Song Shilun

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Song Shilun
Song Shilun1955.jpg
Song in 1955
President of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences
In office
October 1972 – November 1985
Preceded byYe Jianying
Succeeded byZheng Wenhan [zh]
Personal details
Born(1907-09-01)September 1, 1907
Liling County, Hunan, Qing China
DiedSeptember 17, 1991(1991-09-17) (aged 84)
Shanghai, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
SpouseZheng Xiaocun
Alma materRepublic of China Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Years of service1919–1969
RankPLAGeneral r.png General
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Song Shilun (Chinese: 宋时轮; pinyin: Sòng Shílún; Wade–Giles: Sung Shih-lun; 1907–1991), né Song Jirao (宋际尧, named from Chinese legendary King Yao), alternative name Song Zhiguang (宋之光), born September 10, 1907 in Liling, Hunan Province, was a general of the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. General Song had graduated from Whampoa Military Academy and participated in the Long March, Anti-Japanese war, Chinese civil war and Korea war, respectively. He died September 17, 1991 in Shanghai.

Korean War[edit]

During the Korean War, General Song Shilun commanded the People's Volunteer Army 9th Army. His armies fought against the US Army 31st Regimental Combat Team and the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir in November–December 1950.[1]

Reaction to the government's response to the Tiananmen Square protests[edit]

During the Tiananmen Square protests of spring 1989, Song Shilun joined former Minister of Defense Zhang Aiping and five other retired generals in opposing the enforcement of martial law by the Army in Beijing.

Due to the exigent circumstances, we as old soldiers, make the following request: Since the People's Army belongs to the people, it cannot stand against the people, much less kill the people, and must not be permitted to fire on the people and cause bloodshed; to prevent the situation from escalating, the Army must not enter the city.

— Ye Fei, Zhang Aiping, Xiao Ke, Yang Dezhi, Chen Zaidao, Song Shilun and Li Jukui, May 21, 1989 letter to the Central Military Commission and Capital Martial Law Command Headquarters[2][unreliable source?]


Military offices
Preceded by President of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences
Succeeded by