China's Defence Minister In Sri Lanka
China’s Minister of Defense, General Chang Wanquan has arrived in Sri Lanka for a three day tour of Sri Lanka.
High ranking members of the Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka, as well as members from the High commission of China in Sri Lanka, were present to welcome General Wanquan, and the 21 members who accompanied him.
The General along with the President, Prime Minister and other ministers will engage in discussion regarding the regional security situation, of status quo as well as the security ties that exist between China and Sri Lanka.
The tour of Sri Lanka was followed after the General Wanquan’s tour of Bangladesh.
Born in Nanyang, Henan Province, in 1949, Chang joined the PLA in March 1968 and the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November of the same year.
From January 2002 to December 2004, he was the chief of staff and a CPC committee member of the Lanzhou Military Region.
From December 2004 to September 2007, he was the commander of the Shenyang Military Region. He was also director of the Equipment Development Department.
In October 2007 he was elected as a member of the Central Military Commission.
He attained the rank of senior colonel in 1992, major general in July 1997, lieutenant general in 2003, and full general in October 2007.
He has been a member of the 16th, 17th and 18th Central Committees.
In October 2012, he was appointed Minister of National Defense, succeeding General Liang Guanglie.
At the first plenary session of the 12th National People's Congress, he was also elected as State Councilor
- Asian Tribune -