China’s Hu In Control Of Rapidly Modernising Military – AFP

From AFP:

After five years in power, President Hu Jintao has finally gained unquestioned control of China’s massive while transforming it into wealthy, high-tech fighting force, analysts said.

Although Hu was named Communist Party chief in 2002 and president in 2003, he did not inherit the mantle of commander-in-chief until a year later and questions had lingered over who commanded the allegiance of the country’s rapidly modernising, 2.3-million-strong People’s Liberation Army.

But key military appointments by Hu in the run-up to the five-yearly Communist Party Congress that is due to end Sunday in Beijing should help dispel any questions, experts said. [Full Text]

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