Song Shilun

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Song Shilun
Song Shilun1955.jpg
Song Shilun in 1955
Born(1907-09-01)September 1, 1907
Hunan Province, Qing Empire
DiedSeptember 17, 1991(1991-09-17) (aged 84)
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Years of service1919–1969
Battles/warsWorld War II
Chinese Civil War
Korean War
*Chosin Reservoir

Song Shilun (Chinese: 宋时轮; pinyin: Sòng Shílún; Wade–Giles: Sung Shih-lun; 1907–1991), born September 10, 1907 in 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. He died September 17, 1991 in Shanghai.

Korean War[edit]

During the Korean War, General Song Shilun commanded the PLA 9th Army Group. 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?]