Se­nior gen­eral tan­gled in cor­rup­tion, mag­a­zine says

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

A se­nior Chi­nese mil­i­tary of­fi­cer owned dozens of homes, gold stat­ues and crates of lux­ury liquor, Caixin mag­a­zine re­ported in a rare ex­posé of cor­rup­tion in the armed forces.

The al­le­ga­tions against Gu Jun­shan, a for­mer lieu­tenant gen­eral and deputy lo­gis­tics chief in the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, came as China’s lead­ers ramp up ac­tion against of­fi­cial cor­rup­tion.

Gu is said to be un­der of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He owned dozens of apart­ments in cen­tral Bei­jing, and his man­sion in Puyang, Henan prov­ince, housed sev­eral gold art­works, Caixin re­ported on Wed­nes­day af­ter a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The man­sion, mod­eled on the For­bid­den City, Bei­jing’s for­mer im­pe­rial palace, cov­ered 1 hectare and was dubbed the “Gen­eral’s Man­sion” by lo­cals, the re­port said.

Of­fi­cials seized a gold boat, a gold wash basin, a gold statue of Mao Ze­dong and “crates of ex­pen­sive liquor” on the premises, it said.

Gu, who joined the mil­i­tary in 1971 af­ter fin­ish­ing ju­nior high school, be­gan han­dling mil­i­tary busi­ness op­er­a­tions in Puyang in 1985 and rose dur­ing the next decade to over­see lo­gis­tics in the area.

He be­came deputy chief of the PLA Gen­eral Lo­gis­tics depart­ment in 2009, and he “prof­ited from the projects and land deals” in which he was in­volved, Caixin said.

Gu’s name dis­ap­peared from an of­fi­cial list of his lo­gis­tics depart­ment’s per­son­nel in early 2012, and even­tu­ally from the De­fense Min­istry’s web­site. He left his post that year, the mag­a­zine said.

A cor­rup­tion probe has not been of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged, but there has been wide­spread me­dia cov­er­age this week.

Gu’s brother — who had a home next to Gu’s in Puyang, with the two shar­ing a long base­ment “filled with ex­pen­sive liquor” — was ar­rested in Au­gust on sus­pi­cion of bribery, the re­port said.

The ac­count fol­lows ex­ten­sive re­ports about gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who have come un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and af­ter re­peated pledges by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to fight cor­rup­tion high and low.

In a cam­paign to cut ex­trav­a­gance and de­ter graft, the cen­tral lead­er­ship has is­sued a raft of bans in the past year, re­strict­ing fancy banquets and ex­pen­sive gifts paid for with pub­lic money, for ex­am­ple.

An­a­lysts ex­pect an even stricter clam­p­down this year.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Lo­cals re­fer to an es­tate owned by Gu Jun­shan, for­mer deputy lo­gis­tics chief of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, in Puyang, Henan prov­ince, as the “Gen­eral’s Man­sion”.

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