Liu Yuan (politician)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.
Liu Yuan
Political commissar of the General Logistics Department
Assumed office
December 2010
Political commissar of the Academy of Military Sciences of PLA
In office
December 2005 – December 2010
Preceded by Wen Zongren
Succeeded by Sun Sijing
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 63–64)
Beijing, China
Relations Liu Shaoqi (father)
Wang Guangmei (mother)
Alma mater Capital Normal University
Military service
Rank PLAGeneral r.svg.png General

Liu Yuan (simplified Chinese: 刘源; traditional Chinese: 劉源; pinyin: Liú Yuán; born 1951) is a Chinese general and the political commissar of the People's Liberation Army General Logistics Department. Prior to his current position, he was the political commissar of the Academy of Military Sciences of the People's Liberation Army.[1]

Born in Beijing, he is the son of Liu Shaoqi, former President of China who had been heir apparent to Chairman Mao Zedong,[1] but was politically purged and killed during the Cultural Revolution. His mother is Wang Guangmei.

In 1985, he became the vice mayor of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province. He was promoted to vice governor of Henan in 1988. Since 1992, he had served in People's Armed Police for years. In 2003, he became the vice political commissar in PLA's General Logistics Department, and was made lieutenant general. He was appointed as political commissar of Academy of Military Sciences in 2005. On 20 July 2009, Liu was promoted to general.[2]

He is a member of 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

In 2010, Liu wrote the preface to a friend's book titled Changing Our View of Culture and History, which has aroused notice for criticizing recent Party leadership and calls for the rejection of foreign models and a return to a supposed upright military heritage.[1][3]

Some[who?] believe Liu is politically close to other “princelings”, especially Xi Jinping, the current CPC General Secretary.[1] However, he has also had close ties to the disgraced "princeling" Bo Xilai,[citation needed] and this, coupled with Liu's outspokenness about corruption in the PLA, may have denied Liu a seat on the Central Military Commission. However, Xi Jinping is set to promote Liu to the Central Military Commission after 'accusations (by Liu) in 2012 paved the way for the corruption charges against' senior military offices General Xu Caihou and Lieutenant-General Gu Junshan, as part of his plan to tackle corruption.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Page, Jeremy "Princeling" General Attracts Notice with Criticism of Party. China Realtime Report, The Wall Street Journal, 23 May 2011.
  2. ^ Hsiao, Russell (23 July 2009). "Hu Confers Hardliner Top Military Rank". The Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  3. ^ 讀張木生—《改造我們的文化歷史觀》序言 劉源 (Chinese, traditional characters, PDF)
  4. ^ Chinese military's ability to wage war eroded by graft, its generals warn. Ben Blanchard and Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters, 18 Aug 2014 10:06PM.