On the afternoon of May 30, the Ministry of National Defense held a regular press conference in Beijing to release the torch style, torch relay range, personnel clothing and support fleet of the 7th CISM Military World Games (7th CWG) to Chinese and foreign media, and displayed the torch at the scene. The torch relay of the 7th CWG will be launched on August 1 in Nanchang, Jiangxi.

The torch of the 7th CWG is named as "Peace and Glory," which means "Peace, Development, and Friendship." Its overall appearance is triangular shape with the length of 700mm and the weight of 780g. The top of the torch is made up of three flames close to each other, which symbolizes soldiers from all over the world gathering in China to ignite each other's enthusiasm and promote peaceful friendship; crenel-shaped air inlet surrounding its top means to deliver the concept of peaceful development to the world; digital camouflage coating in Chinese red is rich in military characteristics and cultural heritage; the circle at the bottom of the torch symbolizes peace and unity of the whole world.

Colonel WU Qian, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense, briefed the reporters from Chinese and foreign media that the 7th CWG will be held in Wuhan, Hubei from October 18 to 27, 2019. The torch relay of the 7th CWG will be conducted under the theme of "Sharing Friendship and Promoting Peace" and the slogan of "Military Glory, World Peace." The torch relay will combine display and relay deliveries at 43 sites across the country, including 27 cities and 16 force points.

On August 1, the fire will be collected and transmitted in Nanchang, the birthplace of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The whole process will go through 10 cities including Beijing, Shijiazhuang(Xibaipo) of Hebei Province, Shanghai, Nanjing of Jiangsu Province, Longyan(Gutian) of Fujian Province, Shenzhen of Guangdong Province, Zunyi of Guizhou Province, Xi'an and Yan'an of Shaanxi Province; and 16 force points including a training base of the Army, an Army brigade, an Army reserve division, a Navy detachment, Peace Ark hospital ship, Aviation University of Air Force, an Air Force division, Rocket Force University of Engineering, the Strategic Support Force University of Aerospace Engineering, a brigade of Joint Logistic Support Force, Academy of Military Sciences PLA China, National Defense University, National University of Defense Technology, a detachment of Armed Police Force and 2 border posts. After arriving in host province Hubei, the torch will be transmitted in 17 cities and prefectures in the province. On the evening of October 18, the fire will enter the main venue of the 7th CWG opening ceremony and ignite the main torch tower.

In addition, the clothing was especially produced for the torch relay personnel of the Games, including the torchbearer, escort runner and staff, and a torch relay fleet was also formed.

As an important publicity activity of the 7th CWG, the torch relay serves as an important carrier to highlight the great achievements of the powerful country and army, to promote the concept of peaceful development, and to carry forward the essence of Chinese culture. It will further spur the enthusiasm of all communities and soldiers to “Watch, Support and Join the Game,” thus creating a good atmosphere for successfully holding the game.

2019 Torchbearers Participated in the Relay; Selection Involving a Wide Range and Highly Representative

2019 torchbearers will be selected to participate in the relay, consisting of army, local and foreign torchbearers. Among them, 954 are military torchbearers, including model representatives of the entire army and armed police forces, representatives of grass-roots units (including officers, soldiers, civilian personnel and militia reserve personnel), representatives of Red Army veterans and outstanding military coaches and athletes; 995 are local torchbearers, including representatives of the Party and government organs, representatives of Double Support Models, military and martyr’s families and outstanding demobilized soldiers, distinguish representatives of all walks of life, local coaches, athletes and sponsors, etc.; and 70 are foreign torchbearers, including the representatives of military officers in China and foreign students from member states of the International Military Sports Council (CISM). At the same time, 40 armed police escort runners will be arranged to be in charge of the escort running, security and etiquette missions.

(Editor WU Jie)