Wei Fenghe

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General
Wei Fenghe
魏凤和
Wei Fenghe.jpg
State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Preceded byChang Wanquan
12th Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Preceded byChang Wanquan
Commander of the PLA Rocket Force
In office
October 2012 – September 2017
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byZhou Yaning
Personal details
Born1954 (age 63–64)
Liaocheng, Shandong, China
Military service
AllegianceCommunist Party of China
Service/branch PLA Rocket Force
RankPLAGeneral r.png General
CommandsMinistry of National Defence (2018–present)
PLA Rocket Force (2015–2017)
PLA Second Artillery Corps (2012–2015)

Wei Fenghe (Chinese: 魏凤和; pinyin: Wèi Fènghé; born 1954) is a general (shang jiang) in the Chinese People's Liberation Army who served as Commander of the PLA Rocket Force, formerly known as the Second Artillery Corps. He is Minister of National Defence and a member of the Central Military Commission.

Biography[edit]

Wei Fenghe was born in Liaocheng, Shandong. He joined the People's Liberation Army in December 1970, at the age of 16.[1] Wei graduated from the Second Artillery Command Academy's Command Department in 1984, and rose from the ranks of the Second Artillery Corps to the rank of general. Wei replaced Jing Zhiyuan as Commander of the Second Artillery Corps in October 2012, and was promoted to the rank of General in November 2012.[2][3] Prior to becoming Commander of the Second Artillery, Wei served as Deputy Chief of Staff on the PLA General Staff Department, a first for a Second Artillery officer. Wei also served as Chief of Staff of the Second Artillery, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Second Artillery, 53rd Base Commander, 54th Base Chief of Staff, and a variety of other command positions in the Second Artillery.[1]

In January 1972, Wei joined the Communist Party of China. Wei was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[1]

On March 19, 2018, Wei was appointed as the Minister of National Defence and the State Councilor.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wei Fenghe". Baidu. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  2. ^ "China: Nuclear Chief Promoted". New York Times. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Chinese General Promoted to Lead Missile Corps". New York Times. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Ex-missile force commander Wei Fenghe named defense minister". The Standard. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
Government offices
Preceded by
General Chang Wanquan
Minister of National Defense
2018 – present
Incumbent