Many retired senior military officers of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) passed away amid the COVID pandemic, including a former bodyguard of previous CCP leader Mao Zedong.
According to Vision Times, Sun Yong was a CCP army lieutenant general. He died recently at the age of 96. Sun joined the CCP in 1945, and was later entrusted with the task of being Mao Zedong’s bodyguard and served as the vice-captain of the bodyguard.
Another lieutenant general of the CCP army, Zhou Cun, passed away last month at the age of 96. Zhou joined the CCP in 1940, and held many important positions in the army, including the Principal of the Army Academy.
Shi Guangli was an air force officer of the CCP. Shi joined the CCP in 1945, and served as a pilot in the Chinese army, and participated in the Korean War. Shi passed away on December 27, 2022, at the age of 95.
Ju Kai was an officer working at the CCP’s National Defense College. Ju joined the CCP in 1945. He died on December 19, 2022, at the age of 96.
Han Zhiqing was a former Director of the Army’s Logistics Department and former Fleet Captain of the East China Sea Fleet. He died in early November at the age of 64. Han joined CCP in October 1976.
Li Tongmao was a former Political Bureau Chief and Political Commissar of Base 51 of the 2nd Artillery Corps. Li joined the CCP in 1963. He died on October 28 at the age of 78.
Chinese media reported that the officials died from serious illnesses. However, they died while COVID spread wildly, causing netizens to suspect that they died from the disease.