Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed General Wang Haijiang as the new commander of the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army. The Western Theater Command monitors the borders with India. This post is the highest rank in the Chinese army.
According to the local website China mill, Jinping has promoted Wang and four other military officers to the rank of general. The Central Military Commission (CMC) is the overall high command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
General Wang is the fourth commander to head the Western Theater Command since the eastern Ladakh standoff began in May last year. Tension has eased to some extent with troops from both sides exiting Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, and Gogra.
China’s Western Theater Command oversees the Xinjiang and Tibet Autonomous Regions as well as the border with India. Because of this, it becomes the largest geographical area under a single command in the PLA.
In July, Xi promoted General Xu Qiling to head of the PLA’s Western Theater Command. It is not yet clear what his new role will be.
Gen Xu, 59, was the third general to head the Western Command since tensions broke out in Ladakh in May last year. Earlier General Zhang Xudong was appointed to lead the command on December 19 last year, replacing General Zhao Jongqi, 65, who retired from the PLA.
General Wang, 58, previously served as the head of the Tibet Military District since December 2019. He also held several positions, including Deputy Commander South Xinjiang Military District, which oversees the Ladakh region.