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Xu Yong
Commander of the Tibet Military District
Assumed office
July 2013
Political commissar Diao Guoxin
Preceded by Yang Jinshan
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 62–63)
Baoji, Shaanxi, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater PLA National Defence University
Military service
Allegiance  China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army
Years of service ? − present
Rank PLALtGeneral r.png Lieutenant general
Battles/wars Sino-Vietnamese War

Xu Yong (Chinese: 许勇; born 1959) is a lieutenant general (zhong jiang) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. He has been Commander of the Tibet Military District since 2013.


Xu Yong was born in 1959 in Baoji, Shaanxi Province. He holds a master's degree from PLA National Defence University.[1][2]

Xu began his career as a military scout, and fought in the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979. He rose through the ranks to become battalion commander, division commander, corps-level chief of staff, and then commander of the 13th Group Army in 2008. He attained the rank of major general in 2007.[1][2]

After the Great Sichuan earthquake occurred in May 2008, Xu was the first general to arrive at the epicenter Yingxiu with his soldiers to join the rescue mission.[1][2] At the time, his 19-year-old son had just died of cancer a month before.[3]

Xu Yong was appointed commander of the Tibet Military District in July 2013, replacing Yang Jinshan. On 15 July 2014, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general (zhong jiang) together with Diao Guoxin, the political commissar of the Tibet Military District.[1][2]

Xu is a PLA member of the 12th National People's Congress.[1][2]


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