Chinese President Xi Jinping has handed over the command of his army in the region to a new general in the midst of a military standoff on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. As head of the Central Military Commission (CMC), Jinping appointed General Zheng Dang as commander of the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which oversees the area adjacent to the LAC.
The state-owned Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that Jinping has promoted four senior Chinese military and armed police officers, including General Zheng. General Zheng will replace 65-year-old General Zhao Zhang, who was given the responsibility of the Western Theater Command during an standoff with the Indian Army in Doklam in 2017.
Other officials to be promoted include Political Commissar Guo Puxio of the Logistics Support Department of CMC, Political Commissar Li Wei of PLA Strategic Support Force and Commander Wang Chuning. However, among all this, the appointment of General Zheng is being seen most surprisingly. It is being attributed to the plunging spirits of the PLA soldiers in the face of the bravery and bravery of Indian soldiers even in the freezing cold which is minus many degrees below East Ladakh.
However, much information about General Zheng is not publicly available. Much of General Zheng’s career has been spent on the PLA’s appointment to other theater commands. For this reason, no one is aware of his knowledge of the Western Theater Command.
Some experts are also considering this as a step taken by Jinping to find the right solution to end the deadlock in eastern Ladakh, because despite several rounds of diplomatic and military negotiations between China and India under the leadership of General Zhao, tensions still remain Has not decreased.