Following is a biographical sketch of Zhang Wannian, who was just nominated vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) by CMC Chairman Jiang Zemin and approved by the Ninth National People's Congress at its First Session.
Zhang, born in August 1928, native of Longkou, Shandong Province, joined Communist Party of China (CPC), August 1945, joined the army in August 1944, graduated from Basic Department of Nanjing Military Academy of Chinese People's Liberation Army, general.
Served as squad leader, platoon leader, deputy platoon instructor and chief of a regiment communication section of Northeast Field Army, 1945-50; chief of regiment combat section, combat staff officer, 1950-56; deputy regiment commander and chief of staff, 1956-58.
Graduated from Nanjing Military Academy, 1961; served as deputy regiment commander and
regiment commander, 1961-66; deputy director of the Combat Department of Guangzhou Military
Area Command, 1966-68; division commander, 1968-78; deputy army commander and army commander 1978-82; deputy commander of PLA Wuhan Military Area Command, 1982-85; deputy commander of PLA Guangzhou Military Area Command, 1985-87; commander of Guangzhou Military area Command, 1987-90; commander of Jinan Military Area Command, 1990-92.
Appointed member of CPC central Military Commission, chief of PLA General Staff, 1992-95;
vice-chairman of CPC Military Commission, 1995-97; elected member of Political Bureau of CPC
Central Committee, member of Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and vice-chairman of CPC
Military Commission since 1997.
Elected alternate member of the 12th and 13th CPC Central Committee, member of 14th and 15th CPC Central Committee, member of Political Bureau of 15th CPC Central Committee and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee.