Major General Qin Tian, son of former defence minister and revolutionary veteran Qin Jiwei, has been appointed chief of staff of the People’s Armed Police, ThePaper.cn reported, citing unnamed sources. The appointment came months after Qin, 57, was named vice-president of the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences in August. Before that, he was director of the National Defence University’s research department. In an article he penned for the Communist Party’s flagship magazine Qiushi Journal in May, Qin criticised Xu Caihou, disgraced former vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, for monopolising power in the military. Xu died of bladder cancer in March a year after being put under investigation for corruption. In his article, Qin praised President Xi Jinping’s determination to cleanse the army and “bring order out of chaos”. Qin’s father was a close ally of former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. The elder Qin played an important role in the implementation of Deng’s plan to turn the faction-ridden, ill-equipped and demoralised military that emerged from the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution into a lean, modernised and professional force. Qin Tian’s brother, Qin Weijiang, is deputy commander of the Nanjing military region. Qin Tian joined the army at the age of 16, and has accumulated years of experience in training troops. His appointment means Liu Zhenli has vacated the post. Liu, 51, was promoted to the role only in August, becoming the youngest officer at his command level. He fought with the PLA in the war against Vietnam in 1979. Before that, Liu was the commander of the elite 38th Army, which is charged with safeguarding the capital and is considered one of the best trained and equipped forces in the military. There was no information on Liu’s new appointment. The reshuffle comes amid a massive military restructuring aimed at moving away from an army-centric system towards a Western-style joint command in which the army, navy and air force are equally represented.