Miao Hua

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Miao Hua
苗华
Director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission
Assumed office
October 2017
Preceded byZhang Yang
Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Navy
In office
December 2014 – September 2017
DeputyDing Haichun, Wang Dengping
CommanderShen Jinlong
Preceded byLiu Xiaojiang
Succeeded byQin Shengxiang
Political Commissar of the Lanzhou Military Region
In office
July 2014 – December 2014
Preceded byLi Changcai
Succeeded byLiu Lei
Personal details
BornNovember 1955 (age 63)
Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Military service
Allegiance China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army Ground Force
 People's Liberation Army Navy
Years of service1969−present
RankPLAGeneral r.png Admiral
CommandsPolitical Work Department of the Central Military Commission

Miao Hua (Chinese: 苗华; pinyin: Miáo Huá; born November 1955) is an admiral of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). He has served as director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission since October 2017. Previously he served as political commissar of the PLA Navy from December 2014 to September 2017, and political commissar of the Lanzhou Military Region in 2014.

Biography[edit]

Miao Hua was born in November 1955 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. He is of Rugao, Jiangsu ancestry.[1][2]

He enlisted in the PLA in December 1969, serving as a soldier in the 274th regiment of the 92nd division of the 31st Group Army, in the Nanjing Military Region. He joined the Communist Party of China in September 1973. In the 1980s, he served as a political commissar in several regiments. In the 1990s, he rose to director of the Political Department of the 93rd division, and then political commissar of the 91st division. In August 1999, Miao became director of the Political Department of the 31st Group Army, and attained the rank of major general in July 2001. He was made Political Commissar of the 12th Group Army in July 2005.[1][3]

Miao was appointed director of the Political Department of the Lanzhou Military Region in December 2010. In July 2012, he became deputy political commissar of the Lanzhou MR, and attained the rank of lieutenant general. In July 2014, he was promoted to political commissar of the Lanzhou MR, replacing General Li Changcai, who had retired.[1][2]

Five months later, Miao was transferred from the army to the People's Liberation Army Navy, and appointed political commissar of the navy.[1] It was a highly unusual move, as navy political commissars, including his predecessor Liu Xiaojiang, were normally promoted internally. Observers have interpreted the move as related to the fall of General Xu Caihou, the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.[2] Miao spent most of his career in the Nanjing Military Region, and was based in Xiamen, Fujian Province around the same time when Xi Jinping served as deputy party chief of Fujian. He worked for many years alongside Xi, who later became China's top leader in 2012.[2]

On 31 July 2015, Miao Hua was promoted to admiral, the highest rank for Chinese military officers in active service, together with nine other officers.[4]

Miao was a member of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and is a member of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Miao Hua" (in Chinese). Phoenix New Media. 25 December 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "最年轻"上将苗华是谁? [Who is Miao Hua, the youngest general?]. China News (in Chinese). 4 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Miao Hua". China Vitae. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ "China promotes 10 officers to general". Xinhua. 31 July 2015.