BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- China's Central Military
Commission(CMC) conferred the rank of general on three senior military officers
here on Friday, bringing the total number of generals to 167.
CMC Chairman Hu Jintao awarded the officers certificates of command at the promotion ceremony. An order
for the promotion was announced by CMC Vice-Chairman Guo Boxiong.
The senior officers are deputy chief of General Staff
of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xu Qiliang, political commissar of the PLA
General Logistics Department Sun Dafa, and PLA Navy commander Wu Shengli.
China began to confer military ranks to military and
police officers in 1955, when Chairman Mao Zedong promoted 10 senior officers to
the rank of marshal, which was later abolished.
Premier Zhou Enlai then issued a decree conferring
the rank of general on 55 officers in 1956 and two more in 1958.
Two of the generals who had participated in the
revolution that founded the People's Republic of China are still alive --
102-year-old Lu Zhengcao, former vice-chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and 99-year-old Xiao
Ke, who was a member of the Kuomintang before joining the Communist Party of
In 1988, the CMC resumed the system which had been
abandoned in1965. Since then, 111 senior military and police officers have been
promoted to the rank of full general.
Hong Xuezhi, who became a member of the CMC in 1988,
was the only officer to receive the honor twice in 1955 and 1988.
The PLA recognizes 10 military ranks for officers in
active service: general, lieutenant general and major general; senior colonel,
colonel, lieutenant colonel and major; captain, first lieutenant and second