Vice-President Xi Jinping was on Thursday appointed chief of China’s military after a pivotal party congress that saw him become head of the ruling Communist Party, state media reported.
The appointment means outgoing Chinese leader Hu Jintao stands down as chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) – a powerful position that his predecessor Jiang Zemin had clung to for two years after Hu was made president.
Xi will be named national president in March as part of what now appears to be China’s first clean transfer of power for two decades.Sponsored Ads
This is what we have been waiting to find out. Will Hu Jintao step down as head of the military? There was much speculation about whether Hu would leave now or in two years. So now we know. Hu steps down in March.
With Hu stepping down in March, and leaving Xi Jinping in charge of the military, then based on what we know today one should expect that China will become even more aggressive in its foreign policies. Military leaders have a stronger relationship with Xi and more influence.
“Xi Jinping’s major power base is not in the Party, not in the government, but in the PLA,” or the People’s Liberation Army, says Willy Lam.
What would a more aggressive China look like?