China Replaces Military Operations Chief – Christopher Bodeen

From AP:

China has named a new chief of general staff for its , a commander once tasked with making war preparations against Taiwan, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Chen Bingde‘s promotion as the People’s Liberation Army’s head of day-to-day operations came in the past six weeks, in a transfer that was unusually quiet even for an institution as secretive as China’s military.

Chen, who had been head of the PLA department overseeing weapons development, replaces Gen. Liang Guanglie, whose new job was not clear but who, at age 65, reached the retirement age for all but the most senior officials. [Full Text]



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