01 August 2014
The army has restated its allegiance to President Xi Jinping following the announcement of a corruption probe against former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.
An article published on the website of the PLA Daily on the eve of today’s anniversary of the army’s founding day said officers would fully support the anti-corruption drive and remain loyal to the Communist Party – a move that indicates Xi has full control of the military.
Analysts said the move against Zhou, and the earlier decision to investigate Xu Caihou, a former vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, signified that Xi had consolidated his support within the party and the military.
… Li Mingjiang, an associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said Xi’s campaign has not touched on princelings other than disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai. “That can help reduce resistance from other party elders,” he said.
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Last updated on 01/08/2014