Xi Jinping's Military Purge: A High-Stakes Game in the Shadow of World War III

January 16, 2024

These efforts culminated on December 29, 2023, when Xi dismissed nine senior officers in a dramatic move. Reports and US intelligence suggest that these dismissals were partly to eradicate corruption, a commonly cited reason for the abrupt removal of Chinese officials. The dismissed commanders were involved with China's Rocket Force, pivotal in any military campaign. The pervasive corruption is now believed by US officials to decrease the likelihood of Xi Jinping and China undertaking significant military operations in the near future. This assessment, shared by sources to Bloomberg who preferred to remain anonymous while discussing intelligence matters, suggests that the corruption has significantly impacted China's military readiness.eak of another global conflict in the 21st century.