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China's top General demoted eight grades in Xi's anti-graft campaign

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

One of Chinese military's rising stars, Yingting, has been demoted by eight grades to become a battalion over his alleged links to disgraced senior commanders and daughter's marriage to a Frenchman.

Cai, a former of the and the deputy of staff before started overhauling the military in 2013, has been demoted from the Grade 2 post of "military leader" to the Grade 10 position of "battalion leader", Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported.

Possible reasons for his downfall included his daughter's marriage to a Frenchman, which he failed to report through the proper channels, and his association with disgraced senior commanders, the paper said, quoting several sources close to the People's (PLA).

The (CMC), the overall high command of the military headed by Xi, has not made any public announcements but of Cai's demotion started circulating in military circles on Sunday, the report said.

Cai, 64, had retired from the military academy last year, two years before he reached the PLA's maximum retirement age. Under normal circumstances he would have kept his senior rank after retiring from the academy.

His last public appearance was on August 6 last year at the funeral of the former Shen Daren, where he was listed as being among the "retired cadres" along with former presidents and

The ministry of national defence did not comment on his demotion.

had been seen by many as a rising star since Xi promoted him to become the youngest serving at the age of 59 in 2013.

One said had made a mistake when his daughter married a French citizen and he did not report it to the CMC in a timely fashion, reported.

The CMC "just learned about it (the marriage) after being tipped off by a whistle-blower", it said.

Xi started a national anti-corruption campaign in 2013 and one focus has been senior figures with family connections outside China, which is seen as a way of funnelling money out of the country.

Over 50 top generals including two former Vice Chairmen of the CMC were punished in the massive anti-graft campaign carried which also enabled Xi to consolidate his power in the first five-years of his rule as of the ruling Communist Party of (CMC), Presidency and the military.

Xi began his second five-year term in March and expected to remain in power for life following the abolition of constitutional amendment removing the two-term limit for the

One said Cai's demotion was actually a "safe landing" to let him have an "easy retirement".

"Compared with other retired senior officials, Cai has lost political and social status, as well as preferential treatment, but at least it's a safe landing for him, with no need to spend the rest of his life in Qincheng Prison," one source said.

Qincheng, known as the "tiger cage", houses many disgraced senior officials, including the former security and former boss

As a former senior who knows so many state secrets, Cai needs to live in a specific place during rest of his life, reported.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:15 IST