Xi appoints new army commander to lead PLA troops on Indochina border, India News News
During a change of guard, Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed General Wang Haijiang as the new commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theater command, state media reported. The Western Theater Command oversees the borders with India.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CPC) leader Jinping also heads the Central Military Commission (CMC). The CMC is the general high command of the country’s army.
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The 68-year-old leader has promoted Wang and four other military officers to the rank of general, the highest rank for officers in active military service in China, the Chinamil state website reported on Monday. He also presented certificates of order promoting them to the military rank of general, according to the report.
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The promoted officers are PLA Western Theater Command Commander Wang Haijiang, PLA Central Theater Command Commander Lin Xiangyang, PLA Navy Commander Dong Jun and PLA Commander PLA Air Force Chang Dingqiu and PLA National Defense University President Xu Xueqiang, the report added.
Since the standoff in eastern Ladakh began in May last year, General Wang has been the fourth commander to lead the Western Theater Command.
(With contributions from agencies)