Xu Caihou

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Xu Caihou
Xu and Gates.JPG
General Xu Caihou (left) with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates (right)
Native name 徐才厚
Born June 1943
Wafangdian, Liaoning
Allegiance  People's Republic of China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Liberation Army
Rank General
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ "Xu Caihou". People's Daily. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "China completes military power transfer". USA Today. 19 September 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2010.