Latest News

China Refuses to Shed Light on Sacking of Defence Minister Li Shangfu – News18

Chinese defence minister Li Shangfu has been removed from his role. (Image: Reuters File)

China said it releases information related to appointments and dismissals in a timely manner and refused to divulge further details.

China on Wednesday refused to explain why defence minister Li Shangfu was removed from office, a day after he was fired following weeks out of the public eye.

In a major reshuffle of top leadership, Beijing announced on Tuesday that Li and ousted ex-foreign minister Qin Gang had been removed from the cabinet.

No explanation was given for their removal from office.

When asked about the firings on Wednesday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told journalists she did not have โ€œany other information to provideโ€.

Mao instead referred media to state news agency Xinhua, which also provided no information about their removal from office.

โ€œIf youโ€™re concerned about whether China is transparent, what I can say is that we release information on all appointments and removals of personnel in a timely manner,โ€ she said.

Both Qin and Li are believed by experts to have been personally selected for their roles by President Xi Jinping.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

Source link