The Xi Jinping era has been marked by a greater degree of personalized command, sometimes veering toward cult of personality, than any leadership period since the death of Mao Zedong. In late 2014, the Chinese military media began referring to the implementation of the “CMC Chairman Responsibility System,” contrasting it with prior periods of the “CMC Vice-Chairman Responsibility System.” This article examines the limited open-source material available on this new concept, contextualizes it within the larger political campaigns within the PLA on absolute loyalty to the CCP and anti-corruption, and assesses its implications for Xi’s larger political and strategic agendas.


The Yuan Stops Here: Xi Jinping and the “CMC Chairman Responsibility System”

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