Major General appointed member of Standing Committee of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/30 12:35:17

Major General Ling Xi has been appointed a member of Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Shanghai Municipal Committee, a signal that military leaders are now back in the regional Party leaders group. 

Ling is the political commissar of the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Shanghai Garrison. Previously he served as deputy director of the political department of the Nanjing Military Command. Since military reform he has served as deputy director of the political work department of the PLA's Eastern Theater Command. He was promoted to major general in 2011, according to a WeChat account affiliated to Beijing Daily, an official newspaper under the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee. 

Since the 1950s, provincial military leaders were usually appointed to a seat in the standing committee of the provincial-level CPC committee to participate in decision making and strengthen communication between the government and the military. 

That practice was temporarily suspended in November 2016 as provincial-level military commanders were no longer listed in the standing committee. 

Defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters in December 2016 that the temporary removal of military leaders from the standing committees of the provincial CPC committees was due to a major military overhaul. He also noted that once the relevant reform was completed, military leaders would return to the provincial Party leader group, according to the Beijing Daily. 

China launched a major military reform in January 2016 to streamline non-combat personnel and upgrade military equipment.

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