Ma­jor gen­eral net­ted in anti-graft cam­paign

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN in Beijing zhangyan@ chi­

A ma­jor gen­eral at a Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army univer­sity has been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­leged cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Xin­hua News Agency on Thurs­day.

Gao Xiaoyan, 57, for­mer vice-po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar and dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion chief at the PLA’s In­for­ma­tion En­gi­neer­ing Univer­sity, was taken away on Nov 27 by mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tors for al­legedly ac­cept­ing large bribes. Her house was searched and sealed, the re­port said.

Gao is thought to be the first fe­male ma­jor gen­eral to be in­ves­ti­gated since China’s new lead­er­ship took of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Caixin, the fi­nan­cial news mag­a­zine, Gao is sus­pected of ac­cept­ing bribes in con­nec­tion with con­struc­tion projects at a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal be­tween 2005 and 2012, when she was serv­ing as the po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar at the PLA’s 309 Hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in PLA Lit­er­a­ture and Art Mag­a­zine, the hos­pi­tal built 15 staff dor­mi­tory build­ings and a 30,000-squareme­ter un­der­ground park­ing garage with a ca­pac­ity of 1,000 cars dur­ing the pe­riod.

It also built a health­care build­ing for mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and a tu­ber­cu­lo­sis re­search in­sti­tute build­ing. In ad­di­tion, it ex­panded build­ings used for out­pa­tients and emer­gency treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to the Caixin re­port.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, has vowed to weed out cor­rup­tion in the mil­i­tary. In Novem­ber, Xin­hua News Agency pub­lished an ar­ti­cle by Xi that called for greater ef­forts in fight­ing against cor­rup­tion in the armed forces.

Also in Novem­ber, Min­istry of De­fense spokesman Geng Yan­sheng said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment will hold cor­rupt mil­i­tary of­fi­cials ac­count­able un­der the law.

“I have to stress that the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army has zero tol­er­ance for cor­rupt of­fi­cials. We will make thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions into all cor­rup­tion cases, with­out any le­niency, no mat­ter who is in­volved and how­ever high-level the of­fi­cial is,” Geng said at a news con­fer­ence.

Gao Xiaoyan,

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