My apologies to those who does get the GLA reference.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Putting their Photoshop skills to good use.Folks at the Chinese military forums are having issues with the new PLA infantry gear -- they look too GLA (Global Liberation Army) like. In protest, they put their Photoshop skills to good use. In their view, if they are looking like the GLA, they might start acting like the GLA i.e. leaving their old non-intervention stand behind. A change that is not welcomed.
Here is the PS-ed US DOD style photo. I have to admit, the "price of freedom" slogan is a nice torch.The original photo
What's the 'GLA' doing with its 'dumplings'? Find out online
Source: Global Times
By Xu Tianran
A newbie entering an online military forum may be baffled by jargon including references to the "GLA" launching warships like "dumplings into boiling water."
But seasoned browsers know that GLA stands for "Global Liberation Army," a sarcastic nickname for the US military, while the dumplings refer to its mass production of naval vessels.
Initially invented as a precaution against the leaking of military secrets, such slang terms are now being popularized by military enthusiasts, Pei Shen, a senior editor at the military channel of the huanqiu.com website, said.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Photos of the day: The Marine Of China Navy
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Words Have Meaning: Chinese Nation, Chinese Army and no more PLA
China welcomes Taiwan president's peace proposal
ReutersBy Ben Blanchard and Sally Huang | Reuters – Wed, Oct 26, 2011
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday welcomed a proposal by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou to consider a peace treaty with its long-time rival, but warned Taiwan's China-skeptical opposition not to whip the matter up to make political capital.
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since 1949 when the Nationalists retreated to the island after losing control of the mainland to the communists in the civil war.
China has never renounced the use of force to regain control of Taiwan, though Taiwan unilaterally announced the end of hostilities in 1991.
"Ending the state of hostility between the two sides and reaching a peace agreement accords with the overall interests of the Chinese nation and is the common wish of compatriots on both sides of the Strait," Yang Yi, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters.
"This is a position we have upheld for many years and is the natural outcome of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations."
"Chinese nation" is a term used by China that refers to the people who live on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in line with its "one China" policy.
Ma set off a controversy last week when he suggested a peace treaty with China could be signed in 10 years, drawing expressions of disquiet from his own party and charges from the opposition that he was jeopardizing Taiwan's security.
Following the criticism, he later said that any deal would be preceded by a referendum to gauge public opinion, a comment that risked upsetting Beijing, for whom referendums in Taiwan on political matters are anathema.
After Ma's comments, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) submitted a parliamentary proposal to change the island's referendum law to require all political talks with China to be submitted to a referendum.
However the ruling Nationalists, with their big majority in the parliament's procedural committee, voted against adding the proposal to the parliament agenda, effectively blocking it.
China spokesman Yang said all "important matters" which involved relations between the two sides should "consider the wishes" of both peoples. But he implied the DPP was playing games.
"Political consultations are something ... for the future when conditions are right, and no political force ought to be allowed to use this as an opportunity to whip things up and seek political gain," he added.
China has stepped up is rhetoric against the DPP in the past few weeks, despite the DPP's softening of its pro-independence stance which has angered Beijing in the past.
Ma is facing a tight battle for re-election in January presidential polls and is campaigning on the success of his policy of engaging China economically, which he says has kept the peace between the one-time Cold War foes.
The opposition says the policy is allowing China too much influence over Taiwan and is a first step toward reunification.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Sally Huang; Additional reporting by Jonathan Standing in Taipei; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Monday, October 10, 2011
Eww, as if. Eww, the PLA is like.... so yesterday, you know.
Since both "parties" of the Xinhai Revolution are now celebrating the centennial founding of the Republic (separately of course). There is no need for the PLA to "liberate" anyone anymore -- might as well drop the "People's Liberation" prefix all together.
From today's CCTV, the PLAN is now the China Navy