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Designation of China’s group army no longer secret to public [People’s Daily]


Giant leap ahead in terms of transparency or timely reveal in a period when China feels a need to respond to the threat of containment?

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Designation of China’s group army no longer secret to public
Edited and translated by Li Xiang
Source – People’s Daily Online, published January 16, 2013

Source - Changjiang Daily, Illustration by Global Times

1. the 65th Group Army in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province
2. the 38th Group Army in Baoding, Hebei Province
3. the 27th Group Army in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province
4. the 16th Group Army in Changchun, Jilin Province
5. the 39th Group Army in Liaoyang, Liaoning Province
6. the 40th Group Army in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province
7. the 54th Group Army in Xinxiang, Henan Province
8. the 20th Group Army in Kaifeng, Henan Province
9. the 26th Group Army in Weifang, Shandong Province
10. the 12th Group Army in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province
11. the 1st Group Army in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province
12. the 31st Group Army in Xiamen, Fujian Province
13. the 42nd Group Army in Huizhou, Guangdong Province
14. the 41th Group Army in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
15. the 14th Group Army in Kunming, Yunnan Province
16. the 13rd Group Army in Chongqing
17. the 21st Group Army in Baoji, Shaanxi Province
18. the 47th Group Army in Lintong, Shaanxi Province
Source – Changjiang Daily, Illustration by Global Times

The designation of China’s group army is no longer confidential information to the public as of Jan. 15, 2013, reported by CCTV news Tuesday.

“How do snipers practice shooting with great precision in such severe coldness. The reporter has witnessed snipers from the 39th Group Army in the Shenyang military area having military drill under the severely cold condition”, CTV military news reported. This is the first time that the designation of a group army was exposed to the public.

Last night, CCTV military channel has announced through Weibo that,The designation of group army is unveiled as of today”. According to the information, the designation of PLA group army can be used to the public instead of referred to as “a group army” This act indicates ” more open presentation of Chinese army”

The news which unveiled the designation of the group army for the first time was with the headline “Snipers in the 39th Group Army conducts drill” The news also showed the subtitle of “a soldiers with the 39th Group Army” when soldier Liu Shan and An Shifu were interviewed. At the same time, “Gao Wei, the deputy battalion commander of the 39th Group Army” accepted interview.

The news has triggered loads of comments and is widely shared on the Internet. Some said,” can now talk about my designation years ago!”; some thought it is “a sign of progress”,while some other questioned “Why not continue to keep it as secret”.

Others also suggest to popularize the arrangement of the designation to the citizens, as most non-professional citizens would not know what the designation refers to.

Major general Zhu Chenghu, dean of the strategy teaching and research department of the National Defense University, talked about the questions over “the secrecy of Chinese military” when speaking as a guest at the Qiangguo Forum of People’s Daily Online. Zhu said,the transparency of military is relative. Every country has secrecies to some extent. Chinese military has become increasingly transparent over the years. He also mentioned that some related issues could be affected by cultural and history reasons, like the designation and it is more important to adjust the conception.

– – –  From the Global Times…

There are in all seven military area commands in China, according to the Xinhua News Agency: the PLA Beijing Military Area Command, the PLA Shenyang Military Area Command, the PLA Jinan Military Area Command, the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command, the PLA Guangzhou Military Area Command, the PLA Chengdu Military Area Command and the PLA Lanzhou Military Area Command.
TankThe PLA Beijing Military Area Command: the 27th Group Army in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, the 38th Group Army in Baoding, Hebei Province and the 65th Group Army in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province

TankThe PLA Shenyang Military Area Command: the 16th Group Army in Changchun, Jilin Province, the 39th Group Army in Liaoyang and the 40th Group Army in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province

TankThe PLA Jinan Military Area Command: the 20th Group Army in Kaifeng, Henan Province, the 26th Group Army in Weifang, Shandong Province, the 54th Group Army in Xinxiang, Henan Province

TankThe PLA Nanjing Military Area Command: the 1st Group Army in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, the 12nd Group Army in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, the 31st Group Army in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

TankThe PLA Guangzhou Military Area Command: the 41th Group Army in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the 42nd Group Army in Huizhou, Guangdong Province

TankThe PLA Chengdu Military Area Command: the 13rd Group Army in Chongqing, the 14th Group Army in Kunming, Yunnan Province

TankThe PLA Lanzhou Military Area Command: the 21st Group Army in Baoji, Shaanxi Province and the 47th Group Army in Lintong, Shaanxi Province

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