Date
21 November 2017
China is stepping up scrutiny on senior military officers as part of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Photo: Bloomberg
China is stepping up scrutiny on senior military officers as part of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing to toughen auditing of military in anti-graft fight

China said on Thursday that it will tighten audits of its military and target older officers to ensure that corrupt individuals are denied promotion and cannot get away with their crimes, Reuters reported.

Officers with responsibility for funds will fall squarely within the scope of the audits, with particular attention paid to older officers, the Defense Ministry was quoted as saying. 

New auditing rules will “strengthen the ability to investigate, and banish, the phenomenon of corruption”, the ministry said on its website, according to the report.

The ministry will not allow promotions or retirements without a prior audit, to make sure appointees do not bring any “sickness” to the job.

The move comes as President Xi Jinping has made rooting out deep-seated graft a key plank of his administration.

In June, authorities announced that they would court-martial Xu Caihou, one of the nation’s most senior former military officers, on charges of corruption.

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