China’s defense minister not seen for two weeks

  • There has been no sign of Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu in public for two weeks, touching off speculation about his fate.
  • Li was appointed to the Central Military Commission in October last year and became defense minister in March. Li has not been heard from since giving a speech at the China-Africa Peace and Security Forum in Beijing on Aug. 29.
  • A U.S. government official hinted it is likely Li’s absence is related to corruption.

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