Liang Guanglie, male, Han nationality, is a native of Santai County, Sichuan Province. He was born in 1940, graduated from Henan University. Liang joined PLA in 1958 and joined the CPC in 1959.
Liang spent most of the 1970s with the Wuhan Military Area Command, serving as deputy section chief and deputy director of the combat department.
In 1982, he returned to school as a student at the Military College. The following year, he became deputy commander of the PLA's Army Corps. After studying at the National Defense University, Liang was promoted to major general in 1988.
An alternate member of the both the 13th and 14th CPC Central Committees, Liang was chief of staff at the Beijing Military Region and a standing member of the command's Party Committee. He then became the deputy commander-in-chief of the command region before leaving for the Shenyang Military Region in 1995. The same year, he was promoted to lieutenant general.
Liang was promoted as General in 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he served as chief of the general staff at the PLA. He was a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, a member of the 17th CPC Central Military Commission, a member of the Central Military Commission of PRC, and State Councilor of the State Council. He also served as Minister of the Ministry of National Defense from 2008 to 2013.