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Why is China purging its nuclear missile force?

2 August 2023

12:33 AM

2 August 2023

12:33 AM

The top commanders of China’s nuclear forces have been targeted by President Xi Jinping in his latest purge, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the unexplained disappearance of Qin Gang, the country’s foreign minister.

China’s rocket force will have been of special interest to western intelligence agencies

On Monday, Chinese media announced that Wang Houbin, a former deputy commander in the navy, has been appointed head of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force, which oversees China’s conventional and nuclear missiles.

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