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Tighter controls on army officers

CHINA'S military authorities are to tighten supervision on senior and middle ranking officers, through strict punishment in cases of breaches of duty and regular inspection of their work.

The military will adopt a strict system to investigate and punish senior officers for dereliction of duty or making mistakes, according to a circular issued by the Central Military Commission yesterday.

The document said it will also introduce a system of accountability by regular inspection on the work of officers at army corps level.

Military units higher than regiment level of the People's Liberation Army must review the work of their commanding officers at least once a year, it added.

Commanding officers from regiment to army corps levels are usually regarded as middle and senior ranking PLA officers.

The circular said there would be tighter inspections on senior officers to see whether they strictly followed military discipline and showed loyalty to the Communist Party of China.

"In the face of a complicated ideological situation, senior military officers must stick to their faith and keep a firm political stance," it said.

They should devote themselves to building up the country's military capacity to win local wars in the information age, it said.

The document said that supervision and inspection will focus on any examples of extravagance and waste by military officers.

The Chinese government and military authorities also called for civilian and military development issues to be better dealt with.

The military and local governments must ensure areas around military bases are free of development, said a document issued by the State Council, China's Cabinet, and the Central Military Commission.

Local governments should consult the military about urban development plans that would affect military facilities, the circular said, and they should tighten security in and around military bases.

The circular also asked local governments to stop civilian construction projects that harm military facilities and punish those who break the law.


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