Chinese armed forces tighten integrity in major holiday

Zhang Tao

BEIJING, Feb. 3 -- China's military anti-graft agency has publicized hotline numbers for the public to blow the whistle on officers flouting frugality regulations during the Chinese New Year holiday.

The agency will also run its own inspections to ensure that officers do not spend public money on expensive dinners, travel and entertainment, or driving service vehicles for private purposes, reported Wednesday's PLA Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese armed forces.

Inspectors will also target military departments that spend too much in holding celebrations or handing out extra holiday allowances and gifts.

Rooting out corruption and ensuring officers act with integrity have been a major focus of the country's military reform. In January, it set up an office to send auditors out to military departments.

President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), warned senior officers to learn their lessons from the corruption investigations into Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, both former CMC vice chairmen.

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