Monday, March 27, 2023

China appoints General Li Shangfu, sanctioned by the US in 2018, as Minister of Defense

The National People’s Assembly (ANP, equivalent to the Legislature) of China Solis approved this appeal as a new one Defense Minister General Li Shangfuwho since 2018 has been accused by the United States of selling weapons to the Russian state company Rosoboronexport.

Also, the PNA appointed Wang Xiaohong as Minister of Public Security and Chen Yixin as Minister of State Security, who will be in charge of the country’s Asian Interior and Intelligence apparatus.

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In 2018, then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions in the Chinese company Training Department (EDD) and then director Li Shangfu, which purchased weapons from the Russian state company Rosoboronexport.

According to the State Department, the Chinese company was authorized to acquire, in 2017, Su-35 aircraft and, in 2018, equipment related to the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

Then foreign spokesman Geng Shuang expressed “just a deed” against those sanctions and called on Washington to withdraw them. Geng justified the purchase and stated that Russia is a “strategic cooperation partner” for Beijing.

ANP was concluded today the . Sunday reshuffle the Chinese government the following Saturday the new prime minister Li Qiang, at the request of the Chinese president; XI Jinping.

Li, previously in charge of the largest business center, Shanghai, will have a difficult mission to lay the foundations for the recovery of the world’s second largest economy.

The plenary also approved the appointment of Yi Gang as central bank governor, Liu Kun as finance minister and Wang Wentao as commerce minister. Zheng Shanjie, nearly 11, has been appointed director of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic policy body.

The PNA also appointed Ding Xuexiang, He Lifeng, Zhang Guoqing and Liu Guozhong as vice premiers.

The new executive must also lead the organization in order to achieve it “scientific and technological self-sufficiency”a response to Washington’s ban on US chip manufacturing for Chinese companies.

Xi, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), consolidated his power on Friday after the PNA appointed him to a third five-year presidential term, unprecedented among his predecessors.

He also confirmed the chairmanship of the Central Military Commission (CMC), which is equivalent to the head of the Army. In this way, the president’s control is strengthened in three arms of power: the State, the Communist Party and the Army.

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