China's Power Position
Xi Speaks, But Do the Generals Listen?
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  • Anthony

    The Central Military Commission functionally controls the Chinese military. Didn’t Xi remove the chairman of the military commission (Xu Caihou) during the summer. I don’t know if that tells us anything but…

    “Xi has tried to establish his authority over the People’s Liberation Army more quickly and effectively than his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin and to show he is willing to tackle corruption in the politically influential military.”

  • Corlyss

    “However the decision came about, Mr Xi has grabbed it and run with it. He has taken charge of secretive committees responsible for reforming government, overhauling the armed forces, finance and cyber-security. His campaign against corruption is the most sweeping in decades. It has snared the former second-in-command of the People’s Liberation Army and targeted the retired chief of China’s massive security apparatus—the highest-ranking official to be investigated for corruption since Mao came to power. The generals, wisely, bow to him: earlier this year state newspapers published pages of expressions of loyalty to him by military commanders.” http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21618780-most-powerful-and-popular-leader-china-has-had-decades-must-use-these-assets-wisely-xi

    Well, if Xi was able to sack and jail the #2 guy in the PLA’s security apparatus, and has now targeted the retired chief of same, seems to me he’s got a leg up on predecessors who pretty much left alone the Gang in Shanghai.

    • Anthony

      “The PLA leadership finds itself in increasingly uncertain territory.” For additional context if wanted see: Is the PLA Xi’s Next Target. thediplomat.com/2014/08/is-the-pla-xis-next-target/

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