How Worried Should Xi Be About Ongoing Protests by Chinese Veterans?

How Worried Should Xi Be About Ongoing Protests by Chinese Veterans?
Chinese veterans attend a grand rally to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Aug. 1, 2017 (Photo by Ke Wei for Imaginechina via AP Images).

In recent months, veterans of China’s armed forces have staged large-scale demonstrations to demand financial compensation and other benefits they say they have not been given. The government responded in March by creating a new Ministry for Veterans’ Affairs, but many veterans remain dissatisfied. While the demonstrations have so far not broadly threatened the Chinese Communist Party’s legitimacy, they pose a unique challenge to President Xi Jinping’s government. To learn more about the historical context and broader significance of the veterans’ protests, WPR spoke via email with Jieren Hu, an associate professor at Tongji University’s School of Law in Shanghai. […]

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