People's Liberation Army

China steps up defence on hacking allegations

A strategy document released by the White House warns that efforts of foreign governments and firms to obtain trade secrets are threatening US economic and national security. Photo: AP

Chinese state media stepped up the war of words on Thursday over allegations of sophisticated cyberattacks on US firms, branding the accusations a “commercial stunt” and accusing Washington of ulterior motives.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 5:28pm

Briefs, February 18, 2013

The top official overseeing anti-corruption efforts in Chongzhou, Sichuan, killed himself yesterday morning by jumping from his office in the headquarters of the city's prosecution department, an official from the prosecutors' office told the South China Morning Post. 

18 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Anger over luxury military cars spotted during CNY despite extravagance crackdown

A photo submitted by netizens showed a Maserati with a military plate in Beijing during the Lunar New Year. Photo: Weibo.

Despite Chinese Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping’s call to cut waste and end extravagance, luxury cars bearing military plates - among them a Maserati Quattroporte, an Audi Q7,a BMW X6 and several Land Rovers - were seen around the country during Chinese New Year.

15 Feb 2013 - 12:27pm 4 comments

Chinese leaders must keep a brash and reckless PLA in check - or risk war

Chinese leaders must keep a brash and reckless PLA in check - or risk war

Some four years before the outbreak of the first world war, British author and politician Norman Angell published The Great Illusion, a best-seller that argued that war was obsolete between closely integrated economies.

13 Feb 2013 - 3:46am

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.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

PLA trains to fight Asian enemy allied with English-speaking 'third force'

An English-speaking 'third party' surprise scenario was added to a recent military drill to strengthen the air force's real combat response capability. Photo: Xinhua

Analysts said the inclusion of an English-speaking third party in PLA drills was aimed at sending a message that the Chinese military is preparing for possible intervention by the United States if China clashes militarily with neighbouring countries over territorial disputes.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am 7 comments

Military recruiter turns down woman who refused to pay 100,000 yuan bribe

Xi Jinping talks with members of the 13th detachment of the Beijing contingent of Chinese People's Armed Police Force in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A woman in China’s central Henan province said she was asked to pay a 100,000 yuan (HK$123,000) bribe when volunteering to do military service in 2012, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Thursday.

31 Jan 2013 - 2:06pm

Xi Jinping's PLA booze ban gives troops a kick

Xi Jinping is putting an end to the military's drinking culture. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese troops are getting healthier, they’re cholesterol levels are dropping and (brace yourselves, Japan) accuracy on the artillery range is now supposedly sharper.

30 Jan 2013 - 10:47pm

Two new reports on Chinese military officials and the tough way they talk now

The Sydney Morning Herald's John Garnaut interviews Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu of the People's Liberation Army's National Defence University.

23 Jan 2013 - 11:12am 1 comment

PLA develops unmanned road vehicle

The military's new unmanned vehicle 'Lion No 3'. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s Military Transportation University has developed a third-generation unmanned road vehicle with technology that could eventually be implemented for civilian-use, the army’s PLA Daily reported on Tuesday.

22 Jan 2013 - 5:38pm

PLA to step up war preparedness as military exercises 'have become a show'

A Chinese missile destroyer fires during Russia-China joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea. Photo: Xinhua

The People's Liberation Army must rid itself of deep-seated habits, cultivated within the military by decades of peace, in order to prepare for war at a moment's notice, the mouthpiece of the armed forces reported yesterday.

21 Jan 2013 - 12:00pm 1 comment

Four generals promoted in key military command area of Jinan

The People's Liberation Army's Jinan Military Command has seen a new round of reshuffling, with the appointments of four generals to top-brass positions in the military region responsible for Shandong and Henan provinces.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am

Y-20 heavy transport aircraft to boost military capabilities

The development of the Y-20 heavy transport aircraft will benefit the military and civilian aviation industries if engine problems can be overcome, military experts said.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

PLA carries out defence drills in Shenyang, Jinan and Sansha

Air defence exercises formed a major part of the test runs.

The People's Liberation Army held a series of preparedness drills in Shenyang, Jinan and newly established Sansha in Hainan, the city created by Beijing to oversee disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The military drills on Wednesday were aimed at enhancing soldiers' combat consciousness and capabilities, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Letters to the Editor, January 3, 2013

A stronger PLA will be good for the nation. Photo: Reuters

Time almost stands still at Now TV

After reading the correspondence focusing on Now TV often showing repeats of BBC series, I am writing to say that this is too often the case and is widespread across English-language channels.

Now Broadband TV might transmit over the internet, yet is a company where time almost stands still.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:21am 5 comments