采访/朱智善 编辑/陈洁 后制/郭敬
Major Personnel Reshuffle In The Shenyang Military Region
After Xu Caihou former vice chairman of the Central
Military Commission was expelled from the Party on June 30,
the Shenyang Military Region where he served his military
career reportedly vacated more than 170 positions.
This rotation of ‘sensitive posts’ in the Joint Logistics
Department was analyzed to be a ‘cleansing’ of the Shenyang
Military Region for Xi Jinping before he publicly addresses
Xu Caihou’s case.
The Liberation Army Daily reported that the ‘sensitive posts’
are the lead personnel, finance, and material positions.
80 division-level positions and eight group-level positions
have been affected.
By end of June, more than 170 cadres bid farewell
to their ‘tenure positions’ in the Joint Logistics Department
(JLD) of the Shenyang Military Region (SMR).
The report said the sensitive posts are prone to deviation
from the ‘mass line,’ creating problems.
The consensus of the JLD Party Committee
is to remove those posts from its sensitivity.
SMR is the only one among the seven military regions
that conducted this rotation.
Xu Caihou’s former secretary Kang Xiaohui was
the political commissar of the SMR Logistics Department.
In a July 2 media report, it was said that Kang Xiaohui
is under investigation.
Political commentator Wu Fan indicates that it’s claimed
the so-called rotation of sensitive posts prevents corruption.
But it is in fact a power struggle
in the name of anti-corruption.
Wu Fan: “The cleaning of the army will focus on two regions,
the Shenyang Military Region and the Lanzhou Military Region.
Both are from the Jiang Zemin era.
To Xi Jinping, the SMR is a major target due to its proximity
to North Korea.
Will the SMR be able to carry out the task should there be
problems with North Korea?
It is a threat to Xi Jinping if those people remain
in the SMR."
Beijing political analyst Hua Po believes Xi Jinping reshuffled
SMR in preparation to publicly punish Xu Caihou.
Beijing political analyst Hua Po: “It is a must
to first reorganize the SMR.
Xu Caihou had spent years in the military, and SMR was
where he spent most his military career.
His buddies in the military must be controlled
to prevent them from creating troubles.
This also highlights Xi Jinping’s fear of the military.
The Jiang faction’s root in the military is really big."
Hua Po believes the purpose of the SMR reorganization
is also to pave the way for military reform.
Hua Po: “The military reform was stirred,
from the elimination of literary soldiers,
to the canceling the Jinan Military Region.
But the Defense Ministry spokesman denied them all.
That shows the military, as an interest group, has been
resisting Xi Jinping’s military reform.
Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption will clean the SMR
to realize his military reform."
While Xi Jinping reshuffled the SMR, he also promoted
four generals on July 11.
They are Deputy Chief of Staff Qi Jianguo, Wang Jiaocheng,
Chu Yimin of the SMR, and Wei Liang of the Guangzhou
All four served at the Nanjing Military Region.
Xi’s earlier posts at Fujian, Zhejiang and Shanghai were
also under the jurisdiction of the Nanjing Military Region.
Wu Fan: “When the posts were vacated, he will gradually
fill them with his own people. That’s the set up.
It is a routine for the factional fighting or infighting."
Hua Po: “The promotion of the SMR commander
and political commissar to generals is quite exceptional.
It is obvious how important the SMR is to Xi Jinping.
Xi will conduct further reshuffling to ensure absolute loyalty
from the military and the absolute reliability of ‘the gun.’
I think it will also happen to other military regions."
As early as last December, the Communist regime conducted
a substantial arrangement in the SMR positions, including
deputy commander, deputy political commissar, chief of staff,
and director of the Political Department.
When Xu Caihou was sacked, the SMR immediately pledged
their support to Beijing in the Liberation Army Daily.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/GuoJing