BEIJING, Feb. 26 (ChinaMil) -- The deputies to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) were announced on Feb. 24. The commanders of the five Theater Commands, five services and the Armed Police Force are all included in the delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).
The 269-member PLA delegation is a demonstration of the effect of China's military reform over the past five years. The commanding officers in charge of the 15 functional departments of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) are all included in the delegation.
CMC members, including Song Puxuan, director of the Logistic Support Department, Li Shangfu, director of the Equipment Development Department, An Zhaoqing, political commissar of the Equipment Development Department, Li Huohui, director of the Training and Administration Department, Liu Jiaguo, political commissar of the National Defense Mobilization Department, Song Dan, secretary of the Politics and Law Commission, Wang Huiqing, director of the Strategic Planning Commission, Hu Changming, director of theOffice for International Military Cooperation and Chen Jianfei, director of theGeneral Office, are in the delegation list.
NPC deputies from the PLA's five service branches include Han Weiguo, commander of the PLA Army, Zheng Weiping, political commissar of the PLA Strategic Support Force, Shen Jinlong, commander of the PLA Navy, Qin Shengxiang, political commissar of the PLA Navy, Ding Laihang, commander of the PLA Air Force, Yu Zhongfu, political commissar of the PLA Air Force, Zhou Yaning, commander of the PLARocket Force, Wang Jiasheng, political commissar of the PLA Rocket Force, and Wang Ning, commander of the Armed Police Force.
NPC Deputies from the five PLA Theater Commands include Liu Yuejun, commander of the PLA Eastern Theater Command, Yuan Yubai, commander of the PLA Southern Theater Command, Zhao Zongqi, commander of the PLAWestern Theater Command, Wu Shezhou, political commissar of the PLA Western Theater Command, Fan Xiaojun, political commissar of the PLANorthern Theater Command and Yin Fanglong, political commissar of the PLA Central Theater Command.
NPC Deputies from the newly established military academies include Fang Xiang, political commissar of the PLA Academy of Military Science and Wu Jieming, political commissar of the PLA National Defense University.
The current structure of the PLA delegation to the 13th NPC has been optimized and fully demonstrated the universality, advancement and representation, according the PLA Daily newspaper. All the deputies are outstanding members drawn from all fronts of the PLA.
(The author is Guo Yuandan, reporter with the Global Times.)