PLA leadership changes reflect a fine balancing actPosted: October 25, 2012
SCMP reports: “The defence ministry announced the appointment of four new directors to oversee the military’s political work, staff, logistics and armaments – with the appointees almost certain to become ex-officio members of the Central Military Commission (CMC) after the next month’s Communist Party congress.
“The next CMC, the military’s top body, is believed to be the result of a compromise among former party chief Jiang Zemin , current general secretary Hu Jintao and his heir apparent, Xi Jinping .
“The new Chief of General Staff, General Fang Fenghui, is a protégé of Hu, while both General Zhao Keshi, the new director of the PLA’s General Logistics Department, and General Zhang Youxia, the new director of its General Armaments Department, are close to Xi.
“General Zhang Yang, the new director of the PLA’s General Political Department, is neutral but Jiang associate General Xu Qiliang, the former air force commander, is almost certain to become one of the CMC’s three vice-chairmen.”
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