As the Chinese Communist Party heads into the 19th Party Congress in October, Xi Jinping’s speech commemorating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army was notable both for what he said and what he did not say. This article dissects the speech and assesses implications for party-military relations, Xi’s relationship with the military, and the upcoming leadership shuffle at the 19th Congress.
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Oh Fang, Where Art Thou? Xi Jinping and the PLA’s 90th Anniversary