Compiled from the following sources:

Special biographic research
Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2002-2006

Who's Who, Current Chinese Leaders
Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2003-2005

Zhongguo Gongchandang Lijie Zhongyang Weiyuan Dacidian, 1921-2003
Beijing: Zhonggong dangshi chubanshe 2004

Revision History:

Biography Revised: 3/18/2008
Career Data Updated: 3/18/2008

PHOTO: Cao Gangchuan
Cao Gangchuan 曹刚川
Former Minister of National Defense
Born: 1935
Birthplace: Henan Province, Wugang

Career Data

2003—2008 Minister, Ministry of National Defense
2003—2008 State Councilor, State Council
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
2002—2007 Vice-Chairman, 16th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee
1998— Director, PLA, General Armaments Department
1998—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
1998— Secretary, PLA, General Armaments Department CPC, Party Committee
1998— General, PLA
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee
1996—1998 Minister, State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND)
1993—1998 Lieutenant General, PLA
1992—1996 Deputy Chief, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff
1990—1992 Director, Central Military Commission of the PRC, Office of Military Trade
1989—1990 Director, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff, Military Affairs Department
1988—1993 Major General, PLA
1982—1989 Deputy Director, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff, Military Equipment Department
1975—1982 Deputy Director, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff, Military Equipment Department, General Planning Division
1975—1982 Staff Officer, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff, Military Equipment Department, General Planning Division
1969—1975 Assistant, PLA, General Logistics Department, Military Equipment Department, Munitions Division
1963—1969 Assistant, PLA, General Logistics Department, Ordinance Department, Ammunition Division
1957—1963 Student, (Military Engineering School, Artillery Corps of the Soviet Union)
1956—1956 Teacher, No. 1 Ordnance Technical School
1956 Joined, CPC
1956—1957 Student, PLA Dalian Russian-Language School Liaoning Province, Dalian City
1954—1956 Student, No. 1 Ordnance Technical School
1954—1956 Student, No. 3 Artillery Ordnance Technical School Jiangsu Province, Nanjing City
1954 Joined, PLA


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