Tan Benhong

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Tan Benhong
谭本宏
Commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison
Assumed office
July 2014
Preceded by Wang Xiaojun
Personal details
Born May 1957 (age 61)
Cili County, Hunan, China
Political party Chinese Communist
Alma mater PLA Ground Force Commander Academy,
Central Party School,
Central China Normal University,
Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Military service
Allegiance  China
Service/branch  People's Liberation Army
Years of service 1977−present
Rank PLALtGeneral r.png Lieutenant general

Tan Benhong (Chinese: 谭本宏; born May 1957) is a lieutenant general (zhong jiang) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. He has been Commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison since July 2014, and formerly served as Commander of the Hainan Military District.

Biography[edit]

Tan Benhong was born in May 1957 in Cili County, Hunan province. He joined the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1977. He enrolled at the PLA Ground Force Commander Academy, and studied management at Central Party School of the CPC, and law at Central China Normal University. In 2001 he also briefly attended the Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Moscow.[1][2]

Tan has served in the Guangzhou Military Region for his entire career, and steadily rose through the ranks.[1][2] He was appointed Chief of Staff of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison in May 2007, but was transferred to the 42nd Group Army to serve as its deputy commander only three months later.[1][2] He attained the rank of major general in 2008,[2] and in March 2010 he became deputy commander of a missile base of the Second Artillery Corps.[1]

He was named Commander of the Hainan Military District, which is part of the Guangzhou MR, in February 2011.[1] In July 2014 he was appointed Commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, replacing Wang Xiaojun, who had become deputy commander of the Guangzhou MR.[2][3] Tan was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general (zhong jiang) in July 2015.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tan Benhong". People's Daily (in Chinese). April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 驻港部队司令员谭本宏晋升中将. Caixin (in Chinese). 24 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Major General Tan Benhong, the new leader for PLA's Hong Kong garrison". South China Morning Post. 15 July 2014.