Western Theater Command

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Western Theater Command
Map of Western Theatre of PLA.svg
Western Theater Command
Simplified Chinese西部战区
Traditional Chinese西部戰區

The Western Theater Command is one of the five military regions of China since 2016.

Its jurisdiction includes Sichuan, Tibet, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Chongqing. Its commander is Gen. Zhao Zongqi and political commissar is Lt. Gen. Wu Shezhou.

In May 2016, the PRC raised the rank and status of its western Tibet Military Command to widen its scope for missions and combat preparedness, in a move analysts in Beijing said was aimed in part at fortifying the border with India.[1] The Xinjiang Military Command may also be elevated in the future, the report said. Both commands are under the newly created Western Theater Command, the largest of five newly reorganised military regions of the PLA. The Party-run Global Times reported the change would allow the command “to shoulder more combat assignments”.

The Western Theater Command's air forces include the 6th, 33rd, 37th, and 44th Fighter Divisions, and the 36th Bomber Division.



  1. ^ "Eye on India, China raises Tibet military command rank | Central Tibetan Administration". tibet.net. Retrieved 2016-10-01.