Army to close trea­sury loop­holes

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army has is­sued a reg­u­la­tion to cor­rect fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and close all loop­holes in its trea­sury.

The 69 ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties tar­geted by the reg­u­la­tion in­clude ad­just­ments made to bud­gets with­out proper ap­provals, ap­pro­pri­a­tion or em­bez­zle­ment of des­ig­nated funds, ir­reg­u­lar grant­ing of sub­si­dies or al­lowances, as well as ex­ces­sive spend­ing on re­cep­tions and en­ter­tain­ment.

The PLA said the goal of the cam­paign was to make sure mil­i­tary fund­ing is spent to im­prove com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity rather than other pur­poses.

The PLA’s seven re­gional mil­i­tary com­mands were in­spected be­fore June, and a host of prob­lems were un­cov­ered, in­clud­ing fal­si­fi­ca­tion of ev­i­dence and con­ceal­ment of facts.

The PLA has had a num­ber of suc­cesses in its anti-cor­rup­tion move­ment over the past two years. The for­mer vice-chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, and 36 other high-rank­ing of­fi­cers have been con­victed, ac­cused or placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In ad­di­tion, more than 200 of­fi­cers with the rank of lieu­tenant colonel or above were pun­ished in 2013 and 2014 for mis­con­duct ex­posed by the mil­i­tary au­di­tors.

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