Zhang Wannian

Rising star in P.L.A. to head top college

A tech-savvy, 48-year-old rising star in the mainland military has been promoted to head a prominent college affiliated with the People's Liberation Army in the latest personnel reshuffle.

Saturday, 9 July, 2011, 12:00am

Corrupt official linked to PLA general

A former mainland military leader was instrumental in promoting a corrupt provincial party leader who was recently kicked out of the Communist Party for taking huge bribes, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said yesterday.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

PLA chooses 'young blood' leaders for party congress

The PLA has elected its representatives - many of them young professional soldiers - to the 17th Communist Party Congress, state media reported yesterday.

A total of 249 PLA and 47 armed police representatives are expected to attend the party conference scheduled to be held this autumn.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hard-to-please chief hails PLA exercises

Senior mainland general Zhang Wannian has softened his criticism of the military and expressed satisfaction with the recent exercises on Dongshan Island, opposite Taiwan, a report said.

31 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

PLA exercises a new warning to Taiwan

The PLA has held another military exercise to demonstrate its combat prowess and, apparently, warn Taiwan against independence, Xinhua reported yesterday.

The three-day exercise started on Wednesday and was presided over by General Zhang Wannian, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the agency said.

13 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Loyalty boost for PLA ranks

Loyalty to the Communist Party has been put on a par with military strength as one of the two central themes for the PLA by General Zhang Wannian, veteran vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.

3 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Generals support PLA enterprise ban

Leading PLA officers have vowed to support the party's decision to close military enterprises.

Speaking at the fringe of the NPC, officers who are deputies said it had taken the PLA just six months to implement the decision to stop business operations.

15 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

PLA chief accepts $47b payout

Military strongman General Zhang Wannian has accepted Premier Zhu Rongji's offer of 50 billion yuan (HK$46.8 billion) as 'compensation' for closing down PLA enterprises.

The sum is roughly 30 billion yuan less than the generals had demanded.

9 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Army to reinforce discipline in the ranks

A campaign will be launched to reinforce discipline and tighten control in the Army, a military official said yesterday.

A day after President Jiang Zemin launched his appeal to root out top-level corruption, Central Military Commission vice-chairman General Zhang Wannian said big efforts would be made to fight army graft and idleness.

24 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Jiang to tighten grip on PLA

President Jiang Zemin is calling an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission next month to further tighten his grip on the PLA.

Army sources said yesterday the commission would oversee rejuvenation at the central and regional level.

20 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Military manoeuvres tighten Jiang's grip

Two senior generals are expected to be promoted to posts as vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission at the end of the congress.

Chief of Staff Fu Quanyou and head of the General Political Department Yu Yongbo are tipped to replace two retiring vice-chairmen, generals Liu Huaqing, 81, and 83-year-old Zhang Zhen.

15 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Generals out to seize initiative before congress

PLA generals are stepping up their hawkish rhetoric in an effort to seize the initiative at the forthcoming 15th party congress.

Military sources said yesterday several members of the top brass had given tough speeches on the possibility of using quasi-military means to speed up reunification with Taiwan.

9 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Zhang's primacy in PLA affirmed

Zhang Wannian has consolidated his position as People's Liberation Army (PLA) supremo in the post-Deng Xiaoping era.

Army sources said General Zhang, 69, had edged out Defence Minister General Chi Haotian, 68, as the Army's strongman.

14 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Army pledges to modernise

THE military's Logistics Department will put emphasis on modernising fighting equipment and promoting stability among the ranks.

The new chief of the department, General Wang Ke, laid out his unit's goals for the Ninth Five-Year Plan period of 1996-2000 at a conference that closed in Beijing on Monday.

20 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Army's party work seen as priority task

THE People's Liberation Army has posited ideological and political work as the 'priority task' of the military.

At a meeting of the Communist Party committee of the Army's General Staff Department, Chief of Staff Zhang Wannian said it was of paramount importance that the army observe the goal of 'party construction' and promoting ideological rectitude.

26 Dec 1994 - 12:00am