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Xi Jinping Reshuffles Officers in the Seven Major Military Regions
Recently, China has implemented a new round of
adjustment of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) generals.
After the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 18th congress,
new leader Xi Jinping became the head of the military.
The seven major military regions have since
completed its appointment of high-level generals.
Sources say that commanders born after 1940
were all replaced during the re-shuffling.
The seven new commanders were born after 1950.
How does Xi Jinping benefit by making this move?
Let take a look.
This move included swapping commanders
between Chengdu and Tibet military regions.
Li Zuocheng, deputy commander of the Chengdu
military region, was promoted.
Meanwhile, Xu Yong, commander of the PLA 13th Army,
took over the Tibetan military region.
Yang Jinshan, former commander of the Tibet
military region, became Chengdu deputy commander.
Hua Po, Beijing current affairs observer: “Xi Jinping
certainly needs to reshuffle military personnel.
The Central Military Commission made changes
to the seven military regions.
The purpose is to disperse the army factional relationships,
because this way Xi can control his army well.
Because China’s domestic disputes have worsened, incidents
like Tiananmen Sq. Protest on June 4, 1989 can take place.
Thus, Xi needs to become a strong leader,
and needs military’s support.”
Analysts believe that military, lead by former Chairman Deng
Xiaoping, brutally suppressed the “June 4” protest in 1989.
Hua Po: “Although at the beginning, the military was against
the idea of shooting protesters, Deng Xiaoping tightly controlled the army.
If similar things happen again, but Xi isn’t as strong as Deng,
it will be a disaster.”
Some said that the military personnel re-adjustment shows
Xi Jinping’s principle of promoting military officers.
Xi wasn’t worried about which factions they belong to,
but was focused on their practical fighting abilities.
Hua Po: “Li Zuocheng was
in the Guangzhou military region.
As the Guangzhou military got involved
in the Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun cases,
Li was transferred from Guangzhou to Chengdu first,
preparing to take over Chengdu.
In addition, Xi Jinping promoted Li Zuocheng this time,
Li will certainly show his appreciation and loyalty.
The 14th Army isn’t as loyal to Xi as it was to Bo Yibo,
father of Bo Xilai.
Thus Xi focused on the 13th Army,
and promoted their commander.
I think former PLA secretary in the Chengdu military region,
Zhang Haiyang, and his allies, have lost their favor.”
Since the Wang Lijun incident in Chengdu last year, Bo Xilai
was immediate removed after the CCP’s two annual meetings.
And then, news broke out that Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai
had conspired to overthrow Xi Jinping.
Chengdu military region is responsible for the defense
of Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Chongqing.
The 13th and 14th Army are under the control
of Chengdu military region.
The 14th Army stationed in Yunnan Province, formerly known
as Shanxi New Army, was established by Bo Xilai’s father.
A day after Wang Lijun fled to the US Consulate in Chengdu,
Bo made a high-profile visit to the 14th Army.
Sources said that after Bo Xilai was sacked,
Chongqing major Huang Qifan exposed the fact that
Bo has told him several times that he had the control
of the army in his hands.
Huang said, “Bo claimed that he controlled at least
Media in Mainland China reported that at that time,
Chengdu military’s senior officers had close ties with Bo,
including Zhang Haiyang, the former PLA secretary
They likely were involved in Zhou Yongkang
and Bo Xilai’s coupe plan.
Sources said that seven of the PLA military regions’
new commanders are all born after 1950.
Aside from Li Zuocheng and Xu Yong,
this also includes Guangzhou military chief Xu Fenlin,
Jinan commander Zhao Zongqi, Shenyang commander
Wang Jiaocheng, Beijing commander Zhang Shibo,
Lanzhou commander Liu Yuejun
and Nanjing commander Cai Yingting.
Hua Po: “The CCP successive leaders conducted
a closed management and brain-washed the army.
They stressed the Party’s absolute power over the army.
However, it is still unclear how much of the public’s free
thoughts can influence soldiers, military officers and the army.
It could be like the collapsed regimes in Eastern Europe
and Russia –in the end, the military changed its stance and went against the regimes.”
Xi Jinping has not only appointed new commanders,
but has also replaced several military regions’ officers.
For example, Gao Longfu, director of Xinjiang Production
and Construction Army, was appointed Sha’anxi military commander.
He Weidong, Nanjing military deputy chief of staff
was transferred to be Jiangsu military commander.
Xiong Andong, Fujian military chief of staff
was promoted to be Jiangxi military commander.