Then newly elected vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission,  Xu Qiliang (foreground) and Zhang Youxia (third left) with CMC members (from left) Zhang Shengmin, Li Zuocheng, Wei Fenghe and Miao Hua swear an oath on the constitution  at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
Then newly elected vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, Xu Qiliang (foreground) and Zhang Youxia (third left) with CMC members (from left) Zhang Shengmin, Li Zuocheng, Wei Fenghe and Miao Hua swear an oath on the constitution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE

Close Xi Jinping ally Zhang Youxia, 72, set for bigger PLA command role

  • Three PLA generals over 68 missing from Central Committee roster, signalling exit from top military decision-making body in line with retirement norms
  • Exception made for Zhang Youxia, who stays on despite being well past 68 and is set to become first vice-chair of Central Military Commission

Then newly elected vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission,  Xu Qiliang (foreground) and Zhang Youxia (third left) with CMC members (from left) Zhang Shengmin, Li Zuocheng, Wei Fenghe and Miao Hua swear an oath on the constitution  at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
Then newly elected vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, Xu Qiliang (foreground) and Zhang Youxia (third left) with CMC members (from left) Zhang Shengmin, Li Zuocheng, Wei Fenghe and Miao Hua swear an oath on the constitution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
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