Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping & the Perils of Military Rule. @GordonGChang. Charles Burton, Brock U. @AlanTonelson, RealityChek.com.
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Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping & the Perils of Military Rule. @GordonGChang, Daily Beast. Charles Burton, Brock University. @AlanTonelson, RealityChek.com.
“…“Xi was breaking that tradition on purpose,” says Dennis Wilder, former CIA deputy assistant director for East Asia and an expert on the PLA who now teaches at Georgetown University. “He was saying not only do I represent the party, but I’m one of you.” In the nationally televised event, the president chatted with officers in the Beijing facility, gazing at screens of real- time operational data. Tai Ming Cheung, a specialist on China’s military at the University of California, San Diego, says the broadcast showed “a level of engagement with the military at an operational level, a hands-on approach that is not characteristic of recent Chinese leaders”.