China has fired Defense Minister Li Shangfu.
Li was also removed from his positions as a member of the Central Military Commission – a powerful body headed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping who ultimately commands the armed forces – and as one of China’s five state councillors – a senior position in the cabinet that outranks a regular minister, state broadcaster CCTV reported Tuesday, reported CNN.
Li has not been seen in two months.
Xi Jinping has been purging the ranks of Chinese leadership in an effort to remove possible rivals as China's economic system accelerates its collapse due to a severe bubble in the real estate sector.
The general’s disappearance follows a series of unexplained personnel shakeups that have roiled the country’s upper ranks, including the dramatic ousting of former Foreign Minister Qin Gang in July, added CNN.
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