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.
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