China Replaces Leadership Of Nuclear Missile Force In Major Military Shake-Up: Report


New Delhi: China has appointed a new leadership for its Rocket Force, the army unit responsible for overseeing the nation’s nuclear arsenal. This announcement came in the wake of media reports indicating a corruption investigation involving its former chief, reported news agency AFP.

State media Xinhua in a brief article reported that the navy’s former deputy commander, Wang Houbin, has been promoted to the rank of general and named as the new commander of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force, according to AFP.

His predecessor, Li Yuchao, has not been seen in public for weeks and the Xinhua article gave no explanation for his removal.

Citing military sources, the South China Morning Post reported that the Central Military Commission’s anti-corruption unit is currently investigating the force’s former commander Li Yuchao, as well as his current and former deputies Zhang Zhenzhong and Liu Guangbin.

According to South China Morning Post, President Xi Jinping had last week urged the military to step up its efforts to tackle corruption along with its modernisation drive during a speech at an air force base in Sichuan ahead of the PLA’s anniversary on Tuesday.

“We need to push forward the party’s strict discipline and anti-corruption efforts to a deeper level,” Xi had said, South China Morning Post reported citing state broadcaster CCTV.

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