He was graduated from the Japanese Military College in 1911.
Chao Ting appointed a chief adjutant officer in the Headquarters of the Military Governor of Kirin Province with the rank of colonel in 1912. In 1915 he was a Director of the Chinchow Branch Arsenal, then a Director of Mukden Arsenal from 1916 till 1918, Director-General of Military Stations of the Headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Three Eastern Provinces in 1918, Chief of Staff to the Military Governor of Heilungkiang Province and concurrently Director of the National Frontier Defense Bureau in 1919.
In June, 1930, Mr. Ting was appointed to two more concurrent posts, Commander of the Railway Defense Guards between Manchuli and Harbin and Commander of the Martial Law Forces in Manchuli in which capacities he disarmed the White Russian troops under command of Gen. Semenoff was commissioned to Mongolia to induce the Mongolians to cancel their declaration of independence from China and was awarded a gold medal by the Ministry of War for the success of his mission.
He also took positions of a Chief-of-Staff to the Military Governor of Kirin in 1912, Defense Commissioner of Yenchi and concurrently Commander of 13th Brigade of Fengtien Army in 1922, Defense Commissioner of Kirin and Changchun and concurrently Commander of 8th Brigade in 1924, served as Field-Commander of the Vanguard Army of the Northeastern Frontier Defense during the Sino-Russian War in 1929 when the Japanese invaded Manchuria.
In 1931, Chao Ting held all the above posts upon the extension of the Japanese armed operations into North Manchuria,he fought against the Japanese for many months.Due to lack of reinforcements and exhaustion of military supplies, he was taken captive by the Japanese and reported to have been killed.