In January, Fang was reported to have been under investigation for bribery and corruption. Fang served as chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Guangzhou Military Area Command from 2003 to 2007.
The border troops including those posted along the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) would be brought directly under the PLA which functions under Central Military Commission (CMC) headed by President Xi Jinping.
China has appointed a new army commander in a reshuffle of top posts ahead of next month's congress of the ruling Communist Party, state media reported. Han Weiguo replaces Li Zuocheng following the latter's promotion as the new chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People's Liberation Army in August.
The base will enable China to better support its patrols in waters off Somalia and Yemen and carried out its international humanitarian obligations, the report said. Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious military modernisation programme.
At least 170,000 officers, ranging from lieutenants to colonels, in China's land forces would be laid off after two of the existing seven military commands and three army corps were scrapped, the media reported.