By Sasha Padbidri
Top Chinese military newspaper Liberation Army Daily recently published a commentary cautioning officials to remain loyal to the ruling Communist Party.
This warning comes ahead of the power transition which will happen later this year, as well as recent cases of “ill-discipline and corruption”. Just this year alone, the Party had to deal with the Bo scandal and allegations of corruption concerning PLA Lieutenant Gu Junshan.
Indeed, the paper said, “Faced with complex and capricious ideological currents and phenomenon, leading officials must be even clearer about serving as the most resolute supporters of the Party’s cause and it’s most loyal implementers.”
“Ensure that the gun always heads the Party’s commands.”
The paper also pointed its finger at “hostile international forces” (huh?), claiming that there are foreign powers that seek to “westernize and divide” the Party.
Finally, the paper called for officers to rein in their families and subordinates – “We must defend the bottom-line of incorruptibility and purity,” the paper expressly stated. “Regularly check the standards on honest administrative conduct to examine yourself and restrain spouses, children and staff working alongside you.”