Xi gains control of China’s paramilitary police

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Source: Asia Nikkei

Further consolidation of power seen as hedge against a coup. President Xi Jinping continues to strengthen his grip on power as China’s absolute leader, putting the country’s armed police force under his thumb in his latest move.

The Communist Party of China has decided to consolidate control over the People’s Armed Police at the Central Military Commission, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

The paramilitary force’s responsibilities span from guarding key facilities and fighting terrorism to controlling crowds and suppressing riots. It has traditionally taken orders from both the State Council, or cabinet, and the military commission, but after Jan. 1, it will answer only to the latter, which is headed by the president.