Tian Zhong

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Tian Zhong
田中
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Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy
Assumed office
January 2014
Commander Wu Shengli
Commander of the North Sea Fleet
In office
January 2008 December 2013
Preceded by Su Shiliang
Succeeded by Qiu Yanpeng
Personal details
Born1956 (age 6263)
Huanghua, Hebei, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Branch/service People's Liberation Army Navy
Years of service1974 − present
Rank PLALtGeneral r.png Vice-Admiral

Tian Zhong (Chinese :田中; born 1956) is a vice-admiral ( zhong jiang ) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. He has been Deputy Commander of the PLAN since 2014, and formerly served as Commander of the North Sea Fleet.

Chinese language family of languages

Chinese is a group of related, but in many cases not mutually intelligible, language varieties, forming the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Chinese is spoken by the ethnic Chinese majority and many minority ethnic groups in China. About 1.2 billion people speak some form of Chinese as their first language.

Peoples Liberation Army Navy maritime warfare branch of Chinas military

The People's Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy, is the naval warfare branch of the People's Liberation Army, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of China and, by default, the national armed forces of the People's Republic of China. The PLAN can trace its lineage to naval units fighting during the Chinese Civil War and was established in September 1950. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, the Soviet Union provided assistance to the PLAN in the form of naval advisers and export of equipment and technology. Until the late 1980s, the PLAN was largely a riverine and littoral force. However, by the 1990s, following the fall of the Soviet Union and a shift towards a more forward-oriented foreign and security policy, the leaders of the Chinese military were freed from worrying over land border disputes, and instead turned their attention towards the seas. This led to the development of the People's Liberation Army Navy into a green-water navy by 2009. Before the 1990s the PLAN had traditionally played a subordinate role to the People's Liberation Army Ground Force.

North Sea Fleet Chinese naval fleet

The Northern Theater Command Navy, or the North Sea Fleet is one of the three fleets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, under the Northern Theater Command. In September 1950 the Qingdao Army Base was redesignated as a naval base. Following the departure of the Soviet Navy from Lüshunkou, the North Sea Fleet was established in 1960 with naval bases in Qingdao and Lüshunkou.

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Early Life

Tian Zhong was born in 1956 in Huanghua, Hebei Province.

Huanghua County-level city in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

Huanghua is a county-level city located in the Bohai Gulf coastal region of Hebei province, China. It is under the jurisdiction of the prefecture-level city of Cangzhou.

Hebei Province

Hebei is a province of China in the North China region. The modern province was established in 1911 as Chihli Province. Its capital and largest city is Shijiazhuang. Its one-character abbreviation is "冀" (Jì), named after Ji Province, a Han dynasty province (zhou) that included what is now southern Hebei. The name Hebei literally means "north of the river", referring to its location entirely to the north of the Yellow River.

Career

Zhong joined the PLAN in 1974; he attained the rank of rear admiral in 2001 and vice-admiral in 2009. [1]

Rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer rank above that of a commodore and captain, and below that of a vice admiral. It is generally regarded as the lowest of the "admiral" ranks, which are also sometimes referred to as "flag officers" or "flag ranks". In many navies it is referred to as a two-star rank (OF-7)/(O-7).

From December 2007 to January 2014, Tian served as Commander of the North Sea Fleet as well as Deputy Commander of the Jinan Military Region. He became Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy in January 2014, and Rear Admiral Qiu Yanpeng succeeded him as Commander of the North Sea Fleet. [1] [2] [3]

Jinan Military Region Former military region of China

The Jinan Military Region was a PLA Military Region located in the east of the People's Republic of China, covering the Shandong and Henan Provinces, which also form military districts. It appears that Yang Dezhi was one of the first commander of the Jinan MR, from 1958. It was considered a strategic reserve. It includes some of the area previously within the Wuhan Military Region, disbanded in 1985-88.

Qiu Yanpeng

Qiu Yanpeng is a vice-admiral of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. He served as Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy from 2014 to 2018, and Commander of the North Sea Fleet from 2013 to 2014.

Tian Zhong was a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. [1]

18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Wikimedia list article

The 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was elected by the 18th National Congress on 15 November 2012, and sat in plenary sessions until the communing of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017. It was formally proceeded by the 17th Central Committee.

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References

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  2. 田中升任海军副司令员 邱延鹏接任北海舰队司令 (in Chinese). Tencent. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. David Liebenberg; Jeffrey Becker (2014-02-07). "Recent Personnel Shifts Hint at Major Changes on the Horizon for PLA Navy Leadership". Jamestown Foundation.