According to a China Review News report on January 15, 2012, Guo Boxiong, the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, recently emphasized the Party’s absolute leadership over the army. He made this point in a speech he delivered in Beijing, where he gave a New Years greeting to a group of PLA army officials, soldiers, retired senior military officials, staff, and their family members.
He said, “This year (2012) is a year of great significance in the development of our Party and country. It is also a crucial year for the modernization of the armed forces and military combat readiness. We must maintain the army’s high concentration, security and stability. Be politically firm, and mentally stable. … Adhere to the correct direction, strictly follow discipline, maintain security and stability, maintain unity, and create a good environment for a victorious opening of the Party’s 18th National Congress. … Unswervingly uphold the fundamental principle and system of the Party’s absolute leadership over the army. At any time and under any circumstances, resolutely obey the Chinese Communist Party Central Military Commission and Chairman Hu Jintao.”
Source: China Review News, January 15, 2012