China has appointed General Zhao Zongqi, a former top People’s Liberation Army officer who oversaw the border with India, as the deputy chairman of the influential Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s Parliament.
Gen Zhao, 65, headed the Western Command during the Doklam faceoff in 2017 and Ladakh standoff in 2020. As per regulations of the PLA, the retirement age for the top generals is 65.
An official announcement by the NPC said Gen Zhao has been appointed as the deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, an influential body of the NPC. The appointment comes ahead of the annual meeting of the NPC beginning from March 5.
The NPC along with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body, will hold their annual get-together for a week.