April 9, 2014

18 PLA chiefs pledge their collective loyalty to Xi, publicly and in writing

In a rare public display of fealty to the supreme leader of the Chinese Communist Party, 18 top military leaders published statements simultaneously, pledging their absolute loyalty to Xi Jinping, who is on an overseas trip to Europe. The unusual campaign has not been seen since the suppression of Tiananmen pro-democracy movement in 1989 when military leaders pledged loyalty to Deng Xiaoping. (FULL STORY)

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Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7.   chinanews.com
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