The People’s Liberation Army reassigned more than 170 officers from the Shenyang military region’s logistics wing at the end of last month in an apparent attempt to clear house after the expulsion of the PLA’s former No. 2, Xu Caihou, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
Citing PLA Daily, the report said the officers had served more than three years in the Joint Logistics Department of Shenyang, the region where Xu had been a long-serving military official before becoming deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission.
The department is in charge of finance, military supplies, guards, transport, oil and various other sensitive tasks.
Xu’s former secretary, Kang Xiaohui, deputy commissar of the department, is among those reassigned in a move some observers see as an effort to clear the region of Xu’s remaining influence.
But the authorities have so far not launched a sweeping investigation into Xu’s associates, with only four generals — all former secretaries to Xu — coming under investigation or being asked to help with investigations.
Shenyang is the only one of the country’s seven military regions to undergo such a major reshuffle.
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