Continued Scrubbing of Political Work Dept Hints at Instability in the PLA

The People’s Liberation Army Daily (PLA Daily) recently published two articles that called for a purge of the “pernicious influence” of ex-Central Military Commission vice chairs Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou. Meanwhile, there have been personnel reshuffles in the political work departments of the CMC and the three military branches (army, navy, air force). The …

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How We Correctly Predicted Wang Qishan as China’s Vice President

By Don Tse and Larry Ong Introduction To rookie and veteran observers, the fate of Wang Qishan is perhaps one of the more perplexing developments in recent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) politics. Before the 19th Party Congress, pundits wondered whether Wang would retain his spot in the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee. Both Chinese and Western …

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Politics Watch: Chongqing Chief Talks ‘Political Pollution’ in the City

On March 6, Chongqing Party secretary Chen Min’er told the press on the sidelines of the Two Sessions meeting that the southwestern Chinese megapolis had yet to overcome the political problems left behind by his purged predecessors. Chen said: “Since the 18th Party Congress, [Chongqing’s] political ecology has fundamentally improved. But the corruption of Bo …

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Politics Watch: Xi’s Former Top Aide Obliquely Confirms Coup by Rivals

Ding Xuexiang, a former top aide to Xi Jinping and current Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Office director, recently made statements that confirm the intensity of the ongoing CCP factional struggle. During a Jan. 26 work meeting for departments directly subordinate to the CCP, Ding, who is also a Politburo member and a secretary of …

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