Han Weiguo (Chinese: 韩卫国; born January 1956) is a general (shang jiang) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). He was Commander of the PLA Ground Force from August 2017 to June 2021, and formerly served as the inaugural Commander of the Central Theater Command.

Han Weiguo
Commander of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force
In office
August 2017 – June 2021
Preceded byLi Zuocheng
Succeeded byLiu Zhenli
Commander of the Central Theater Command
In office
February 2016 – August 2017
Preceded byNew title
Succeeded byYi Xiaoguang
Personal details
BornJanuary 1956 (age 68)
Jingxing County, Hebei, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materPLA National Defence University
Military service
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Branch/service People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Years of service1970–2021
Rank General
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Biography edit

Originally from Jingxing County, Hebei, Han is a graduate of the PLA National Defense University. He served as the commander of the 12th Group Army (now 71st Group Army), then in December 2013, the deputy commander of the Beijing Military Region (now defunct). He was promoted to lieutenant general in 2015. After the 2016 re-organization of the PLA, he was named Commander of the Central Theater Command; at that time he was only one of two lieutenant generals named to commander or commissar positions in the re-organized Theater Command structure.[1] He was promoted to the rank of General on July 28, 2017.[2] In August 2017, he commanded a military parade at Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Nanchang uprising and the founding of the People's Liberation Army, which marked the first time that a Chinese military parade had been held outside of the capital of Beijing.[3] That same month, Han was named the commander of the PLA Ground Force, succeeding General Li Zuocheng.[4]

In 2013, Han became a deputy to the 12th National People's Congress.[5] In October 2017, he was elected as a member of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[6]

On 20 August 2021, he was appointed vice chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ 五大战区司令员、政委公布. Phoenix New Media. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ 中部战区司令员韩卫国等5人晋升为上将. Ifeng. 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ Lei, Zhao (31 July 2021). "Parade demonstrates PLA's evolution". China Daily. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ 韩卫国上将已履新陆军司令员 接替李作成上将. Tencent. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  5. ^ 全国人大代表信息-韩卫国. National People's Congress. Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  6. ^ "List of members of the 19th CPC Central Committee". Xinhua News Agency. 24 October 2017. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Zhong Yuhao (钟煜豪) (20 August 2021). 布小林、蒋超良赴全国人大工作. thepaper (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 August 2021.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander of the 12th Group Army
Succeeded by
New title Commander of the Central Theater Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Succeeded by