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Eastern Theater Air Force

The Air Force in the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was mainly reorganized and established on the basis of the original air force organs of the relevant military regions. The Air Force of the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is stationed in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Air Force troops from the eastern theater of the former Nanjing Military Region Air Force, and former Jinan Military Region Air Force.

In February 2016, President Xi conferred military flags on the PLAs five newly established theater commands: the Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central Theaters. The theaters are responsible for warfighting and improving routine readiness through joint operations, training, and strategy and plans development. These changes required the reassignment of some units.

In 2016, the PLAAF established five new theater air force headquarters and adapted its mission and structure to align with the PLAs ongoing reforms. In February 2016, General Ma Xiaotian, the PLAAF commander, and Lieutenant General Yu Zhongfu, the services political commissar, urged the development of a joint operations mindset at a ceremony marking the creation of the theater air forces. They directed the service to streamline institutions, embrace a force-building role, and improve regulations to ensure standardization and discipline in carrying out reforms.

The adjustment and formation of a theater air force is an urgent need to address national security threats and effectively fulfill military missions. The air force will shoulder the important tasks entrusted by the party and the people with a new perspective and responsibility.

In this round of reform, the original Jinan troops were transferred to 3 theaters, and the cadres of the government were adjusted to nearly 10 units in 3 theaters. Nearly a thousand people moved away from the camps that had been stationed for many years and went to new posts. The impact of this adjustment was not small. Some of these cadres were divided into houses, and some family members did not follow the army for long. But once the order is issued, everyone was organized to go.

Air Force Commander: Lieutenant General Huang Guoxian, male, born in 1962, member of the Communist Party of China, rank of lieutenant general of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and served as commander of the Air Force of the Nanjing Military Region of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. He was the commander of the Air Force in the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

The PLA organized continuous military movements around Taiwan in April 2017. On April 18, 19, and 20 that year, the PLA Air Force circled Taiwan for 3 consecutive days. The Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said at the time that the Air Force continuously organized multiple bombers and reconnaissance aircraft to "cruise around the island", and dispatched many types of bomber-6K, Su-30, J-11 and reconnaissance aircraft and early warning aircraft. Multiple fighters.

In August 2017 the Chinese People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Staff, Jiangsu Provincial Public Security Department and China Civil Aviation Jiangsu Safety Supervision and Administration Bureau jointly issued the "Notice on Strengthening the Management and Maintenance of Public Safety for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles". Before the announcement, SF Express The Jiangxi Ganzhou branch's express delivery business has also received affirmative approval from the eastern theater of war. It is also the only logistics company to conduct pilot logistics operations within the region.

On 15 April 2019 last year, the PLA Air Police 500, H-6K, Yun 8, Su 30, and J-11 aircraft of various types flew out from the south of the mainland successively at noon, and flew through the bus strait towards the southeast toward the west Pacific for long-distance long-distance training In addition to the 6K flight to the north via the Miyako Strait, the other military aircraft flew back to the station along the original route.

Zhang Chunhui, Air Force spokesman for the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, said on 09 February 2020, the PLA's eastern theater organized sea and air forces to conduct combat readiness drills, deployed a variety of weapons and equipment, such as frigates, bombers, fighter planes, and early warning aircraft, to test the multi-service integrated joint combat capability. Air force cruises through the Bus Strait and Miyako Strait, and conducts targeted practical combat exercises.

Zhang Chunhui said that Taiwan and its affiliated islands are a sacred and inseparable part of Chinas territory. The Chinese militarys combat readiness cruise is completely legitimate and lawful. It is a necessary action against the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and the maintenance of national sovereignty. The troops in the theater are determined and capable of frustrating all "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, resolutely safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

It can be seen from media reports in Taiwan that the H-6K and J-11 fighters were used in this exercise. "Since the joint exercise of multi-service naval and air forces in the theater, we should also deploy equipment such as warships and early warning aircraft, so as to better test the systematic combat capabilities." Air Force expert Fu Qianshao told Peng Mei News.

According to information released by the Ministry of Defenses Integrated Staff Supervision Department, four H-6K bombers flew north from the east of Taiwan Island and through the Miyako Strait in the direction of the East China Sea, completing a flight around Taiwan.

According to information released by the Ministry of Defenses Integrated Staff Supervision Department, four H-6K bombers flew north from the east of Taiwan Island and through the Miyako Strait in the direction of the East China Sea, completing a flight around Taiwan.

In 2020, the PLAs sea and air forces had already conducted three cruises and drills around the island. On January 23, Taiwans defense department said that the PLAs Air Police-500, H-6, and other fighter planes successively sailed through the bus strait to the Western Pacific for long-range long-distance training. This is the first time since the New Year that the PLA Air Force fighters had gone out of the island chain for voyage training.

The relevant training activities of the PLA's sea and air forces are arrangements within the annual plan. Take the example of Zhang Chunhui's air and sea force cruising around Taiwan Island on 15 April 2019. The talk mentioned that the eastern theater dispatched naval and air forces, including ships, bombers and reconnaissance planes, to cruise around the island, and conducted necessary training exercises to test the multi-service integrated joint combat capability. This action is a normal arrangement within the annual plan, and it is a legitimate and legitimate right of sovereign countries, which is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The theater troops keep in mind the missions and tasks of the new era, strive to improve their ability to win battles in the new era, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

PLA aircraft usually exercise restraints when conducting missions related to Taiwan, like flying on the Chinese mainland side of the "middle line" of the Straits. PLA frequently sent warplanes, including H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan, with some also featured warships.



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