China | Restructure, then purge: how sheriff Xi's PLA clean-up works

Restructure, then purge: how sheriff Xi’s PLA clean-up works

Chinese president's expanded powers over four critical military organs are key to a ruthless exercise in replacing corrupt officers with new ones who are in no doubt as to whom they owe allegiance

September 2, 2017 10:43 AM (UTC+8)
General Li Zuocheng (left), who is now the chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission, greets members of the US Army during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on August 16, 2016. Photo: AFP / Mark Schiefelbein
General Li Zuocheng (left), who is now the chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission, greets members of the US Army during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on August 16, 2016. Photo: AFP / Mark Schiefelbein
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