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China’s High Rank Military Official: Obey Orders from Chairman Xi

Xu Qiliang, the Vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Chinese Communist Party wrote an article which Xinhua republished on November 4, 2014, titled, “Hostile Forces Attempt to Pull Our Army Away from the Party’s Banner.” Earlier, People’s Daily published his original article with a different title, “Further Promote the Rule of Law in the Army and Strictly Govern the Army (Study and Implement the spirit of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CCP Central Committee). The article stated, “(China) must adhere to the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces, which is the core of the rule of law and a fundamental requirement.” (China) must not copy Western models to build and govern the army. “Nationalization of the Military Army” must be criticized clearly to ensure the principle that the Party commands the gun.

The article stressed the Central Military Commission Chairman Xi’s leadership position in the army. “(We) must ensure that all army personnel across the country obey the orders from the CCP Central Committee, the Central Military Commission, and Chairman Xi.”

Source: Xinhua, November 4, 2014