Mao`s grandson no general yet: Spokesman
Beijing: A spokesman for Mao Zedong`s
grandson has denied media reports that the revolutionary
leader`s descendant had been made a general in the People`s
Liberation Army (PLA), a report said on Saturday.
"Mao Xinyu can be appointed only next year before the
anniversary of the foundation of the People`s Liberation Army
(August 1)", Guo Jinliang, private secretary for Mao Xinyu,
was quoted as saying by the Guangzhou Daily.
State media had reported Tuesday that Mao Xinyu, a
politician and researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences,
had been promoted in June, making him the PLA`s youngest
However, the Guangzhou Daily on Saturday also quoted
Mao Xinyu as saying of any promotion that "it is premature to
talk about it. I will talk about it when it happens."
State media reported earlier this week that Mao had
attended a recent function sponsored by the government of
Hunan province -- his grandfather`s homeland -- wearing the
decorations of a major-general.
Mao Xinyu currently serves as vice-head of the
academy`s research centre on war and military strategy. He is
also a leading member of the ruling Communist Party`s Youth
League and a top parliamentary political adviser.
He is the sole grandson of Mao Zedong and was
earlier this year voted one of the most popular bloggers on
the website of the People`s Daily, the ruling Communist
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