Chang Wanquan

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Chang Wanquan
Chang Wanquan.jpg
State Councilor
Assumed office
16 March 2013
Premier Li Keqiang
Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
16 March 2013
Preceded by Liang Guanglie
Personal details
Born January 1949 (age 68)
Nanyang, Henan, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Military service
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army
Years of service 1968–present
Rank PLAGeneral r.png General
Commands Ministry of National Defence

Chang Wanquan (Chinese: 常万全; born January 1949) is the Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People's Republic of China and a general in the People's Liberation Army. He has been a member of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China and helped to manage China's space program.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Nanyang, Henan Province, in 1949, Chang joined the PLA in March 1968 and the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November of the same year. From January 2002 to December 2004, he was the chief of staff and a CPC committee member of the Lanzhou Military Region. From December 2004 to September 2007, he was the commander of the Shenyang Military Region. He was also director of the Equipment Development Department. In October 2007 he was elected as a member of the Central Military Commission.

He attained the rank of senior colonel in 1992, major general in July 1997, lieutenant general in 2003, and full general in October 2007. He has been a member of the 16th, 17th and 18th Central Committees.

In October 2012, he was appointed Minister of National Defense, succeeding General Liang Guanglie.

At the first plenary session of the 12th National People's Congress, he was also elected as State Councilor.[3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Liang Guanglie
Minister of National Defense
2013 – present