5 things about ‘missing’ Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu, know the mystery of his disappearance

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Mysterious Disappearance

China’s Defense Minister, Li Shangfu, has been absent from public view in recent days, leading to widespread speculation about his whereabouts. The Chinese government has not provided any official statement regarding Li Shangfu’s disappearance, maintaining a tight-lipped stance.

Corruption Investigation

Several media reports have suggested that Li Shangfu may have been removed from his position as Defense Minister due to an ongoing corruption investigation against him. He is rumored to be under house arrest as part of this investigation.

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Questioning by Officials

According to ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ Defense Minister Li Shangfu was taken in for questioning by authorities last week in connection with the corruption case. The investigation is still ongoing.

Recent Appointment

Li Shangfu assumed the role of China’s Defense Minister in March of this year. Despite recent developments, official Chinese government and military websites continue to list him as the Defense Minister of China, as reported by CNN.

Background in Aerospace Engineering

Li Shangfu has a background in aerospace engineering and began his career at a satellite and rocket launch center. Before becoming Defense Minister, he held a significant role in the arms supply department of the Chinese Army, overseeing arms procurement for five years starting in 2017.

It’s worth noting that Li Shangfu was last seen in public on August 29 when he participated in the China-Africa Peace and Security Forum in Beijing. This incident follows the recent removal of the Chinese Foreign Minister, who also disappeared from public view for a period of time. The situation surrounding Li Shangfu’s disappearance remains shrouded in mystery, with ongoing investigations and speculations.

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