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PLA Daily: Resolutely Follow the Commands of Hu Jintao

On November 1, 2012, the People’s Liberation Army Daily issued an editorial in support of Hu Jintao. The editorial stressed the Communist Party’s absolute control over the military. It stated that the military is the main support for the Party and the country; it is responsible for the Party’s political dominance, implying that the role of the military in the rifts among the Party leaders is critical. The editorial warned, “The hostile forces in and outside China are ready to make trouble. … (We) must keep a clear mind and take a firm stand on major issues. … (The military) must consciously be highly consistent with the Party Central Committee and the Central Military Commission ideologically, politically, and in action and resolutely follow the commands of the Party Central Committee, the Central Military Commission, and Chairman Hu.

[Editor’s note: The PLA editorial on November 1, 2012, has been interpreted as showing support for Premiere Wen Jiabao after the New York Times published an article on October 26, titled “Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader,” referring to Wen Jiabao. Wen, who is close to Hu Jintao, is known for his stance against the faction of former President Jiang Zemin and his cohorts such as the demoted Bo Xilai who, according to reports, was instrumental in the forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.]

Source: People’s Liberation Army Daily reprinted on the Chinese Communist Party website, November 1, 2012