Does Deng's Army Shakeup Mean Reform Is A Surer Thing?

Purges in China have long been bloody, chaotic affairs that disrupt the economy. But right now, a major shakeup at the highest levels of China's armed forces is taking place so quietly that its dimensions are only just now being understood. It started last fall, when a top military man, General Yang Baibing, 72, called together his cronies to make contingency plans for the post-Deng Xiaoping era.

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