China general's ousting tightens Xi's grip on military: experts
Published on Jul 1, 2014 5:23 PM
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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