Nanjing Military Region

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Nanjing Military Region
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Nanjing Military Region (highlighted)
Simplified Chinese 南京军区
Traditional Chinese 南京軍區

The Nanjing Military Region (Chinese: 南京军区) was one of the former seven military command regions for the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Its jurisdiction covers all military and armed police located in Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, and Shanghai. It also covers Taiwan, which is claimed by the People's Republic of China but administered by the Republic of China. The head of the region was Cai Yingting. This region is now part of the Eastern Theater Command.

In 2005, the International Institute for Strategic Studies listed the formation with an estimated 250,000 personnel, three group armies (1st, 12th) and 31st Group Armies), two armoured, one mechanised infantry, three motorised infantry, and one artillery division.[1] There were also one armoured, four motorised infantry, two artillery, three anti-aircraft brigades, plus an anti-tank regiment.

The headquarters for the East Sea Fleet were located within the region, at Ningbo.

Tentative order of battle 2013[edit]

Dennis J. Blasko's 'The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century' listed formations within the Nanjing MR as:[2]

List of commanders[edit]

General Xu Shiyou

Nickname[edit]

Organizations affiliated with the Nanjing Military Region often use the nickname "frontline" (Chinese: 前线; pinyin: qiánxiàn; literally: "front line"), including the Frontline Performance Troupe (Chinese: 前线文工团) and the People's Frontline (Chinese: 人民前线) newspaper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Military Balance 2005-6, Routledge, 2005, p.272
  2. ^ Blasko 2013, Table 4.6, p.97

Sources[edit]

  • Blasko, Dennis J. (2013). The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century. Routledge. ISBN 9781136519970.