China's first theater command spokesperson makes debut appearance

China Military Online
Yao Jianing
South China Sea (File Photo)

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (ChinaMil) -- A spokesperson for the Southern Theater Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently made his debut public appearance.

According to a message released by the WeChat Official Account of the PLA’s Southern Theater Command on November 30, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson for the PLA Southern Theater Command, recently said that USS cruiser Chancellorsville trespassed into the territorial waters off China’s Xisha Islands on November 26 without authorization from Chinese government. He added that the Southern Theater Command then organized relevant air and sea forces to track, monitor, verify, and identify the US warship in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and warned it to leave the area.

In addition, Senior Colonel Li said that the troops of the Southern Theater Command will continue to closely monitor the air and sea situation, prevent accidents that endanger the security of China, firmly perform their duties and responsibilities, and resolutely defend China’s national sovereignty and security. The Chinese side urged the US to strengthen the management of its ships and aircraft passing by China to prevent unexpected events.

Senior Colonel Li Huamin is the first spokesperson at the theater command level who has made an official debut appearance since the establishment of the five theater commands on February 1, 2016. This signifies the further improvement of the PLA military spokesperson system.

he regular press conference system of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was officially established on April 27, 2011. Since then, the MND has been holding a regular press conference every month, at which the spokesperson for the MND introduces relevant situation and answers media inquiries.

On the basis of the MND spokesperson system, seven units of the PLA, namely the former General Political Department, the former General Logistics Department, the former General Equipment Department, the Navy, the Air Force, the former Second Artillery Force, and the Armed Police Force (APF), set up their own spokesperson system with the approval of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) in November 2013.

The PLA Army held a pre-match press conference for subjects of the International Army Games (IAG) 2018 in Korla, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 27, 2018, at which Senior Colonel Liao Yanling, the first spokesperson for the PLA Army, made a public appearance.


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