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May 8, 2012 12:31 pm

Who is in the frame to lead the PLA?

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The purge of Bo Xilai has offered President Hu Jintao the opportunity to strengthen his influence over the armed forces. As China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition that will see most of the top political and military positions filled with new people later this year, we profile the 18 military figures who could be in line for a promotion to lead the People’s Liberation Army. Eight of these figures are “princelings”, as the children of revolutionary heroes are known.

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