Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
1935 – Cao Gangchuan, native of Wugang, Henan Province, was born in December.
1954 – He was a student of Nanjing No. 3 Artillery Ordnance Technical School and No.1 Ordnance Technical School.
1956 – He became a teacher of the No. 1 Ordnance Technical School.
1963 – On returning in China, he was Assistant of Ammunition Division of Ordnance Department of PLA General Logistics Department.
1969 – He became Assistant of Munitions Division in the same department.
1975 – He was promoted to a staff officer and deputy director of General Planning Division of Military Equipment Department of PLA Headquarters of the General Staff.
1982 – He was made deputy director of Military Equipment Department.
1989 – He was made director of Military Affairs Department of PLA Headquarters of the General Staff, then one year later, director of the Office of Military Trade of Central Military Commission.
1992 – He was deputy chief of the general staff of PLA.
1996 – He became a Minister for the first time as Minister of Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
1998 – He gained control of the PLA General Armament Department.
– He was made a member of the CPC Central Military Commission and director and secretary of Party committee of PLA General Armament Department.
2002- 2003 – He was a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, vice chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission; director and secretary of Party committee of PLA General Armament Department.
– In March, he was also appointed as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China as well as state councilor.