President Xi Jinping has reshuffled the Central Security Bureau responsible for his personal safety according to a report by the South China Morning Post.
Three separate sources told the SCMP that Major General Wang Shaojun, the executive deputy commander of the bureau, has been promoted to lead it and the Central Guard Regiment. The former commander, Lieutenant General Cao Qing, is being transfered to the Beijing Military Area Command as its deputy commander.
Former security bureau chief Cao Qing, left.
The security bureau reports directly to the general office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, but is an extremely powerful institution in its own right. It played a key role in the apprehending of the Gang of Four, who, following Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, were accused of plotting to seize power.
The reshuffle comes amid Xi’s intensifying anti-graft drive in the military. In late October last year, a “military tiger”, Xu Caihou, confessed to accepting bribes and abusing his power, making him one of the highest-profile figures in the military to be taken down by Xi. A separate piece by the SCMP claims that Xi Jinping was determined to break the military’s hold on power after watching how his predecessor, Hu Jintao, was undermined by military officials.
By Dominic Jackson
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