China's Defence Minister Li Shangfu's Whereabouts Unknown Amidst Political Purges
China's Defence Minister Li Shangfu has not been seen in public for almost three weeks, sparking speculation about his whereabouts amidst ongoing political purges by President Xi Jinping. Reports suggest that Li may be under investigation, with US officials claiming that he has been stripped of his responsibilities. This disappearance follows the recent removal of other top Chinese government officials, including the foreign minister and two army generals. The situation has been likened to an Agatha Christie novel by the US ambassador to Japan.