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China Removes Xinjiang Military Chief From Local Party Top Post

China’s Communist Party removed the military chief of the restive Xinjiang province from its top decision-making body in the region.

Peng Yong was removed from the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region while Liu Lei was appointed as a member to the Committee, Xinjiang Daily reported on its website today, without elaborating. Peng was named a member of the Standing Committee of Xinjiang and commander of Xinjiang Military Area Command since 2011, according to a profile on the website of China’s Communist Party.