PLA joint cyberwarfare drill to show new strength and sophistication

PLA prepares massive drill to show off its new strength and sophistication

The People's Liberation Army will conduct its first joint combat drills involving cyberwarfare, special troops, army aviation and electronic countermeasures units next month to test the integration and co-ordination of its land and air forces, state media reported yesterday.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 8:08am 1 comment

Sign up to save the government from another political blunder

Paul Zimmerman

The government appears to be setting itself up for another political blunder in seeking to cede 3,000 square metres of prime central waterfront to the People's Liberation Army.

28 May 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments

PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

Photo: Xinhua

China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea as regional tensions over territorial disputes mount.

The combined drill was carried out in southern waters by warships, submarines and the naval air force from the People's Liberation Army's North Sea, East Sea and South Sea fleets, national broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday.

27 May 2013 - 4:48am 1 comment

Switch to 'military use' not in treaty

Central waterfront. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The government recently dropped a bombshell in suddenly announcing that a large piece of land at a most vital and sensitive location of our new Central harbourfront will be rezoned from public "open space" to "military use" for the People's Liberation Army.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

PLA condemns US as 'the real hacking empire'

US computer security company, Mandiant, traced hacking attacks to an office in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Beijing branded the United States the "real hacking empire" yesterday and accused it of sowing discord between China and its neighbours.

The rebuke was issued after the Pentagon said Beijing was using espionage to fuel its military modernisation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China's hunger for energy feeds its naval ambitions

Staff of Chinese Embassy to Portugal, Portuguese Chinese and Portuguese navy officers see Chinese navy escort fleet off in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Photo: Xinhua

Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun recently announced the readiness of China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, for its first blue-water trials this year, much sooner than the West imagined.

Commissioned last September, the Liaoning has so far conducted at least 10 sea trials close to the coast, mainly to train its personnel and test the vessel's capabilities.

8 May 2013 - 3:19am 2 comments

China spying on US to develop defence, says Pentagon

Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in this building in Shanghai, a U.S. security firm alleged. Photo: AP

China is using cyberspies to boost its defence industry and military planning by gathering information about US defence programmes, a Pentagon report claims.

8 May 2013 - 5:59am 10 comments

Chinese general warns of Western 'cultural colonialism'

Paramilitary police guard the entrance of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. Photo: AP

A high-ranking People's Liberation Army representative has called on China to counter increasing Western cultural infiltration, especially among young people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Group says state-newspaper has got it wrong on PLA berth issue

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The newspaper also said the Civic Party was trying to remove the People's Liberation Army from the Central pier to prevent possible army intervention in the brewing "Occupy Central" pro-democracy movement.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Chinese, Indian troops camp, eye each other in disputed border area

Activists of a right-wing student organisation Akhila Bharatiya Vidya Parishad stamp on a flag of China during a protest demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops in Hyderabad, India. Photo: AP

Dozens of Chinese soldiers have set up camp in a Himalayan region claimed by India, Indian government sources say, signalling a potential renewal of border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Troops of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Indian-claimed territory in eastern Ladakh and erected a camp on April 15.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

PLA officer calls H7N9 virus a US 'bio-psychological weapon'

In response to the backlash, Dai Xu posted: "Now, a group of fake American devils are attacking me", accompanied by a photo of a soldier in attack mode. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A senior military official has caused an outrage among netizens for calling the current avian flu outbreak in mainland China an American conspiracy and belittling a string of deaths from the virus.  

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Progress slow in developing fighter jets, Major General Zhu Heping says

Major General Zhu Heping

A weak foundation in building sophisticated machinery and a lack of innovation are major obstacles for the People's Liberation Army in upgrading its latest domestically produced jet fighters, military experts say.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am 1 comment

Chinese military to issue new number plates in bid to curb abuse

Did an online campaign lead to a small reform in the military? (Photo: SCMP Pictures)

On May 1, the People’s Liberation Army will introduce new car number plates in an effort to quell rampant abuse of military vehicles.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China to boost maritime training, says PLA Navy's Jiang Weilie

China to boost maritime training, says PLA Navy's Jiang Weilie

Rear Admiral Jiang Weilie, commander of the South Sea Fleet, told Xinhua on the amphibious assault ship Jinggangshan, which has been taking part in drills in the western Pacific for two weeks, that training on the high seas was common among many countries' navies.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:37am

Embarrassment for PLA as photos of fatal military air crash emerge on Weibo

The wreckage of the fighter plane is englufed by flames after it crashed on mudflats. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) said a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter plane crashed on mudflats in Rongcheng city, Shandong province, during a drill, on Sunday afternoon, according to Xinhua.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:52pm 7 comments