China Leadership Monitor

“Safeguarding the Core and Following Commands”: Party-Army Relations Before the 19th Party Congress

via China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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In the run-up to the 19th Party Congress, scheduled for the fall of 2017, an important phrase appeared in Chinese military propaganda, exhorting the rank and file to “safeguard the core and follow commands.” This article dissects the specific features of the propaganda campaign, places them in the context of Xi Jinping’s aspiration to be the “core” of the leadership, and analyzes their implications for party-army relations. 

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“Safeguarding the Core and Following Commands”: Party-Army Relations Before the 19th Party Congress