Wang Guanzhong

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Wang Guanzhong
王冠中
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Deputy Chief of Joint Staff
Assumed office
October 2012
Personal details
BornFebruary 1953 (age 66)
Zhaodong, Heilongjiang, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materPLA Xi'an Political Academy,
Central Party School
Military service
Allegiance China
Branch/servicePeople's Liberation Army
Years of service1970−present
RankPLAGeneral r.png General

Wang Guanzhong (Chinese: 王冠中; born February 1953) is a general (shang jiang) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. He serves as a deputy chief of the Joint Staff , and is a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Biography[edit]

Wang Guanzhong was born in February 1953 in Zhaodong, Heilongjiang Province. He joined the PLA in December 1970, serving in the army artillery force in the Shenyang Military Region. He became an officer in 1974 and joined the Communist Party of China in the same year.[1][2] From 1978 to 1979 he studied at the PLA Xi'an Political Academy. From 1983 to 1986 he studied at the graduate school of the Central Party School on a full-time basis.[2]

In 2001 Wang became a deputy director of the General Office of the Central Military Commission, and was promoted to Director in 2007. He also served as a member of the 17th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection from 2007 to 2012.[1][2] In October 2012, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff .[1] In the same year, he was elected to the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (2012–17) as a full member.[2]

Wang Guanzhong attained the rank of major general in 2001 and lieutenant general in 2009.[2] On 31 July 2015, he was promoted to general (shang jiang), the highest rank for Chinese military officers in active service, along with nine other officers.[3]

2014 Shangri-La Dialogue[edit]

In 2014, Wang Guanzhong attended the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore as China's top military delegate. After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized China's actions in the South China Sea dispute, Wang accused Abe and Hagel of provocation and intimidation. In his speech at the dialogue, he said the criticism was unwarranted and appeared to be coordinated to "stage a provocative challenge against China".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 王冠中简历 [Biography of Wang Guanzhong]. Ta Kung Pao (in Chinese). 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wang Guanzhong". China Vitae. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. ^ "China promotes 10 officers to general". Xinhua. 2015-07-31.
  4. ^ "Chinese General: Abe, Hagel Speeches Are Provocative Toward China". Wall Street Journal. 1 June 2014.