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People's Liberation Army

PLA defending champions to miss 2012 Oxfam Trailwalker race

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.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 5:10am

New breed of generals at PLA bring professionalism

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

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

A good week for …, October 28, 2012

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28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am

General Fan Changlong tipped for top post in China military commission

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 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

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, 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 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