Military launches drive to root out corruption in construction projects

Updated: 2015-06-16 09:21


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Military launches drive to root out corruption in construction projects

A Chinese People's Liberation Army cadet sits in a Main Battle Tank during a drill at the PLA's Armoured Forces Engineering Academy Base, in the outskirt of Beijing, China Tuesday, July 22, 2014. [Photo/IC]

Military has begun a six-month probe into buildings erected without permission that exceed specifications or are illegally rented out, as part of a broader drive against corruption, army's official newspaper said on Monday.

The campaign, which will be carried out from June 2015 to January 2016, will cover issues concerning the illegal issues in the sector and problems in military construction projects as well as property management, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

Any single construction project that exceeds specifications will be investigated, it said.

Schedules and roadmap will be established to root out the "big problems left over from the past", the report said. Organizations or individuals trying to disturb or impede the action will be exposed and held accountable.

China's armed forces, the world's largest, have become a focus of President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out deeply-ingrained graft, including bribery.

The military earlier this year ordered barracks to be built as simply and economically as possible, without using ostentatious or imported building materials.

Several senior officers have been caught in the anti-corruption campaign, including Xu Caihou, who was a deputy chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission. Xu died of cancer in March.

China intensified its crackdown on corruption in the military in the late 1990s, banning the People's Liberation Army from engaging in business. But the military has been involved in commercial dealings in recent years due to a lack of checks and balances, military analysts said.