Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 19, 2012

Even in the PLA

When corruption is ubiquitous in civilian affairs, it shouldn't be a surprise that it's a problem in the military as well. And in an organization that's probably more authoritarian than the government, corruption might be a bigger threat.

Corruption in Military Poses a Test for China
Col. Liu
An insider critique of corruption in China’s military [by Col. Liu Mingfu], circulating just as new leadership is about to take over the armed forces, warns that graft and wide-scale abuses pose as much of a threat to the nation’s security as the United States…

For [new party leader, Xi Jinping], who boasts a military pedigree from his father — a guerrilla leader who helped bring Mao Zedong to power in 1949 — China’s fast modernizing army will be a bulwark of his standing at home and influence abroad…

Recent territorial disputes with Japan and Southeast Asian neighbors have raised nationalist sentiment in China, and the popular desire for a strong military could make it politically dangerous for Mr. Xi to embark on a campaign that unmasks squandering of public funds…

The new lineup of the military commission suggests that being too outspoken about corruption is detrimental to career advancement…

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