Date
23 October 2017
President Xi Jinping now has a freer hand to deal with the power base in the Chinese military, analysts say. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping now has a freer hand to deal with the power base in the Chinese military, analysts say. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping seen consolidating military power after Xu ouster

President Xi Jinping is expected to tighten his grip on the Chinese military after the expulsion of its No. 2 man for alleged corruption.

Xu Caihou is being investigated for alleged abuse of power in securing promotion for certain people, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Officers in the northeast army loyal to him and other graft suspects could face a similar corruption crackdown.

Xu was believed to be the real force behind the Chinese military, along with former vice chairman Guo Boxiong, during the time of Hu Jintao, Xi’s predecessor.  

Guo was jailed in April for corruption, according to some Chinese media.

Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission, now has a freer hand to deal with the army’s power base and its major players, the report said.

He recently got key allies including Fan Changlong, Fang Fenghui, Zhang Yang, Zhao Keshi and Zhang Youxia appointed to the commission.

“Anyone, no matter what authority and office he holds, will receive serious punishment if found violating party discipline and laws,” People’s Liberal Army Daily said on July 2.

Andrew Scobell, an expert on the Chinese military at Rand Corp., said Xu’s expulsion was most likely orchestrated to send a signal that no one is above the law.

Xi is serious about rooting out corruption, including in the military, the Wall Street Journal reported on June 30.

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