Former China’s military chief under investigation on “suspicion of bribery”

Vastavam web: A former chief of staff of China’s military is under investigation on “suspicion of bribery”, state media said today, as Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft crackdown claimed another top general.The general has been “transferred to the military prosecution authority on suspicion of bribery” said Xinhua news agency without providing further details.Fang was one of two senior generals who did not appear on a list of delegates to the Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress last October, sparking speculation he had run afoul of Xi’s anti-corruption campaign.Xi promised during October’s party congress to intensify graft crackdowns which since 2012 have brought down 1.5 million party officials at various levels — including top military leadership.

Corruption has long been an intractable problem for the country, but many experts argue that the campaign has the hallmarks of a political purge as the Chinese president consolidates his power.Xi has sought to enhance his control over the two- million-strong military, the world’s largest, reshuffling its leadership and vowing to make it “world-class” by 2050.