Hu Jintao’s PLA Personality Cult

photo by Dan Kamminga President Hu Jintao is building a personality cult around himself in the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army so as to consolidate his status as the “core” of the Fourth-Generation leadership. Support by the generals is key to Hu’s power game, given that the 64-year-old Communist Party General Secretary has met fierce resistance in efforts to install his protégés in the Politburo Standing Committee at the crucial 17th Party Congress scheduled for October.

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