Zhao Nanqi (aka Cho Nam Oi), male, Korean nationality, was born in 1926 in Yongji, Jilin Province. He joined the PLA in 1945 and the CPC in 1947. He graduated from the PLA Logistics Academy and then served in the Korean War. Between 1955 and 1957, he studied again at the PLA Logistics Academy and for the next 20 years conducted political work for the PLA in Jilin Province. From 1984 to 1985, he served as political commissar for the PLA military district of Jilin Province.
From 1987 until 1992, Zhao was director and Party secretary of the PLA General Logistics Department and a member of the PLA Central Military Commission. Zhao, who was ranked general in 1988, was president of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences from 1992 to 1995.
Zhao was a member of the 12th, 13th and 14th CPC Central Committees, vice-chairman of the Nationalities Committee of the 5th NPC, and vice-chairman of the 9th CPPCC National Committee.