China PLA: Socialising with ‘wrong people’ led to government ousters: PLA warns its personnel

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The People’s Liberation Army urged Chinese military personnel to be careful about who they associate with, saying socialising with the wrong people is a key reason “some leaders” have been removed from their positions.
Chinese military cadres should “purify their social circle,” a commentary published by the state-run PLA Dailysaid on Friday, without elaborating on the leaders who were removed from their posts.”The most effective way to stay away from dangers and temptations is to conduct ‘physical isolation’,” thePLA Daily said, referring to the code of conduct for cadres’ social interactions issued by the Central Military Commission in June. If events or meal appointments aren’t necessary, they should be avoided, the commentary by a department of the commission said.
The PLA commentary follows the removal by President Xi Jinping of Qin Gang as foreign minister in late July after just seven months, the shortest tenure in that post. An investigation found that Qin had an affair while serving as China’s ambassador in Washington, Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
Another high-level official, defence minister Li Shangfu, dropped from public view at the end of August, just months after the ouster of generals in the command that manages the country’s nuclear arsenal. At the time, the military launched an inquiry into graft cases linked to procurement going back more than five years, roughly coinciding with Li’s tenure as head of the equipment department. US officials have intelligence suggesting Li has been removed from his post, according to an American official who asked not to be identified.



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