Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a decree according to which Li Shangfu is removed from his post as head of the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
According to China Central Television, the corresponding decree of the President of the People's Republic of China states that, in accordance with the decision made at the sixth session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Li Shangfu is removed from his posts as Minister of National Defense, as well as a member of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. The appointment of a new head of the Chinese Ministry of Defense has not yet been announced.
Li Shangfu's last public appearance was on August 29, when he spoke at the Third China-Africa Peace and Security Forum in Beijing. According to the American edition of the Financial Times, the likely reason for the removal of Li Shangfu from the post of Minister of Defense may have been an investigation against him. However, Chinese foreign and defense officials said they did not have any information about this.
It is also noted that Li Shangfu and his predecessor as head of the Ministry of Defense of the People's Republic of China, Wei Fenghe, were not present at the reception held on October 1 in honor of the main Chinese national holiday - the Founding Day of the People's Republic of China.
Earlier, the Hong Kong edition of the South China Morning Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that the Chinese Ministry of Defense could be headed by the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Central Military Council of China, Liu Zhenli.