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ARMED FORCES OF THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY

Secret Intelligence Service

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Brief. Room No. 15

Approximate structure of the PLA – The ground forces of the PLA are organised in seven military districts : Beijing, Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chengdu Folk – with the functions of commands in theatre. The composition of these districts include provincial military districts. The troops of the Beijing Military Region, intended for the defence of the capital and Inner Mongolia. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Hebei and Shanxi, as well as, a division of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Separate military-administrative units are the cities of Beijing and Tianjin. In the district include the 27th, 38th and 65th Armies. Commander of the district – 张仕波 (zhāng shì bō), Commissioner – 刘福 连 (liú fú lián). Army 27: 188, 235 mechanised brigades; 80, 82 Infantry Brigade; 7 Tank Brigade; 16 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Army 38: 6 Armoured Division; 112, 113 mechanised divisions; 6 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; brigade of special purpose; 8 Army Aviation Regiment. 65 Army: 193 Mechanised Division, 195 Mechanised Brigade; 70, 196 Infantry Brigade; 1 Tank Brigade; 14 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Shenyang Military District, for defence north-eastern borders of China. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Jilin, as well as some units Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In the district include the 16th, 39th and 40th Army. Commander of the district – 王 教成 (wáng jiào chéng), Commissioner – 褚益民 (chǔ yì mín). Army 16: 49 and 69 Infantry Division; 48, 67, 68 mechanised brigades; 4 Tank Brigade; 10 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. 39 Army: 116 Mechanised Division, 190 and 202 mechanised brigades; 115 motorised infantry brigade; 3 Tank Brigade; 7 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; Special Purpose Regiment; 9 Regiment Army Aviation. Army 40: 118, 119, 191 Infantry Brigade; 5 Tank Brigade; 11 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Jinan Military District, serves as a strategic reserve. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Shandong and Henan. In the district includes 20 th, 26 th and 54 th Army. Commander of the district – 赵宗岐 (zhào zōng qí), Commissioner – 杜 恒 岩 (dù héng yán). Army 20: 58, 60 mechanised brigades; 13 Tank Brigade; 2 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. 26 Army: 200 Mechanised Brigade; 77, 138, 199 motorised brigades; 8 Tank Brigade; 8 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; Special Purpose Regiment; 7 Regiment Army Aviation. Army 54: 127, 162 mechanised divisions; 160 Mechanised Brigade; 11 Tank Brigade; Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; 1 regiment of army aviation. Lanzhou Military Region is focused on Mongolian, Central Asian and Pakistani direction. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, as well as the Xinjiang provincial military district. The structure of the military district includes 21th, 47th Army, as well as SPVO. Commander of the district – 刘 粤军 (liú yuè jūn), Commissioner – 苗 华 (miáo huá). Army 21: 61 motorised division; 62 Mechanised Brigade; 12 Tank Brigade; Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; 184 brigade of special purpose. 47 Army: 139 Mechanised Brigade; 55, 56 Infantry Brigade; 9 Tank Brigade; 15 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Xinjiang Provincial Military District 6 Mechanised Division; 4, 6, 11 Infantry Division; 2 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; 3 Brigade Army Aviation; 1 independent regiment. Nanjing Military District, oriented to the east and south-east direction. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian and Jiangxi. Separate military-administrative entity is Shanghai. In the district includes the 1st, 12th and 31th Army. Commander of the district – 蔡 英挺 (cài yīng tǐng), Commissioner – 郑卫平 (zhèng wèi píng). Army 1: 1 amphibious mechanised division; 178 Mechanised Brigade; 3 Motorised Brigade; 10 Tank Brigade; 9 artillery division; air defence brigade; 5 Army Aviation Brigade; EW team. Army 12: 34, 35 mechanised brigades; 36, 179 motorised brigades; 2 Tank Brigade; Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Army 31: 86, 91 motorised divisions; 92 motorised brigade; 14 Tank Brigade; 3 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; brigade of special purpose; Army Aviation Regiment 10. Guangzhou Military District, is focused on the southern direction and defence of the Vietnamese-Chinese border. On its territory there are military structure of the province of Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. In addition, subject to the command of the garrison in Hong Kong. In the district consists of 41 th and 42 th Army, as well as Hainan Provincial Military District. Commander of the district – 徐 粉 林 (xú fěn lín), Commissioner – 魏 亮 (wéi liàng). 41 Army: 123 Mechanised Division; 121 Motorised Division; 15 Tank Brigade; Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. 42 Army: 124 amphibious mechanised division; 163 motorised infantry division; 16 Tank Brigade; 1 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade; brigade of special purpose; 6 Brigade Army Aviation. Hainan Provincial Military District: 132 motorised brigade. Hong Kong Garrison: Infantry Brigade, Center Transport Management and Supply, the PLA Air Force helicopter unit; group of the Chinese Navy, as well as control center transport and logistics, and infantry units in Macau. Chendusky Military District protects the southern and south-westerly direction and defending the border with Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Nepal and India. Located within the county structure of military areas of Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, as well as the military forces of the Tibetan provincial district. Separate military-administrative entity is the city of Chongqing. In the district includes the 13th and 14th Army, as well as Tibetan provincial military district. Commander of the district – 李作成 (lǐ zuò chéng), Commissioner – 朱福熙 (zhū fú xī). Army 13: 37, 149 motorised divisions; 17 Tank Brigade; Artillery Brigade; air defense brigade; brigade of special purpose; 2 Army Aviation Brigade. Army 14: 31, 40 Infantry Division; 18 Tank Brigade; 4 Artillery Brigade; air defence brigade. Tibetan provincial military district: 52, 53 Mountain Infantry Brigade; 54 Mechanised Brigade; 308 Artillery Regiment; anti-aircraft artillery regiment. Included here is a detailed block diagram of the armed forces of the People’s Liberation Army. China.

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ARMED FORCES OF THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY

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