Tian Xiusi

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Tian Xiusi
12th Political Commissar of the PLA Air Force
In office
October 2012 – July 2015
Preceded by Deng Changyou
Succeeded by Yu Zhongfu
Political Commissar of the Chengdu Military Region
In office
December 2009 – October 2012
Preceded by Zhang Haiyang
Succeeded by Zhu Fuxi
Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Military District
In office
December 2004 – December 2009
Preceded by Yu Linxiang
Succeeded by Wang Jianmin
Personal details
Born February 1950 (age 67)
Mengzhou, Henan, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Military service
Allegiance  China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army Air Force
Years of service 1968–2015
Rank PLAGeneral r.png General
Battles/wars Battle of Laoshan

Tian Xiusi (Chinese: 田修思; born February 1950) is a retired Chinese general who served as Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Previously, he was a standing committee member of the Communist Party of China Xinjiang committee and the political commissar of the Xinjiang Military District, as well as political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region.[1] Tian Xiusi was sacked for "serious violations of discipline" in July 2016.[2]


Tian was born in Dongshuiyun Village, Houcun Town, Mengzhou, Henan Province. He joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army in 1968 and served in Xinjiang for more than three decades. He attained the rank of lieutenant general in July 2006,[3] and general in July 2012. A veteran of the 1984 Battle of Laoshan of the Sino-Vietnamese conflicts, Tian was one of the few Chinese generals of his generation with actual battle experience.[1] He succeeded General Zhang Haiyang as political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region in 2009.[1] In 2012, he replaced and General Deng Changyou as the 12th political commissar of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, even though he had never served in the Air Force.[4]

Tian retired from active service in July 2015, after having reached the age of 65. He was replaced by Lt. General Yu Zhongfu.[1] After retiring from military service, he was named a deputy chair of the National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee in August 2015.[5]

Tian has been a member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.[1]


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