General Li, who is 65, has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and was suddenly pulled out of an annual meeting with Vietnamese defence leaders that was scheduled for September 7th and 8th. Chinese authorities blamed a “health condition. on September 14th and 15th that General Li Shangfu, who was appointed defence minister and state councillor in March, was recently detained for questioning. Xi Jinping, China’s current supremo has built his authority to a large extent on his sweeping overhaul of the People’s Liberation Army (pla) in the past decade. What is your take on the Chinese governance?