CHINA - China unveiled spokesmen for its seven military branches on Wednesday night in an effort to beef up the country's military transparency.
The branches are the General Political Department, the General Logistics Department, the General Armament Department, the navy, the air force, the Second Artillery Force and the Armed Police.
Other large military units will also appoint spokesmen.
Liang Yang, a 43-year-old former navy captain with experience in international exchanges, becomes the first spokesman for the Chinese navy as the country strengthens its naval build-up to safeguard maritime interests.
The other spokesmen are mainly officials in charge of information and publicity from their related branches, military sources told China Daily.
The spokesmen will release timely information about the key activities of their units, in response to related concerns from the public and the media, the sources said.
The effort is to "further introduce and explain the Chinese military's build-up and development to international society, and to respond to concerns from both home and abroad".
Experts said the move will enhance China's military transparency and facilitate the military's exchanges with the public and foreign countries.