Big General trouble forBig Xi in Beijing. Arthur Waldron, Gordon Chang.

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Big General trouble forBig Xi in Beijing. Arthur Waldron, Gordon Chang.

General Fang, the chief of the army’s Joint Staff Department, was not the only military leader to fall ahead of next week’s Communist Party congress. Gen. Zhang Yang, the director of the military’s political department, also vanished from sight. Their names have not appeared in the Chinese news media for more than a month, when their successors were announced with no fanfare.

Removing the two generals was the latest step by Mr. Xi to strengthen his grip on the military, a pillar of Communist Party power. On the eve of the party congress, which will kick off his second five-year term as the nation’s leader, he seems to have concluded that he must exert greater control to remake the country’s armed forces into a power worthy of China’s global standing.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/xi-jinping-presses-military-overhaul-and-two-generals-disappear/articleshow/61036803.cms

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