Father of modern Chinese navy Liu Huaqing dies

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  1. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    pictures of Liu http://china.huanqiu.com/roll/2011-01/1430306_2.html



    Buzz up!0 votes ShareretweetEmailPrint– Fri Jan 14, 8:04 am ET
    BEIJING – Liu Huaqing, the father of the modern Chinese navy, has died at age 95.

    Liu died Friday morning of an undisclosed illness, state broadcaster CCTV said. No other details were given.

    Liu commanded the People's Liberation Army Navy from 1982 to 1988 and is credited with revitalizing a coastal patrol force and setting it on course to becoming a powerful navy.

    As commander, he laid out a strategy of building an offshore navy capacity by 2000 and a true blue water navy able to operate far from home ports by 2050. That included the concept of a first, second and third line of island chains through which the navy would gradually expand operations eastward into the Pacific toward Taiwan, the Philippines, Guam, and eventually Australia.

    Accomplishing that goal requires the addition of modern submarines, surface ships and naval aircraft, and the navy has received lavish budget increases each year to acquire new equipment. China now has the largest navy in Asia, although it remains far behind the U.S. Navy in most respects.

    Liu joined the Communist Party in 1935 and served with the People's Liberation Army throughout the struggle against Japan and Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. Following the Communist victory in 1949, he was sent to the then-Soviet Union for study before being assigned to command units in the fledgling navy.

    In his later years, he rose to the position of vice chairman of the party and government commissions that oversee the military and served on the party's Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of Chinese political power.

    "Comrade Liu Huaqing was an excellent party member, a faithful Communist fighter, outstanding proletarian, politician, soldier, and outstanding leader of the state and party," CCTV said in its official obituary broadcast on the evening national news.

    Liu lived through many of the seminal events of the party's history, including the 1934-35 Long March that saved the party from annihilation by Chiang's troops and the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution that saw many party elders persecuted by radical Red Guards.

    Liu remained active through the mid-1990s and appeared in uniform at 2007 commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army held at the Great Hall of the People in
     
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  3. houde10000

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    "Father of modern Chinese navy" is too big for him!! General Liu dedicated his life to build PLAN, make great contribution, specially on choosing PLAN development direction. As i know, he is a real soldier, salute!!

    "Father of modern Chinese navy" should be Li Hongzhang, he build the first modern chinese navy in 1880s.
     
  4. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    Honorable man!

    Liu visited US back in 1980, and was the first high-ranking PLA officer to board an American aircraft carrier. I believe this experience has a huge impact on him. He was a steady advocate of the idea that China should build her own aircraft when time is right.

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  5. badguy2000

    badguy2000 Respected Member Senior Member

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    He maight be the last armyman member of CCP Politburo standing comittee.

    Since Liu retired, there has been not armyman member among CCP politburo standing comittee any more.

    It was Liu that insisted that AC and other big surface fleet should be built for PLAN.
    He played a role to PLAN quite simiar with Kuznetsov to Soviet's navy .
     
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    Admire him very much since I love military.The representative of Chinese aircraft carrier party.Unfortunately he could not see the day that Chinese aircraft carrier go to the sea.
    一路走好!
     
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    Nice to know about him from this post thanks to the chinese friends , many things inside china are unknown to us , some great personalities , great achievements really teaches and inspires us worldwide.
     
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    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    Father of PLA aircraft carrier.
     
  9. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Wouldn't that be the head of Neva Design Bureau? The one that actually designed the ship you are copying... :twitch:
     
  10. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Armand, Liu was an adamant advocate for China to have A/C. He pushed forward the building plan. In this sense he's a father
     
  11. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    I am sure he is just as important as Admiral Kuznetsov is to the Russian Navy. But lets give credit where it is due. Copy is still a copy.
     
  12. badguy2000

    badguy2000 Respected Member Senior Member

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    the head of Neva Design Bureau now is laid-off ,because its country now has collapsed.
     
  13. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Neva was in St. Pete, Russia is still there and so is Neva.
     
  14. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    So, he is the person who is giving the US sleepless nights!

    He is done well for his nation!
     

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