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China's military calls for unity after top-level graft bust

Published on Jul 1, 2014 11:12 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's military on Tuesday called for unity and loyalty to the ruling Communist Party after one of its most senior former officers was accused of corruption, the highest-ranking official so far to fall in a battle against pervasive graft.

Xu Caihou, who retired as vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission last year and from the Communist Party's decision-making Politburo in 2012, was also expelled from the party and will be court-martialed.

President Xi Jinping heads the Central Military Commission, which controls the 2.3 million-strong armed forces, the world's largest, and has repeatedly reminded them to be loyal to the party.

In a front-page commentary, the military's official People's Liberation Army Daily called on its forces to "resolutely endorse the correct decision of the party's centre ... the Central Military Commission and Chairman Xi".

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