….And the ban hammer has been dropped! China’s Central Military Commission has just announced a list of “70 forbiddens” to “strengthen and improve ideology among armed service men and to further standardize honest behavior within the military” This list isn’t just for military personnel though, party cadres and government officials are also being urged (forced?) to develop a “clean and honest” government using these “70 forbiddens” as guidelines.
As for the list itself, it is all pretty basic stuff you would expect to hear from leading party officials. We cant include every “forbidden”, but here are just a few to give you the idea….
Claiming accomplishments which are untrue
Engaging in activities which do not promote social morality, professional ethics and family virtues.
Concealing or delaying the reporting of an accident
By improper means to seek office for himself or others
Withholding or misappropriating special funding.
Using public funds to travel
Using inside information to benefit oneself;
Used his position to interfere with the lower or former employees
Sell, lease or lend military vehicles and military vehicle license plates
Of course what would a list of “70 forbiddens” be without a few odd (some may say startling) additions:
Giving lavish weddings and funerals
Violation of regulations for buying and selling stocks or other securities investments;
Investment in foreign countries/businesses
Using public funds to participate in fitness or entertainment clubs. [now what type of entertainment could this be?]
The CMC were obviously very concise when establishing their new rule book because each rule is context specific. Nonetheless, it still strikes us as almost arbitrary at this point. We find it very hard to believe that cadres and military officials need a rule book telling them that “it is not okay to distort the truth when evaluating a fellow cadre or official” or that “creating private storage places for public funds” is also bad.
But when it rains, it pours….
Along with the ridiculous “70 forbiddens” the government has also announced it is now going to being strictly enforcing its policy of not allowing soldiers and other military members from using social network sites. Why?
The PLA claim it is to “safeguard military secrets and the purity and solidarity”. Military officials want Chinese soldiers to understand the “real dangers” of making online friends.
The Peoples Liberation Daily (the PLA’s newspaper) said the reasoning was because “passing on personal details such as a soldier’s address, duties or contact details could risk revealing the location of military bases…particular risks exist in users posting photos of themselves, such as during training, which could divulge military capabilities and equipment”.
This new ban on the internet comes hot off the heels of the Peoples Liberation Army’s decision last year to ban soldiers and officers from creating personal websites and writing blogs.
The real joke though is on the United States military, which still allows their men and women to use Facebook. Little do they know that all of their online friends are actually terrorists.
People’s Liberation Army 1 Spies and terrorists 0
By Patrick Keefe