Xu Caihou at a National People's Congress session (left); with former US defence secretary Robert Gates (centre); and with Bo Xilai (right). Photos: CNS, AP, SCMP

Retired PLA general Xu Caihou: a big shot with friends in high places

As a protégé of Jiang Zemin he rose swiftly through the ranks and wielded great power

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Xu Caihou at a National People's Congress session (left); with former US defence secretary Robert Gates (centre); and with Bo Xilai (right). Photos: CNS, AP, SCMP
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