Gao Jin

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Gao Jin
Commander of the PLA Strategic Support Force
Assumed office
January 2016
Preceded byNew position
President of the PLA Academy of Military Science
In office
December 2014 – January 2016
Preceded byLiu Chengjun
Succeeded byCai Yingting
Chief of Staff of the Second Artillery Corps
In office
December 2011 – July 2014
Preceded byLu Fu'en
Succeeded byLu Fu'en
Personal details
BornApril 1959 (age 60)
Jingjiang, Jiangsu, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materSecond Artillery Command College
Military service
Allegiance China
Branch/service PLA Rocket Force
PLA Strategic Support Force
Years of service1978 − present
RankPLAGeneral r.png General
CommandsPLA Strategic Support Force
PLA Academy of Military Science

Gao Jin (Chinese: 高津; born April 1959) is a General (shang jiang) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). Since January 2016 he has served as the inaugural commander of the PLA Strategic Support Force. He formerly served as President of the PLA Academy of Military Science, and Chief of Staff of the Second Artillery Corps, where he spent most of his career.


Gao Jin was born in April 1959 in Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, to parents who were both PLA soldiers. He joined the PLA in 1978 without telling his family, and spent most of his career in the Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force.[1][2]

Gao entered the Second Artillery Command College in 1985, and graduated with a master's degree in engineering.[1] He rose through the ranks of the Second Artillery Corps, attaining the rank of major general in July 2006, and eventually becoming its chief of staff in December 2011.[1] In 2012, he was elected an alternate member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (2012–2017). He was made a lieutenant general (zhong jiang) in July 2013.[1][2]

He was promoted twice in 2014, first to assistant chief of the PLA General Staff Department in July, and on December 22, he became President of the PLA Academy of Military Science,[3] the PLA's top research institute, enjoying the same rank as the commanders of the PLA's seven military regions.[1] At age 55, he became the youngest regional chief-level commander of the PLA. He succeeded General Liu Chengjun, who had reached retirement age.[1] On December 31, 2015, as part of wide-ranging reforms of the People's Liberation Army, Gao was named first commander of the PLA Strategic Support Force. On July 28, 2017, Gao was promoted to the rank of General.[4]

Gao has published many academic articles, and has won technological and military awards. The Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily has praised him as a "technologically powerful military leader."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Gao Jin becomes PLA's youngest military region-level chief". China Times. 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Gao Jin" (in Chinese). Phoenix News Media. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Military announces a major reshuffling". China Daily. 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "中部战区司令员韩卫国等5人晋升为上将". Ifeng (in Chinese). 2017-07-28.