China orders military to end all paid outside work

BEIJING (AP) — China has ordered its armed forces to end all paid outside work within the next three years as part of a push to make the world’s largest standing military more professional and battle ready.

A Defense Ministry notice viewed Monday said both the regular army and the paramilitary People’s Armed Police would be covered under the ban. It identified no specific fields but is thought to mainly target military art troupes, publishing houses and hospitals that accept paying civilian patients. Continue reading

Combat simulations mobilized 20,000 over two months in China

More than six military exercises were held in September alone, according to the report. The largest aerial combat exercise since the creation of the PLA Air Force was first launched in the desert of northwestern China and involved 100 fourth-generation fighters. An artillery exercise called Fire 2014 followed across north China. Later, 4,000 military personnel and 1,000 vehicles were mobilized for a live-fire and logistics exercise in Zhurihe, Inner Mongolia. Continue reading

Chinese Police University Trains Beijing Hackers

China’s main internal security and police university is training hackers for cyber attacks, according to new information obtained by the U.S. government.

The People’s Public Security University in Beijing, a part of the Ministry of Public Security that trains all of China’s police and internal security troops, has several units engaged in training and operations for cyber attacks.

One section of the school was identified last month as a key training center for police network attack operations: The Network Attack and Defense Laboratory. The lab uses Chinese software that was identified last year by officials as designed for training cyber warfare operators and spies. Continue reading