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People's Daily Online


XINHUA Online (China View)


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Revision History:

Biography Revised: 11/29/2017
Career Data Updated: 11/29/2017

PHOTO: Zhang Yang
Zhang Yang 张阳
Former Member of the 18th CPC Central Military Commission; Former Director of the PLA General Political Department
Born: 1951
Died: 2017

Biography

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.

Career Data

2012—2017 Member, 18th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
2012—2017 Member, 18th CPC, Central Committee
2012—2017 Director, PLA, General Political Department
2010—2017 General, PLA
2007—2012 Member, 17th CPC, Central Committee
2007—2012 Political Commissar, PLA, Regions, Guangzhou Military Region
2007—2012 Secretary, PLA, Regions, Guangzhou Military Region CPC, Party Committee
2006—2010 Lieutenant General, PLA
2004—2007 Director, PLA, Regions, Guangzhou Military Region, Political Department
2004—2007 Member, PLA, Regions, Guangzhou Military Region CPC, Party Committee, Standing Committee
2003—2008 Deputy, 10th NPC
2002—2004 Political Commissar, PLA, Services and Arms, 42nd Group Army
2001—2006 Major General, PLA
1999—2002 Director, PLA, Services and Arms, 42nd Group Army, Political Department
1968 Joined, PLA


Recent Travel & Appearances

28 Nov 17 Senior Chinese military officer commits suicide amid corruption probe
14 Sep 17 Two senior PLA officers get new appointments
07 Mar 17 PLA generals resolved to build strong armed forces
19 Dec 16 China to build rank-centered military officer system
11 Jan 16 China's new Central Military Commission organ established
01 Jan 16 China establishes Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force
26 Oct 15 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Akaboshi Keiji (Former chief of staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)
Senior Chinese military official meets with Japanese guests
08 Dec 14 Chinese military urged to improve work style
06 Jun 14 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Tsutomu Mori (Former Chief of Staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF))
Kenichiro Hokazono (Former Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF))
Zhang Yang meets with Japanese guests #China #Japan
09 Dec 13 Was in Beijing Municipality
Zhang Yang meets with #U.S. senior retired generals #China

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