China handed over the responsibility of leading the troops deployed along the Indo-China border to the new commander
Beijing Chinese President Xi Chinfing has entrusted the responsibility of leading the troops deployed on challenging borders, especially to the new commander of the army, Lt Gen Shu Killing. He will lead the Western Theater Command responsible for the India-China border. It has been claimed in a media report. The appointment of General Shu was announced on June 5, amid the ongoing deadlock along the Line of Actual Control between India and China. According to news from the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, General Shu has been sent to take stock of the forces of the Western Theater Command, where the deadlock over the Indo-China border dispute continues.
"As tensions are rising with India over the border dispute, a young commander is needed to lead the troops and officers of the Western Command at this sensitive time," the Post quoted military sources as saying. Shu is 57 and five years younger than the previous commander in age. According to reports, Killing has previously served in the Eastern Theater Command. China took this step ahead of the key talks between senior Indian and Chinese military officials on Saturday to end the deadlock at the border. The PLA's Western Theater Command monitors the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India.