Guo Boxiong was a retired general of the Peoples Liberation Army of China. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chinas top military council, during the same period he also held a seat in the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, Chinas top decision-making body. He was expelled from the Communist Party on 30 July 2015, on July 25,2016, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for bribery. Guo was born in Liquan County, Shaanxi province, in August 1958, Guo, aged 16 and just finished middle school, began working at a military factory in Xingping, Shaanxi province. Guo joined the Peoples Liberation Army in 1961, two years later, he joined the Communist Party of China. Guo was trained at Chinas National Defense University and the Xian Army Academy in Peoples Liberation Army Military Academy where he graduated, Guo earned a series of promotions in the 1970s. In the 55th Division of the 19th Army, Guo rose from a soldier to chief of staff of the 55th Division by 1982, afterwards Guo became commander of the 47th Group Army for three years. In 1993 Guo became deputy commander of the Beijing Military Region, the heart of Chinas defense establishment, in September 1999, Guo became a member of the Central Military Commission, deputy chief of staff, and was also promoted to the rank of General. The Vice-Chairmanship of the CMC is the highest executive position given to military officers and he retired at the 18th National Congress in November 2012. After Guos retirement, Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and supreme commander of the PLA, Guo was subject of intense rumours surrounding possible involvement with corruption during his time in office, particularly in overseas Chinese media. Guo, along with his colleague of the same rank, retired General Xu Caihou, attended a new years gala in early 2014. However, shortly thereafter, in the summer of 2014, as part of the fallout of the Gu Junshan case, Xu was court-martialed and expelled from the party. After Xus fall, Guo was euphemistically referred to in Chinese-language media as the Northwest Wolf, sensing impending doom, friends from Guos hometown visited Guo in Beijing, urging him to clarify the situation to the authorities to avoid the same fate as Xu. In response, Guo reportedly said, some things cannot be easily clarified, in February 2015, Guos son, Guo Zhenggang, a rear admiral in the PLA Navy, and his wife, were detained for investigation by military authorities in connection to business and real estate dealings. This was followed by reports in international media that Guo himself was also undergoing investigation and he was duly expelled from the Communist Party of China and his case moved to military prosecution authorities for further processing. Guo was, remarkably, the member of the 17th Politburo of the Communist Party of China to be expelled from the Communist Party. On July 25,2016, Guo was sentenced to imprisonment for bribery. Guo Boxiong has a brother, Guo Boquan born in 1961, who, until 2015, headed up the Department of Civil Affairs of Shaanxi province and a former official in the city of Weinan
General Guo Boxiong
Guo Boxiong met U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2007.
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