People's Liberation Army

Campaign to end abuse of official number plates won't be easy

Military number plates adorn the rear of three makes of luxury car on the mainland. Photo: SCMP

What is a military number plate? In China, it is much more than a set of numbers to identify a specific vehicle. It is a blatant sign of power, privilege, money and corruption.

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 5:49am 3 comments

PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

Jiang Weilie visits troops on Subi Reef. Photo: SMP

The People's Liberation Army has stepped up publicity of its military activities in the South China Sea since the change of leadership last month, a move analysts say is intended to send a message to China's neighbours.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 3 comments

CCTV airs video of live-fire helicopter drill in Hong Kong

People's Liberation Army. Photo: Nora Tam

China Central Television broadcasted for the first time footage of a live-fire military drill held last week by the Hong Kong garrison of the People's Liberation Army.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am 1 comment

Defence post seen as consolation prize for Chang Wanquan

Newly-elected Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan. Photo: AFP

General Chang Wanquan will become the public face of the People's Liberation Army and lead its diplomatic efforts after he was named a state councillor and Minister of National Defence yesterday.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Corruption will ruin the PLA, warns general

General Liu Yazhou warned that combat effectiveness of the People's Liberation Army will be ruined if military leaders become obsessed with materialism. Photo: Xinhua

The combat effectiveness of the People's Liberation Army will be ruined if military leaders become obsessed with materialism, PLA General Liu Yazhou warned.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:58am

China unfairly cast as the villain in global cyberwar

China isn't the only cyber bogeyman

Are we seriously to think that cyberattacks only go one way, with PLA-sponsored hackers going after American targets? Come on, both sides are waging an intense cyberwar involving many free agents whose loyalties and political allegiances are murky.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:37am 7 comments

China's relentless push to reduce US influence in the Asia-Pacific region

Delegates from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tiananmen Square. Photo: AFP

Why has the Chinese government, especially the People's Liberation Army, appeared more aggressive, self-confident and assertive in dealing with the US and its allies? The answer could lie in an ancient Chinese tactic called the "unrelenting strategy" - a part of the "36 stratagems" derived from the I Ching.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 5 comments

China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi answers questions during a press conference at the Great Hall. Photo: AFP

China’s foreign minister on Saturday rejected accusations that the country’s military was behind massive hacking attacks on US and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:28pm

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:39am 12 comments

It would be even more surprising if the PLA did not resort to cyberspying

The building housing Unit 61398 of the PLA in Shanghai. Photo: AP

An investigative report released recently by Mandiant, a US IT security firm, predictably sparked controversy by pinning the blame for a series of cyberattacks on US companies on Shanghai-based Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

3 Mar 2013 - 2:13am

Anger after Jackie Chan caught using military car in Beijing

Jackie Chan is seen entering a military car in a parking lot in Beijing. Photo: Weibo/SCMP pictures

The Hong Kong action star, who famously accused America of being the most corrupt country in the world, was widely condemned by Chinese netizens after he was caught using a military car in Beijing.

1 Mar 2013 - 6:06pm 10 comments

Video: Man berates soldier for giving civilian a ride in military car

In a video clip which went viral on China’s social network sites, a man is seen berating a Chinese soldier who had given a woman civilian a ride in a vehicle bearing a Guangzhou military plate.

28 Feb 2013 - 2:15pm 1 comment

Public anger over case of son of general accused of rape

Li Shuangjiang and his son sing together. Photo: SCMP

Four of the five detained suspects, who are accused of raping a young woman on February 17, are minors, the Beijing Morning Post reported yesterday. This includes Li Guanfeng, son of Li Shuangjiang, a senior official in the People's Liberation Army who is famous for singing patriotic songs at public events and enjoys a non-commanding rank equivalent to major general.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am 2 comments

Rezoning plan for PLA dock will limit access to harbourfront promenade

If rezoning is approved, public access to this site in front of the PLA will be limited. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A rezoning proposal for 150 metres of harbourfront land - issued by the government during the Lunar New Year holiday week - puts flesh on the bones of a deal struck by China and Britain in 1994 that the PLA should have a military berth next to its garrison headquarters.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Details emerge on PLA singer's son suspected of gang rape

Li Shuangjiang (left) and his son Li Guanfeng. Photo: SCMP

Li Guanfeng, formerly known as Li Tianyi and the son of PLA Art Academy tenor Li Shuangjiang, 74, is suspected along with four other men of taking a drunken woman to Beijng's Hubei Hotel early last Monday, where she was allegedly gang-raped, the Legal Evening News reports.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 3 comments