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RFA: Xi Jinping Anti-Corruption Effort Spreads in the Military

RFA reported that August 1 was the PLA’s anniversary. PLA Daily published an opinion article on August 1 titled, “A Corrupt Military Will not Win a War.” The article expressed a vow of determination to combat corruption in the PLA. In addition to the fall of the top ranking army officials, Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, the article reported that two more high ranking military officials have recently been taken down from their posts. RFA’s report then provided an analysis that Xia Ming, a political science professor at the City University of New York, gave on why Xi Jinping has spread his anti-corruption efforts in the military. According to Professor Xia, the first reason is that Xi is using anti-corruption as a means to regain control over the military by using his own people. The article said that, just like Hu Jintao, Xi does not have solid control of the military. This has enabled both Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou to build the military as their own kingdom. The second reason is the corruption in the military has been rampant. Xi intends to clean up the mess and improve the military’s fighting power.

Source: Radio Free Asia, August 2, 2015