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China's military at 'high risk' on corruption: Transparency International

Published on Jan 29, 2013 3:41 PM
 
This photo taken on Jan 16, 2013, shows instructor Marco Borges (right) with his trainee bodyguards during an exercise at the Genghis Security Academy in Beijing. China's armed forces are battling a major corruption problem, with little political oversight and no whistleblower mechanism to counter graft, watchdog Transparency International said on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - China's armed forces are battling a major corruption problem, with little political oversight and no whistleblower mechanism to counter graft, watchdog Transparency International said on Tuesday.

China, which has the world's largest active military, scored as a "high-risk" country on a new global index on defence establishment corruption launched by the Berlin-based organisation at a press conference in Taiwan.

"The Chinese military acknowledges that there is a major corruption issue through its various promulgations, and it has put a variety of measures in place to limit this major concern," said Mr Mark Pyman, director of the organisation's Defence and Security Programme.

However, he said a lack of transparency means it is uncertain how effective these measures are, as the military does not allow the level of scrutiny required to ensure an anti-graft campaign is succeeding.

 
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