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Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m taking my cues from China’s leaders and heading to the beach for the next few weeks. I’m going to attempt to keep publishing the newsletter while on vacation, but I wouldn’t expect any commentary.
Out with the old…
Thursday’s Politburo meeting expelled former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Guo Boxiong from the Party. Guo was China’s highest-ranking military officer for almost a decade, and was a close ally of Jiang Zemin. Guo’s ouster would seem to be further proof of Xi’s increasing control of the military and the Party more generally.
…and in with the new
Xi continues to fill vacancies created by the anti-corruption campaign with people loyal to him. He appointed 10 new generals this week. This week also saw the appointment of Chen Min’er as Party Secretary of Guizhou. Chen is known to have been a close associate of Xi during Xi’s time in Zhejiang. Credible rumors also have it that Zhao Kezhi will fill the vacant Party Secretary spot in Hebei. Zhao is said to be connected to Xi’s right hand man Li Zhanshu.
There is a flurry of speculation surrounding possible high-level personnel reshuffles following the Beidaihe meetings, but it’s very difficult to tell which (if any) of these rumors are true. Stay tuned…
China Politics Weekly aims to keep business leaders, investors, diplomats, scholars and other China hands up to date on important trends in China. It is produced by Trey McArver, a London-based consultant providing advice and intelligence to firms and investors engaged in China and the region. You can find out more about Trey and CPW in this interview.
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