Friday, December 09, 2022
Why is China's military so shockingly corrupt?  Will Xi jinping be able to control the army?

Unlike the armies of many countries around the world, China's military, the People's Liberation Army, or PLA, has been an army of the Party since its inception. Above all else Its purpose is to ensure the survival of the Communist regime, and when faced with a split within the Party, it splits too, each protecting its own bosses.

Beijing claims to the outside world that China has 2 million active-duty soldiers, the largest regular army in the world. It also has the world's second-largest navy in total warship tonnage. Coupled with the trinity of nuclear strike capabilities consisting of missiles, submarines, and bombers, it’s the largest military force in Asia.

However, it has been noted that the PLA has been relatively cautious in its actions over the past few decades, quietly expanding while avoiding provoking the US and its allies into military conflict and avoiding the formation of a global anti-communist alliance.

This cautious behavior can be seen as a strategy of the Chinese Communist Party or CCP, but it also reveals an unspeakable secret, namely, the real combat power of the PLA has been seriously undermined by the pervasive corruption in the military and the turbulent internal conflict within the Party.

Let's look at the extent of corruption in the Chinese military. In the 10 years since the new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption campaign in 2012, more than 160 generals have been investigated.

This is more than the total number of generals who have been killed on the battlefield in the 100 years since the founding of the Communist Party, including the war with the Kuomintang. Judging from the cases of these generals investigated by the Chinese government alone, the corruption of the Communist Party's military can be said to be the first in the world.

To complement Xi's anti-corruption campaign, China aired an anti-corruption TV series titled "In the Name of the People" in 2017. The scale of corruption shown in the drama is unprecedented and has echoed tremendously in Chinese society.

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