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Chen Bingde (simplified Chinese: 陈炳德; traditional Chinese: 陳炳德; pinyin: Chén Bǐngdé; born July 1941 in Nantong, Jiangsu) is a retired general (shang jiang) in the People's Liberation Army (PLA). He was the Director-General of the General Armaments Department until September 2007. In this position he acted as the head of the space program of China. He then served as chief of the PLA General Staff Department. He retired in 2012, and was succeeded by General Fang Fenghui as chief of General Staff.

Chen Bingde
Gen. Chen Bingde.jpg
BornJuly 1941 (age 77)
Nantong, Jiangsu, China
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Service/branchFlag of the People's Liberation Army.svg People's Liberation Army
Commands heldGeneral Armament Department, General Staff Department


He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1962 and has been a member of the CPC Central Military Commission since 2004. He was former chief of the Nanjing Military Region, a crucial region in Beijing's military strategy against Taiwan.

In 2004, he was promoted to the director of the General Armaments Department as well as the secretary of CPC's committee. In 2007 he was promoted to head of General Staff Department. He attained the rank of major general in September 1988, lieutenant general in July 1995, and general in 2002. He was a member of CPC's 15th, 16th and 17th central committees.


Military offices
Preceded by
General Liang Guanglie
Chief of PLA General Staff Department
Succeeded by
General Fang Fenghui