Report: Chairman Mao's Grandson Becomes Youngest Major-General in PLA

Chairman Mao’s grandson is believed to have been promoted to become the youngest major-general in the People’s Liberation Army.

Speaking recently in his capacity as a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences and as an expert in Mao Zedong Thought, Mao Xinyu, 39, was introduced as a major-general.

It was the first clue that the only known surviving male heir to the Great Helmsman may have been promoted from senior colonel.

His elevation, reportedly received in June, makes him the youngest major-general in the 2.5-million-strong PLA and the first to be born in the 1970s.

The son of the late Chairman's second son, the younger Mao began his working life in the late 1980s as a waiter at the ultra-smart Shangri-La hotel in Beijing.

He later entered the army, following in the footsteps of his mother, who also reached the rank of major-general. His uncle, Mao Zedong’s eldest son, was also a soldier but was killed fighting in the Korean War.

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