Over a significant portion of 2023, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, the largest military in the world, has been subtly engulfed in a storm. Eminent generals have gradually vanished from public view behind the fortified military and political complexes in the Chinese capital. Some were later relieved of their jobs without cause, including the high-profile position of defense minister. The most definitive indication of a massive purge within China’s military occurred last Friday, following months of intense public speculation and evasive non-answers from government spokespersons. Nine high-ranking PLA officers were removed from the nation’s top legislative bodies. Although the National People’s Congress (NPC) is merely a rubber stamp parliament, the constitution affords its members some protection from arrest and criminal punishment.
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