2 more Chi­nese of­fi­cers fall in mil­i­tary’s anti-graft drive

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

China’s mil­i­tary has re­ferred two rank­ing of­fi­cers to pros­e­cu­tors amid a con­tin­u­ing crack­down on cor­rup­tion in the armed forces.

Kou Tie and Liu Zhanqi were placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Novem­ber and their cases for­warded to pros­e­cu­tors last month, the De­fense Min­istry said in a brief no­tice Wed­nes­day.

Kou had been head of the pro­vin­cial mil­i­tary com­mand in Hei­longjiang in China’s north­east, while Liu had been trans­porta­tion chief for the paramil­i­tary Peo­ple’s Armed Po­lice, a sprawl­ing body with broad re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, dis­as­ter re­lief and other du­ties.

Mil­i­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tions have fo­cused on em­bez­zle­ment and bribery in the hous­ing con­struc­tion and lo­gis­tics di­vi­sions, where gen­er­ous fund­ing and lax su­per­vi­sion have cre­ated am­ple cor­rup­tion.

That has ac­com­pa­nied a new em­pha­sis on wel­fare for the 2.3 mil­lion-mem­ber armed forces, with a sub­stan­tial chunk of the an­nual dou­ble-digit per­cent­age in­creases in de­fense spend­ing go­ing to salaries, ben­e­fits and other wel­fare for the troops.

Along with the selling of ranks and po­si­tions, the di­ver­sion of mil­i­tary funds into pri­vate hands is be­lieved to have dealt a strong neg­a­tive ef­fect on morale, dis­ci­pline and com­bat pre­pared­ness in the world’s largest stand­ing mil­i­tary.

The cam­paign against mil­i­tary cor­rup­tion kicked off with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army’s for­mer head of lo­gis­tics, Lt. Gen. Gu Jun­shan, who al­legedly amassed a jaw-drop­ping for­tune through em­bez­zle­ment, kick­backs and the selling of fa­vors.

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