Liu Yazhou

Born in October 1952, Liu Yazhou is currently the political commissar1 of China’s National Defense University, the premier military and defense research and teaching institute in China. He is a three star general of the Air Force, the highest rank a career military officer in China can attain. He has risen through the ranks, from a foot solider to general. His previous military positions include platoon leader, vice company leader, staff officer in the Office of China’s Central Military Commission, army division political commissar, the director of the political division of the Beijing Military Region’s Air Force, the political commissar of the Chengdu Military Region's Air Force, and the deputy political commissar of China’s Air Force