Ye Jianying (1897-1986), a native of Meixian County, Guangdong Province, in 1973 served as a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, a member of its Standing Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission. In 1975 he served as Minister of Defence and in 1978 was elected Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.