Last month, the Gansu Provincial Government and Gansu Province Military Region issued a notice of an award of up to 10,000 yuan (about $1,400) for university students who graduated with good grades and joined the army. 

Gansu Province is making a one-time offer to enlist in the military. Bachelor and higher graduates received 10,000 yuan (about $1,400). 

University graduates and undergraduates got 7,000 yuan (nearly $1,000). Current junior college students received bonuses of 5,000 yuan (more than $700).

In August, Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan cited Chen Weijian, editor-in-chief of Beijing Spring, who said most young Chinese who enlisted were from low-income households. Due to the high number of single children families in China today, they might not be willing to join the military if there were certain family circumstances.

Chinese government punished young citizens who registered but declined to serve in the military

In 2020, the Baoxing County government in Ya’an City, Sichuan Province, published a notice on the punishment Chen Peng received for refusing military service.. Chen joined the military in September 2019 but declined to serve because he felt unsuited to life in the military. He was penalized by the departments of public security, civil affairs, education, human resources and social affairs, and retired military affairs and by the Recruitment Office of the People’s Government of Baoxing County. His fine was 26,990 yuan (roughly $3,800). State-owned enterprises under the Civil Servant Law would not hire him as a civil servant or an officer. He also could not travel abroad or receive a promotion for two years. He could not obtain special priority belongs in the military.

On September 14 and September 24, 2020, Xinzhou District, Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province, and Wenshan City, Yunnan Province, respectively, reported that they severely punished recent college graduates for refusing to serve in the military, including a fine of 20,000 yuan (more than $2,800) or 12,000 yuan (nearly $1,700). The government added names to the list. State-owned enterprises would not hire them as civil servants or staff members for two years. There are eight penalties, including not being able to do business for three years, no  additional studying, and no  traveling overseas.

According to the Jiaocheng District Government of Ningde City, Fujian Province, in 2018. Four refusals for military service in 2017 resulted in fines of 50,000 yuan (more than $7,000) each. No businesses, institutions, or state-owned companies would hire the individuals for three years. Public security agencies would prevent them from traveling overseas for three years. The education department shouldn’t enroll them in more courses for three years. Besides the monetary fines their lives were basically on hold for three years.

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