Why Did Ma Faxiang, Naval Deputy Political Commissar
Jump To His Death?
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi
Jinping attended the G20 Summit in Australia.
While he was overseas the CCP Military Commission for
Discipline Inspection planed a unified deployment to carry
out actions against a group of military generals.
Deputy Political Commissar of the Navy Lieutenant General
Ma Faxiang jumped off a building and died.
Why did Ma Faxiang in such a position
choose to take such a path?
On Nov. 17, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post got
insider news about Ma Faxiang.
The insider with close contact to CCP Military Committee
Office told Buxun that Ma Faxiang jumped off the building
on the morning of Nov.13 at the Beijing Navy Compound.
He was at work and received a notice from the CCP Military
Commission for Discipline Inspection to have a conversation.
He then jumped from a 15 story high building.
Hong Kong Apple Daily quoted sources that Ma Faxiang was
involved with former Vice Chairman of the Central Military
Commission Guo Boxiong, who were fellows from Sha’anxi
The source also said that Jiang Zemin’s “Favorite in the
Military" Xu Caihou’s close subordinate, former General
Political Department Director Li Jinai might also be in trouble.
Currently many of his team members are being investigated.
However, a retired naval officer in Beijing told South China
Morning Post that, compared with “the big tiger Xu Caihou",
Ma Faxiang or former Navy Deputy Commander Wang
Shouye with a suspended death penalty are insignificant.
Wong Shouye embezzled 160 million yuan of public funds.
He received a suspended death sentence in April 2007.
Xu Caihou once served as Vice Chairman of the
CCP Central Military Commission.
He is the highest level military officer taken down
in name of corruption after Xi Jinping came to power.
South China Morning Post also stated that another Navy
officer, leader of South China Sea Fleet Department of
Logistics, Major General Jiang Zhonghua killed himself by
jumping off a building in his hometown, Zhejiang Province.
Commentator Xing Tianxing, “Suicide is the solution that
works best for them.
This is a choice for these corrupt army officials.
Because once he committed suicide, he would help
cover up the clues to others involved."
Xing Tianxing said cases seen in the past indicate once a
corrupt CCP official committed suicide, his family and
those around him are protected and there will no longer
be any more digging.
So corrupt officials choose to commit suicide when
they could not avoid investigations.
In fact four department-level CCP officials committed
suicide in October alone;
These include deputy director of Gansu Provincial
Agriculture Office Yang Kezhong;
Guangxi People’s Congress Foreign Affairs
director Chen Lidan;
Deputy President of Liaoning Province
Senior Court Xu Aisheng, and
Liaoning Province Handicapped Union
Party Secretary Ren Zhiwei.
UK magazine The Economist pointed out in its June issue,
Chinese citizens’ overall suicide rate is declining.
However the number of officials committing suicide
has increased greatly.
Since the beginning of 2013, there are at least 62 publicly
reported “unnatural deaths" of officials or employees of
state-owned enterprises, in which at least 32 cases are suicide.
The Economist also stated Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption
makes Chinese officials worried.
Xi Jinping said during the recent “New Gutian Conference"
he would eliminate the legacy of Xu Caihou in the army.
He planned to carry out full scale anti-corruption.
Soon after there was news that several CCP generals
will be dismissed in the near future.
According to Boxun, during Xi Jinping’s trip to Australia
to attend the G20 summit, the CCP Military Commission for
Discipline Inspection ordered interviews for disciplinary
measures with a group of army generals involved in corruption.
This included Ma Faxiang who died at the Navy Compound.
Others on the list were; Beijing Military Comrades Art Group
Leader, Major General;
Famous tenor Liu Bin who was involved in the Xu Caihou
and Tang Can’s cases;
Deputy Minister of the General Logistics Ministry and Major
General Liu Zheng thought to buy his title from Xu Caihou;
General Political Ministry Liaison Minister and
Major General Xing Yunming;
General Political Ministry Security leader and Major General
Yu Shanjun were also arrested.
Other officers who were knocked down are;
Deputy Political Commissar of Jilin Military Region,
Major General Song Yuwen;
Former Military Commander of Heilongjiang Province,
Major General Kou Tie;
Hubei Province Military Commander, Major General Yuan
Shijun, and former Shenyang Military Region Minister of
Logistics, Major General Wang Aiguo.
Apple Daily quoted overseas information that after the
Xu Caihou case, nearly 200 current or retired officials
have been put under investigation. But there is no
confirmation on this piece of news.
Hua Po, “Xi Jinping must cleanse the military
in order to hold tightly onto the army.
Recently he swapped leaders of military regions, armies of
each province and military troops, to better control the army."
Hua Po pointed out Xi Jinping’ anti-corruption campaign
in the army is just to clean up unreliable people.
It’s to gain full control of the army.
Xing Tianxing said, before Xi Jinping took power, military,
political and legal system were under Jiang Zemin’s faction.
They are not only rampant in corruption, but Xi Jinping
also realized his dangerous situation from the Bo Xilai
and Wang Lijun cases.
In order to survive, Xi Jingping brought down
He then removed Xu Caihou from the military in name of
anti-corruption. These are all necessary steps.