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Missing Chinese Generals Give Xi More Room to Shape Military

  • Two top generals excluded from key party congress reshuffle
  • Openings could help president cement control over military
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Two generals who sit on China’s top military body have been excluded from a twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle next month, setting the stage for President Xi Jinping to carry out a further shake-up of the world’s largest army.

Neither General Fang Fenghui nor General Zhang Yang were among the 303 delegates to the upcoming Communist Party congress listed Wednesday by the army’s main newspaper. Their absence, which follows Hong Kong media reports they face disciplinary probes, signals the generals have been taken out of consideration.