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Ten PLA Officers Promoted to General

By Lin Yunshi and Ren Qiuyu / Aug 01, 2019 12:46 PM / Politics & Law

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Ten officers of the People’s Liberation Army were promoted to the rank of general at a ceremony on Wednesday, the second such ceremony since the 19th Party Congress in October 2017.

General is the highest rank for active service officers in China. Usually, selection to be promoted to the general rank requires serving as lieutenant general or at an equivalent level for four years, or two years in a theater command posting depending on length of time spent in the military and experience.

However, six of the newly-promoted generals — Li Shangfu, Wu Shezhou, Zhu Shengling, Shen Jinlong, Zheng He, and An Zhaoqing — had only been elevated to lieutenant general or equivalent in 2016. It appears they have been fast-tracked.

All 10 of the new generals are members of the Central Committee of the 19th Party Congress. Stay tuned for a closer look at their backgrounds.

Read the full story on Caixin Global tomorrow.

Correction: A previous version of this article mistranslated the term "theater command."

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