Xu’s expulsion signals cleaner, stronger army

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-7-1 23:43:23

The expulsion of Xu Caihou from the CPC was hailed around the country. Xu, former military leader and member of the political bureau of the CPC Central Committee, was charged with corruption and position-selling.

By taking advantage of his senior position in the army, Xu took bribes and sold military positions. Transaction of political power is one of the most serious kinds of corruption, because it directly threatens the military capability of the Chinese army.

The downfall of Xu has reinforced China's anti-graft campaign, which was launched by China's top leaders since they took the office last year. It is of great significance in strengthening the capability of the Chinese army.

Before his expulsion was officially announced, speculations about Xu's "problems" had been circulating online for a while. But it was still an astonishing piece of news when the official announcement was made one day before the CPC's 93th birthday. It is possible that the top leadership is trying to send a signal to the public, pointing out the severity of corruption and showcasing the "zero-tolerance" determination and confidence to fight corruption.

Besides, making Xu's case headlines on July 1 also shows that there are no barriers that can obstruct the anti-graft efforts.

So far, many cases have indicated that corrupt officials have no chance to prevail over the rule of law. Even for Xu, who had mighty military power at hand, had to bend his knees to justice after his corruption was revealed, and his halo and influence fell apart immediately. Corrupt officials, no matter how powerful they are, are nothing but paper tigers after their misdeeds are exposed.

There are over 2 million soldiers and military officers safeguarding this nation every day. Xu fell into corruption at the top of his career as a serviceman, and if he is convicted of all the charges, he will join the unlovely pantheon of reviled generals over the course of Chinese history.

Corruption in the army is the new evidence of the grim situation of China's anti-graft campaign, but it does not reflect the image of the Chinese army. The army is still a pillar of China's rise, and Xu's expulsion will not change the nature of the Chinese army.

Xu's case also sent a signal to the whole society that there is no safety zone for corrupt officials in the army, no matter how senior their positions might be. The expulsion reveals that the Chinese army is becoming more open to the public, and Chinese people will put more faith in the army's loyalty to them and the country.

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