The youngest serving army corp commander in the PLA has been dismissed after a former soldier who served under him died after they went out drinking together, a news agency reported. Zhang Yan, commander of the Shandong-based 26th Army, went drinking with two former subordinates and one died afterwards, the China News Service reported. The two lower ranking troops were from the 39th Army based in Shenyang, which Zhang had previously headed, the report said. The report did not give details of when and where the three went drinking. Zhang’s dismissal has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defence. Defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular media briefing that the officer had violated regulations. Nine government officials in China have died from excessive drinking since January 2013, according to a report published by the China Youth Daily in April 2014. READ MORE: Chinese official dies after drinking too much first day on the job A deputy county chief in the Guangxi region of southern China died of alcohol poisoning two years ago after going out to eat with colleagues on the first day on the job. Seven other officials who drank with him were fired.