People's Liberation Army

Reports hail aircraft carrier's landing tests

Chinese PLA Navy 'Flying shark' J-15.

China's indigenous carrier-based fighter, the J-15, has completed landing tests on the country's first carrier, the Liaoning, state media reported yesterday.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:54am

PLA gives glowing report of 'advanced' early-warning aircraft

China's locally made early-warning aircraft have proven their operational capabilities in drills and can now direct different forces to respond more effectively to aerial threats, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Xi Jinping commands special military commission meeting

Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping at Friday's military commission meeting. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping has shown the world that he is now in charge of the People's Liberation Army - chairing a special meeting of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission (CMC) a day after being put in charge.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

PLA pledges loyalty to military leader-in-waiting

PLA delegates walk towards the Great Hall of the People during the recent Communist Party Congress held in Beijing. Photo: EPA

The People's Liberation Army has pledged its allegiance to the Communist Party's "newly elected" military chief, Xi Jinping, and shown its respect to fully retired former chief Hu Jintao.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Model of newest fighter jet on display at Zhuhai air show

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People's Liberation Army Air Force August 1st Aerobatics Team stage a dramatic fly past at the Zhuhai show. Photo: Reuters

Aircraft enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of the nation's state-of-the-art military aircraft are out in force in Zhuhai this week as it hosts the nation's largest air show, which opened yesterday and lasts until Sunday.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:35am

PLA defending champions to miss 2012 Oxfam Trailwalker race

Tse Chi-kin, brother of Manila hostage victim Masa Tse, and his father Hon-ming will run this year's Trailwalker. Photo: Edward Wong

The all-conquering People's Liberation Army (PLA) teams that have dominated the Oxfam Trailwalker for the past three years will not be defending the crown this time around.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am

New breed of generals at PLA bring professionalism

Leaders have made it plain that turning the PLA into a national army is out of the question.

Were it not for a compelling struggle for power and influence in China ahead of a change in top leadership, another transition would have received more attention from analysts and commentators - a changing of the guard at the top of the People's Liberation Army. A reshuffle of top brass has seen a virtual clean sweep of all major positions.

5 Nov 2012 - 10:02am 1 comment

New PLA chief of staff Fang Fenghui flourishes under president's wing

Illustration: Henry Wong

The People's Liberation Army's new chief of general staff, Fang Fenghui, is a loyal protégé of President Hu Jintao, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Fang has been serving as commander of the Beijing Military Command, responsible for the defence of Beijing, Tianjin and three neighbouring provinces - Hebei , Shanxi and Inner Mongolia .

29 Oct 2012 - 4:53am

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28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am

General Fan Changlong tipped for top post in China military commission

Illustration: Henry Wong

The commander of the PLA's Jinan Military Area Command, General Fan Changlong, is being seen as a "dark horse" for one of the two military vice-chairmanships of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) after next month's Communist Party leadership transition.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:17am

China shows off naval strength with major maritime exercise

A PLA helicopter 'saves' someone during naval exercises. Photo: Xinhua

A helicopter practises a rescue yesterday as Chinese warships took part in high-profile maritime drills in the East China Sea to assert Beijing's readiness to use military force to back civilian patrol ships in disputed waters.

20 Oct 2012 - 10:51am

General Chang Wanquan tipped for top military post

Illustration: Henry Wong

Aided by age, party tradition, strong connections and the right mix of work experience, General Chang Wanquan is widely considered a front runner to get a top military post at the Communist Party's congress.

20 Oct 2012 - 1:19pm

Liaoning's role in China's blue-water navy

There is great symbolism in the nation's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Its handing over to the People's Liberation Army Navy tells the world that China has arrived as a "big power", able and willing to protect its interests if threatened. There the significance for the vessel ends, though.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

General Fan Changlong among contenders for top military post

General Fan Changlong, head of the Jinan Military Command.

General Fan Changlong, commander of the Jinan Military Command, has been tipped as a dark horse for a position as a vice-chairman of the army's powerful Central Military Commission after the party's 18th national congress, according to sources.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:00pm

PLA puts military heat on Japan over Diaoyu Islands

The PLA mobilised its navy, air force and strategic missile corps in staged joint military drills in the Yellow Sea and the Gobi Desert earlier this month. Photos: SCMP

The People's Liberation Army stepped up its sabre-rattling yesterday in what was seen as a warning to Japan that it is ready to safeguard China's sovereignty in the escalating dispute over the disputed island chain in the East China Sea.

13 Sep 2012 - 9:23am