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China officials run for cover as Xi Jinping prepares another brutal purge

Rival Youth League sends coded messages to prepare for the coming storm

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- The decision to fire four ballistic missiles into the South China Sea on Aug. 26 was surely signed off on by the Central Military Commission, the Chinese military's top decision-making body.

That committee is chaired by Xi Jinping, the country's president and Chinese Communist Party's general secretary.

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