Chinese President bids farewell to former senior military officer

19:17, March 31, 2010      

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A funeral for Zhang Tingfa, former commander of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, was held at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing on Wednesday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with a relative of Zhang Tingfa, former commander of the Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, during Zhang's funeral in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2010. The funeral for Zhang Tingfa, who died of illness at 92 in Beijing on March 25, was held at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders, including Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, attended to pay their final respects to Zhang.

Zhang died of illness in Beijing on March 25 at the age of 92.

Zhang was appointed air force major general in 1955 and had served as the political commissar and the commander of the Air Force.

Zhang was regarded as an outstanding member of the Communist Party of China, a loyal Communist fighter, a proletarian revolutionary and an eminent military leader.


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