People's Liberation Army

Ex-PLA soldier and lover jailed for theft, laundering

A former People's Liberation Army soldier who became an "expert burglar" has been sentenced to seven years' jail, the maximum in the District Court, for stealing millions of dollars worth of jewellery and cash from two industrial buildings.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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Domestic helpers gather at the Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Martin Chan

On Indonesian and Filipino domestic helpers enjoying their Sunday off, and part of Central waterfront being handed over to the PLA.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am

Lawyers divided over Central harbourfront issues

The Military Transportation Centre in Catering Road West, Chek Lap Kok, is another area that is managed by the PLA. Photo: May Tse

Lawyers are divided on whether there will be law enforcement problems at the military berth on the newly reclaimed Central harbourfront that will be open to the public while being managed by the army.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Military planes drop aid into Sichuan quake zone

Rescuers carry food off a helicopter in quake-hit Lushan County, Sichuan Province on April 22, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The People's Liberation Army has started airdrops of relief supplies to the two counties in Sichuan worst affected by Saturday's earthquake, which has killed at least 192 people and injured nearly 12,000.

23 Apr 2013 - 12:32pm 1 comment

Xi Jinping orders generals and senior PLA officers to serve as privates

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

Chinese generals and senior officers will have to serve as the lowest-ranking soldiers for at least two weeks under a measure by President Xi Jinping to shake up the military and boost morale.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:36am 5 comments

PLA chief hopes China, US will forge 'new type of military relationship'

PLA General Fang Fenghui and US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey inspect a guard of honour in Beijing. Photo: AFP

General Fang Fenghui, People's Liberation Army chief of general staff, hopes China and the United States can forge a "new type of military relationship" in talks with visiting chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:20am

Chinese, Indian troops camp, eye each other in disputed border area

Activists of a right-wing student organisation Akhila Bharatiya Vidya Parishad stamp on a flag of China during a protest demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops in Hyderabad, India. Photo: AP

Dozens of Chinese soldiers have set up camp in a Himalayan region claimed by India, Indian government sources say, signalling a potential renewal of border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Troops of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Indian-claimed territory in eastern Ladakh and erected a camp on April 15.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Spotlight on China's hackers after accusations against PLA unit 61398

Illustration: Joe Lo

Since Mandiant, a US information technology security firm, sparked controversy by blaming a special unit of the People's Liberation Army for launching a series of cyberattacks on US companies, the shadowy world of hackers in China has been in the spotlight. Their activities have become a focal point of Sino-US relations.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am 1 comment

Gleanings from China's defence budget

It is revealed for the first time that the personnel size of the People's Liberation Army in total is nearly 1.5 million.

China's defence budgets and white papers usually prompt questions about transparency, which begs the question of how much foreign analysts already know about force disposition, strength, equipment and command. Nonetheless the perception of opacity is part of the background to a regional landscape which, in the words of China's latest defence white paper, is undergoing profound changes as the US adjusts its Asia-Pacific security strategy.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Academic says promenade site need not go to PLA

The four structures on the Central waterfront promenade which will be handed over to the PLA to serve as its berth. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A 1994 Sino-British deal suggests only that a military berth that splits the newly reclaimed Central harbourfront should be used by - not handed over to - the People's Liberation Army, a legal scholar says.

20 Apr 2013 - 5:20am 1 comment

Anniversary voyage near Diaoyus not all it seems

The ships didn’t get that close

Two People's Liberation Army Navy ships patrolled waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands yesterday - the 118th anniversary of China's ceding of the chain to Japan.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Slice of harbour promenade to be handed to army

Slice of harbour promenade to be handed to army

A section of the newly reclaimed Central waterfront promenade will be handed over to the People's Liberation Army, to the shock of concern groups which are fighting against a rezoning plan to limit public access.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:35am 3 comments

Hint of Korean tension at anchor in Victoria Harbour

American sailors and marines stand on the deck of the amphibious assault vessel USS Peleliu, which has tied up In Victoria harbour with the landing vessels USS Rushmore and USS Green Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula will be in the spotlight today as People's Liberation Army officers tour three American naval ships visiting Hong Kong.

16 Apr 2013 - 10:02am

Xi's fishermen visit seen as warning to South China Sea neighbours

Xi Jinping shakes hands with fishermen in Tanmen. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping's visit to Tanmen, a fishing village in the city of Qionghai in Hainan, on Monday came a few days after the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet finished a 16-day drill and patrol mission in the South China Sea.

10 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

PLA officer calls H7N9 virus a US 'bio-psychological weapon'

In response to the backlash, Dai Xu posted: "Now, a group of fake American devils are attacking me", accompanied by a photo of a soldier in attack mode. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A senior military official has caused an outrage among netizens for calling the current avian flu outbreak in mainland China an American conspiracy and belittling a string of deaths from the virus.  

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am