STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Xi Jinping’s Control of the Chinese Army

Zubin Dash is an Advocate and is presently a Lok Sabha Research Fellow at the Parliament of India. Views expressed are personal.
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  • November 2018
    Volume: 
    42
    Issue: 
    6
    Commentaries

    Since taking over power in 2012, the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s key initiative has been to make the Communist Party of China (CPC) relevant in the function of China’s political system. However, when Xi Jinping argues for a ‘unified and absolute leadership of the Party, it has become co-terminous with his absolute control of the Party. What does this centralisation of power signify? Given this context, it is imperative to question under whose control is the Chinese Army. That is, does CPC as an organisation hold absolute command over the PLA or it is Xi Jinping who controls it?

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