President Xi Targets PLA In War Against Corruption
Jun 22, 2013 07:28 AM EDT
In what could be seen as an attempt to change the system and tackle corruption , President Xi Jinping of China has ordered audits of the People's Liberation Army's property and land holdings.
The review was launched under the umbrella of the Central Military Commission (CMC) with President Xi as the chairman of the committee.
This is his first move since becoming president of the country to stamp out graft and tighten his grip on the military.
A CMC group in charge of reviewing the audits of the People's Liberation Army's real estate and infrastructure projects held its first meeting in the capital Thursday, according to the Chinese Army mouthpiece, PLA Daily.
General Zhao Keshi, head of PLA's General Logistics Department, who chaired the meeting Friday, said the review-program aimed at "bringing the construction practices and management procedures in line with standards and the law".
General Zhao Keshi has emphasized that the review or surveying of the properties of the PLA should be able to establish a database of the army's belongings including infrastructure and barracks after the end of the program.
With the audit reviews President Xi Jinping aims to have some control over army budgets in the future.
Despite Xi's efforts to control improper transfer of army property, analysts said that land and property transactions of the PLA and the administration in the country still remain the main source of corruption among the officials.
The PLA corruption came under the spot last year when reports said that Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, deputy head of the logistics department, was under investigation for allegedly selling PLA land to developers.
It was difficult to prove the charges because of the involvement and nexus of powerful army personnel and politicians
However, analysts applauded the latest move of President Xi Jinping saying such acts reflect Xi's confidence as head of government and military to clean up the ranks.
President Xi has also called upon the military officials this week to "resolutely oppose" bureaucratism and extravagance.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Director of the Institute of Mainland China Studies at Taiwan's National Sun Yat-sen University, Lin Wen-Cheng, said that Xi's moves in recent times reflect his full confidence in tightening his grip on the military.
"Such anti-corruption practices will affect the interest of many powerful officers and could easily trigger a backlash," said Lin Wen-Cheng. "He wouldn't come up with such rhetoric unless he was fully confident."