The National People’s Assembly (ANP) of China approved this Sunday the designation as new defense minister of the general li shang fuwho was sanctioned in 2018 by the United States accused of buying weapons from the Russian state company rosoboronexport.
Likewise, the ANP appointed wang xiaohong Minister of Public Security and Chen Yixin Minister of State Security, who will be in charge of the Asian country’s Interior and Intelligence apparatus, respectively.
In 2018, the then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against the Chinese company Equipment Development Department (EDD) and its then director, Li Shangfu, for having bought weapons from the Russian state company rosoboronexport.
According to the State Department, the Chinese company was sanctioned for acquiring, in 2017, Su-35 fighter jets and, in 2018, equipment related to the S-400 surface-to-air missiles.
The then foreign spokesman Geng Shuang expressed in 2018 “great indignation” over those sanctions and asked Washington to remove them Geng justified the purchase and asserted that Russia is Beijing’s “strategic cooperation partner”.
The ANP concluded this Sunday the remodeling of the Chinese Executive after the appointment on Saturday of the new prime minister, Li Qiang, at the proposal of Xi Jinping regime.
Li, formerly in charge of the largest business center in the country, Shanghai, will have the difficult mission of laying the foundations for the recovery of the second largest economy in the world.
Likewise, the plenary session approved keeping yi gang as governor of central bankto liu kun as finance minister wang wentao as Minister of Commerce.
Zheng Shanjie, close to Xi, was appointed director of the National Development and Reform Commissionthe country’s highest economic planning body.
Likewise, the ANP appointed as vice prime ministers Ding Xuexiang, He Lifeng, Zhang Guoqing, and Liu Guozhong.
The new Executive must also advance guidelines such as achieving the “scientific and technological self-sufficiency”, a response to Washington’s ban on the manufacture of US chips for Chinese companies.
Xi, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), consolidated his power on Friday after the PNA appointed him to a third five-year term unprecedented among his predecessors.
He also confirmed his position as president of the Central Military Commission (CMC), a position that is equivalent to that of Chief of the Armed Forces.
In this way, the president’s control over the three arms of power is reinforced: the State, the PCCh and the Army.
(With information from EFE)
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