People's Liberation Army

Briefs, December 30, 2012

A privately owned Chinese company is finalising the acquisition of an Australian firm that controls a major iron ore mine in west Africa, a move that would give China a stronger role in setting global iron ore prices, Xinhua said yesterday. 

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 5:24am

Australia defence chief says war games with China on the horizon

A Chinese navy missile frigate leaves Sydney, Australia. China's 12th navy fleet ended a five-day visit to Australia on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the United States as the nations work to ensure stability in the region, Canberra’s defence chief said Thursday.

27 Dec 2012 - 10:11am

Letters to the Editor, December 16, 2012

No need for shark's fin soup on the menu. Photo: SMP

Standard hours law is morally right

In the report ("Warning of 'euro mess' over standard working hours", December 3), a deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries said that legislation on standard working hours would jeopardise business competitiveness and such legislation had "caused riots and unrest in some countries".

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

Xi Jinping orders PLA to step up its 'real combat' awareness

Xi Jinping examines a vehicle in Guangzhou. Photo: Xinhua

New Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping ordered the People's Liberation Army to intensify its "real combat" awareness in order to sustain military readiness in his first reported visits to military bases during his just-concluded tour of Guangdong.

13 Dec 2012 - 7:20am

Chinese warships to become common feature around Diaoyus

The 5,800-tonne Yuzheng 206, which left for the East China Sea on Tuesday, is China's most advanced fisheries patrol vessel. Photo: Xinhua

State media confirmed yesterday that a People's Liberation Army Navy fleet had patrolled waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea after finishing a drill in the western Pacific.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:00am 1 comment

PLA has 'security blackout' at historic military sites

Photos taken in 1995 record the British military installations at Stanley Battery Observation Post. Photo: Ko Tim-keung

Dozens of historic military structures controlled by the PLA remain ungraded for heritage value despite a four-year exercise, and the military has been withholding information due to "security concerns", a government antiquities expert says.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:42am 1 comment

PLA signs preliminary deal for 24 Russian Su-35 jet fighters

The Su-35 is the most advanced fighter jet that Russia exports. Photo: SCMP

A preliminary deal for the sale of 24 advanced Russian Su-35 jet fighters to the People's Liberation Army indicates the technological hurdles China faces in developing its own J-20, especially in terms of engine technology, military analysts say.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

Xi calls on PLA to get combat ready

New Central Military Commission chief Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

The People's Liberation Army Air Force finished a large-scale, 12-day military drill in the Gobi Desert on Friday that chimed with new Central Military Commission (CMC) chief Xi Jinping's emphasis on the strategic importance of such exercises.

6 Dec 2012 - 9:33am

Chinese and US militaries hold joint disaster drills

Major General Stephen Lyons shakes hands with Major Tang Fen of the People's Liberation Army after the Chengdu exercise. Photo: EPA

The Chinese and US militaries held joint disaster response exercises yesterday, as Beijing increases its global reach and Washington continues its "pivot" to the Pacific.

The joint drill, which saw officers from both nations express hopes for closer ties, came amid rising concerns in Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam over Beijing's territorial claims in disputed seas.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:11am

Beijing opens up over naval manoeuvres

Ships from the East Sea Fleet, including the frigate Maanshan, get ready to leave port for naval drills in the Miyako Strait yesterday. Photo: SCMP

The passage of a People's Liberation Army Navy fleet through waters off Okinawa was reported by mainland state media yesterday shortly after it occurred, a rare departure from past practice that suggests Beijing is improving its military transparency.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Corrections and clarifications, November 28, 2012

In yesterday's report, "Xi cements control over PLA with unique background", the word "first" was missing from the concluding sentence of the second paragraph. The sentence should have read: Just one week after taking over as chairman of the party's Central Military Commission (CMC) - a post that some believed President Hu Jintao might attempt to keep for another two years - Xi demonstrated his grip on power by appointing his first PLA general on Friday.

28 Nov 2012 - 6:45am

Xi cements control over PLA with unique background

Xi Jinping (centre) with high-ranking military officers after the ceremony marking the promotion of Wei Fenghe. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping, now firmly in command of both the world's largest political party and army, is poised to become a stronger military chief than his immediate predecessors, analysts say.

28 Nov 2012 - 6:45am

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier completes test-landing of jets

A J-15 jet takes off from China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, as part of tests that saw the fighter-bomber make the first successful landing on deck. Xinhua said more than 100 training exercises had been completed on the carrier since it was formally commissioned to the navy on September 25. Photo: Xinhua

The People's Liberation Army had successfully conducted the first landing tests of the J-15 fighter jet on its sole aircraft carrier, Xinhua said yesterday.

26 Nov 2012 - 1:29pm

A Good Week for ... , November 25, 2012

Chan Siu-ki

Chan Siu-ki

25 Nov 2012 - 4:12am

Wei Fenghe is first PLA general promoted under Xi Jinping

Wei Fenghe, now a full general.

Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe , who commands the People's Liberation Army's strategic missile force, was promoted to full general yesterday - the first officer formally elevated to the highest rank by Xi Jinping in his new capacity as the military chief.

24 Nov 2012 - 8:41am