Guangzhou Military Region

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Guangzhou Military Region
Guangzhou Military Region.svg
Guangzhou Military Region (highlighted)
Simplified Chinese 广州军区
Traditional Chinese 廣州軍區

The Guangzhou Military Region is one of seven military administrative regions and is located in the south of the People's Republic of China. In May 1949, the Central China (Hua Zhong) Military Region (MR) was formed.[1] In March 1955, it was divided into two, the Guangzhou MR and the Wuhan Military Region. When the Wuhan MR was disbanded in August 1985, its troops stationed around the Hubei province were assigned to the Guangzhou MR.

The Guangzhou MR now covers Guangdong Province, Guangxi Autonomous Region, Hunan Province, Hubei Province, Hainan Province, Hong Kong, and Macau Military Districts. The Hong Kong and Macau garrisons are within the Guangzhou MR area but report directly to the Central Military Commission.

There are two Group Armies within the Region, the 41st Group Army and 42nd Group Army, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies attributes the formation with some 180,000 personnel, with one mechanised division, three motorised infantry divisions, one artillery division, two armoured brigades, one artillery brigade, and two anti-aircraft brigades.[2] The 123rd (Amphibious) Infantry Division (53023) at Guigang/Guangxi and 124th Infantry Divisions at Boluo, Guangdong have been identified as Rapid Reaction Units.[3] The Hong Kong garrison includes a brigade with a helicopter unit.

The PLA's 15th Airborne Corps is also located in this MR though not under its command.

Current Officers[4][edit]

The Main Guangzhou Hospital in the Guangzhou Military Region
The Main Wuhan Hospital in the Guangzhou Military Region
The Main Hong Kong Hospital in the Guangzhou Military Region
  • Zhang Qinsheng (Commander), since July 2007
Ding Shouyue (Deputy Commander) since July 2004
Gao Chunxiang (Deputy Commander) since April 2004
Gao Shouwei (Deputy Commander) since February 2004
Gu Wengen (Deputy Commander) since May 2006
Lu Dingwen (Deputy Commander) since January 2008
Ou Jingu (Deputy Commander) since January 2003:
Su Zhiqian (Deputy Commander) since January 2009
Wang Jitang (Deputy Commander) since January 2008
Zhang Shiming (Deputy Commander) since June 2007
Zheng Qin (Deputy Commander) since January 2008
Xu Fenlin (Chief-of-Staff) Since February 2008
  • Zhang Yang (Political Commissar), since September 2007
Huang Jiaxiang (Deputy Political Commissar) since January 2006
Tian Yigong (Deputy Political Commissar) since January 2008
Zhang Rucheng (Deputy Political Commissar) since July 2007
Zhou Yuqi (Deputy Political Commissar) since December 2004 (CCa member)
Zhu Yongqing (Deputy Political Commissar) since March 2003
Zhang Yang (Political Department Director) since July 2005

Ground Forces[edit]

Air Force[edit]

Commander:Lt. Gen. Han Ruijie Political Officer: Lt. Gen. Wang Jilian Deputy Commander:Maj. Gen. Zhang Shutian

Nickname[edit]

Organizations affiliated with the Guangzhou Military Region often use the nickname "warrior" (Chinese: 战士; pinyin: zhànshì; literally: "battle person"), including the Warrior Performance Troupe (Chinese: 战士文工团) and the Warrior Newspaper (Chinese: 战士报).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Xinhui, Guangzhou Military Region, China Defence, accessed November 2008
  2. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Military Balance 2006
  3. ^ http://www.sinodefence.com/armedforces/army/rru.asp
  4. ^ http://www.giga-hamburg.de/dl/download.php?d=/content/ias/archiv/cds/cds_0805.pdf, p. 24-25.

Sources[edit]

  • Chapter 8, PLA Ground Forces, by Dennis J Blasko, in The People's Liberation Army as Organisation, RAND, CF182

External links[edit]