Xu Caihou

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Xu Caihou
General Xu Caihou on October 27, 2009
Native name徐才厚
BornJune 1943
Wafangdian, Liaoning, China
DiedMarch 15, 2015(2015-03-15) (aged 71)
China
Allegiance People's Republic of China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army
Years of service1968–2012
Rank3 Gold Stars.svg General
Commands heldVice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (2004–2012)
Member of 17th Politburo of the Communist Party of China (2007–2012)
Secretary of Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (2002–2007)

Xu Caihou (Chinese: 徐才厚; pinyin: Xú Cáihòu; June 1943 – 15 March 2015) was a former member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and General of Chinese People's Liberation Army.

On 19 September 2004, Xu succeeded Hu Jintao as Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission after Hu was promoted to chairmanship.[1] Xu retired from public office in 2013. In March 2014, it was reported that Xu was diagnosed with bladder cancer and was undergoing extensive treatment in Beijing.[2]

In June 2014, Xu was expelled from the Communist Party. Before his death, he under investigation for "serious disciplinary violations." He was also facing a military court martial.[3]

Xu died in China from bladder cancer and multiple organ failure on 15 March 2015 at the age of 71.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "China completes military power transfer". USA Today. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. "Corruption probe of PLA's Xu Caihou dropped because of terminal cancer". South China Morning Post. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  3. "China rocked by its biggest military scandal in decades as former top general is expelled and accused of accepting bribes". Daily Mail. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  4. Ex-top China military official, facing bribery probe, dies