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General Xu Caihou (left) with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates (right)
|Allegiance||People's Republic of China|
|Service/branch||People's Liberation Army|
|Commands held||Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission|
Xu Caihou (Chinese: 徐才厚; pinyin: Xú Cáihòu; born June 1943 in Wafangdian, Dalian, Liaoning) was a vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission. He succeeded Hu Jintao to the post on September 19, 2004 upon the latter's promotion to the chairmanship. His appointment came as a surprise to some analysts, as it was thought that Zeng Qinghong would be Hu's successor. He retired from public office in 2012.
Xu was also a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee for the 16th CPC Central Committee and was a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee.
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