Zhao Nanqi is a notable military and political figure in modern China. Of Korean ethnicity, he was born in 1926 in Jilin Province. Zhao Nanqi was a former director and party secretary of the PLA from 1987 until 1992.
Zhao was ranked three star general in 1988. He was also named president of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences from 1992 to 1995.
Politically, Zhao was a member of the 12th, 13th and 14th CPC Central Committees. He was named vice-chairman of the Nationalities Committee of the 5th NPC and vice-chairman of the 9th CPPCC National Committee.
Zhao is the father of Chinese composer, Zhao Ying.