA will protect sovereignty

The People's Liberation Army will defend the country's sovereignty and development, Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie told a reception at the Great Hall of the People yesterday on the eve of the army's 83rd anniversary.

'The PLA is now at a critical development stage as more arduous and onerous tasks are ahead of us,' Liang said, according to the China News Agency.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Smallest defence budget rise in 2 decades

China's military spending for this year will rise by 7.5 per cent, the smallest defence budget increase in nearly two decades.

'The proposed military budget for 2010 is 532 billion yuan (HK$604 billion), a 37.1 billion yuan increase, which is 7.5 per cent up from actual defence spending in 2009,' Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the National People's Congress, said yesterday.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

PLA navy will reach wide, US predicts

An assessment of the People's Liberation Army Navy inadvertently released by the US Office of Naval Intelligence suggests the mainland will build a naval force over the next 10 to 15 years that is equipped for operations 'well beyond its traditional operating areas around Taiwan and the South China Sea', Jane's Defence Weekly reported.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Plan for extensive cut in military workforce

The mainland's vast armed forces are in for a 'substantial, expansive and focused' shake-up in the coming year, with a senior military official hinting at an extensive cut in non-combatant personnel.

5 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

400 private firms pass muster to supply PLA

The Defence Ministry said more than 400 private enterprises had passed preliminary screening for potential contracts for research, development and production of military equipment, marking a significant step in Beijing's defence modernisation.

Military experts said that by sourcing locally, costs would be lower and the mainland's backward defence industry would make progress.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

PLA shows off slimmer, hi-tech fighting force

Beijing unveiled a slimmer but, it says, more capable fighting force yesterday - an indication of the future direction of the world's largest army.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am