|Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Navy|
|Assumed office |
|Deputy||Ding Haichun, Wang Dengping|
|Preceded by||Liu Xiaojiang|
|Political Commissar of the Lanzhou Military Region|
July 2014 – December 2014
|Preceded by||Li Changcai|
|Succeeded by||Liu Lei|
|Born||November 1955 (age 66)|
Fuzhou, Fujian, China
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Service/branch||People's Liberation Army Navy|
|Years of service||1969 − present|
Miao Hua (Chinese: 苗华; pinyin: Miáo Huá; born November 1955) is a general (shang jiang) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. He has been Political Commissar of the People's Liberation Army Navy since December 2014, and formerly served as Political Commissar of the Lanzhou Military Region.
He enlisted in the PLA in December 1969, serving as a soldier in the 274th regiment of the 92nd division of the 31st Group Army, in the Nanjing Military Region. He joined the Communist Party of China in September 1973. In the 1980s, he served as a political commissar in several regiments. In the 1990s, he rose to Director of the Political Department of the 93rd division, and then political commissar of the 91st division. In August 1999, Miao became Director of the Political Department of the 31st Group Army, and attained the rank of major general in July 2001. He was made Political Commissar of the 12th Group Army in July 2005.
Miao was appointed Director of the Political Department of the Lanzhou Military Region in December 2010. In July 2012, he became Deputy Political Commissar of the Lanzhou MR, and attained the rank of lieutenant general. In July 2014, he was promoted to Political Commissar of the Lanzhou MR, replacing General Li Changcai, who had retired.
Five months later, Miao was transferred from the army to the People's Liberation Army Navy, and appointed Political Commissar of the navy. It was a highly unusual move, as navy political commissars, including his predecessor Liu Xiaojiang, were normally promoted internally. Observers have interpreted the move as related to the fall of General Xu Caihou, the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. Miao spent most of his career in the Nanjing Military Region, and was based in Xiamen, Fujian Province around the same time when Xi Jinping served as deputy party chief of Fujian. He worked for many years alongside Xi, who later became China's top leader in 2012.
On 31 July 2015, Miao Hua was promoted to general (shang jiang), the highest rank for Chinese military officers in active service, together with nine other officers. As of August 2015[update], he is the youngest full general in the Chinese military.
Miao is a member of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
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- "China promotes 10 officers to general". 31 July 2015. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/31/c_134469023.htm.
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