Tuesday, July 30, 2013

'Peace Ark' hospital ship leaves Gulf of Aden

'Peace Arkhospital ship leaves Gulf of Aden

(China Military Online)

09:33, July 30, 2013  

GULF OF ADENJuly 29 (ChinaMil) --The "Peace Arkhospital ship of the Navy of theChinese People's Liberation Army (PLANwrapped up its 15-day-long medical servicesto and medical exchanges with escort officers and men of various countries and left thewaters off the Gulf of Aden at 14:00 on July 26, 2013, local time.

This is the second time for the "Peace Arkhospital ship to offer medical services toChinese escort officers and men in the Gulf of Adenand the first time for the ship tooffer medical services to overseas escort officers and men.

During its stay in the Gulf of Adenthe "Peace Arkhospital ship made physicalexamination for 359 persons/timesconducted out-patient treatments for 213persons/times and performed 7 operations for Chinese escort officers and men.

The hospital ship also successively received commanders of the U.S led CombinedTask Force 151 (CTF-151), the European Union (EUCombined Task Force 465 (CTF-465) and the NATO Task Force (NTF) 508 as well as 34 escort officers and menfrom PakistanTurkey and the Netherlands and so on.

The hospital ship conducted 5 medical exchanges with overseas escort ships andoffered medical services to 11 persons/times for foreign escort servicemenwiningpraise from escort officers and men of various countries.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The start of the Peace Mission 2013 "anti-terror drills "

Chinese soldiers leave for anti-terror drills in Russia
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SHENYANG, July 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday began to send military personnel and armaments to Russia, where they will join 20-day joint anti-terrorism drills held by both parties.

The transfer of Chinese troops for the exercise will be completed by Aug. 2, according to Zhang Yan, deputy commander of the 646 Chinese military personnel participating in the drill.

The Chinese officers and soldiers will be sent to the drill venue in Russia's Chebarkul training range in seven batches, with four traveling by air and three by train, Zhang said.

With 72 people on board, two Mi-171 military transport helicopters and four Z-9 armed helicopters from the Chinese side took off from an airport in Hailar in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday morning.

They will travel more than 5,000 km and are expected to arrive at the drill venue in five days.

In addition, 119 officers and soldiers set out by train at noon on Saturday from the border city of Manchuri in Inner Mongolia.

According to the schedule, five fighter-bomber JH-7A jets will set out from an airport in Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 31 and are expected to arrive in Russia the same day.

The exercises, dubbed "Peace Mission 2013" and scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 15, will be carried out in Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains region.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Peace Mission 2009 -- PLA Weapons

Looking at the weapons list the PLA is bringing to this exercise, I so want to play Steel Panthers III Brigade Command: 1939-1999 again.

Such display of heavy armor seems somewhat out of place in light of China's current security requirement. To the East is the mountainous terrain of Korea, jungles to the South and yet more mountains to the West and there is an island somewhere. The only tank-suitable terrain is Russia. Oh yeah, I got it, they want to invade Russia with help from the Russians!

Type 89 (YW531) (ZSD89) Command APC

Type86B (WZ501) (ZBD86) IFV

Type 99A (WZ123) (ZTZ99) MBT

PTL02 6x6 Wheeled Self-Propelled 100mm Assaulter

Type 89 (PLZ89) ((WZ/WMZ322) 122mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

WZ-9 Attack Helicopter

WZ-9 Light Attack/Scot Helicopter

Mi-171 Transport Helicopter

Photo of the day: North Korea's long range delivery system released

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome back, General Liu Yazhou

Shake off old ideas, general warns PLA
Liu Yazhou, in an apparent call for political reform, insists the army is at risk of becoming obsolete if it repeats the errors of the past
A liberal-leaning general has warned the military to embrace change or risk losing to international rivals in what analysts say is a veiled call for political reform.

Liu Yazhou

In this month's influential Communist Party magazine Qiushi Journal, General Liu Yazhou wrote that the People's Liberation Army continued to be held back by the same blind adherence to past practice that led to the Qing dynasty's downfall.

Liu, who is political commissar at the National Defence University, argued that the refusal to set aside "old thinking" left the army at risk, despite huge advances in equipment and technology in recent years.

"The most backward army is not the poorly equipped one, but the one filled up with old thinking," Liu wrote. He called on the party to remove barriers to innovation and spend less time on political training and propaganda campaigns exaggerating the military's capabilities.

The army "should try hard to awake from its obsession with self-proclaimed glories, such as [China is] a 'resourceful superpower', and [the PLA is] a 'victory troop'," Liu said.

It is not the first time Liu - the son-in-law of late president Li Xiannian - has sounded the alarm for change in the country's institutions.

His 2004 essay "Western Theory" called on Beijing to enact political reform. Three years ago, he gave an interview to the Phoenix Weekly in which he said China must embrace US-style democracy or risk a Soviet-style collapse.

This month, Ming Pao Monthly reported that Liu had published a "manifesto of military reform" in 2008 carrying a similar call for change in the PLA.

In this latest commentary, Liu steered clear of the sensitive term "democracy". Instead, he called on the Communist Party to seize what he said might be its last chance to push "military reform with Chinese characteristics".

He argued that such reform was consistent with President Xi Jinping's orders to "listen to the party, be capable of victory".

Ho Leong-leong, a Hong Kong-based political commentator, said Liu appeared to be using such slogans to help ensure party members heard his central point.

"The so-called Chinese characteristics in this article are just political rhetoric aimed at passing the censorship of the party's mouthpiece Qiushi," Ho said.

Ni Lexiong , a Shanghai-based military expert, also saw Liu's commentary as a call for political reform. It was warning that the military was heading for another humiliating defeat if it failed to make political reform part of its modernisation drive.

"Political reform will provide a sustainable political foundation to support military development, because both the US and Japan achieved great military achievements after they successfully set up democratic systems," Ni said.

Liu noted the Chinese military had missed out on the last two big revolutions on military technology: the widespread use of firearms in the 17th century and the mechanisation of warfare after the first world war.

He said military technology in such countries as the United States was now undergoing a similar revolution, with a greater focus on cyberwarfare and a shift to smaller military units that can be deployed quickly to any environment. Failing to recognise such changes would be to repeat the mistakes of the Qing dynasty.

The authorities "would inevitably face resistance, risk, unrest and cost," he said. "If [leaders] take [political] cost and risk too seriously, they will be overcautious and indecisive and miss their last historic opportunity."

Antony Wong Dong, a Macau-based military expert, said Liu's articles could be seen as an attempt to scare the party into introducing political reform.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Criticizing the Chinese government........will get you promoted. A follow up on the career of Lt General Liu Yazhou

Back in August 2010, Lt General Liu Yazhou, the Political Commissar (PC) of the PLA's National Defense University caused a stir by proclaiming that China must reform or die.

Fast forward to now -- writing for the latest edition of the China Brief (here), Dr Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Strategy at the Air War College (USAF), predicts that he is inline as the next Political Commissar of the entire PLAAF. If Dr Zhang's prediction is correct, expect to see a different PLAAF five years from now under General Liu's new leadership.

From Dr Zhang's latest China Brief write-up "The Leadership of the PLAAF after 2012" (here)
General Deng Changyou’s replacement as political commissar will most likely be Lt General Liu Yazhou, who is currently political commissar of the PLA NDU

Striving for an Independent Air Force

As early as 2000, Lt General Liu Yazhou proposed that Chinese military authorities consider reorganizing the PLAAF into functional air commands by separating the air force from the PLA military region (MR) system to become a true independent service. Ostensibly to make the PLAAF a more offensively oriented air force, he further recommended the use of the U.S. Air Force’s “expeditionary force” model to organize air force units into air strike groups with a mix of fighters, bombers, and early warning aircraft [14]. His advocacy for eliminating the ground force dominated military system, however, has received little support from the PLA military establishment.

Blog entry from August 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Lt General Liu Yazhou is on the news again
As the newly promoted Political Commissar (PC) of the PLA's National Defense University (a rank just shy of the CMC) Lt General Liu is once again delivering his provocative view developed from his Chengdu Air Force days -- embrace a US-style democracy or accept a Soviet-style collapse.

Lt General Liu's free airing of his provocative views on both foreign and domestic issues, especially his calls for political reform and for the freedom of expression, is unprecedented. Thus far, his views are not only strengthening his career but also making him one of the most covered personalities by the PLA-watching community. (here) (here) He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University from 1986 to 1987, a fact that might help explain the origin of his "Pro-Western" views.

In addition to being the PC for the National Defense University, Lt General Liu is also serving as a member of the CCP's Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, China's top anti-graft watchdog.

China must reform or die


August 12, 2010

A Chinese two-star general has warned his conservative Communist Party masters and firebrand People's Liberation Army colleagues that China must either embrace US-style democracy or accept Soviet-style collapse.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

homeward bound

Note to the Japanese news anchor -- it is legal to transit via international water, warship or not.   There is no reason to get execited.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Photos of the day: The first PLA combat elements to Mali

The first group of 395 are recon elements organic to the 16th Group Army, Shangyang MR.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

China commits combat troops to Mali

After weeks of speculations,  China has officially committed combat troops to Mali today.

You can read a good summary from today's FT.com


June 27, 2013 2:14 pm
China commits combat troops to Mali

By Kathrin Hille in Beijing

China has publicly committed combat troops on a UN peacekeeping mission for the first time, marking a big shift in Beijing’s foreign policy.

Having close to 1,900 personnel deployed as of December last year, China is already the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions among the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council. But Beijing has long shied away from sending combat troops.




   记者:刚才提到的安全部队是否是作战部队?如果在当地进行维和是否会和当地武装力量发生冲突?第二个问题,从今天开始,美菲在距离黄岩岛108公里的地 方举行联合军演,菲方发言人表示实际演习地点离黄岩岛非常远,预计中国不会将此次演习视为挑衅行为,请问中方作何回应?是否把这次演习视为挑衅行为?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Photos of the day: PLAN at Vladivostok

of course no PLAN exercise will be complete without "an oversight" by the Japanese.