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Zhang Zhen (general)

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Chairman  Jiang Zemin
Rank  General
Succeeded by  Hong Xuezhi
Years of service  ?–1997

Preceded by  Li Tao
Role  General
Preceded by  Zhang Zongxun
Name  Zhang Zhen
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Born  5 October 1914 Pingjiang County, Hunan Province, Republic of China (1914-10-05)
Allegiance  People's Republic of China
Died  September 3, 2015, Beijing, China
Children  Zhang Haiyang, Zhang Ningyang, Zhang Lianyang, Zhang Xiaoyang

Political party  Communist Party of China
Service/branch  People's Liberation Army

Zhang Zhen (Chinese: 张震; pinyin: Zhāng Zhèn; 5 October 1914 – 3 September 2015) was a general of the People's Liberation Army of China and a member of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China.



Zhang was born in Pingjiang County, Hunan Province, with Hakka ancestry from Pingyuan County, Guangdong Province. His original name was Zhang Jiansheng (Chinese: 张见生), also named as Zhang Zushou (Chinese: 张祖寿), Zhang Zhongtian (Chinese: 张中天). He joined the Communist Youth League in April 1930, and the Communist Party of China that summer.

From 1957–66, Zhang was vice president, and later president of PLA Nanjing Military Academy. Purged during the Cultural Revolution, he was rehabilitated in 1975 and appointed vice director, and later director of the PLA General Logistics Department, and a member of the CCP Central Military Commission. From 1980–85, he was the vice chief of staff in PLA General Staff Department. From 1985–90, he served as the president of National Defense University.

In 1990, Zhang became president, political commissar and CCP chief of the PLA National Defense University. He was an alternate member of the 11th CCP central committee, and a full member of the 12th CCP central committee. He celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2014 and died on September 3, 2015, just over a month before his 101st birthday.


  • Zhang Xiaoyang, major general, former Dean of PLA University of Foreign Language
  • Zhang Lianyang, major general, former Director of Military Representative Office of People's Liberation Army General Staff Department
  • Zhang Haiyang, general, former political commissar of the PLA Second Artillery Corps
  • Zhang Ningyang, major general, former vice minister of Military Transportation Department of the PLA General Logistics Department
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