采访/田净 编辑/李谦 后制/周天
Gu Junshan’s Luxury Mansion Faces Xi Jinping’s Corruption Probe
The Communist Chinese Central Military Commission
Chairman Xi Jinping is cracking down on the military.
He claims to fix corruption in the army.
He forbids seniors officers to occupy luxury mansions or to
make a profit through illegally selling military lands.
Xi Jinping’s crack down on army corruption
was said to be due to pressure from Gu Junshan,
former deputy head of the People’s Liberation
Army General Logistics Department.
His luxury mansion in Beijing was known as
“the general’s quarters."
As new chairman of Central Military Commission,
earlier Xi Jinping had announced his
anti-corruption regulations for the army.
They forbid drinking of hard liquor and
the use of luxury cars.
Another new regulation was recently issued forbidding
ownership of luxury mansions and
the sale of military owned land by senior officers.
Political commentator Wu Fan:
“None of these generals have experienced a war.
They do not function militarily, but live in luxury.
Xi Jinping is using these men to discipline the army."
Wu Fan indicates that corruption is endemic
in the Chinese military, in the housing market,
and in the buying and selling of officer titles,
engaging in all kinds of business and smuggling and so forth.
The majority senior officers are princelings,
who have a strong political background.
He believes Xi Jinping is bound to meet
difficulties in trying to fix the army.
Wu Fan: “I don’t believe his measures will fix the military.
For more than 60 years, the military has engaged in nothing
but taking advantage of the people."
Wu Fan says that not only will the army resist Xi Jinping’s
discipline, but also the people have lost their patience.
Before any effect of the anti-corruption drive is seen,
people may already rebel.
According to Hong Kong media reports,
Xi’s ruling against luxury housing in the military was
prompted with the corruption case of Gu Junshan,
Gu was formerly deputy head of the People’s
Liberation Army General Logistics Department.
Gu Junshan was said to own many mansions in Beijing.
In the Central Business District,
in the most expensive area of Chaoyang, Beijing,
Gu Junshan owned a compound known as
“the general’s quarters", a block occupying more than 20 mu of land.
Each tree inside the compound was said
to cost at least 400,000 yuans.
Military officers also profit through the military land by
building commercial or residential buildings for sale.
Political commentator Wen Zhao indicates that
military corruption Had already started as early as in the 1990s.
The army profiteered through smuggling cars and commercial
goods using naval vessels, in the name of military exercises.
Wen Zhao: “The army factions struggle is more severe than
the Communist Party Committees and the regime.
Resistance in the army will be much tougher than resistance
in the regime. Princelings have a very deep root in the army."
Wen Zhao says that the fundamental anti-corruption drive
requires a monitoring mechanism which calls for power change.
Wen Zhao: “The entire power of the senior
Communist system is unsupervised.
Princelings control multiple power sectors of the regime.
Corruption in the army covers the entire
power structure of the regime."
Wen Zhao stresses that the Communist Party believes
that power lies in the gun.
Senior cadres place their children in multiple important
positions in the army and princelings are strong in the army.
Anti-corruption in the army will break the power structure
and endanger the Communist regime.
Xi Jinping’s military anti-corruption drive
will therefore only be superficial.