Operation Eastern Protection
|Operation Eastern Protection|
|Part of Renewed RLM Insurgency|
The Xiaodongese Army entering Heijiang
Tinzan Eternal Realm
|Commanders and leaders|
Ren Shaokuan (Commander of the 2nd Army) |
Wu Yunxiang (Commander of the Northeast Military District)
Chen Chuzhong (Commander of the National Restoration Army)
Saeed Pursnani (Commander of the 188th Independent Republican Guard Parachute Infantry Brigade )
Ali Akbar Ghazali (Commander of the 13th Mechanised Infantry regiment)
Tashi (Presidium Commander of the Lhogrong Theatre)|
Nyandak the Lion (Commander of the People's Protection Organisation)
Su Phuntsok (Commander of the Southern Army)
People's Protection Organisation|
80 armoured vehicles
40 armoured vehicles
Tinzan Eternal Realm
|Casualties and losses|
|150+ civilians killed|
Operation Eastern Protection (Xiaodongese: 东方保护行动; Dōngfāng Bǎohù Xíngdòng) was a cross border military operation between Xiaodong and the Xiaodongese-backed Xiaodongese Republic of Heijiang in the region of Lhogrong in Tinza. Started in January 2009 following the declaration of independence by Heijiang from Tinza a month prior, the operation saw Xiaodongese forces capture several cities held by the Revolutionary Labour Movement and stabilise the independence of the republic of Heijiang decisively defeating RLM and Tinzan government forces.
The operation began after premier Yuan Xiannian authorised Xiaodongese forces to assist the breakaway state of Heijiang following the latter's inability to successfully defend against RLM and Tinzan government forces. In a speech made to the State Presidium of Xiaodong Yuan stated that the operation was designed to "stabilise the northern border and secure the independence of the Heijiang government" and that Xiaodongese forces were invited to intervene by the Heijiang government which is officially recognised by Xiaodong.
General Ren Shaokun in March 2009 following the end of the operation has stated that the operation was "strategic success" and that Xiaodong would continue to conduct military operations in Tinza until until there is a comprehensive agreement between Heijiang and a Tinzan government which would guarantee the independence and territorial integrity of Heijiang. This never occurred with plans to launch a greater invasion of Tinza abandoned in April 2009. Tinza has since claimed Heijiang to be an integral part of their territory and has criticised the operation as a de facto invasion of Tinzan territory. Xiaodong strongly denies these claims and states the operation was designed to protect the Xiaodongese minority in Tinza, stabilise the government of Heijiang and ensure stability on Xiaodong's south-eastern border.