Why Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign can’t get traction in the PLA

Bo Xilai.  /VOA/AFP

Bo Xilai. /VOA/AFP

After nabbing “big tigers” such as former Politburo member Bo Xilai and at least five former executives of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), President Xi Jinping seems to be moving his anti-graft campaign to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its sister unit, the People’s Armed Police (PAP). Late last month, Xi, who is also Chairman of the policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC) sent a circular to all PLA and PAP units entitled “On strengthening and improving the auditing of the economic responsibility of leading cadres in the military.”

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