Compiled from the following sources:

Special biographic research
Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2002-2006

Who's Who, Current Chinese Leaders
Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2003-2005

Zhongguo Gongchandang Lijie Zhongyang Weiyuan Dacidian, 1921-2003
Beijing: Zhonggong dangshi chubanshe 2004

Revision History:

Biography Revised: 6/27/2003
Career Data Updated: 9/18/2007

PHOTO: Chi Haotian
Chi Haotian 迟浩田
Former Minister of National Defense
Born: 1929

Biography

Chi Haotian, male, Han nationality, is a native of Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province. He was born in 1929, joined the PLA in 1945, joined the CPC in 1946 and graduated from the PLA Nanjing Military Academy and the PLA Political Institute.

Chi was one of China's most prominent military leaders. His career began when he joined the PLA in 1945. He served as a military instructor during the War of Liberation and as battalion instructor during the Korean War. He later became regimental political commissar of the Beijing Military Command and political commissar of the Jinan Military Command. In 1993, he became a member of the State Council. He later became vice-chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission and vice-chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission.

Chi was a delegate to the 9th and 11th CPC National Congresses and was a member of the 12th, 13th, 14th and15th CPC Central Committees. He was elected member of Politiburo of 15th CPC Central Committee in 1997.

Career Data

Honorary President, Wrestling Association of China
1999 Member, Macao SAR Preparatory Committee, Government Delegation, Macao Hand-Over Ceremony
1997—2002 Vice-Chairman, 15th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
1997—2003 Minister, Ministry of National Defense
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee
1995—2003 Vice-Chairman, Central Military Commission of the PRC
1995—1997 Vice-Chairman, 14th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
1993—1998 Minister, (National Defense, 1st Session, 8th NPC)
1992—1997 Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee
1992—1995 Member, Central Military Commission of the PRC
1992—1995 Member, State Council
1992—1995 Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
1987—1992 Member, 13th CPC, Central Committee
1987—1992 Chief, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff
1982—1987 Member, 12th CPC, Central Committee
1977—1982 Delegate, 11th CPC, National Congress
1973—1977 Deputy Political Commissar, PLA, Regions, Beijing Military Region
1970—???? Deputy Editor-in-Chief, People's Daily
1970—???? Leader, Liberation Army Daily
Regimental Political Commissar, PLA, Regions, Beijing Military Region (27th Army Division 81)
1969—1970 Division Director, PLA, Regions, Beijing Military Region, Political Department (Political Department of the 27th Army)
1967—1972 Delegate, 9th CPC, National Congress
Deputy Chief, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff
1960—1966 Political Commissar, PLA, Regions, Jinan Military Region (27th army 79 divisions 235 regiment)
Student, Military Academy of the Chinese PLA, Combination Department
1958—1959 Student, PLA High Infantry School
1955—1958 Deputy Director, PLA, Regimental Political Department Korean War (Political Department of 27th Army regiment 235)
1955—1958 Battalion Instructor, PLA, Regimental Political Department Korean War
1951 Joined, Chinese People's Volunteers Korean War
(Entitled, Third-Class People's Hero of East China)
Participant, Shanghai Campaign (Commended as First-Class Combat Model)
1946—1949 Company Instructor, PLA, Services and Arms, Field Army
Graduate, Political Academy of the Chinese PLA
Graduate, Nanjing Military Academy Jiangsu Province, Nanjing City
1946 Joined, CPC
1945 Joined, PLA
1936 Graduate, Anti-Japanese Military and Political College


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