Zheng Chuanfu and Han Weiguo made army deputy commanders

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 January, 2014, 5:15am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 January, 2014, 5:15am

Lieutenant general Zheng Chuanfu, 62, the former commander of the People's Liberation Army's Beijing garrison, has been named a deputy commander of the capital's military command in the latest reshuffle of the army's top brass.

The official newspaper of the Beijing Military Region, Zhanyou Bao, said Zheng attended an internal meeting at the end of December as a deputy commander. Zheng was chief of command for Inner Mongolia in 2006 and Shanxi in 2003. He is also a standing c ommittee member of the Communist Party's Beijing Committee.

The paper added that Major General Han Weiguo, 57, also attended the meeting as a deputy commander. Han previously served as commander of the 12th Group Army based in Nanjing , Jiangsu province. The elite unit has a distinguished history dating back to the 1940s, during the civil war. A number of its units were reportedly sent to suppress the Tiananmen protests and enforce martial law in Beijing in 1989.

Meanwhile, the official newspaper of the PLA's Second Artillery Corps said Yu Daqing had replaced Deng Tiansheng as deputy political commissar, while Tang Guoqing had filled Yu's old position as head of the political department. The corps controls China's nuclear arsenal and is one of the most important units in the PLA. The report made no mention of a new post for 63-year-old Deng.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Chai Shaoliang, 59, was named deputy political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region, the Sichuan Daily reported. Chai was promoted to lieutenant general last year and served as director of the Chengdu command's political department.

Lieutenant General Wu Jieming became the deputy political commissar of the National Defence University, the official Liberation Army Daily reported.