Western Theater Command
|Western Theater Command|
Its jurisdiction includes Sichuan, Tibet, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Yunnan, Chongqing. Guizhou is also sometimes listed as part of the command. Its current commander since December 2020 is General Zhang Xudong. Its political commissar is General Wu Shezhou.
In May 2016, the PRC raised the rank and status of its western Tibet Military Command to widen its scope for missions and combat preparedness, in a move analysts in Beijing said was aimed in part at fortifying the border with India. The Xinjiang Military Command may also be elevated in the future, the report said. Both commands are under the newly created Western Theater Command, the largest of five newly reorganised military regions of the PLA. The Party-run Global Times reported the change would allow the command “to shoulder more combat assignments”.
The Western Theater Command's air forces included the 6th, 33rd, 37th, and 44th Fighter Divisions, 4th Transport Division and the 36th Bomber Division. In 2012 the 109th Aviation Regiment was reorganised as a brigade reporting to the PLAAF's Urumqi Base. It now flies the Shenyang J-11 fighter.
Area of Responsibility (AOR)Edit
- Western Theater Command Ground Force
- Western Theater Command Air Force
- East, Central and Western Command LAC, of India
- China–India relations
- Line of Actual Control
- List of People's Liberation Army Air Force airbases
- List of Indian Air Force stations
- Sino-Indian border dispute
- Indo-Tibetan Border Police
- India-China Border Roads
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