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FAN CHANGLONG (Chinese : 范长龙; pinyin : Fàn Chánglóng; born 1947) is a general in the People\'s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People\'s Republic of China
China
. He is a Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and formerly served as commander of the Jinan Military Region .

Fan was born in Dandong
Dandong
, Liaoning Province and is a member of the Fàn family . He joined the PLA and the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
in 1969. He became a major general in 1995, a lieutenant general in 2002, and general on July 15, 2008. Fan has been an alternate member of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
, and a full member of the 17th Central Committee . In 2012, ahead of the 18th Party Congress, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission .

In mid-April 2016, he paid a visit to the disputed Spratly Islands
Spratly Islands
in the South China
China
Sea , according to the country’s Ministry of National Defense , which reported the visit on Friday 15 April 2016. Gen. Fan Changlong
Fan Changlong
was said to have been the highest-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer ever to visit the Spratly Islands. General Fan led a delegation to the “relevant Nansha Islands to offer good wishes to officers and personnel stationed there, and also to understand the construction of facilities on the islands,” said a brief statement from the Ministry of National Defense. His tour appeared intended to show China’s determination to ward off any challenges to its claims over the islands, which are also the subject of claims by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

REFERENCES

* ^ (in Chinese) Fan Changlong
Fan Changlong
Promoted to General chinanews.com * ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/world/asia/china-south-china-sea-spratly-islands.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
(2012–2017)

* Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
* Ma Kai * Wang Qishan * Wang Huning * Liu Yunshan * Liu Yandong * Liu Qibao * Xu Qiliang * Sun Chunlan * Sun Zhengcai * Li Keqiang * Li Jianguo * Li Yuanchao * Wang Yang * Zhang Chunxian * Zhang Gaoli * Zhang Dejiang
Zhang Dejiang
* Fan Changlong * Meng Jianzhu * Zhao Leji * Hu Chunhua * Yu Zhengsheng
Yu Zhengsheng
* Li Zhanshu * Guo Jinlong * Han Zheng
Han Zheng

Sequenced in surname stroke order

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Generals and admirals (shang jiang ) of the People's Republic of China
China
in active service

ARMY

* Fan Changlong * Chang Wanquan
Chang Wanquan
* Fang Fenghui * Zhang Yang * Zhao Keshi * Zhang Youxia * Wang Hongyao * Qi Jianguo * Wang Guanzhong * Du Jincai * Jia Ting\'an * Wu Changde * Yin Fanglong * Zhang Shibo * Xu Yaoyuan * Chu Yimin * Song Puxuan * Liu Yuejun * Zhao Zongqi * Du Hengyan * Zheng Weiping * Xu Fenlin * Wei Liang * Li Zuocheng * Han Weiguo * Liu Lei * Gao Jin

NAVY *

* Sun Jianguo * Miao Hua

AIR FORCE

* Xu Qiliang * Ma Xiaotian * Liu Yazhou * Yi Xiaoguang * Yu Zhongfu

ROCKET FORCE

* Wei Fenghe * Wang Jiasheng

ARMED POLICE

* Wang Ning

*Although navy shang jiang is officially translated as "admiral", there is no distinction between "general" and "admiral" in Chinese.

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