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General Li Shangfu – Minister with best relations with Russia

New Defense Minister Li Shangfu at the presentation of the military commission on Saturday.

The new Chinese Defense Minister is General Li Shangfu 李尚福. Li comes from the red nobility of the CP, enjoys the confidence of ruler Xi Jinping, and has the best relations with Russia. He previously headed the Equipment and Armament Department of the Central Military Commission, or EDD (中央军委装备发展部). In that post, he purchased several Russian weapons systems for China’s air force.

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