who has made his affinity for the military one of the pillars of his folksy image

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longxianchen

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chinese
Hi
The following words are from the Washington Post(here):

But the nationalist drumbeat rings hollow for many retired soldiers who feel left behind, and they have taken to the streets in droves to complain about having to fend for themselves with meager pensions and little support. The unrest poses a delicate political challenge for Xi, who has made his affinity for the military one of the pillars of his folksy image.

But the last sentence is quite difficult for me to understand. I feel it means Xi shows his folksy image by loving(loving= affinity for) the military.
Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
 
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  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Yes. It doesn't contain 'the military one', if you were unsure. They're in separate phrases: One of the pillars of his folksy image (= one of the things that his folksy image rests on, or is supported by) is his affinity for the military (= the armed forces). He has made it so: he has made his military affinity a pillar of his image.
     
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