The unit, called Mountain Eagle Commando, was revealed to the public for the first time, Chinese newspaper Cankao Xiaoxi reported on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. It was formed under the military reform and aims to deal with counter-terror missions in Xinjiang and other places in China.
The name “Mountain Eagle” came from the unit’s designated battlefield: mountains and plateaus. The unit’s insignia is a flying mountain eagle with its beak pointed to the ground and claws open. The report did not reveal when the Mountain Eagle Commando was established. The unit has begun to take shape, has passed a strict evaluation process and is now capable of conducting combat missions.
In 2018, the amount of ammunition used by the new commando unit was equal to all of the other Armed Police units in Xinjiang in the past three years, said Peng Jingtang, chief of staff of Armed Police Force in Xinjiang. The leader of the Mountain Eagle Commando Unit is Wang Gang, who fought in Xinjiang’s counter-terror efforts and participated in dealing with more than a dozen of serious terrorist incidents.