China Puts Squeeze On Military Spending Abuses

From Reuters:

Chinese military officials face intensified scrutiny for abusing or mishandling the nation’s fast-rising defence budget, state media reported on Friday.

The audit rules approved by President and military chief Hu Jintao target senior People’s Liberation Army officers disbursing funds and overseeing big projects and purchases, the People’s Daily reported.

The report did not specify cases of PLA corruption and waste. But the wording of the rules suggested official alarm.

“Leading officials who carry out economic responsibilities poorly or who have economic problems should be relieved of their current duties and culpability should be pursued,” state the rules issued by the Central Military Commission.

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