China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a new chief political Commissar, General Yu Quili.
GV ZOOM TO SV General Yu Quili saluting to troops lined up in parade from army vehicle and troops return salute. (3 SHOTS)
GV Troops applaud as General Yu's vehicle passes.
SV General Yu addressing gathered troops from podium as other officials listen, troops applauds. (4 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Troops march past carrying Chinese flag, and women parade past General Yu. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a new chief political Commissar, General Yu Quili. General Yu, an economic expert who has not held a major military post since 1958, replaces General Wei Guoqing, whose views are considered to be on the left of the predominantly moderate Chinese leadership. At a military parade in Beijing on September 28, the PLA's new commissar exhorted soldiers to study the principles laid down by the 12th Party Congress, held earlier in the month. The 68-year-old General is eight years younger than his predecessor. According to diplomats, General Yu's appointment suggests a possible reshuffle in the military hierarchy, where elderly officers have traditionally show reluctance to step down. Diplomats have however cautioned against interpreting General Yu's appointment as revealing a decline in leftist influence. Like his predecessor, the new commissar remains a member of the influential Party Politburo, and like elder statesman, Deng Xiaoping, is committed to China's military modernisation.