Zhang Yang
BornAugust 1951
Wuqiang County, Hebei, China
DiedNovember 23, 2017(2017-11-23) (aged 66)
Allegiance China
Service/branch People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Years of service1968–2017
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General (stripped in 2018)
Commands heldPolitical Work Department

Zhang Yang (Chinese: 张阳; pinyin: Zhāng Yáng; August 1951 – November 23, 2017) was a general in the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) who served as Director of the Political Work Department. He was previously political commissar of the Guangzhou Military Region.[1] He committed suicide in November 2017 when under disciplinary investigation.


Zhang was born in Wuqiang County, Hebei Province. He graduated from the basic department of PLA National Defense University, and also studied at the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Party School, majoring in administrative management. He was the director of the political department and a standing committee member of the CPC committee of the Guangzhou Military Region. From September 2007 to December 2015, he was political commissar and CPC party chief of the Guangzhou Military Region. He attained the rank of lieutenant general in July 2006 and general in July 2010.[2]

Zhang was a member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China and a deputy to the 10th National People's Congress.

Zhang Yang was under investigation by the Central Military Commission on August 28, 2017, for discipline violations and bribery.[3][4][5] He is believed to have committed suicide at his home on November 23, 2017, making him the most senior military figure to have done so during the ongoing graft investigations among PLA personnel.[6][7] On October 16, 2018, Zhang Yang was posthumously stripped of his rank and expelled from the Communist Party.[8]


  1. ^ "Biography of Zhang Yang". China Vitae. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. ^ "兰州军区司令员王国生等11人晋升上将" (in Chinese). Sina.com.cn. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ "中央軍委委員房峰輝張陽落馬". Singtao Daily. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ "张阳自杀身亡". Xinhuanet. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  5. ^ "张阳畏罪自杀"一了百了"?死后也能开除党籍". news.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  6. ^ "Chinese official commits suicide after authorities launch probe: Xinhua". Reuters. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  7. ^ "Disgraced Chinese general hangs himself in Beijing home". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  8. ^ "中共中央决定开除张阳党籍 依纪依法追缴涉案财物-新华网". Xinhuanet. Archived from the original on October 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
Military offices Preceded byLi Jinai Director-general of General Political Department 2012–2017 Succeeded byMiao Hua