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An Arabic-speaking general, four lieutenant generals, and three division commanders, currently overseeing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invasion in 20 years of implementing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) diktat in Tibet, are the actual control regimes. The line is 1597 kilometers long. Occupied Ladakh in India and Aksai Chin in China. The stalemate was closed after both the Indian Army and the PLA moved their troops. The India-China military stand-off may continue this winter and beyond. Hindustan Times has put together the details of the Chinese military commanders involved in the Ladakh stand off. Many CCP general secretaries are Xi Jinping’s men.

1. General Zhao Zhongqi, Western theater commander

General Zhao, 65, a specialist reconnaissance specialist, was appointed PLA’s Western Theater Commander on 1 February 2016. Born in Bin County in Heilongyang Province, Zhao was assigned 118 regiments of 14 Group Army (now dissident) based in Chengdu in 1970. He was part of the reconnaissance unit during the Vietnam-China War in 1979 and conducted special operations and high-value reconnaissance missions for the PLA.

2. Lieutenant General Xu Quiling, Commander PLA Ground Force, Western Theater Command

The 57-year-old Henan-born general is said to be responsible for deploying tanks and large cannons in the occupied Aksai Chin area. The PLA ground force is responsible not only for artillery elements, but also for air-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles as well as long-range missiles. Prior to taking over as commander of 79 Group Army in Shenyang, Liaoning at Northern Theater Command in 2017, Xu was an 83 group army commander based at Xu Henan.

3. Lieutenant General Wang Qiang, Commander PLA Air Force Western Theater Command

Wang is responsible for providing air support to the PLA with four combat divisions, a transport division and a bomber division. He holds a string of high-profile command assignments, beginning with the commander of the Air Force Aviation Division of the Jinan Military District.

4. Lieutenant General Hajiang Wang, Commander, Tibet Military District

At 57 years, Haiziang was named the boss of the highly sensitive Tibet Military District from 10 December 2019. He joined the army in 1977 and was awarded first class merit in the Vietnam-China War in which China was in a losing position. He held several positions, including deputy commander South Xinjiang Military District, responsible for the capture of Aksai Chin.

5. Lieutenant General Liu Wanglong, Commander, Xinjiang Military District

The 58-year-old general has served in the region since 2008, the head of a Uighur Muslim and often living in Xinjiang province. He was the Commander of the Gansu Military District in 2016 and became the Commander of Xinjiang in 2017. He became Lieutenant General in July 2018. Liu’s military assessment would be important for theater commander Zhao Zongki.

6. Major General Liu Lin, Commander, South Xinjiang Military District

Major General Liu, 57, is known as the leading Chinese negotiator in India along with Lt. General Harinder Singh, the XIV Corps Commander. General Liu participated in the 2017 Zuri Military Parade, the leader of the self-propelled artillery team.

7. Major General Liu Gepping, Commander Qinghai Military District

Major General Liu was appointed to the post in April 2020 after being promoted in July 2017. He has served in the Neri military sub-district in the Ladakh sector facing Demchok. He was the Commander of the Military Department of Production and Construction Corps in 2017.

8. Major General Qu Xinyong, Commander, Sichuan Military District

He was appointed to this post on 21 April. The 59-year-old commander, born in Shandong, was the head of the 31 infantry division in 2013. He became deputy commander of the Yunnan military district in 2014 and commander of the Qinghai military district in 2017.


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