Commander of China’s new army, Lieutenant General Xu Quiling, who will lead the Western Theater Command Ground Force responsible for the Sino-India border, is a rising star in the PLA handling troops along a border specifically challenged by President Xi Jinping Has been selected for, a media report stated.
The appointment of General Xu was announced on 5 June amid a continuing deadlock between the Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In addition to the presidency, Xi, who heads the ruling Communist Party of China, is also the chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, the high command of the People’s Liberation Army.
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said PLA’s rising star General Xu has been dispatched to oversee the ground forces of the Western Theater Command, where tensions between China and India are rising over the border dispute.
The Post quoted a military insider as saying, “As tensions with India escalate into border disputes, the Western Theater Command needs a young commander to escalate border troops and officers.”
“Xu is 57 years old, five years younger than his predecessor, he (Weedong). The official said that the working environment at western altitude is very difficult and even young people are of premature age.
He was one of the young generals promoted by Xu after assuming the PLA in late 2012. Xu has experience on four of the PLA’s five theater commands.
He was promoted as lieutenant general last year, a year after which major military forces were sent to the Eastern Theater Command, which oversees the security of the provinces of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian and Jiangxi. China Sea.
“The new position of Xu in Western Theater Command is also a new test for him,” the official said. “If he can handle the China-India border disputes properly, he is likely to be further promoted to grab the PLA’s ground force headquarters, or even more senior seats in the future.”
Hong Kong-based military commentator Song Zhongping said the latest border tension meant the Western Theater Command needed to become familiar with joint operations between the ground and the Air Force.
“All the fighting forces that send the front to Beijing were trained for air-to-ground fighting, which requires a competent commander to lead them.”
Xu was the head of the 54th Army contingent of the former army, an elite PLA, known for its participation in a Tibetan uprising in 1959 and the suppression of the Tianmen Square protest.
The post stated that the Army Corps was merged into the 83rd Army Corps in a military overhaul by Xi in 2015.