Discussion in 'China' started by ejazr, Apr 20, 2012.
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Rotting From Within - By John Garnaut | Foreign Policy
A few high ranking officers were sacked recently due to scandals
Quite an indictment!
However, could it not be an exaggeration that corruption seriously affects the PLA?
PLA corruption was no secret , most rampant during Deng era. Deng, a typical "pragmatist", slashed military budget and prioritized "economic development". Many projects were suspended and factories in defence industry were requested to switch to making consumer goods or went broken due to "loss-giving". PLA then was allowed or "encouraged" to do "biz" incl. smuggling to "feed themselves" by taking advantage of their privileges.
When Jiang fully took over power after Deng's death (Deng was influential behind the curtain when alive) Jiang reversed that and enforced total exit of PLA from "commerce" and resumed some key projects.
Even today Changhong who once was a military supplier, is still the top electronic maker (TV in particular) in China.
One of the few legacies left by Deng, and PLA is still trying to get rid of it.
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