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China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign

March 2, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.

Those under investigation include Rear Adm. Guo Zhenggang, the son of the Guo Boxiong, the retired former deputy head of the Central Military Commission that oversees the armed forces.

Guo Zhenggang was suspected of “serious legal violations and criminal offenses,” the notice said, without giving further details.

Others included leading officers in provincial military commands, as well as ones in the navy, missile corps and National Defense University.

The notice said Lan Weijie, a former deputy commander in the central province of Hubei, was sentenced to life in prison in January for corruption and illegal firearms possession.

Last year, prosecutors indicted Xu Caihou, the military’s former No. 2 official, on bribery charges, in a show by President Xi Jinping that no officials would be off-limits.

Corruption in the military is believed to have thrived under Xi’s predecessors, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, neither of whom had a military background or much standing with top officers. Embezzlement and kickbacks related to military housing and other contracts were believed to be rife, along with the selling of ranks and positions, a practice that is believed to have had a strong negative effect on morale, command and control, and combat preparedness.

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