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Revision History:

Biography Revised: 1/22/2018
Career Data Updated: 1/22/2018

PHOTO: Li Zuocheng
Li Zuocheng 李作成
Member, 19th CPC, Central Committee; Vice-Chairman, 19th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission; Chief of the General Staff, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff; General, PLA
Born: 1953

Biography Highlight

Li Zuocheng, male, Han nationality, is a native of Anhua County, Hunan Province. He was born in 1953, joined the PLA in 1970, and joined the CPC in 1972. From 1997 to 2009, he was Major General of PLA. From 2009 to 2015, he was Lieutenant General of PLA. In July 2015, he was promoted to General of PLA. He was Deputy Commander of Chengdu Military of PLA from 2007 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he was Chengdu Military Region, PLA. On Jan 1st, 2016, he was promoted as the commander of the PLA Army Command. In 2017 Li was named Chief of the General Staff of the PLA and Vice-Chairman of the 19th CPC Central Military Commission. He is also a Member of the 19th CPC Central Committee.

Recent Career Data

2017— Vice-Chairman, 19th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
2017— Member, 19th CPC, Central Committee
2017— Chief of the General Staff, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff
2016—2017 Commander, PLA, Army Command
2015— General, PLA
2013—2015 Commander, PLA, Regions, Chengdu Military Region
2009—2015 Lieutenant General, PLA
2007—2013 Deputy Commander, PLA, Regions, Chengdu Military Region
2002—2007 Deputy Chief-of-Staff, PLA, Regions, Chengdu Military Region
1998—2002 Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, 41st Group Army

Recent Travel & Appearances

12/20/17 Li Zuocheng meets with Mozambican chief of the General Staff
11/20/17 Chinese military chief of staff meets with Pakistani counterpart
11/09/17 Chinese army chief meets with commander of Zimbabwe Defense Forces
08/28/17 Appointment of new chief to raise military's combat ability

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