Xu Qiliang

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Air Force General
Xu Qiliang
许其亮
空军上将
Xu Qiliang.jpg
Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission
Assumed office
4 November 2012
Serving with Fan Changlong
ChairmanXi Jinping
10th Commander of the PLA Air Force
In office
September 2007 – October 2012
DeputyHe Weirong
Preceded byQiao Qingchen
Succeeded byMa Xiaotian
Personal details
BornMarch 1950 (age 67)
Linqu County, Shandong, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materPLA National Defence University
Military service
Allegiance China
Service/branchAir Force Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Liberation Army Air Force
Years of service1966–present
RankPLAGeneral r.png Air Force General
CommandsPeople's Liberation Army Air Force (2007–2012)
Shenyang Military Region Air Force (1999–2004)

Xu Qiliang (Chinese: 许其亮; pinyin: Xǔ Qíliàng; born March 1950) is an air force general in the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of the People's Republic of China. He currently serves as Vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, and was Commander of the PLAAF from 2007 to 2012.

Biography[edit]

Born in Linqu County, Shandong to a peasant's family, he entered the PLA and its Air Force No. 1 aeronautic preparatory school in 1966, learned piloting, and joined the Communist Party of China the following year. Later he transferred to the Air Force No. 8 and No. 5 aeronautic schools. He became a pilot after graduation in August 1969.

Xu was promoted to head of the military division in 1983, and vice army corps commander the next year. In 1985, he became chief of staff at the Air Force Shanghai headquarters, and also entered the PLA National Defense University for training. He was promoted to corps commander of the PLA Air Force in 1991 and was made a major general. In 1993, he became vice chief of staff of the Air Force and studied at the National Defense University again. After graduation, he was promoted to chief of staff of the PLA Air Force. He was made a lieutenant general in 1996.

In 1999, Xu became the vice commander and Air Force commander of the Shenyang Military Region, and studied at the National Defense University for the 3rd time in 2001. He was elevated to vice chief of staff of the PLA General Staff Department. He was made a full general on June 20, 2007, and became the commander of the PLA Air Force in September of that year. In October 2012, he was China's first career air force officer promoted to Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and was succeeded as Air Force Commander by General Ma Xiaotian.

He is also a member of the 19th Politburo of the Communist Party of China. He has been an alternate member of the 14th and 15th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China, and a full member of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Central Committees.

In July of 2018, Xu met in Beijing with the acting US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, to discuss regional issues and where the two men each laid out his country's military concerns before the other.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gertz, Bill (2 July 2018). "Chinese general, close ally of president, faces off with Mattis on Beijing visit". The Washington Times. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Qiao Qingchen
Commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Ma Xiaotian
Preceded by
Zheng Shenxia
Commander of the Shenyang Military Region Air Force
1999–2004
Succeeded by
Zhou Laiqiang