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Gao Xiaoyan

Gao Xiaoyan
Native name高小燕
Born1957 (age 60–61)
Shilou County, Shanxi, China
AllegiancePeople's Republic of China
Service/branchPeople's Liberation Army
Years of service1974–2014
RankPLAMjGeneral r.png Major general
Commands heldPolitical Commissar and Discipline Inspection Secretary of the PLA Information Engineering University (2012–2014)

Gao Xiaoyan (Chinese: 高小燕; pinyin: Gāo Xiǎoyàn; born 1957) is a disgraced major general (shao jiang) in the People's Liberation Army of China. She successively served as Political Commissar and Discipline Inspection Secretary of the PLA Information Engineering University in Zhengzhou, and Executive Director of China Institute For Leadership Science (CILS).[1] Investigated by the PLA's anti-graft agency in December 2014,[2] She was the first female general to have been implicated in the anti-corruption campaign launched after the 18th Communist Party Congress.[3]

Life and career

Gao was born and raised in Shilou County, Shanxi province, near the city of Lüliang. In 1974, by age 17, she joined the People's Liberation Army and working in Lanzhou Military Region. In 1984, she was transferred to Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, and was assigned to the PLA Fourth Military Medical University. Twelve years later, she was transferred to Beijing with her husband and worked in PLA General Logistics Department. In 2005, she became the political commissar at the 309th Hospital of the PLA.

In 2012, she was transferred to Zhengzhou and appointed the Political Commissar and Discipline Inspection Secretary of the PLA Information Engineering University. In September 2012, she was elected Executive Director of China Institute For Leadership Science (CILS). She was detained by the People's Liberation Army’s prosecution organs on November 27, 2014.[4][5]

Gao was the fifth military figure with rank of major general or above detained for investigation after the 18th Party Congress. After her downfall, Chinese media speculated on her links with a former general in charge of logistics, Gu Junshan and to Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Woman general Gao Xiaoyan held as China fights corruption in military". The Times. 2014.
  2. ^ "First female PLA general in bribery probe". Chinadaily. 2014.
  3. ^ 高小燕成十八大后首位因贪腐落马女将军. Tencent (in Chinese). 2014.
  4. ^ "PLA Female general detained on charge of graft". Sina. 2014.
  5. ^ 解放军信息工程大学副政委高小燕少将被查. Tencent (in Chinese). 2014.
  6. ^ 高小燕背后贵人曝光 疑通过徐才厚买官成将军. Netease. December 7, 2014.