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Army finds 'bad apples' in inspection

By Cao Yin ( Updated: 2014-04-01 17:48

China's Central Military Commission has found problems concerning cadre discipline, construction projects, land transfers, affordable housing purchases and the healthcare system in the commands following a recent inspection, said the flagship newspaper of the People's Liberation Army.

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Two discipline teams conducted inspections in military commands of Beijing and Jinan, Shandong province, from Dec 10 to March 13, the PLA Daily said, adding that this was the first round of inspection visits sent by the commission.

The report also said the commission has told relevant departments to rectify the problems, and officers discussed the various issues at a meeting on Friday.

Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the commission, said the discipline inspection system in the PLA should be improved, as it is of strategic importance to the army's future.

He also said that Party committees of large units and their members will be the focus of inspection work, and more efforts are required to tackle corruption in areas where it often occurs.

Zhuang Deshui, deputy director of the clean governance research center at Peking University, told Beijing Youth Daily that the military inspection system aims to tackle corruption in the army and is part of the central government's battle against corruption.

In recent years, the army has been involved in projects related to the local economy, such as low-income housing projects, and this trend can create opportunities for corruption if there is a lack of supervision, the paper quoted Zhuang as saying.

He also said that the inspection system can strengthen the military's anti-graft work, and improve the army's credibility and effectiveness.


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