China general's ousting tightens Xi's grip on military: Experts

Chinese strategies are working. Unlike 110M Americans!

One should not have illusions about Xi's determination to eliminate and reduce corruption nor his level of control, it is unparalleled since Mao. The real difference today is that he has soft power that can be exerted globally.



Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou claps, image Reuters.

Zee News
1 July 2014

Beijing: The Chinese Communist Party's dramatic expulsion of a former top general -- the most senior figure to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign -- is an assertion of political control over the powerful and wealthy military, analysts say.

Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission and until two years ago a member of the ruling party's elite 25-strong Politburo, was stripped of his party membership on Monday and his case was handed over to prosecutors.

The 71-year-old is the highest-ranking Chinese military officer to face trial in decades.

The authorities' move to pursue charges against him -- despite reports that he is dying of bladder cancer -- is intended to send the People's Liberation Army (PLA) a clear message, analysts said.

The PLA's influence in domestic affairs has waned since the days of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong, but it remains a political force to be reckoned with and has at the same time built up a vast network of business interests.

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