|Graft fight reaches military, officers to be vetted for property ownership, cars and use of power
Military officials will be thoroughly vetted for assets including real estate, cars and use of power, before they are promoted or approved to retire, the Central Military Commission said today.
(Pictured, President Xi Jinping, who is also the chairman of the Central Military Commission meets senior officers in Shenyang).
Officers recommended as candidates for regimental commander-level posts or above, those who will retire, and those who will be transferred to civilian posts will have to undergo an audit before leaving their posts, according to the guideline by the commission.
The move "will have significant and far-reaching impact on strengthening the management and supervision of military officials, improving their work style and fighting against corruption," according to the guideline.
The audit will target real estate property, use of power, official cars and service personnel. Officials from units, or enterprises affiliated with the military will also be included in the auditing.
Military officials will be transferred or removed from their current posts if they fail to "fulfill their economic responsibilities,’’ or seriously violate relevant regulations, according to the guideline.
The move to promote a clean military comes as part of a more comprehensive campaign against corruption launched by the Communist Party at the end of 2012.
In December, the CPC leadership began to promote an "eight-point" set of guidelines to ban extravagance and formalism from events attended by officials.
As part of its endeavor to fight power abuse and corruption, the military adopted new military vehicle plates in May. Military plates entitle drivers to legal privileges, including exemption from road tolls and parking fees, and in the past have been given to friends and family members as favors.—Xinhua