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Chinese military's ability to wage war eroded by graft, its generals warn

Published on Aug 19, 2014 5:19 AM
 
An officer of a Chinese People's Liberation Army honour guard uses a string to ensure members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, before a welcoming ceremony for Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 7, 2014. A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with rampant graft in the PLA and how a corrupt military contributed to China's defeat in the Sino-Japan War 120 years ago. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - As tensions spike between China and other countries in Asia's disputed waters, serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China's armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.

A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with the rampant graft in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and how a corrupt military contributed to China's defeat in the Sino-Japan War 120 years ago.

The concerns are striking given the rapid modernisation of the PLA, from the development of stealth fighter jets to the launch in 2012 of China's sole aircraft carrier.

Backed by a budget that is second only to the United States, China's military is projecting power deep into the South and East China Seas, unsettling the region as well as Washington.

 
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