PLA backs corruption probe into "big tigers"
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-31 22:42:55 | Editor: Mu Xuequan

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese army backs the Communist Party of China's (CPC) decisions in the probes of former military leader Xu Caihou and former senior official Zhou Yongkang, said a spokesman for the Chinese defense ministry here on Thursday.

"All units of the People's Liberation Army [PLA] firmly support and will seriously implement the CPC Central Committee's correct decision, and are committed to improving capabilities and building a strong army under the guidance of the CPC Central Committee, the Central Military Commission [CMC] and its chairman, Xi Jinping," spokesman Geng Yansheng said.

Authorities announced on Tuesday that the CPC Central Committee has placed Zhou, a former Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, under investigation for suspected "serious disciplinary violation."

When responding to a question linking Zhou's case to recent Chinese military drills, Geng said the drills were routine arrangements, calling on the public not to speculate.

On Xu's case, Geng said the decision displayed the CPC Central Committee's "clear attitude of strictly governing the Party and the army," as well as its zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

Xu, former vice chairman of the CMC, has been expelled from the CPC for suspected bribery. His case has been handed over to prosecutors.

It will have great significance in keeping the military clean, shoring up morale and safeguarding the image of the army, according to Geng.

An investigation found that Xu took advantage of his post to assist in the promotion of other people. He is also accused of accepting bribes personally and through members of his family.

Prior to Xu, Gu Junshan, deputy head of the PLA's General Logistics Department, was charged with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power on March 31.

Geng said Gu's trial is pending.

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