Since Chinese leader Xi Jinping launched the anti-corruption campaign in 2013, more than 160 military generals in China have been investigated, according to Dr. Wang Youqun, former Supervisor of the CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline.
Wang, who is now living in New York, said that this number, recorded over the past nine years, exceeds the total number of generals who died in the CCP’s civil wars, external wars, and Cultural Revolutions in the past century.
The dirt revealed by the investigation of the generals highlights the corruption of the CCP army, which is now seen as the world’s worst.
In early April 2017, the 55-episode anti-corruption drama “In the Name of the People” was first premiered on the Hunan satellite television. Zhou Meisen, the film’s screenwriter, wrote the script under the direction of the Film and Television Center of the Supreme Procuracy.
At the beginning of the broadcast, Zhou said in an interview with reporters at his home in Nanjing: “Do you see how serious the current state of corruption is? It’s so serious that you can’t even talk about it. They said it was too rotten. Military commanders can bring both vehicles (reported as broken) and gasoline to sell when rehearsing. They fire ten rounds and report 100 rounds to embezzle military expenses. These cadres of political commissars sold official positions, starting from the position of squad leader onwards to the rank of general in the army. I didn’t believe it then. Now, I believe! Over 140 generals.”
Since the Nanchang purge launched by the CCP on Aug. 1, 1927, “the combined number of generals who the enemy killed in all the wars was only a few. An anti-corruption campaign resulted in more than 140 generals being wiped out. How scary is that?”
“Do you feel they can last? Is it possible to continue joking around for so long? Indeed the party will perish, the country will die, how can it not? It is not wartime yet. When war breaks out, who will fight for you? Who will sacrifice for you? I buy the positions, so why should I offer my life for you? It is terrible.”
On Oct. 19, 2017, Yang Xiaodu, Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and Minister of Supervision, said at a press conference that during the 18th National Congress, his commission requested a review of 440 military officers at the provincial level and above and other central administrative officers. At that time, about 280 officials at central and government levels were under investigation. Based on this calculation, there could be 160 army generals under investigation.
In early April 2017, Zhou Maisen said he knew that more than 140 generals had been investigated. However, as of October 2017, there was a very high probability that 160 generals had been investigated.
Since the 19th National Congress of the CCP in October 2017, five CCP generals have been arrested.
Seven generals investigated and punished
Xu Caihou: former member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Guo Boxiong: former member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Zhang Yang: former director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission.
Fang Fenghui: former chief of staff of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission.
Wang Jianping: former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff of the Central Military Commission, former Armed Police Force Commander.
Tian Xiusi: former Air Force Political Commissar.
Wang Xibin: former International University President.
On Nov. 13, Dr. Wang Youqun published an article, “How corrupt is Xu Caihou, the former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission?” introducing Xu’s appalling corruption problem.
According to Dr. Wang, Xu believes his problem is not the most serious. Before his death, he said to the task force that Guo Boxiong’s problem was much more severe than his.
Dr. Wang said that Xu’s and Guo’s corruption problem is enough to shock the whole of China and the world. However, they are not yet the most corrupt in the military.
On Aug. 18, 2018, Liu Yuan, the son of former Chairman of the Communist Party of China Liu Shaoqi, told a reporter from the Beijing News that “Zhang Yang’s problem is more serious than Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou.”
Why did Liu Yuan say that? Dr. Wang noted that there are at least two reasons.
First, Zhang Yang’s official hat and military rank were bought from Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong. So not only did he earn back the money he paid in bribes to these two, but he also took the old leaders as examples.
Second, after the two elder leaders were arrested, Zhang Yang may “pay tribute” to other senior military leaders to protect himself, conspire with other people, and wait for an opportunity to engage in a coup.
Is Zhang Yang the most corrupt in the CCP army? Zhang is still not a big deal. His position is still a bit low.
The general backstage of the seven generals is Jiang Zemin, the former chairman of the Central Military Commission.
In September 1999, Jiang Zemin promoted Xu Caihou to a member of the Central Military Commission and executive deputy director of the General Political Department.
At the same time, he promoted Guo Boxiong to a member of the Central Military Commission and deputy chief of the general staff and personally awarded the ranks of General Xu and Guo.
Jiang Zemin was not a soldier and had no foundation in the army. To buy people’s hearts, he adopted the strategy of “ruling the army by corruption.” He aided and abetted Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong to commit corruption and cultivated forces loyal to him in the army.
It was precisely under Jiang’s connivance that Xu and Guo played their power to the extreme. They engaged in power and money trading so that the CCP army became a hypermarket of buying and selling officials.
Zhou Yongkang is the highest-level corrupt element in the CCP’s political and legal system, and Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong are the highest-level corrupt elements in the CCP’s military system.
Under the leadership of Zhou, Xu, and Guo, can the senior armed police headed by Wang Jianping not be corrupt?
Jiang Zemin, the former dictator of the CCP, is the backbone of the most corrupt elements at the highest levels of the CCP. Yet, to date, Xi has not arrested Jiang.