PLA to get sweep­ing au­dit to root out prob­lems

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary is gear­ing up for a sweep­ing au­dit of its in­come and ex­pen­di­tures over the past two years in a search for fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

The Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion an­nounced a plan on Wed­nes­day that is ex­pected take a year to ex­am­ine ar­eas such as bud­get­ing, pay­ment vouch­ers, mil­i­tary re­cep­tion ex­penses and un­bud­geted ex­pen­di­tures.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, ap­proved the plan.

The com­mis­sion is lead­ing the ef­fort to root out em­bez­zle­ment, im­proper trans­fers, re­im­burse­ments us­ing fake re­ceipts and var­i­ous kinds of hid­den slush funds.

The com­mis­sion called for self-ex­am­i­na­tions in all de­part­ments be­fore the checks by au­di­tors at higher lev­els. It un­der­scored the im­por­tance of es­tab­lish­ing ef­fec­tive mech­a­nisms to pre­vent vi­o­la­tions of rules and dis­ci­pline in the fi­nan­cial area.

The plan lays out penal­ties on fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and puts for­ward mea­sures to im­prove the mil­i­tary’s fi­nan­cial sys­tem. The com­mis­sion also asked all de­part­ments to en­sure the ef­fec­tive­ness of the au­dit and set dead­lines and listed cri­te­ria for the qual­ity of au­dit re­sults.

A com­ment pub­lished on the com­mis­sion’s web­site said that fi­nan­cial vi­o­la­tions had con­tin­ued in the mil­i­tary de­spite the call for aus­ter­ity from the cen­tral lead­er­ship in late 2012. It said a thor­ough cleanup of fi­nan­cial work will help the mil­i­tary to ex­er­cise self-dis­ci­pline in fol­low­ing the aus­ter­ity rules.

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary in­tro­duced new rules to com­bat waste­ful spend­ing in early 2013. The rules re­quire strict con­trol of spend­ing on nonessen­tial in­fra­struc­ture, pro­cure­ment and of­fi­cial re­cep­tions, and they stress that spend­ing should be fo­cused on the mil­i­tary’s core mission, such as for im­prov­ing com­bat readi­ness.

More than 200 se­nior Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army of­fi­cers have been dis­ci­plined for prob­lems ex­posed by mil­i­tary au­di­tors over the past two years.

A to­tal of 4,024 of­fi­cers with the rank of lieu­tenant colonel or above, in­clud­ing 82 gen­er­als, were sub­jects of scru­tiny by PLA au­di­tors dur­ing that time.

Au­di­tors also pre­vented 12.1 bil­lion yuan ($1.9 bil­lion) in mil­i­tary funds from be­ing mis­used or wasted, the PLA said.

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