Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  China News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SINO DAILY
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
By Yanan WANG
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017


A Chinese general has killed himself in his Beijing home after becoming the latest top official ensnared by President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign, state media said Tuesday.

Zhang Yang, a member of the state's Central Military Commission, was being investigated over connections to two graft-tainted former senior military officers when he hanged himself on November 23, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Xi promised during last month's Communist Party congress to intensify graft crackdowns which have already brought down 1.5 million party officials of various levels -- including top military brass -- since 2012.

Zhang, 66, was previously head of the state military commission's political work department. Before the congress, he was also part of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission. Members of the two bodies overlap.

According to Xinhua, which cited a commission statement, Zhang "gravely violated disciplinary protocols and broke the law, was suspected of bribery as well as taking bribes, and holding valuable assets whose origins are unclear."

A posting on a social media account managed by the People's Liberation Army Daily, the military's official newspaper, accused Zhang of "escaping responsibility" via suicide.

"The once-high-and-mighty general has ended his life in this disgraceful way," the post said Tuesday, calling Zhang a "two-faced" person who "shouted loyalty from his mouth while committing corruption behind his back".

"The army holds the barrel of a gun -- we cannot allow any corrupt elements to hide behind it."

Xinhua reported that the state military commission decided to hold "talks" with Zhang on August 28 about his links to Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, top army officials who were expelled from the communist party.

Guo, a vice-chairman of the commission, became the most senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) official to be convicted of corruption in half a century when he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2016.

Xu, also a vice-chairman, died of cancer in 2015 while under investigation for graft.

Ni Lexiong, a professor at the Shanghai National Defense Strategy Institute, told AFP that Zhang was in charge of human resources as the director of the state military commission's political work department.

"He had a lot of power," Ni said. "Over these 20-plus years, how many high- and low-ranking military officials bought their way into their positions? I'm afraid the total would be quite scary if it's comprehensively investigated: likely every level (of the military) was impacted."

- Tigers and flies -

Critics of Xi's anti-corruption campaign, which has promised to take down both high-level "tigers" and low-level "flies", claim it is a front for removing his political enemies.

In the past, graft-fighting efforts have relied heavily on a shadowy extralegal internal justice system known as "shuanggui".

But Xi announced during last month's national congress that this would be phased out and replaced with a new legal mechanism.

Chinese courts have a near-perfect conviction rate of 99.92 percent.

Xi has sought to enhance his control over the two-million-strong military, the world's largest, reshuffling its leadership and vowing to make it "world-class" by 2050.

The military was ordered earlier this month to pledge to be "absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi" in new guidelines released by the Central Military Commission.

Though China's military budget remains a third that of the United States, its spending has grown steadily for 30 years, with purchases or construction of fighter jets, ships and hi-tech weaponry.

SINO DAILY
Different strokes: Taiwan's creative campaign for traditional characters
Taipei (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
As a growing number of people around the world learn simplified Chinese instead of the more complicated traditional characters, young creatives in Taiwan are fighting to promote what they fear will become a dying art. Introduced by the Chinese Communist Party in the 1950s to boost literacy, the simplified version of the script uses fewer strokes and is now the predominant writing system in ... read more

Related Links
China News from SinoDaily.com


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

SINO DAILY
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040

China plans first sea based launch by 2018

China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020

Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut

SINO DAILY
Canada PM Trudeau aims to boost trade on China trip

Europe embraces Black Friday sales with some reservations

Philippines offers China chance to run third telecom service

Got a spare $71m? How about a single Hong Kong apartment?

SINO DAILY
SINO DAILY
Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'

US soldiers removed from W. House detail amid probe: report

France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

SINO DAILY
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development

UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

SINO DAILY
Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist

Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist

Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

Kaspersky blames NSA hack on infected Microsoft software

SINO DAILY
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development

UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

SINO DAILY
New wind farm in service off the British coast

End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says

New York sets high bar for wind energy

Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement