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Xi Jinping Has a Cool New Nickname: “Commander-in-Chief”

via China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Hung Chung Chih, Shutterstock

On 20 April 2016, Xi Jinping formally inspected the Central Military Commission’s joint battle command center, broadcast on national television.  His visit was notable for many reasons, including the public glimpse of the command center itself, Xi’s decision to wear the new camouflage uniform, and most strikingly, the commentary’s description of Xi using the new nomenclature “commander-in-chief.”  This article analyzes this interesting change in vocabulary and assesses its implications for party-military relations. 

Xi Jinping Has a Cool New Nickname: “Commander-in-Chief”