On October 10, the Chinese Military Commission held a special meeting in Beijing, with Xi Jinping’s approval, to study and implement measures to eliminate completely any residual influence of [the sacked former vice chairmen of the military commission] Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou and to clean up the political environment in the military. The top leaders of all major military units and relevant departments of the military commission attended the meeting.
PLA Daily published a commentary article on the issue the following day. The article said that what Guo and Xu had done serious damage to the military. The impact is widespread and deep. The article indicated that even two years after Guo and Xu’s removal, there is still more clean-up work to be done. The article said, “… [The clean-up work] has made major progress in the past two years. … However, it is not up to the standards that Chairman Xi and the Central Military Commission have set; not enough has been done to meet the needs of building a strong military and to meet the army’s expectations. It is still not sufficient to eliminate the deep level impact on thought, politics, organizations, and ethics. Concepts, ways of thinking, and the working model, which need to be in line with the new system, have not been fully established. The problem of discipline being violated has also occurred from time to time.”
The article emphasized, “To completely and thoroughly eliminate Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou’s poisonous influence is a serious political task in order to further promote political developments in the new situation, to ensure pure and reliable military loyalty, to deepen anti-corruption, and to promote strict and comprehensive administration in the military.”
Source : PLA Daily, October 11, 2016