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posted by martyb on Saturday December 02 2017, @06:45AM   Printer-friendly
from the Chinese-swamp-draining dept.

People's Liberation Army General Zhang Yang was found hanged at his Beijing home on November 23:

Xinhua said Zhang had "serious disciplinary violations," something [The South China Morning Post] describes as "euphemism for corruption." NPR's Rob Schmitz, reporting from Shanghai, says the general "had disappeared from public sight more than two months ago amidst a crackdown on corruption within military ranks launched by Chinese leader Xi Jinping."

[...] "Xi Jinping's decision to persecute both Xu and Guo after their retirement reflects his determination to put an end to the dominance of Jiang Zemin (his own patron) over the military. As far as the cleaning up of corruption in the Chinese military is concerned, however, this is just the beginning," The Diplomat wrote at the time Guo [Boxiong] was dismissed from the military in 2015.

China's President Xi Jinping recently consolidated his power, elevating himself to the status of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as he enters his second 5-year term as President.

Also at The South China Morning Post.


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  • (Score: 2) by linkdude64 on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:09AM (8 children)

    by linkdude64 (5482) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:09AM (#604161)

    "Let's root out the corruption of everyone who has the connections and capabilities to act against me!"

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by takyon on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:45AM (5 children)

      by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:45AM (#604163) Journal

      It's not like there isn't a lot of corruption in the Communist Party of China. It's just that it is tolerated right up until you become inconvenient or a threat.

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      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:56AM (1 child)

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:56AM (#604190) Journal

        Still...
        Hanging probably is better than a shot in the head by a fat boy with an anti-aircraft cannon.
        Not as quick, but you can do it yourself when nobody's watching.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 02 2017, @12:00PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 02 2017, @12:00PM (#604228)

          Still...
          Hanging probably is better than a shot in the head by a fat boy with an anti-aircraft cannon.

          We all have different bucket lists.

      • (Score: 2) by AnonTechie on Saturday December 02 2017, @10:02AM (2 children)

        by AnonTechie (2275) on Saturday December 02 2017, @10:02AM (#604196) Journal

        It's not like there isn't a lot of corruption in the Communist Party of China. It's just that it is tolerated right up until you become inconvenient or a threat.

        Similar to what is now happening in Saudi Arabia ...

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    • (Score: 2) by bradley13 on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:20AM

      by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:20AM (#604170) Homepage Journal

      "Let's root out the corruption of everyone who has the connections and capabilities to act against me!"

      And have them commit "suicide", how convenient.

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    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday December 02 2017, @03:47PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 02 2017, @03:47PM (#604304) Journal

      "Let's root out the corruption of everyone who has the connections and capabilities to act against me!"

      They won't always be on top. And do you really want to rely on the allies of a politician or bureaucrat to root out corruption? Enemies are more sure.

  • (Score: 1) by Deeo Kain on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:51AM (4 children)

    by Deeo Kain (5848) on Saturday December 02 2017, @08:51AM (#604164)

    Is this a new fashion among the army top brass?
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/bosnian-croat-kills-himself-with-poison-at-un-court-hina-says [bloomberg.com] "Convicted War Criminal Kills Himself With Poison at UN Court"

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by boxfetish on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:13AM (1 child)

      by boxfetish (4831) on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:13AM (#604167)

      When does this fad make it to our shores? Also, politicians, you need not be or have served in the military to engage in this new fashionable behavior.

      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:59AM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 02 2017, @09:59AM (#604194) Journal

        Seems all active shooters tend to go inactive this way.

        Seems a waste to reserve such harsh means on first time offenders.

        Oh, too soon? My bad.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 02 2017, @01:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 02 2017, @01:45PM (#604260)

      Its catching up. Earlier only homeless used to commit suicide, then students, then workers. Now that suicide is reaching top brass, may be thing will change.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday December 05 2017, @06:13PM

      by Freeman (732) on Tuesday December 05 2017, @06:13PM (#605733) Journal

      Suicide is common in these kinds of situations in Asian countries. It's about the culture. The UN thing is quite a bit different.

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