China announces the removal of defense minister missing for almost 2 months with little explanation

Newly elected Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu takes his oath March 12, 2023, during a session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

TAIPEI. Taiwan (AP) — China has replaced Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu, who has been out of public view for almost two months, state media reported Tuesday. No further information was given.