China Policy Institute Blog

Next PLA Shoes to Fall

by Chris Clarke. With the appointment of the two vice chairmen, it now seems clear that outgoing General Armaments Department Director Chang Wanquan, 63, will be the new defense minister, a position that likely will not be formally announced until next March when the National People’s Congress reveals the state and government leadership changes.  Chang …

Personnel Changes in the Military Leadership First

By Zhengxu Wang. The appointment of two new vice chairmen to the Central Military Committee at the just-closed Plenum shows Hu Jintao is now in fuller control of the succession arrangements for the forthcoming Party Congress. The Central Plenum, the last of the seven between two Congresses, closed over the weekend. By the Communiqué it …