September 16, 2004
Does China have a “gun-control” problem? Yes. The question of who controls one of the world’s largest armed forces naturally attracts international attention. Recently, however, there seems to be excessive speculation about a power struggle between the moderate reformist head of the state/party, Hu Jintao, and the nationalist/conservative military strongman, Jiang Zemin, who continues to hold the position of chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC).