Zhang Yang, male, Han nationality, is a native of Wuqiang County, Hebei Province. He was born in 1951, entered the work force in 1968, and joined the CPC in 1969. He was Director of Political Department of Guangzhou Military Region, PLA from 2004 to 2007. Currently, he serves as Political Commissar and Secretary of CPC Military Regional Committee of the PLA Guangzhou Military Region. He ws a Member of 17th CPC Central Committee.
In 2012, he became Director of the PLA General Political Department and a member of the 18th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 18th CPC Central Military Commission.
Zhang Yang committed suicide on Nov. 2, 2017 after authorities launched an investigation into his links to two former senior military figures, Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou.