PLA Pledges Allegiance After Graft Probe Into Xu Caihou
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) expelled former
Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission (CMC),
all top military organs and regional military commands swore
their absolute allegiance to the Central and the decision.
This theatrical performance exposed the delicate relationship
between the military and the government.
Let’s hear the expert analyses.
The regime’s mouthpiece reported that four Chinese military
headquarters, seven military regions and armed forces have
voiced their support of the Central graft probe into Xu Caihou.
An article published by official media said,
“Xu Caihou damages the PLA image.”
Global Times admitted that trading of military official titles
is directly trading political power.
It’s a form of corruption at the hierarchy.
Analysts believe that it hints at Xu Caihou’s corruption case.
China Affairs magazine editor Chris Wu: “It is a huge shock
to the PLA.
Official title trading has been typical
of Xu Caihou’s corruption.
A Major General title is worth 10 million to 20 million yuan.
The PLA has been the most seriously corrupt group in China
for the past 20 years since Jiang Zemin’s era.
The court or the audit department can’t touch the PLA
for its independence and isolation."
The 71-year-old General Xu Caihou was promoted
to the CMC in 1999.
In 2007, he became a member of the Politburo and the Vice
Chairman of CMC until his retirement in November 2012.
He has become the highest-level senior military officer
taken down since the 18th National Congress.
In a column, commentator Chen Pokong analyzed, “Xu
Caihou was second in PLA command, controlling staff
appointment and dismissal since his post
as the General Political Department Director.
That means many present and past military incumbents were
promoted by Xu Caihou, either intentionally or to be bribed."
Chris Wu: “All these acts are to maintain its power
by holding military power.
There are two ways to control the military.
One is to keep them close, like the PLA generals who
collectively swore allegiance to Xi Jinping this spring.
The other is to play tough, like now.
That’s how it is doing with the army now."
The expulsion of Xu Caihou is believed to be an earthquake
in PLA hierarchy as well as within the regime.
It was said that Xu Caihou’s terminal cancer might spare him
The court martial decision of the Central
has shattered this rumor.
Beijing politics watcher Hua Po: “This is the value
of Xu Caihou.
He belongs to the Jiang faction.
Jiang’s people have dominated the army to restrict Hu Jintao
for ten years.
Xi Jinping wants to change the, ‘decree is limited
to Zhongnanhai’ curse.
The anti-corruption campaign has become a weapon
to clean out Jiang’s PLA troops."
Chen Pokong indicated that as the leader of the Party
and the state, Xu Caihou was higher than sacked Politburo
members Chen Xitong, Chen Liangyu and Bo Xilai.
The downfall of Xu Caihou is big.
It shows that even Xu Caihou has fallen, anyone
can be sacked.
Overseas media reported that former Vice Minister
of the PLA General Logistics Gu Junshan has admitted
bribing Xu Caihou with four Shanghai real estate properties
and 36 million yuan.
Hua Po: “Another point is to gain the trust of the people.
People don’t trust the CCP.
This powerful act is to beg the people to trust the CCP
which will fight for the people’s interest.
But in fact, it’s to save its regime."
Hong Kong media noted that half of the 14 large military
units that supported the investigation of Xu Caihou
made no mention of Xi Jinping.
In response, Hua Po believes no one would dare openly
oppose Xi Jinping, for that’s obvious suicide.
Chris Wu believes there will be more downfalls of PLA
leaders, as there must be others who oppose the investigation
of Xu Caihou.
However, they will be done in a low profile to save face
for the PLA and for the stability of the regime.
Interview & Edit/angyin Post-Production/liyong