Are China’s ‘disappearing’ ministers an alarm bell for President Xi Jinping?

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All of them were Xi Jinping’s trusted and favorite people. But, it seems that now they are all disappearing.

The sudden disappearance of several top Chinese officials in recent months has fueled speculation whether Xi Jinping has launched a ‘cleansing campaign’. Especially the pruning of those people who have been associated with the army.

The latest example of top Chinese officials disappearing in disgrace is Defense Minister Li Shangfu. He has not been seen in any public program for the last several months.

Initially, Shangfu’s disappearance was not considered unusual. But, when a senior American diplomat pointed out the disappearance of China’s Defense Minister, the investigation intensified.

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