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China general's ousting tightens Xi's grip on military: experts

Published on Jul 1, 2014 5:23 PM
 
Vice-Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou claps during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing,on March 3, 2012. The Chinese Communist Party's dramatic expulsion of former top general Xu - the most senior figure to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign - is an assertion of political control over the powerful and wealthy military, analysts say. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The Chinese Communist Party's dramatic expulsion of a former top general - the most senior figure to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign - is an assertion of political control over the powerful and wealthy military, analysts say.

Xu Caihou, former vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission and until two years ago a member of the ruling party's elite 25-strong Politburo, was stripped of his party membership on Monday and his case was handed over to prosecutors.

The 71-year-old is the highest-ranking Chinese military officer to face trial in decades.

The authorities' move to pursue charges against him - despite reports that he is dying of bladder cancer - is intended to send the People's Liberation Army (PLA) a clear message, analysts said.

 
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