Without providing any justification, China said that the Défense Minister, who has been AWOL for over two months, had been fired.

General Li Shang Fu, who was ousted from office in July without cause, is the second top China official to vanish this year, following former Foreign Minister Qin Gang.

State media announced on October 24 that China has replaced General Li Shang Fu, the country’s defence minister, who had disappeared from public view for over two months without justification.

After the sudden removal from office in July of former Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Mr. Li is the second prominent China politician to vanish this year.

Since making a speech on August 29, Mr. Lee, who was appointed defence minister following a cabinet upheaval in March, has not been spotted. Although he has questioned the adaptability of President and governing Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s power cycle, there is no evidence that the absence of Mr. Qin and Mr. Li heralds a shift in China‘s foreign or defence policies.

Loyalty is said to be Mr. Xi’s top priority, and he has ruthlessly combated both public and private corruption. This is sometimes regarded as a strategy for him to oust political competitors and reinforce his position in the face of a faltering economy and escalating tensions with the US. Taiwan, technology, and trade

Gen. Li Shangfu, China's defense minister, has been removed after going AWOL for over two months without explanation.

As a result of US sanctions over Russia’s military sales, Mr. Lee is prohibited from entering the nation. Since then, China has broken ties with the US military, mostly in protest of the US’s arms supplies to Taiwan, but it has also made it clear that Washington would have to withdraw the sanctions against Mr. Lee, whom Beijing openly rejects.

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