Xi or­ders change in over­sight of army

Cen­tralMil­i­tary Com­mis­sion takes di­rect con­trol of PLA au­dit­ing of­fice

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By HENA hena@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s top mil­i­tary body took over the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army au­dit­ing of­fice on Thurs­day, Xin­huaNews Agency re­ported.

The au­dit­ing of­fice of the army will be un­der the di­rect man­age­ment of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, the coun­try’s top mil­i­tary de­ci­sio­n­and com­mand or­gan, a move that ex­perts say will greatly en­hance su­per­vi­sion of the army. The of­fice was for­merly man­aged by the PLA Gen­eral Lo­gis­tics Depart­ment.

The move, or­dered by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in his dual role as CMC chair­man, was an­nounced on Thurs­day at a meet­ing in Beijing.

Gu Jun­shan, for­mer deputy head of the lo­gis­tics depart­ment, was pros­e­cuted on March 31 for em­bez­zle­ment, bribery, mis­use of State funds and abuse of power.

The CMC has adopted un­prece­dented, strict mea­sures to fight cor­rup­tion, in­clud­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of some se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing Xu Cai­hou, for­mer vice-chair­man of the CMC. Xu was ac­cused of tak­ing ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to as­sist in the pro­mo­tion of oth­ers and of us­ing his in­flu­ence to help oth­ers make mon­e­tary prof­its, tak­ing a large num­ber of bribes in re­turn.

Pre­vi­ously a sub­sidiary of the lo­gis­tics depart­ment, the au­dit­ing of­fice now en­joys a more-in­de­pen­dent sta­tus as an au­thor­ity di­rectly man­aged by theCMC, Xin­hua said.

The mod­ern­iza­tion of the army and its com­bat prepa­ra­tion pro­cesses are ar­du­ous mis­sions. And we have en­tered another cru­cial stage.” FAN CHANG­LONG VICE-CHAIR­MAN OF THE CEN­TRAL MIL­I­TARY COM­MIS­SION

“This is a ma­jor decision made by Chair­man Xi and the CMCin an ef­fort to strengthen the army and tighten au­dit­ing and su­per­vi­sion over the mil­i­tary’s eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s also a key mea­sure to deepen na­tional de­fense and mil­i­tary re­form as well as to push for­ward the in­no­va­tion of the army’s au­dit­ing sys­tem,” the state­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the re­struc­tur­ing, which is part of the army’s wider-ef­fi­ciency drive, will pre­vent and pun­ish cor­rup­tion as well en­sure high-qual­ity au­dit­ing work.

CMC Vice-Chair­man Fan Chang­long said at the meet­ing: “The mod­ern­iza­tion of the army and its com­bat prepa­ra­tion pro­cesses are ar­du­ous mis­sions. And we have en­tered another cru­cial stage.”

Fan urged au­dit­ing of­fi­cials to en­sure pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ef­fi­ciency and pol­icy knowl­edge to con­trib­ute to the army’s fight against graft.

Thurs­day’s decision fol­lowed a CMC-ap­proved cir­cu­lar re­leased late last month that called for a re­sults-based man­age­ment sys­tem to en­sure the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from spend­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, as­sess­ments will be in­tro­duced through­out the mil­i­tary, and in­di­vid­u­als or units will be held ac­count­able for in­ef­fi­ciency.

Mod­ern war­fare is ex­pen­sive, which means cost con­trol should be an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for the mil­i­tary, it said.

“In the short term, the decision will be­come a di­rect ef­fec­tive mea­sure to root out cor­rup­tion in the army, and one that strength­ens and en­hances the anti-cor­rup­tion work at present,” said Liu Qin­g­long, a pro­fes­sor of ad­min­is­tra­tive law at Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

In the long run, the move is a good at­tempt to stim­u­late in­no­va­tion in army man­age­ment, he said. When the au­dit­ing depart­ment was un­der the man­age­ment of the lo­gis­tics depart­ment, limited by the in­ter­est re­la­tion­ship and hi­er­ar­chy, it was dif­fi­cult for au­di­tors to use their su­per­vi­sory au­thor­ity to the fullest, Liu said.

An im­proved anti-cor­rup­tion mech­a­nism is the key to erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion, he said.

Xie Chuntao, di­rec­tor of the Teach­ing and Re­search Depart­ment of Party His­tory at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of CPC, agreed, say­ing the decision will greatly en­hance over­sight of the en­tire army.

The cases of Gu and Xu must be one of the ma­jor rea­sons that pro­moted change, he added. If au­dits are ac­cu­rate and fair, prob­lems will be dis­cov­ered ear­lier and won’t have the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect that they do to­day, Xie said. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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