Central Theater Command

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Central Theater Command is one of the five military regions of People's Liberation Army of China,[1] and was founded on February 1, 2016.[2] Its predecessor was the Beijing Military Region.[citation needed]

Central Theater Command
Map of Central Theatre of PLA.svg
Central Theater Command
Simplified Chinese中部战区
Traditional Chinese中部戰區

Its jurisdiction includes Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan and Hubei.[3] Its commander is Gen. Yi Xiaoguang and its political commissar is Gen. Yin Fanglong.[4][2]

The International Institute for Strategic Studies attributes to the command of 300,000 personnel, consisting of three group armies (the 27th Army, 38th Army, and the 65th Army), two armoured divisions, one mechanised infantry division, five motorised divisions, one artillery division, three armoured, seven motorised infantry, four artillery, a total of five various anti-aircraft brigades, and one anti-tank regiment.[5] The command is also augmented by the Beijing Capital Garrison, which consists of the 1st Guards and the 3rd Guards Divisions, and the Beijing Garrison Honor Guard Battalion and Color Guard Company, both of them are charged with public duties, and is also home to the PLA Navy (PLAN) North Sea Fleet and the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) 10th Air Force Corps.[citation needed]

In addition to guarding the capital, the CTC is also in charge of training key personnel for leadership positions through the numerous military academies in the region.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Zhen, Liu (January 4, 2018). "Xi Jinping calls for battle readiness as troops stage massive winter drills across China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved January 4, 2018. Dressed in a winter camouflage uniform and flanked by the other members of the supreme Central Military Commission, Xi issued the call from a military base in the Central Theatre Command, one of the country’s five military zones, as troops in 4,000 sites across the country took part in simultaneous drills in the armed forces’ annual new year exercises on Wednesday.
  2. ^ a b "President Xi announces establishment of five PLA theater commands". Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2019. A grand inauguration ceremony was held to mark the founding of the five theater commands of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing on Feb. 1, 2016....and Han Weiguo and Yin Fanglong, commander and political commissar of the Central Theater Command....
  3. ^ Teo, Cheng Wee (3 Feb 2016). "Military rezoning shows China's focus is on winning wars". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 14 June 2019. [see map graphic for list of provinces]
  4. ^ "Military Watch: China's Central Theater Command Gets a New Deputy Commander". SINOINSIDER. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2019. Yi Xiaoguang’s appointment as CTC commander appeared to be confirmed as early as Oct. 18, 2017 when he attended a 19th Party Congress delegate meeting wearing a CTC unit patch and seated beside CTC political commissar Yin Fanglong, a scene aired by China Central Television.
  5. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Military Balance 2006