Tian Xiusi
12th Political Commissar of the PLA Air Force
In office
October 2012 – July 2015
Preceded byDeng Changyou
Succeeded byYu Zhongfu
Political Commissar of the Chengdu Military Region
In office
December 2009 – October 2012
Preceded byZhang Haiyang
Succeeded byZhu Fuxi
Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Military District
In office
December 2004 – December 2009
Preceded byYu Linxiang
Succeeded byWang Jianmin
Personal details
BornFebruary 1950 (age 73)
Mengzhou, Henan, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party (expelled)
Military service
Allegiance China
Branch/servicePeople's Liberation Army Air Force
Years of service1968–2015
Rank General
Battles/warsBattle of Laoshan

Tian Xiusi (Chinese: 田修思; born February 1950) is a retired Chinese general who served as Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Previously, he was a standing committee member of the Chinese Communist Party Xinjiang committee and the political commissar of the Xinjiang Military District, as well as political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region.[1] In July 2016, Tian was placed under investigation for "serious violations of discipline".[2]


Tian was born in Dongshuiyun Village, Houcun Town, Mengzhou, Henan Province. He joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army in 1968 and served in Xinjiang for more than three decades. He attained the rank of lieutenant general in July 2006,[3] and general in July 2012. A veteran of the 1984 Battle of Laoshan of the Sino-Vietnamese conflicts, Tian was one of the few Chinese generals of his generation with actual battle experience.[1] He succeeded General Zhang Haiyang as political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region in 2009.[1] In 2012, he replaced and General Deng Changyou as the 12th political commissar of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, even though he had never served in the Air Force.[4]

Tian retired from active service in July 2015, after having reached the age of 65. He was replaced by Lt. General Yu Zhongfu.[1] After retiring from military service, he was named a deputy chair of the National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee in August 2015.[5]

Tian was a member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees of the Chinese Communist Party.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e 2015夏季将领调整 于忠福升任空军政委. Caixin (in Chinese). 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Tian Xiusi, former Political Commissar in PLA Air Force, investigated for suspected serious disciplinary violation". Breakingnews.com. 2016-07-09.
  3. ^ (in Chinese) Tian Xiusi Elevated to Lieutenant General, Approved by Hu Jintao xj.chinanews.com.cn
  4. ^ Lowell Dittmer; Maochun Yu (8 May 2015). Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security. Routledge. p. 281. ISBN 978-1-317-49655-7.
  5. ^ "田修思出任全国人大外事委员会副主任委员,今夏卸任空军政委". The Paper. August 9, 2015.