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Chen Yi (communist)

Chen Yi (陳毅 Pinyin: Chn Y; 1901-1972) was a Chinese communist military commander.

A comrade of Lin Biao from their guerilla days, Chen was a commander of the New Fourth Army during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), spearheaded the Shandong counter-offensive during the Chinese Civil War, and later commanded the Communist armies that defeated the KMT forces at Huai-Hai and conquered the lower Yangzi region in 1948-49. He was made a Marshal of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1955.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Chen became mayor of Shanghai.

Chen was subsequently victimized in the Cultural Revolution.

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