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

China Gate


XINHUA Online (China View)


Revision History:

Biography Revised: 3/19/2013
Career Data Updated: 3/19/2013

PHOTO: Liang Guanglie
Liang Guanglie 梁光烈
Former Member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, Former Member of the 17th CPC Central Military Commission, Former Minister of the Ministry of National Defense
Born: 1940

Biography

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.

Career Data

2008—2013 State Councilor, State Council
2008—2013 Minister, Ministry of National Defense
2007—2012 Member, 17th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
2007—2012 Member, 17th CPC, Central Committee
2003—2013 Member, Central Military Commission of the PRC
2002— General, PLA
2002—2007 Secretary, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff CPC, Party Committee
2002—2007 Chief, PLA, Headquarters of the General Staff
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee, Central Military Commission
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee
1999—2002 Commander, PLA, Regions, Nanjing Military Region
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee
1997—1999 Commander, PLA, Regions, Shenyang Military Region
1995—2002 Lieutenant General, PLA
1995—1997 Deputy Commander, PLA, Regions, Beijing Military Region Beijing Municipality
1993—1995 Chief of Staff, PLA, Regions, Beijing Military Region Beijing Municipality
1990—1993 Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, 54th Group Army
1988—1995 Major General, PLA
1987—1992 Alternate Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee
1985—1990 Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, 20th Group Army
1984—1986 Student, Henan University Henan Province, Kaifeng City
1983—1985 Deputy Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, 20th Group Army
1982—1987 Alternate Member, 13th CPC, Central Committee
1981—1983 Division Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, 20th Group Army, Division Command
1970—1979 Deputy Director, PLA, Services and Arms, Army (or Ground Force), Headquarters
1964—1970 Campaign Staff Member, PLA, Services and Arms, Army (or Ground Force), Headquarters
1963—1964 Student, Xinyang Infantry School Henan Province
1960—1963 Platoon Commander, PLA, Services and Arms, Army (or Ground Force)
1959 Joined, PLA
1958 Joined, CPC


Recent Travel & Appearances

28 Jan 13 Chinese official expresses support for Brunei's #ASEAN presidency #China
22 Jan 13 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Taalaibek Omuraliev (Kyrgyzstan Defense Minister)
#Chinese defense minister meets #Kyrgyzstan counterpart
15 Jan 13 Travelled to Ukraine, Kiev and met with the following:
Viktor Yanukovych (President of the Ukraine)
#Chinese Defense Minister visits #Ukraine
11 Jan 13 Travelled to Macedonia, Skopje and met with the following:
Gjorge Ivanov (President of Macedonia)
#Chinese defense minister meets with President of #Macedonia
09 Jan 13 Travelled to Slovenia, Ljubljana and met with the following:
Janez Jansa (Prime Minister of Slovenia)
Ales Hojs (Slovenian Defense Minister)
Prime Minister of #Slovenia Janez Jansa meets with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie in Ljubljana
07 Jan 13 Liang Guanglie leaves Beijing to visit three #European countries #China
19 Dec 12 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Timothy Keating (Vice-Chief of New Zealand Defence Force)
#China, #New Zealand pledge to further military cooperation
18 Dec 12 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Tomasz Mathea (Polish Navy Commander)
#Chinese defense minister meets #Polish navy commander
11 Dec 12 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Mohamed Nazim (Maldives Minister of Defence and National Security)
#China, #Maldives pledge strengthened military ties
06 Dec 12 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Yuri Zhadobin (Defense Minister of Belarus)
#China, #Belarus to strengthen military-to-military cooperation

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