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|Died||23 June 1958 |
|Allegiance|| Republic of China|
Reorganized National Government
|Service/branch|| National Revolutionary Army|
Chinese National Army
|Commands held||Chinese Navy|
|Battles/wars||Second Sino-Japanese War|
|Awards||Order of the Rising Sun|
Ren joined the navy of the Republic of China in 1930. He was promoted to ensign in 1933, and to lieutenant in 1935. The next year, Ren served as a military attaché to Japan, after which he was promoted to captain and given command of a destroyer. When the Japanese began attacking China, Ren saw little action, as the coast was taken over quickly by the Japanese, and the Imperial Japanese Navy dominated the sea.
In 1940, his base was taken over, and he surrendered his vessel. For this, he was awarded by being taken to Nanjing, where Ren met with members of the collaborationist Reorganized National Government. Meeting with President Wang Jingwei, Ren was promoted to admiral and given command of the collaborationist navy. He saw no action during the war, as the navy played no part, other than supply runs to the coastal areas near combat zones. In 1945, when the war ended with a Japanese victory, the collaborationist army was reformed into the Chinese National Army, and Ren remained the naval chief. He held the position until his retirement in 1950, managing to turn the Chinese navy into a capable force during his leadership, capable of defending China's coastline.